Loss Lake

Kindle Edition  Loss Lake eBook ï

Loss Lake [Reading] ➽ Loss Lake Author Amber Cowie – Polishdarling.co.uk A new town, a new life, and a new home—with an absolutely chilling lakefront view

Two months a widow, Mallory Dent has made the impulsive decision to pack up and move on In remote McNamara, A new town, a new life, and a new home—with an absolutely chilling lakefront viewTwo months a widow, Mallory Dent has made the impulsive decision to pack up and move on In remote McNamara, nestled in the northern mountains, she can escape her grief, guilt, and pain But the day Mallory arrives, death follows her, lapping just outside her door A woman’s body is found floating in Loss Lake—and it’s not the first death on these shores Locals talk about a monster in the depths with an almost disturbing reverenceSergeant Joel Benson understands Mallory’s unease Years ago, his own brother was killed in the home Mallory now owns But that was just a tragic accident Wasn’t it? The Mallory investigates, the fearful she becomes Maybe there are monsters in McNamara Maybe some have followed her thereAs a winter storm bears down, the refuge Mallory sought has become a trap It’s time to face her past, the secrets behind the town’s friendly faces, and a reckoning that will shatter the eerie, icy calm of Loss Lake.


10 thoughts on “Loss Lake

  1. Kristin Kristin says:

    A new town, new life, a fresh start for a widow, all until someone drowns off Mallory's lakefront beach...The concept pulled me right in. One of the things I love about Amber Cowie's writing is that she is a master of simplicity and carefully guarded secrets in her characters. The combination makes ordinary things like a sound in the woods or footprints in the snow endlessly creepy, and you're not sure whether to root for her characters or distrust them. The supernatural pull of the lake and the effect it had on the town was also a plus for me. Special thanks to Amber Cowie and Lake Union Publishing for a sneak peek at this one. It's a perfect mystery for a cozy winter read. 


  2. Suzy Krause Suzy Krause says:

    Cowie does such a good job of keeping the reader on their toes, hiding facets of her characters and then revealing them when you least expect it. I was almost finished reading this book and I still had no idea where it was going or who the murderer was—just a growing sense that every inkling and assumption I'd had so far was wrong. The ending was unexpected and perfect. Very cinematic; I want this adapted to film.
    I loved the western Canadian setting too; it was a character in and of itself and I felt like I was there (which was a gift since I haven't been ANYWHERE in such a long time).
    Such a good autumn read—creepy, thoughtful, and compelling. And Canadian. ;)


  3. Donna Hines Donna Hines says:

    A monster resides nearby or so they note but does he truly even exist?...
    I love when a thriller comes together, tightly bundled, exuding charm, completely chilling, and downright stunning!
    This is a fast turner with all the heart stopping action you'd expect from a Lake Union author such as Amber Cowie.
    In this situation we have a widow name Mallory Dent who recently moved to McNamara after her husband's passing two years earlier. She's originally from Vancouver and the area appears lovely at first glance.
    That's until death creeps along the shore. Casting an illuminous glow upon those who inhabit the area surrounding the waters edge.
    Sure it's creepy as all heck but in a weird way it reminded me of the Lockness Monster -type of feel- in which you wonder - what if it's true?
    Luckily for Mallory she's got Sergeant Joel Benson on her side who recently lost his own brother Sean.
    Who knew the freaky connection these two would possess....
    Of course, let's not forget that body on the shore. It turns out it's Alice and she has or was it had a son named Dean...
    Everyone in town seems to know a tid-bit or two on this family that was found by a logger working on a dam.
    In fact, Jonathan Shine was the person responsible for finding her body.
    Oh, by the way before I forget - it seems trouble was in paradise- for Mallory as she's on the verge of divorce - or was- till Graham's death via heart issues.
    So, it may just not be a party town after all unless you ask Dean, but if we were to ask Cynthia- well lets just say she's got her eye on Mallory but not in a good way...it's more suspicion.
    I can tell you this in closing because Cynthia seems to have met her match...
    Innocent people don't die in Loss Lake...
    Let that tingle you to the bone.
    This was a superb thriller for the summer of 2020!
    Thank you to Amber Cowie, the Lake Union Publishers, NetGalley, and Amazon Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.


  4. Judy D Collins Judy D Collins says:

    LOVED! Amber Cowie returns from her smashing debut Rapid Falls, her followup, Raven Lane and returns with her best yet —LOSS LAKE.

