Stranger In The Lake by Kimberly Belle. (2020).
**2.5 out of 5 stars**
When Charlotte married the wealthy widower Paul, it caused gossip in their small lakeside town with cruel whispers about her humble past and his first marriage. And then Charlotte discovers a young woman’s body floating in the same spot Paul’s wife drowned. At first it seems like a horrific coincidence but then Paul lies about knowing the woman; Charlotte saw them speaking the day before. His lie exposes cracks in their fragile new marriage. As she exposes dark mysteries about Paul, she doesn’t know if she should trust her heart or her suspicions.
I think this one had a potentially intriguing storyline but ended up being pretty meh for me. There were a few little things that just irritated me the whole way through. One was the constant reference to Charlotte’s history of growing up in a trailer park; it was a part of the story for sure and it has relevance, but it felt a bit repetitive as it was constantly being brought up. Charlotte herself was fairly likeable, although seemed really naive at times; even though she has suspicions about Paul, she is fine to lie to the authorities about him. Everybody kept referring to Paul as this ‘old man’ to Charlotte’s ‘young girl’; at 37 and 26 I don’t think either label really fit. The big secret reveals were in my opinion fairly obvious. In saying that, I certainly didn’t hate it and it was a fairly easy/quick read.
Overall: I can’t say I liked this one much but there are plenty of readers that enjoyed it so if it sounds interesting to you then give it a go.