Review: Summit Lake


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Book Title: Summit Lake
Author: Charlie Donlea
Series: None
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Fiction, Crime


Once again I couldn’t stop thinking about this book, so I felt it only fair to bump this rating up to 4 stars! Thank you Charlie Donlea for a book that caused me to change my rating and stick with me long after the story ended.




Many thanks to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

3.5 stars

Well, I was all over the place on this one. I figured I’d settle in the middle to be fair.

This story is a healthy blend of past and present, told through multiple POVs which I thoroughly enjoyed. We begin with the murder of Becca and travel back and forth to figure out who did it and why. Kelsey is a reporter who has suffered a recent trauma unknown to us and is sent on assignment to Summit Lake to piece together a story on Becca’s murder. Each chapter alternates so that we get a little more of the puzzle until the big reveal at the end.

While I had a few problems with this story, I really enjoyed the characters in the past tense; I felt like I was experiencing college again with them. The story had so much potential and it kept me reading until the end. I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone, but I had an issue with the “big reveal” at the end. I felt cheated and manipulated and it felt forced and aspects of how this master twist was pulled off were left unexplained.

Overall, I’m glad I read it and would still recommend to others. It was a fast read and well written for a debut. I look forward to seeing the author’s next book.


About The Suspense Is Thrilling Me

Chelsea is a happily married mother of two who's love of mysteries can be traced back to her first Nancy Drew experience. When not reading and writing book reviews, she likes to drink wine in her jammies and pretend that she exercises.
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