    There is a monster (s). Is the monster in the lake, or is it within us? Often they are right in front of us.

    Superbly written, LOSS LAKE is evocative, dark, deep, chilling, gripping, emotional, and atmospheric— a spellbinding thought-provoking blend of a riveting suspenseful mystery, with elements of mystical, psychological, and literary thriller fiction rolled into one with a Hitchcockian twist!

    Forty-year-old Mallory Dent (former nurse) travels 1300 miles north on a new journey and a new chapter in her life. She is leaving all the grief and people behind and moving to a new small town of McNamara. A beautiful remote lakefront home. She senses the lake is awaiting her as much as she has been anticipating her new life.

    A recent widow from Vancouver, her husband Graham, recently died with a lingering illness. She had contacted the real estate agency and purchased the small ranch house without seeing it and told herself it was a gift to be reckless for change. It was time she leaves her home and its memories.

    However, once she arrived in this small, close-knit rural town with its hardware, real estate, grocery, pub, and families—a place where everyone knows your business. Everyone seemed to be connected or related.

    The house is older and built in the mid-60s, and soon after she arrives, she discovers some shocking news. Sergeant Joel Benson (hunk) arrived on her doorstep to inform her someone had drowned. Also, she soon discovers he was killed in her house —a fact she did not recall her real estate agent informing her. Here she is trying to leave her grief and past and now this.

    She quickly meets up with several colorful ladies and neighbors. Some friendly, some not. Many of these people seemed angry and did not welcome new people very quickly.

    However, the lake has its monsters. Mallory soon learned there were horrors and deaths. Legends of a monster in the lake. The lakefront was picturesque and surrounded by forest, and this Sergeant Joel Benson seemed intriguing and sexy. She is attracted to him for some reason.

    His sister Kylie befriends her, and Mallory wants to know more about this town. She continues to hear the talk of the monster in the lake. Seemed these deaths took place in October and started with the flood in 1974. The lake takes those who are evil.

    She is not sure she feels safe being here after being a spoiled urbanite and maybe was too hasty to move here. This was supposed to be a place to heal, not to be fearful.

    Slowly Mallory realizes things are not right, and everyone seems to be related to one another with something to hide. From the strange requests of hunting on her land to the snow globes and talk of monsters.

    If someone were killed in her house, could someone be after her too? She soon learns it was the brother who was killed. After all these years, they have not found the killer? She begins her own investigation.

    Now another accident/murder/suicide? However, what is scarier is she knows this person and is the last to see them. She must learn more about the deaths, this town, its history, and the people. However, she puts herself in danger by getting too close. Someone is stalking around her house, and she no longer feels safe. She may uncover more than she wants.

    But the question is, who are the monsters? Often the monsters can be right in front us of. Often they are within fighting the battle between good and evil. Out of the characters, you will meet, you must decide who is the killer and why and who is part of the cover-up? The truth is easy to miss when its right in front of us.

    In Cowie's skillful hands, this story of obsession, murder, grief, and the search for truth is both a compassionate character study and a compelling psychological mystery thriller.

    What I enjoy about Amber's novels that set her apart: her books make you think. That is why I love reading. People may read the same books and have a different takeaway.

    I have read many reviews stating they did not like the abrupt ending. I cannot think of any other way to end and thought it was perfection. Is she setting it up for a possible sequel (let's hope) or a future book, or is she leaving you to draw your own conclusion?

    I love her settings (I am a nature gal at heart). There is always a hidden meaning with her books, and often the skilled author allows the savvy reader to seek and find the answer or draw a conclusion. A metaphor, symbol, a teaser —she always keeps you guessing.

    Her well-developed characters have something to hide. Good stories do not give up their secrets early on. She may not tell you everything, but slowly their demons and inner turmoil are unraveled. The author smoothly mixes red herrings and sprinkles clues. Readers who like a good psychological puzzle will be rewarded.

    There are themes of grief, guilt, greed, and loyalty. Something or someone may be weighing them down. The outdoor elements and settings draw you in. Water can be beautiful, but dangerous. The same with people. Good vs. evil. LOSS LAKE would make for an excellent series for the small or widescreen!

    MONSTERS: are they part of myth, legend, or monsters within us?

    Some characters are seeking absolution, retribution, resolution, and some escaping or hiding their past. Some want to start over, but their past haunts them. Some things can weigh the soul. Some try and protect themselves or others. Our actions or those of others cause consequences.

