Stranger In The Lake by Kimberly Belle

I had read and reviewed one of Kimberly’s previous books “Dear Wife” and have been hearing about the hype of this newest novel. I wanted in to see how good it was 🙂

Thank you Harlequin and Park Row Books for my gifted ebook in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: 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.

I was a little nervous about picking up another book full of lies and secrets since it seems that’s what I’ve been drawn to lately. It really wasn’t the premise of the story that let me down, but the constant flashbacks that, in my opinion, gave too many hints to the reader about what would happen in present day. As many of my blog readers know, I have a hard time following stories with different timelines. I think they get messy and this story was a good example of that. The story wasn’t as original as I thought it could have been and the “thrill” of it fell flat for me. Not my favorite read by the author, but one to maybe try in an audiobook setting as I feel like the story is set up nicely for it!

3/5 Stars

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