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Review: Summit Lake by Charlie Donlea

by Kristeena
Review: Summit Lake by Charlie DonleaSummit Lake by Charlie Donlea
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on January 26th 2016
Genre: Mystery + Thriller + Suspense
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320

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Some places seem too beautiful to be touched by horror. Summit Lake, nestled in North Carolina s Blue Ridge Mountains, is that kind of place. But two weeks ago, Becca Eckersley, a first-year law student and daughter of a powerful attorney, was brutally murdered there. Now the town is reeling with grief, and the police are baffled.

At first, investigative reporter Kelsey Castle thinks of the assignment as a fluff piece. But the savagery of the crime, and the efforts to keep it quiet, hint at something far more sinister than a random attack by a stranger. As Kelsey digs deeper, despite danger and warnings, she feels a growing connection to the dead girl. And the more she learns about Becca’s friendships, her love life and her secrets the more convinced she becomes that walking in Becca’s footsteps could lead her out of her own dark past.

I was very excited about this book because I LOVED The Girl Who Was Taken by the same author. The book was enjoyable enough but I couldn’t help but compare it to his other book I read. Maybe that isn’t fair to this book but that is what happens. I read it in 2 days because it was during hurricane Irma so from that angle it was a good book to have. Kept me interested enough throughout to help get through the boredom of the storm.


From about halfway I was convinced Brad was the killer but when he was thought to have committed suicide I tried to decide who else I thought the killer could be. When it ended up being Brad it made me go “what??” and I had to go back to the chapter where it seemed he killed himself and re-read it to see if I could find something I missed that would clue me in. I didn’t find anything so I thought that was definitely a good twist by the author. The parts I didn’t see the point of was the relationship between Kelsey & Matt, that felt unnecessary to the story and also I didn’t like that the Jack was killed in the plane crash on his way to Becca. That was also something I didn’t feel fit the story that well.

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