    LOSS LAKE is vivid, symbolic, and full of dark family secrets in this small rural town—the perfect eerie setting for Halloween!

    In my opinion, the author's writing moves to a different higher level. Both plot and character-driven, Cowie delivers an addictive, totally unputdownable thriller with an explosive killer jaw-dropping ending. Trust NO one! I highly recommend it if you like sophisticated literary mystery thrillers.

    For me, literary mystery thrillers are rich, evocative, lyrical, in-depth characterization, and balanced with emotion, mystery, and wit. They wake up your brain and your heart. These mysteries are more than a typical whodunit. The characters are complex, the storyline intriguing, and the language is rich.

    A few authors excel in this category, and my favorites are Randall Silvis, T. Greenwood, Wendy Walker, Karen Katchur, AJ Banner, Christina McDonald, and Amber Cowie. I enjoy literary mystery thrillers.

    I cannot wait to see what is next from Amber! Fans of Ruth Ware will enjoy this one. Stay tuned for Nov 10th pub day with an unforgettable Elevator Ride with the Author Interview to discover more about the story behind the story and this exciting author.

    In the meantime, I highly recommend (read my reviews) Rapid Falls, Raven Lane, and check out her fabulous essays, short stories, articles, and blogs on her website. Check out my Q&A with her debut Rapid Falls!

    A special thank you to #Lake Union, the author, and #NetGalley for the honor of an advanced reading copy.

    #JDCMustReadBooks


  5. Steena Holmes Steena Holmes says:

    Layers of delicate mystery enhanced by loss and grief plunge you into a must read ending you won’t soon forget!


  6. Debbie Debbie says:

    Really enjoyed this one. Review up closer to publication date.


  7. Jeff Jeff says:

    Screw You (In The Best Possible Ways), Amber Cowie! Interesting story, solid mystery that begins to slowly drag you in. Mystery heats up in the back half, and then... that ending. The reason for the title of the review. Great book, and clearly shows Cowie's growth as a storyteller and writer on now her 3rd effort. But that ending... well, read the damn book and see what you think. You may well have exactly the same reaction I did. 😉


  8. Joann Joann says:

    This book started off well for me. A widow starting a new life in a small town, fresh start. Dead body in the lake behind her house. Got it. Lots of history in the small town - everyone knows everyone - neat characters, lots related. Got it. Love starts between the widow and a cop. Got it. Then it goes south.
    It seemed to pick up pace to the point of rushing, a lake monster, characters turning but not clearly turning, and an ending that was not acceptable. I was bought into the first half, then lost me the second half especially at the end.


  9. Dana Jones Dana Jones says:

    The plot: Two months a widow, Mallory Dent has made the impulsive decision to pack up and move on. In remote McNamara, nestled in the northern mountains, she can escape her grief, guilt, and pain. But the day Mallory arrives, death follows her, lapping just outside her door. A woman’s body is found floating in Loss Lake—and it’s not the first death on these shores. Locals talk about a monster in the depths with an almost disturbing reverence.

    Sergeant Joel Benson understands Mallory’s unease. Years ago, his own brother was killed in the home Mallory now owns. But that was just a tragic accident. Wasn’t it? The more Mallory investigates, the more fearful she becomes. Maybe there are monsters in McNamara. Maybe some have followed her there.

    As a winter storm bears down, the refuge Mallory sought has become a trap. It’s time to face her past, the secrets behind the town’s friendly faces, and a reckoning that will shatter the eerie, icy calm of Loss Lake.

    The review: I thought this book had a lot of promise. It started off strong and then mid-way through became a little too incredulous for me. It reminded me of a Netflix miniseries that starts off promising and you think it’s going to be a thriller, then midway it becomes sorta conspiracy/supernatural/horror and it just lost me.

    2.5 stars

    Thanks to Netgalley for the book!


