Lost in the Lake – AJ Waines


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November 2017

4/5 stars. Both characters were sympathetically drawn were entirely credible, adding a solid backbone to an enjoyable read.


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 standalone 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.

My thoughts

This year I’ve grown a little weary of psychological thrillers filled with secrets about to be exposed, but I enjoyed this psychological suspense story, featuring Sam Willerby, a psychotherapist who gets into hot water when she fails to maintain professional boundaries with a patient. Rosie almost drowned when the van she was travelling in left the road and plunged into an ice cold lake. Now she wants to recover her memory of the event to find out what happened.

Was it and accident or was someone trying to kill her? Is Rosie all she seems?

The narrative alternates between the two characters, offering different perspectives on their relationship, slowly building the suspense, raising more questions than answers. Both characters were sympathetically drawn were entirely credible, adding a solid backbone to an enjoyable read. Though a little slow in places, once the fuse was lit, the story raced away.

This was the second book in the series, but I didn’t feel I’d lost or missed anything by not reading the first.

4/5 stars

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