Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Stranger in the Lake” by Kimberly Belle, Park Row, June 9, 2020
OMG! Kimberly Belle, author of “Stranger in the Lake” has written a chilling thrilling, edgy, suspenseful, riveting, and page-turning novel. The genres for this novel are Mystery and Suspense, Thriller, Psychological Thriller, and Fiction. The timeline for this story is set in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The story takes place in a small town by a lake. The author describes her dramatic cast of characters as complex, complicated, quirky, dysfunctional, and suspect. In this story, there are deep dark secrets, betrayals, lies, threats, gaslighting, danger, and murder.
Kimberly Belle vividly sets and describes her characters, scenery, and plot. The author makes a case by setting the huge glass walled house by the slippery, dark lake. There are two ways to get to town, by boat, or a car. The town is very small, and the neighborhood seems to gossip alot. Charlotte and her brother come from the other poor side of town. Charlotte is married to Paul a very wealthy man and was a widower. Paul’s wife had been an expert swimmer, but drowned in the lake, by the house that Charlotte and Paul live in. The cause of death was ruled an accident, but the town still talks.
Charlotte is headed to town, and has to use the boat. She notices a body in the lake water by her house. Her husband Paul is doing his running, so she goes to get her neighbor and call 911. Once the body of the woman is pulled from the lake, most of the Police force determines that the dead woman is a stranger to the town. As Paul and his friends agree the woman is a stranger, Charlotte realizes that she thinks she had seen this woman talking to Paul the day before. Charlotte is also warned by one of Paul’s quirky friends to watch her back.
This is an edgy, intense, psychological thriller, that I would highly recommend for readers who enjoy a story with twists and turns and surprises.