Charlie Donlea Summit Lake


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“A gem of a mystery, fast-paced and suspenseful.”--Catherine Coulter, # 1 New York Times bestselling author Set in a small, picturesque North Carolina town, Charlie Donlea’s suspenseful debut novel tells the haunting story of a murdered law school student, the reporter assigned to her story—and the intimate connection that comes when the living walk in the footsteps of the dead. “No suspects.  No persons of interest.  Just a girl who was alive one day and dead the next.” Some places seem too beautiful to be touched by horror. Summit Lake, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is that kind of place, with charming stilt houses dotted along the pristine water. But two weeks ago, Becca Eckersley, a first-year law student, was brutally murdered in one of those houses. The daughter of a powerful attorney, Becca was hard-working, accomplished, and ambitious. Now, while the town reels with grief and shocked residents gather to share their theories, the police are baffled. At first, investigative reporter Kelsey Castle thinks of the assignment as a fluff piece. But the savagery of the crime, and the determined efforts to keep the case quiet, all hint at something far more than a random attack by a stranger. As Kelsey digs deeper, pushing on despite danger and warnings, she feels a growing connection to the dead girl. And the more she learns about Becca’s friendships, her love life—and the secrets she was keeping—the more convinced she becomes that learning the truth about Becca could be the key to overcoming her own dark past… Advance Praise for Summit Lake “An exciting debut, with all the right touches, captivating from the first page to the last.  There’s a bright future ahead for this newcomer to the thriller genre — definitely a talent to watch.”--Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author “Gripping! This one kept me up late into the night.”--Nancy Bush, New York Times bestselling author “A swift, outstanding debut. Summit Lake engrossed me then knocked me cold. Charlie Donlea is a superb storyteller sure to damage the best seller lists.”--Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author “Summit Lake makes a small town come alive through the lens of madness, misunderstandings, betrayal, and a pile of the kind of secrets that makes a mystery of a life so hard to untangle from its death. The pages fly by, zinging through the twists and revelations, all the way to the shattering conclusion.”--Jamie Mason “A brilliant, haunting thriller in which The Lovely Bones meets The Silence of the Lambs—with a bit of Twin Peaks thrown in for good measure! Charlie Donlea weaves a unique, spellbinding tale about a bond between two fascinating women—one living, one dead. Full of unexpected twists and turns, Summit Lake is an irresistible page-turner.”--Kevin O’Brien, New York Times bestselling author “Grabs you from the very start and doesn’t let go! This gripping thriller keeps you at the edge of your seat and gasping in all the right places. Donlea spins a perfectly crafted story of two women, both victims of violent crime, searching for justice, redemption and ultimately—peace. You won’t be able to put this book down until you’ve uncovered all the secrets hidden inside the picturesque town of Summit Lake.”--Emily Bleeker

Ein Thriller, der im Grunde alles hat und trotzdem nicht ganz funktioniert

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    Summit Lake


    07. February 2016 um 12:50

    Becca Eckersly is a young law student. Bright, beautiful and with a wealthy family, she has everything and a wonderful live ahead of her. But she has also secrets. While on a short stay at her parents home in the charming Summit Lake, she is brutally murdered.   Kelsey Castle is a journalist and specialized on true crimes. She was assaulted herself and took some time off. But now she wants to return to work and her boss sends her to Summit Lake to investigate for a story about the murder of Becca. Something seems quite odd about it. After arriving in Summit Lake, she faces a wall of silence. The family does not want to talk about it, the medical files and autopsy records are not available. It almost seems as if nobody wants to find who killed the girl.   The book has everything a thriller needs. A gruesome murder, secrets, wealthy families. But something is missing. I really can’t put my finger on it. Usually I am always moved when a narrating character gets murdered. But this did not happened here. The characters weren’t very profound. I did not get any connection with Becca. I even did not get her tendency to keep everything of importance as a secret. And the secrets weren’t dark or disturbing, something you really want or need to hide. I rather found they were things you usually talk about with everybody. So I did not get that point. So the secrets were so unnecessary, that’s the only tragic here. But it also made this book for me somehow overinflated. The plot twist in the end was quite clever, it is well done. It lacks also a bit of suspense until the final third.   This book has everything and is a solid crime book and a good read. But somehow I did not feel for the characters and the author did not really sell me the idea with this secret keeping and everything about the murder investigation from the family and police side was not very realistic. Well, I get it that keeping even a normal thing secret can somehow develop into a big thing that finally gets you murdered. As I said, something is missing in this book, some deeper or darker aspect. It was a nice read, but nothing very special.

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