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Renee Thornton is on the brink of despair, ready to take a final plunge and join the other tragic souls at the bottom of Bradford Lake - known to locals as Suicide Lake.
Her plans change when she's startled back to reality after a body brushes up against her from the depths below. Terrified, Renee runs away and slams into her old flame Cliff Simpson, a deputy with Whitten County Sheriff's Department.
Strange events unfurl after the discovery of the corpse. Renee and Cliff find themselves caught up in a web of lies, deceit, and mystery.
Now, instead of being able to slip away silently and become another anonymous statistic, Renee finds herself entangled in a murder investigation. Is Cliff her ally or enemy? Who can she trust? What other secrets will rise to the surface?
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By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 07-08-16
Ashley Fontainne does it again! This book was such a rollercoaster and had so many twists and turns that you will get whiplash reading it ;)
Renee's life has been hell! At 13 her father left, never to be heard from again, her mother proceeded to become a drunk, Renee eventually married and divorced a man who made her life miserable, and who ended up in jail for murdering his second wife, she also lost a baby, which her husband blamed her for. She was penniless and had to move in with her mother in law! At her lowest, she takes some of her mother in laws pills with the intention of going to "Suicide" Lake. A once beautiful spot, now marred with waste dumping and being the spot where people come to end it all. Once there, she is just about to swallow her pills and enter the lake when she stumbles across a body. Unbeknownst to her, this will change her life forever!
Plot wise, this was such a suspenseful and gripping read that I listened to it in a day. This author never fails to grab your attention right from the start and doesn't let go till the very end! With plenty of twists, turns, and even a little romance, this is a must read for all!
For such a shortish book, the characters all go through so much but they also grow more for it. They are all well written and executed and there wasn't one that I didn't like.
In all, a brilliant and thrilling read and one I can't recommend enough. This author never fails to deliver with her books and I urge people to try them.
This isn't my first listen by Sara Morsey and won't be my last. She has such a comfortable voice that she immediately puts you at ease and in the mood for a good book. Her tones are varied and her accents were amazing. She really brought this book to life!
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By AudioBook Reviewer on 06-14-16
thrilling mystery with a hint of romance
Renee has lost all hope, and considering all the things life had thrown at her, it was very easy to sympathize with her. But just when she decides to end it all at the local spot known as 'Suicide Lake', she discovers a woman's body in the water, and soon Renee becomes deeply engrossed in a maze of betrayal and deceit.As a romance begins to blossom between Renee and deputy sheriff Cliff, Renee slowly starts to believe that perhaps there could be a more promising future ahead for her. But in a corrupt town full of secrets, Renee's life is threatened once more, and she has to face up to her own problematic past.
As a romance begins to blossom between Renee and deputy sheriff Cliff, Renee slowly starts to believe that perhaps there could be a more promising future ahead for her. But in a corrupt town full of secrets, Renee's life is threatened once more, and she has to face up to her own problematic past.
Suicide Lake was a suspenseful and very entertaining small town mystery with lots of unexpected twists and witty sarcasm. Although a relatively short story, the characters were fully fleshed out, and in particular, the protagonist, Renee, was characterized superbly. You couldn't help but feel everything she was feeling. Ms. Fontainne managed to trick me once more as I was trusting the wrong character. I just love how you can never predict what it is going to happen in Ashley Fontainne's stories. She gets me every time.
Sara Morsey was a perfect fit for the narration of this audiobook. She embodied the character of Renee just right and kept all the other characters distinct with a range of different, suitable voices. She is just great at getting across the entire Southern flair, which makes the setting and the characters seem so real. There were no issues with the production.
I would highly recommend Suicide Lake if you enjoy thrilling mysteries with a hint of romance and an intriguing small town setting where nothing is as it seems.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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