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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

BLOG TOUR & Review: Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly Belle @parkrowbooks

Stranger in the Lake 
by Kimberly Belle

Thank you Park Row Books for this copy and stop on the blog tour.

Publisher: Park Row 
Publish Date: June 9, 2020
Kindle Edition
352 Pages
Genres: Thriller, Mystery

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 woman’s body floating in the exact same spot where Paul’s 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 he’s 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 doesn’t know what to trust —her heart, which knows Paul to be a good man, or her growing suspicion that there’s something he’s hiding in the water.

My Review:

I am forever drawn into Belle's stories.  Here she brings us into a marriage where the protagonist is married to an older man whose wealth provides her with the luxury and security she never had growing up.  With this union comes the speculation in this small town as now she seems to neither fit within her new life or her old.  The death of his first wife coupled with the mysterious and yet similar death to the stranger found in the same lake by their house brings secrets to the surface.  Just how well does she know her husband?

Belle brings us some timely lessons of morality, loyalty, family and abuse of power.  I was drawn into the story straight from the beginning.  However, I do think there was a little bit of repetitiveness and a slow bit of a burn that caused my interest to fade here and there.  I was still very much needing to know what was going to happen and didn't figure out the culprit until it was revealed.  But alas, the ending was a tad bit underwhelming while the lessons were strong. Do I sound like I'm a bit torn? Well it's because I am. 

I would put this under a lighter domestic suspense of a read.  Belle is an author I absolutely enjoy and if you've like your thrillers with some lessons learned, this would be a great read for you.


credit: Brandon Wattson

Kimberly Belle is the USA Today and internationally bestselling author of six novels, including the forthcoming Stranger in the Lake (June 2020). Her third novel, The Marriage Lie, was a semifinalist in the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Mystery & Thriller, and a #1 e-book bestseller in the UK and Italy. She’s sold rights to her books in a dozen languages as well as film and television options. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, Belle divides her time between Atlanta and Amsterdam.

Author website | Facebook: @KimberlyBelleBooks | Twitter: @KimberlySBelle | Instagram: @kimberlysbelle | Goodreads

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