Summit Lake

Summit Lake

eBook - 2016
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"A gem of a mystery, fast-paced and suspenseful."--Catherine Coulter, # 1 New York Times bestselling author

Set in a small, picturesque North Carolina town, Charlie Donlea's suspenseful debut novel tells the haunting story of a murdered law school student, the reporter assigned to her story--and the intimate connection that comes when the living walk in the footsteps of the dead.

"No suspects.  No persons of interest.  Just a girl who was alive one day and dead the next."

Some places seem too beautiful to be touched by horror. Summit Lake, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is that kind of place, with charming stilt houses dotted along the pristine water. But two weeks ago, Becca Eckersley, a first-year law student, was brutally murdered in one of those houses. The daughter of a powerful attorney, Becca was hard-working, accomplished, and ambitious. Now, while the town reels with grief and shocked residents gather to share their theories, the police are baffled.

At first, investigative reporter Kelsey Castle thinks of the assignment as a fluff piece. But the savagery of the crime, and the determined efforts to keep the case quiet, all hint at something far more than a random attack by a stranger. As Kelsey digs deeper, pushing on despite danger and warnings, she feels a growing connection to the dead girl. And the more she learns about Becca's friendships, her love life--and the secrets she was keeping--the more convinced she becomes that learning the truth about Becca could be the key to overcoming her own dark past...

Advance Praise for Summit Lake

"An exciting debut, with all the right touches, captivating from the first page to the last.  There's a bright future ahead for this newcomer to the thriller genre -- definitely a talent to watch."--Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

"Gripping! This one kept me up late into the night."--Nancy Bush, New York Times bestselling author

"A swift, outstanding debut. Summit Lake engrossed me then knocked me cold. Charlie Donlea is a superb storyteller sure to damage the best seller lists."--Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author

" Summit Lake makes a small town come alive through the lens of madness, misunderstandings, betrayal, and a pile of the kind of secrets that makes a mystery of a life so hard to untangle from its death. The pages fly by, zinging through the twists and revelations, all the way to the shattering conclusion."--Jamie Mason

"A brilliant, haunting thriller in which The Lovely Bones meets The Silence of the Lambs --with a bit of Twin Peaks thrown in for good measure! Charlie Donlea weaves a unique, spellbinding tale about a bond between two fascinating women--one living, one dead. Full of unexpected twists and turns, Summit Lake is an irresistible page-turner."--Kevin O'Brien, New York Times bestselling author

"Grabs you from the very start and doesn't let go! This gripping thriller keeps you at the edge of your seat and gasping in all the right places. Donlea spins a perfectly crafted story of two women, both victims of violent crime, searching for justice, redemption and ultimately--peace. You won't be able to put this book down until you've uncovered all the secrets hidden inside the picturesque town of Summit Lake."--Emily Bleeker
Publisher: Kensington Books,, 2016.
ISBN: 9781496700995
1496700996
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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reader7176
Aug 13, 2017

Good book like this author!!

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Sansha
Jun 12, 2016

A gripping murder mystery. Told in a diary format, alternating between the investigative reporter and the victim. Twists and turns. Really enjoyed this novel.

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mjk236sb
Mar 10, 2016

Summit Lake was filled with mystery, murder, love and intrigue till the very last page. Great first book by this author. Kept you reading and turning the pages well into the night, as you tried to figure out what the next twist to the story would be. The characters were real and you wanted to keep reading to find out the end of their story. An end that will surprise even the most avide mystery readers. Will be looking for additional books by this author.

agkersh Jan 26, 2016

Summit Lake by Charlie Donlea is an excellent debut mystery that keeps you turning the pages.
The setting is a small town in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The plot moves back and forth between Kelsey Castle, a true crime journalist, in the present investigating the savage murder and rape of Becca Eckersley, with Becca, a first year law student, telling her own story before her death threaded in between. Both women have secrets that become revealed throughout the story in tantalizing increments and there are plenty of twists and turns that surprise.
I found all of the characters to be interesting and well fleshed out. The pacing of the story is fast and entertaining. I did have a small problem with the lack of law enforcement involvement and the way Kelsey obtained some of her information. The reveal of the killer was truly unexpected. Well worth the read and I will be looking for more from this author.
Thank you so much to Kensington Books and Net Galley for a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

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