The Lake by Louise Sharland Book Review
400 pages. Expected Publication, March 18th 2021.
What really happened that night at the lake? Kate is convinced that it was more than just a tragic accident that killed her son and she will stop at nothing to find out the truth.
The truth lies just beneath the surface…
Kate’s world falls apart when her teenage son drowns in the waters by his school. She’s convinced it wasn’t just a tragic accident, but no one will listen.
Then, six years later, Kate unearths Michael’s lost diary and realises she may finally be able uncover what really happened that night.
But as she delves deeper, she begins to realise that she didn’t really know her son – or the people in his life – at all. And that, sometimes, secrets are better left submerged…
Thank you to Netgalley for providing this free ARC in exchange for my honest review.
I requested this book as the cover and blurb really appealed to me. It promised to be a thrilling, addictive page-turner and although it was good, it could have been better.
Katie/Kate/Kat (I don’t know, she is called by all three at some point or another) is a grieving mother. Her 15 year old son drowned in a lake 6 years ago and not only has she not gotten over it but she is convinced that his drowning was not an accident, but something far more sinister.
Kate had a very close relationship with her son. She fell pregnant with him as a teenager which caused her family to be cast out of and shunned by their religious group (brethren) and thus causing the relationship with her mother to be very strained.
As you read along, Kate ends up at her mother’s house where she discovers her son’s diary and she begins to realise that there is a lot about his life that she didn’t know. She is inspired to start her investigations again.
Her husband and sister do not think this is a good idea at all and try to prevent her from looking into things further. They say it is in her best interests and it is hinted that she had some sort of mental breakdown in the past but it doesn’t really go into any detail about this.
I really felt for Kate as a character because she just doesn’t seem to have any real support. Her husband is a doctor and although in the beginning you think that he is well-meaning, as you read further and delve deeper there is a manipulative and controlling side to him that I really didn’t like. Kates sister has always disliked him and so did her son, describing him as, “threats-behind-closed-doors Adam” in his diary.
The “villain” of the story is revealed around halfway through and the latter half is all about Kate collecting evidence against this person. It was interesting but overall it felt a little bit slow with no real, hard evidence ever collected. That “spark” wasn’t really there. In all honesty I found the discovery of the villain to be a little anti-climactic and I would have loved it to go into more detail with more twists and shocks.
That being said, I found the characters to be interesting and engaging and I read the whole book in less than a day. There were no points in the book were I was bored but neither were there any where I was really thrilled or absorbed. It was a good read but not a book I would ever be likely to pick up for a reread.