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Lost in the Lake – A.J. Waines

Psychological Thriller
4*s

This psychological thriller is centred round one of my favourite premises, memory loss and psychotherapist, A.J. Waines, has enough knowledge about the subject to ensure that this tale rings true.

Rosie was in a terrible accident. So awful that she is the only survivor of the crash that saw the van she was travelling in plunge into a lake. Rosie was lucky, grabbing her viola she swam to shore but she needs to know what happened to the other members of the string quartet, and as of yet, no one can tell her. Rosie and the rest of the quartet had been offered pay over the odds to play at an anniversary party a decade after they’d first played for the couple, the difference is that then they were playing together regularly but these days they are all leading very different lives.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author, although this is the second book in the Dr Samantha Willerby series, and it is the good doctor that Rosie turns to in a bid to recover the memories she knows are missing. It is clear that the author’s background has leant a real air of truth to the engagement between the good doctor and her patient. With Rosie convinced that if she can recover her memories all will be well, the doctor agrees to help her with the latest research methods which later include travelling to the scene of the crash.

From this synopsis it may appear that this is a straightforward piece of crime fiction albeit one with a clinical psychologist at the heart of the investigation rather than the story being told from the police’s viewpoint, but the dynamic between Rosie and Sam really adds a totally different dimension to the story.

With the chapters alternating between the two women with an overlap of part of their experiences I was both dumbstruck and totally involved in both women’s stories. Trying to sift through Rosie’s memories and her recall of the first party they played certainly gives the reader plenty to ponder over; exactly my kind of crime fiction.

I am pleased to confirm that I didn’t feel that my enjoyment was at all hampered by not reading the first book in the series as the author provided enough of the back story to fill in any gaps but cleverly despite hints, not enough to put me off going back to discover Inside the Whispers.

My favourite type of psychological thriller is those books that truly explore the crevices of the mind and it is brilliant that it isn’t only the patient in this book that gets that treatment; the doctor is unveiled not only as someone who cares greatly about her patients but one who doesn’t necessarily like them all, and in common with the vast majority of humanity,  she can still be unnerved by unexpected behaviour. Isn’t it wonderful when the characters are both intriguing and yet completely believable? All this resulted in a fascinating as well as thrilling read with enough twists and turns to keep this reader firmly on her toes.

I’d like to thank the author for providing me with an advance copy of Lost in the Lake ahead of publication today, 7 September 2017. This review is my unbiased thank you for a wonderful journey into the mind.

First Published UK: 7 September 2017
Publisher: CreateSpace
No. of Pages: 388
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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This Week in Books (August 23)

This Week In Books
Hosted by Lipsy Lost & Found my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I am reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words

I am currently reading the last in my 20 Books of Summer 2017 Challenge; The Summer House by Santa Montefiore. So I’ve just got to catch up with all the reviews after this one…

Blurb

Antoinette’s world has fallen apart: her husband, the man she has loved for as long as she can remember, has died tragically in an accident. He was her rock, the man she turned to for love and support, the man she knew better than she knew herself. Or at least so she thought…

For as she arrives at the familiar old stone church for George’s funeral, she sees a woman she has never met before.
Phaedra loved George too, and she could not bear to stay away from his funeral. But as she sits before his wife, she knows that what she is about to reveal will change all their lives forever.

This book is published in the US under the title The Girl From Paris Amazon

I have just finished Dear Mr M by Herman Koch, another book by this author which has the kind of darkness that makes you feel like you shouldn’t be reading… but I couldn’t help myself!

Blurb

Dear Mr. M,
I’d like to start by telling you that I’m doing better now. I do so because you probably have no idea that I was ever doing worse. Much worse, in fact, but I’ll get to that later on.

Mr. M is being watched. As a famous writer, he is no stranger to the limelight, although interest in his work has been dwindling of late. His print runs are smaller than they used to be, as are the crowds at his bookshop signings . . . Our narrator clearly takes a keen interest in M.’s work, and indeed in every aspect of his life. But what exactly are his intentions? And to what does Mr. M owe the honour of his undivided attention?

Our narrator seems to be no stranger to murder, while his own story appears to bear more than a passing resemblance to the plot of Mr. M’s most famous novel: a teacher has an affair with a student, only to be brutally murdered by the girl and her teenage boyfriend. The body is never found.

That’s the problem with fiction: in real life, bodies have an awkward habit of turning up. Mr. M has used some artistic licence, and our narrator is not pleased, not pleased at all. And just before he fades into obscurity, he’s prepared to give Mr. M one last review. And it’s unlikely to be a rave. Amazon

Next I am planning on reading Lost in the Lake by A.J. Waines which will be published on 7 September 2017.

Blurb

She came at first for answers…now she’s back for you

Amateur viola player Rosie Chandler is the sole survivor of a crash which sends members of a string quartet plunging into a lake. Convinced the ‘accident’ was deliberate, but unable to recall what happened, she is determined to recover her lost memories and seeks out clinical psychologist, Dr Samantha Willerby.

But Rosie is hiding something…

Sam is immediately drawn to the tragic Rosie and as she helps her piece the fragments together, the police find disturbing new evidence which raises further questions. Why is Rosie so desperate to recover her worthless viola? And what happened to the violin lost in the crash, worth over £2m?

When Rosie insists they return to the lake to relive the fatal incident, the truth about Rosie finally creeps up on Sam – but by now, she’s seriously out of her depth…

A stand alone novel (and the second book in the Dr Samantha Willerby series), Lost in the Lake is a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat Psychological Thriller that will leave you glancing over your shoulder. Amazon

What do you think? Any of these take your fancy? Please do leave your thoughts in the comments box below.</strong