Thursday, December 10, 2015

Book Review of Blackwater Lake by Maggie James

Matthew Stanyer fears the worst when he reports his parents missing. His father, Joseph Stanyer, has been struggling to cope with his wife Evie, whose dementia is rapidly worsening. When their bodies are found close to Blackwater Lake, a local beauty spot, the inquest rules the deaths as a murder-suicide. A conclusion that's supported by the note Joseph leaves for his son.

Grief-stricken, Matthew begins to clear his parents' house of decades of compulsive hoarding, only to discover the dark enigmas hidden within its walls. Ones that lead Matthew to ask: why did his father choose Blackwater Lake to end his life? What other secrets do its waters conceal?

A short (25,000-words) novella, Blackwater Lake examines one man's determination to uncover his family's troubled past.

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

Read it. Just go out and get it and read it and then come back and say, "Thanks Joy!" You don't even need to say thank you really. 

This mystery novella keeps you on your toes! The plot is well developed and there are quite a few twists, just when you think you know what happened...bam! That's the best thing about mysteries though right? Don't want them to be predictable.  

I also really enjoyed how deep these characters got in such a short time. We get to really understand Matthew and not only his past, but why he can't let go of solving the mystery of blackwater lake. 

Overall, this story was very, very well written, fast paced and entertaining. If you need to kill a few hours and need a good book, well, here ya go! (I's free on amazon so really what are you waiting for!)

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