Friday 14 April 2023

The Lake House by Sarah Beth Durst

Claire’s grown up triple-checking locks. Counting her steps. Second-guessing every decision. It’s just how she’s wired – her worst-case scenarios never actually come true.

Until she arrives at an off-the-grid summer camp to find a blackened, burned husk instead of a lodge – and no survivors, except her and two other late arrivals: Reyva and Mariana.

When the three girls find a dead body in the woods, they realize none of this is an accident. Someone, something, is hunting them. Something that hides in the shadows. Something that refuses to let them leave.

Well, that's not what I was expecting at all!

There's been a huge surge in teen thrillers recently, and the blurb on this reads like that kind of story. Without wanting to spoil it, it turns out to be quite a different thing altogether.

I loved our characters; Claire's struggles with anxiety are beautifully presented, and the way the other girls simply accept it and help her deal with it is amazing. I did think they had to be connected in some way, and I was thrilled to realise I was right!

This is a fantastic read that I didn't want to put down and I highly recommend it if you enjoy fast paced, thrilling reads.

The Lake House publishes on the 11th of May, 2023 in the UK, and on the 25th of April, 2023 in the US, using the same cover. I received a free copy and am giving an honest review.

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