Adult book reviews, Book Reviews

The Lake by Louise Sharland – Tour Stop and ARC Review


My Rating ~ Four stars

RELEASE DATE: 18 March 2021

Publisher: Avon Books

Format: E-ARC

Source:  NetGalley



The truth lies just beneath the surface…

Kate’s world falls apart when her teenage son drowns in the waters by his school. She’s convinced it wasn’t just a tragic accident, but no one will listen.

Then, six years later, Kate unearths Michael’s lost diary and realises she may finally be able uncover what really happened that night.

But as she delves deeper, she begins to realise that she didn’t really know her son – or the people in his life – at all. And that, sometimes, secrets are better left submerged…





Thankyou to Avon Books for providing me with a copy of The Lake, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Kate’s life has been an unending journey of misery since her 15 year old son, Michael, drowned. While she is convinced his death wasn’t an accident, everyone around her, including her husband, wants her to just move on. When Kates mother is hospitalized from a stroke, she heads to her house to look after her cat and be closer to her mum. She didn’t expect to find Michael’s diary in her mother’s house. And she didn’t expect it to reveal even more questions about not only his death, but a life Kate knew nothing about. Determined to solve the mystery of the night Michael died, she’ll stop at nothing to get to the truth.

The Lake was a gripping read, with several characters I wanted to reach through the pages and strangle. Being a mother myself, stories about harm befalling children are always an emotional read and this one was no exception. A fast paced thriller, covering many intense subjects, such as abusive relationships, grief, family issues and more, The Lake provided enough drama and twists to keep me entertained the whole way through. While some of the plot points were a little predictable, on the whole, I found the story an engaging and easy read.

I’d recommend this one to anyone who enjoys domestic thrillers!






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