  10. Carla Suto Carla Suto says:

    LOSS LAKE by amber Cowie is a gripping, atmospheric and suspenseful mystery that had me hooked from beginning to end. It is a story of grief, loss, guilt and small town intrigue that kept me guessing right up to the unexpected conclusion. Forty-year-old Mallory Dent is a new widow, having lost her husband to a terminal illness only two months ago. She decides to leave everything behind and escape to the remote town of McNamara in the Northwestern Canadian mountains. Sight unseen, she purchases a house and property on Loss Lake and heads north on her own hoping for a fresh start. Just as she arrives at her new house, police Sergeant Joel Benson arrives to inform her that a woman’s body has been found floating in Loss Lake near the beach on her property. Soon Mallory is dragged into the town’s eerie and tragic past and the generations-old legends of Loss Lake. Deeply-buried family secrets are gradually revealed, including those Mallory herself has kept hidden. The vivid descriptions of the setting transported me to McNamara. The characters were so well-portrayed that I felt like I knew them personally. I enjoyed this well-written and edgy novel and highly recommend it. Thank you to the author for providing me with an early copy to read and review.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


10 thoughts on “Loss Lake

  1. Kristin Kristin says:

    A new town, new life, a fresh start for a widow, all until someone drowns off Mallory's lakefront beach...The concept pulled me right in. One of the things I love about Amber Cowie's writing is that she is a master of simplicity and carefully guarded secrets in her characters. The combination makes ordinary things like a sound in the woods or footprints in the snow endlessly creepy, and you're not sure whether to root for her characters or distrust them. The supernatural pull of the lake and the effect it had on the town was also a plus for me. Special thanks to Amber Cowie and Lake Union Publishing for a sneak peek at this one. It's a perfect mystery for a cozy winter read. 


  2. Suzy Krause Suzy Krause says:

    Cowie does such a good job of keeping the reader on their toes, hiding facets of her characters and then revealing them when you least expect it. I was almost finished reading this book and I still had no idea where it was going or who the murderer was—just a growing sense that every inkling and assumption I'd had so far was wrong. The ending was unexpected and perfect. Very cinematic; I want this adapted to film.
    I loved the western Canadian setting too; it was a character in and of itself and I felt like I was there (which was a gift since I haven't been ANYWHERE in such a long time).
    Such a good autumn read—creepy, thoughtful, and compelling. And Canadian. ;)


  3. Donna Hines Donna Hines says:

    A monster resides nearby or so they note but does he truly even exist?...
    I love when a thriller comes together, tightly bundled, exuding charm, completely chilling, and downright stunning!
    This is a fast turner with all the heart stopping action you'd expect from a Lake Union author such as Amber Cowie.
    In this situation we have a widow name Mallory Dent who recently moved to McNamara after her husband's passing two years earlier. She's originally from Vancouver and the area appears lovely at first glance.
    That's until death creeps along the shore. Casting an illuminous glow upon those who inhabit the area surrounding the waters edge.
    Sure it's creepy as all heck but in a weird way it reminded me of the Lockness Monster -type of feel- in which you wonder - what if it's true?
    Luckily for Mallory she's got Sergeant Joel Benson on her side who recently lost his own brother Sean.
    Who knew the freaky connection these two would possess....
    Of course, let's not forget that body on the shore. It turns out it's Alice and she has or was it had a son named Dean...
    Everyone in town seems to know a tid-bit or two on this family that was found by a logger working on a dam.
    In fact, Jonathan Shine was the person responsible for finding her body.
    Oh, by the way before I forget - it seems trouble was in paradise- for Mallory as she's on the verge of divorce - or was- till Graham's death via heart issues.
    So, it may just not be a party town after all unless you ask Dean, but if we were to ask Cynthia- well lets just say she's got her eye on Mallory but not in a good way...it's more suspicion.
    I can tell you this in closing because Cynthia seems to have met her match...
    Innocent people don't die in Loss Lake...
    Let that tingle you to the bone.
    This was a superb thriller for the summer of 2020!
    Thank you to Amber Cowie, the Lake Union Publishers, NetGalley, and Amazon Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.


  4. Judy D Collins Judy D Collins says:

    LOVED! Amber Cowie returns from her smashing debut Rapid Falls, her followup, Raven Lane and returns with her best yet —LOSS LAKE.

    There is a monster (s). Is the monster in the lake, or is it within us? Often they are right in front of us.

    Superbly written, LOSS LAKE is evocative, dark, deep, chilling, gripping, emotional, and atmospheric— a spellbinding thought-provoking blend of a riveting suspenseful mystery, with elements of mystical, psychological, and literary thriller fiction rolled into one with a Hitchcockian twist!

    Forty-year-old Mallory Dent (former nurse) travels 1300 miles north on a new journey and a new chapter in her life. She is leaving all the grief and people behind and moving to a new small town of McNamara. A beautiful remote lakefront home. She senses the lake is awaiting her as much as she has been anticipating her new life.

