But things are never quite as peaceful as they appear on the surface. The Secret of Hidden Lake is mostly realistic. Oh, the novel was very much well written. Amy has worked for the wealthy Laurent family for years, and so, when she's called back to a distraught Julia, while in Sheffield, she feels she has no choice but to go to her, which leads Amy to the cottage in the quiet, innocent-looking Somerset Village. The story opens up with a housemaid that has stolen a Ruby heart-shaped necklace on a gold chain that was worth a hundred guineas. The setting was beautifully written and really set the tone for the story, drawing on the tension and building it to an extent it was impossible for me to not need to carry on reading. Amy is Nanny to Viviane Laurent.
Amy has been living in France working as a nanny for the Laurent's and has become part of the family. Though the prologue to this book commanded my attention, it did take me a little bit of time to really connect with the story once we met Amy and the family she is a nanny for, Julia, Alain and their sweet daughter Viviane. Right after finishing it I loaded my kindle with some of Louise's previous books and hands are already itching to make a start. The lake and its crater Once at the summit, the lake and its crater let themselves be embraced with a glance, revealing all their colours. Back at the settlement, Marcia confronts Rachel and tells her that her fiancé Rudy Rachel's brother may very well have been guilty of the robbery and not Canfield. It was lo I've always loved reading and writing and all I ever wanted to be was an author. There was the right amount of everything, except maybe for the pages which I wanted to go on for about double the length as once this story grabbed a hold of me, it never let go.
In the distance, in the background, you can see the famous rhyolite mountains of Landmannalaugar. But her persistent moping and detachment from everyone and everything is just insufferable, especially as she has a child that needs her. In 1960's England, Amy finds herself moving to Blackwater Lake to help out her former employer, Julia, and her young daughter Viviane who have fallen on hard times. In 4x4 Just at the junction between the two tracks, a small steep track goes eastward and allows you to climb directly on the shores of the lake via a few bends for 2 kilometers. Louise Douglas has also added an element of romance, but - sadly - it also didn't sit with me.
So when the grande finale arrived, I was not at all surprised. It was reminiscent of a gothic novel. Katchur skillfully weaves between past and present, revealing devastating truths along the way. Dark and ugly secrets will be revealed, and the truth of Caroline's Julia's older sister death which was kept under a mystery veil for so many years, will be brought to light. All the way though, I felt spooked and a dead giveaway was that the hairs of my arms were standing to attention.
But this summer, no one goes into the water. The characters are extremely well-developed and highly convincing in their demeanor. To make matters worse her return to the family home has stopped her escaping the memory of her elder sister Caroline, who died aged just seventeen under somewhat of a cloud. Fantastic in every sense of the word, I'd read The Secret by the Lake in a heartbeat. I'd like to add my thanks to and her publishers Black Swan for providing me with an advance copy to read and review. This book brought back many, many wonderful memories of time I spent at the lake when growing up. But when the unexplainable noises start, the dragging sounds on floors, the loud thumps.
Please don't get me started on Julia. I'm so pleased that I did. The lake, too, was as big a part of the story as any character, always changing and developing and influencing the way things were about to unfold. It is a cottage that is hiding dark family secrets from 30 years ago. But I can tell you one thing: I know I got more then I expected. A haunting story about the destructive power of secrets, The Secrets of Lake Road is an accomplished and gripping suspenseful women's fiction debut. This one is no exception.
Staff were there at all times if we needed, but never intruded. Overall, I really wanted to like this book having heard such good things about it. Julia's childhood home in the village is bleak and rundown and when mysterious things begin to happen, Amy starts to uncover shocking details of a long hidden secret. A drowning of long ago played out as something that haunted everyone as they dealt with the disappearance of a little girl named Sara. Then when tragedy strikes the Laurent family Amy rushes to be with them. The episode's objective is to collect the at the end of the secret obstacle course. Made us feel we were completely off the grid.
Readers won't want to put it down until the final page has been turned and the heart of the mystery revealed. We also have two dogs, Lil and Lola. The one redeeming quality of this book was the main plot regarding Julia's deceased sister, Caroline. Fans of Touched by Joanne Briscoe or The Orphan Choir by Sophie Hannah should also enjoy this one. Louise managed to go so far as to keep me from stepping across the hall with the lights off because the writing had affected me so much. Different from her previous works, but still highly enjoyable and beautifully written. During our stay, we did not find such a beautiful place to spend the night.
I can't wait to read Karen Katchur's next book! So much details everywhere you go. I really don't know where on earth to begin with my review of The Secret by the Lake by Louise Douglas. I swear, when I closed my eyes I could picture the house and its cold walls, and even now days after reading it I can just close my eyes and think of Caroline and be transported there. Clyde, the younger convict, who is revealed to have been in jail for being a psycho woman killer is attracted to the youngest, Barbara, and takes her on a long walk and tries to kiss her. If you are coming from the north, we recommend the F225 rather than the F208 because this track crosses beautiful landscapes and the few fords are easy. As soon as you turn down the road leading to it, you can tell this is something special. The Secrets of Lake Road by Karen Katchur is a riveting novel that is impossible to put down and hard to forget.