Author : Kimberly Belle
Publisher : Park Row Books
ISBN : 9781488056314
About Stranger in the Lake
Spellbinding. Another outstanding novel by Kimberly Belle, masterfully written to lure you in and never let go. Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife
When Charlotte married the wealthy widower Paul, it caused a ripple of gossip in their small lakeside town. They have a charmed life together, despite the cruel whispers about her humble past and his first marriage. But everything starts to unravel when she discovers a young womans body floating in the exact same spot where Pauls first wife tragically drowned.
At first, it seems like a horrific coincidence, but the stranger in the lake is no stranger. Charlotte saw Paul talking to her the day before, even though Paul tells the police hes never met the woman. His lie exposes cracks in their fragile new marriage, cracks Charlotte is determined to keep from breaking them in two.
As Charlotte uncovers dark mysteries about the man she married, she doesnt know what to trusther heart, which knows Paul to be a good man, or her growing suspicion that theres something hes hiding in the water.
Look for these other pulse-pounding thrillers by Kimberly Belle:
Three Days Missing
The Marriage Lie
Stranger in the Lake Review
Good book. There were twists and turns along the way that kept you guessing. I liked Charlotte's character and her brother. Actually all the characters were interesting. Was a bit of a twist at the end I did not expect. Kept me interested.
I enjoyed the read. The story was captivating but a little predictable.
I found this book dragged on. It touched on a lot of useless information that had nothing to do with the outcome of the store.
Kimberly Belle's "Stranger in the Lake" is a compelling mystery. Set in North Carolina, the plot concerns three friend, Jax, Micah and Paul. As teens in 1999, after a night of drinking, they were involved in a fatal auto accident. Agreeing to cover the accident up, they go on with their lives. As adults, Jax is consumed with guilt which destroys him, and Paul tells his wife Katherine the truth. Then Katherine is found dead in the lake behind their home ... Remarried to Charlotte, Pauls life moves on. When another woman is found dead under the dock behind their home suspicions abound. This is a well crafted story which kept my interest from beginning to end. A very good read.
I received an ebook Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Many thanks to the author, publisher and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review this book. I was very excited to 'win' this book, as I have heard rave reviews of Kimberly Belle's other books. She seems to be one of the go-to authors for suspense and thrillers, and I have enjoyed the other books by her that I've read. This one started off very atmospheric. The author really puts you in the location, includes the sounds and feelings. I thought I was in for a white-knuckle-grip read. But it didn't really work for me. Over the past few years I've read a LOT of this type of book - too many, to be honest - and often feel like I can see what's coming next and predict the ending. I wonder if that was my problem for this book. With the start of the book, I had expected a lot of character development and a rich story, but I don't feel like it really went that way. And some portions of the book got to be rather repetitive. As this was an ARC, I can still hope that there's another edit or two before publishing, and others will get a different feeling. I won't avoid Kimberly Bell's books, but maybe she's not the right author for me, or at least not when I've just read a lot of the similar genre.
Stranger in the Lake is an entertaining thriller about murder, long-hidden secrets and old and new lies in a small Appalachian town. If you look hard enough, every character has a connection to every other character, and nothing is what it appears to be at first glance. Old grudges hang on, and you cant always successfully cross from the wrong side of town to the right side. There is a rich cast of characters. Paul seems like a good man whos found love and happiness again after losing his first wife. Charlotte loves Paul and feels protected and safe in his wealth after her anything but easy childhood. They are surrounded by Charlottes brother Chet, Pauls childhood friends Micah and Jax, Pauls mother, Micahs police chief father, Charlottes old friend Sam from the days she was just Charlie. And then a mysterious women comes to town and begins to shake things up. Until she is found floating in the lake. Paul was accused and exonerated of killing his first wife, but this death is nearly identical. Is there really any such thing as a coincidence? I had a hard time rating this book. On the one hand it was a gripping story and once I started reading I didnt want to stop. Author Kimberly Belles writing style flows smoothly and is easy to read. On the other hand, although there was a large cast of characters, it seemed like their stories dropped off just as they were getting interesting. The narrative switched from Charlottes telling of current events to Jaxs story from 1999, the summer before the boys were to go to college. The switch wasnt always very smooth and at times it took a minute to place a character from the past in the present. As soon as the body was discovered there was a sense of danger and uncertainty surrounding Charlotte and she began to question what she really knew about Paul and his past. What caused my difficulty in reviewing and rating was that the mystery and actual events were pretty easy to figure out early on in the story. My desire to read on through was more to see how the author would wrap things up than to learn who did what. This is the first book I have read by this author and I do recommend it and will read more of what she writes. Its a good read and the deep dive into the psychological motives of the characters is very interesting. Thanks to the author and publisher for providing an advance copy of Stranger in the Lake via NetGalley for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Kimberly Belle has once again delivered! Stranger in the Lake was a good book with a different flavor from her other books. I couldn't wait to dig in. They are all so delicious and slide right down leaving you wanting another one. The suspense in this book is a very gradual climb. I liked that. I liked her characters and could never figure out who the culprit was. I went back and forth and all over the place and didn't know who did it until it was revealed. Of course, if the author doesn't come right out and tell me at the very beginning, I never figure them out. Does that mean my mind isn't devious? If you haven't read a Kimberly Belle book, you really need to. You won't be disappointed. She always delivers a great read. Her book are entertaining and will keep you in your seat reading long after bedtime. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest review.
I love Kimberly Belle but this one was a bit slow to get into for me. Still well worth the time to read Stranger in the Lake with the surprise ending. and a character whose moral compass leads her to an honest life. After a whirlwind romance,Charlotte McCready (26) finds herself married to wealthy widower, Paul Keller (37). Within a year she is pregnant when her world begins to fall apart on her discovery of the body of a young woman under the dock of her home. Paul and his BFFs, Jax and Micah are hiding secrets. As the complex plot reveals characters' actions the 'who-done-it' becomes a race against time Charlie (Charlotte) is a character I felt I could connect with and her brother Chet was a good support for her. I volunteered to read an ARC through Net Galley.
A small town, a body found floating under a dock. That dock just happens to be where another body was found not so long ago. Paul and Charlotte live there, the other body was his late wife. The town is looking suspiciously at Paul. But wait: he is just one of the long list of suspects. Who can you really believe? Twists and turns right to the final page will keep the light on, the pages turning. Thanks to NetGalley and Harelquin Trade Publishing (US and Canada) Park Row for an entertaining read.