PURCHASE A COPY
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Release Date: June 9, 2020
Actual Rating: 4 stars
Mystery | Thriller | Suspense
Believe it or not, this is my first Kimberly Belle read. I’ve been a fan of the mystery thriller genre for a long time but tended to stay with authors I’ve already read rather than branching out to those I know nothing about. But seeing her books in other readers favorites list made piqued my curiosity so I gave this one a try. Thankfully, I really enjoyed it! I hate reading books after them being recommended to me a few times and then end up finding them underwhelming. That’s the worst! So, what did I think? I found this book to have the perfect atmosphere and setting for how the plot is laid out, and the suspense; while slow burn, to be perfect for this type of novel. Combining both these things together (the atmosphere and the slow burn from the plot) made for a gripping read!
For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. It may be in the upper 80’s here where I live but I felt a chill down to my bones when reading about the icy waters where the victim(s) laid. I also loved how strong Belle wrote the main character to be, especially after growing up the way she did. Sometimes going back to the past is especially healing. However, I felt like there was something missing in terms of backstory for the characters. I understood where the main character came from and how is formed her decisions for her future, but I needed a little bit more for the other characters who played crucial roles in this story (Paul, Jax, and Micah). Also, the crime committed 20 years ago in the story was a headscratcher for me, and I don’t think the possible consequences of their actions as kids should have motivated the killer for his/her future crimes. It seemed a little silly to me.
Other than this, Stranger in the Lake is a solid mystery/thriller and I enjoyed reading it and becoming immersed in the story. This is the first book I’ve read from the author and I plan on reading another in the very near future!
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