    A recent widow from Vancouver, her husband Graham, recently died with a lingering illness. She had contacted the real estate agency and purchased the small ranch house without seeing it and told herself it was a gift to be reckless for change. It was time she leaves her home and its memories.

    However, once she arrived in this small, close-knit rural town with its hardware, real estate, grocery, pub, and families—a place where everyone knows your business. Everyone seemed to be connected or related.

    The house is older and built in the mid-60s, and soon after she arrives, she discovers some shocking news. Sergeant Joel Benson (hunk) arrived on her doorstep to inform her someone had drowned. Also, she soon discovers he was killed in her house —a fact she did not recall her real estate agent informing her. Here she is trying to leave her grief and past and now this.

    She quickly meets up with several colorful ladies and neighbors. Some friendly, some not. Many of these people seemed angry and did not welcome new people very quickly.

    However, the lake has its monsters. Mallory soon learned there were horrors and deaths. Legends of a monster in the lake. The lakefront was picturesque and surrounded by forest, and this Sergeant Joel Benson seemed intriguing and sexy. She is attracted to him for some reason.

    His sister Kylie befriends her, and Mallory wants to know more about this town. She continues to hear the talk of the monster in the lake. Seemed these deaths took place in October and started with the flood in 1974. The lake takes those who are evil.

    She is not sure she feels safe being here after being a spoiled urbanite and maybe was too hasty to move here. This was supposed to be a place to heal, not to be fearful.

    Slowly Mallory realizes things are not right, and everyone seems to be related to one another with something to hide. From the strange requests of hunting on her land to the snow globes and talk of monsters.

    If someone were killed in her house, could someone be after her too? She soon learns it was the brother who was killed. After all these years, they have not found the killer? She begins her own investigation.

    Now another accident/murder/suicide? However, what is scarier is she knows this person and is the last to see them. She must learn more about the deaths, this town, its history, and the people. However, she puts herself in danger by getting too close. Someone is stalking around her house, and she no longer feels safe. She may uncover more than she wants.

    But the question is, who are the monsters? Often the monsters can be right in front us of. Often they are within fighting the battle between good and evil. Out of the characters, you will meet, you must decide who is the killer and why and who is part of the cover-up? The truth is easy to miss when its right in front of us.

    In Cowie's skillful hands, this story of obsession, murder, grief, and the search for truth is both a compassionate character study and a compelling psychological mystery thriller.

    What I enjoy about Amber's novels that set her apart: her books make you think. That is why I love reading. People may read the same books and have a different takeaway.

    I have read many reviews stating they did not like the abrupt ending. I cannot think of any other way to end and thought it was perfection. Is she setting it up for a possible sequel (let's hope) or a future book, or is she leaving you to draw your own conclusion?

    I love her settings (I am a nature gal at heart). There is always a hidden meaning with her books, and often the skilled author allows the savvy reader to seek and find the answer or draw a conclusion. A metaphor, symbol, a teaser —she always keeps you guessing.

    Her well-developed characters have something to hide. Good stories do not give up their secrets early on. She may not tell you everything, but slowly their demons and inner turmoil are unraveled. The author smoothly mixes red herrings and sprinkles clues. Readers who like a good psychological puzzle will be rewarded.

    There are themes of grief, guilt, greed, and loyalty. Something or someone may be weighing them down. The outdoor elements and settings draw you in. Water can be beautiful, but dangerous. The same with people. Good vs. evil. LOSS LAKE would make for an excellent series for the small or widescreen!

    MONSTERS: are they part of myth, legend, or monsters within us?

    Some characters are seeking absolution, retribution, resolution, and some escaping or hiding their past. Some want to start over, but their past haunts them. Some things can weigh the soul. Some try and protect themselves or others. Our actions or those of others cause consequences.

    LOSS LAKE is vivid, symbolic, and full of dark family secrets in this small rural town—the perfect eerie setting for Halloween!

    In my opinion, the author's writing moves to a different higher level. Both plot and character-driven, Cowie delivers an addictive, totally unputdownable thriller with an explosive killer jaw-dropping ending. Trust NO one! I highly recommend it if you like sophisticated literary mystery thrillers.

    For me, literary mystery thrillers are rich, evocative, lyrical, in-depth characterization, and balanced with emotion, mystery, and wit. They wake up your brain and your heart. These mysteries are more than a typical whodunit. The characters are complex, the storyline intriguing, and the language is rich.

    A few authors excel in this category, and my favorites are Randall Silvis, T. Greenwood, Wendy Walker, Karen Katchur, AJ Banner, Christina McDonald, and Amber Cowie. I enjoy literary mystery thrillers.

    I cannot wait to see what is next from Amber! Fans of Ruth Ware will enjoy this one. Stay tuned for Nov 10th pub day with an unforgettable Elevator Ride with the Author Interview to discover more about the story behind the story and this exciting author.

    In the meantime, I highly recommend (read my reviews) Rapid Falls, Raven Lane, and check out her fabulous essays, short stories, articles, and blogs on her website. Check out my Q&A with her debut Rapid Falls!

    A special thank you to #Lake Union, the author, and #NetGalley for the honor of an advanced reading copy.

    #JDCMustReadBooks


  5. Steena Holmes Steena Holmes says:

    Layers of delicate mystery enhanced by loss and grief plunge you into a must read ending you won’t soon forget!


  6. Debbie Debbie says:

    Really enjoyed this one. Review up closer to publication date.


  7. Jeff Jeff says:

    Screw You (In The Best Possible Ways), Amber Cowie! Interesting story, solid mystery that begins to slowly drag you in. Mystery heats up in the back half, and then... that ending. The reason for the title of the review. Great book, and clearly shows Cowie's growth as a storyteller and writer on now her 3rd effort. But that ending... well, read the damn book and see what you think. You may well have exactly the same reaction I did. 😉


  8. Joann Joann says:

    This book started off well for me. A widow starting a new life in a small town, fresh start. Dead body in the lake behind her house. Got it. Lots of history in the small town - everyone knows everyone - neat characters, lots related. Got it. Love starts between the widow and a cop. Got it. Then it goes south.
    It seemed to pick up pace to the point of rushing, a lake monster, characters turning but not clearly turning, and an ending that was not acceptable. I was bought into the first half, then lost me the second half especially at the end.


  9. Dana Jones Dana Jones says:

    The plot: Two months a widow, Mallory Dent has made the impulsive decision to pack up and move on. In remote McNamara, nestled in the northern mountains, she can escape her grief, guilt, and pain. But the day Mallory arrives, death follows her, lapping just outside her door. A woman’s body is found floating in Loss Lake—and it’s not the first death on these shores. Locals talk about a monster in the depths with an almost disturbing reverence.

    Sergeant Joel Benson understands Mallory’s unease. Years ago, his own brother was killed in the home Mallory now owns. But that was just a tragic accident. Wasn’t it? The more Mallory investigates, the more fearful she becomes. Maybe there are monsters in McNamara. Maybe some have followed her there.

    As a winter storm bears down, the refuge Mallory sought has become a trap. It’s time to face her past, the secrets behind the town’s friendly faces, and a reckoning that will shatter the eerie, icy calm of Loss Lake.

    The review: I thought this book had a lot of promise. It started off strong and then mid-way through became a little too incredulous for me. It reminded me of a Netflix miniseries that starts off promising and you think it’s going to be a thriller, then midway it becomes sorta conspiracy/supernatural/horror and it just lost me.

    2.5 stars

    Thanks to Netgalley for the book!


  10. Carla Suto Carla Suto says:

    LOSS LAKE by amber Cowie is a gripping, atmospheric and suspenseful mystery that had me hooked from beginning to end. It is a story of grief, loss, guilt and small town intrigue that kept me guessing right up to the unexpected conclusion. Forty-year-old Mallory Dent is a new widow, having lost her husband to a terminal illness only two months ago. She decides to leave everything behind and escape to the remote town of McNamara in the Northwestern Canadian mountains. Sight unseen, she purchases a house and property on Loss Lake and heads north on her own hoping for a fresh start. Just as she arrives at her new house, police Sergeant Joel Benson arrives to inform her that a woman’s body has been found floating in Loss Lake near the beach on her property. Soon Mallory is dragged into the town’s eerie and tragic past and the generations-old legends of Loss Lake. Deeply-buried family secrets are gradually revealed, including those Mallory herself has kept hidden. The vivid descriptions of the setting transported me to McNamara. The characters were so well-portrayed that I felt like I knew them personally. I enjoyed this well-written and edgy novel and highly recommend it. Thank you to the author for providing me with an early copy to read and review.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *