Summit Lake, by Charlie Donlea

3 Jan
summit lake charlie donlea

FIVE of Five Stars

This is a great mystery-thriller, I loved it.
It starts with the death of Becca Eckersley. This isn’t a spoiler, it’s literally the first line in the book. The first chapter takes us through her murder, without giving away the killer’s identity.

Following that we have parallel stories. We follow Becca’s life from 14 months before her death, learning what events and people she was involved with leading up to her final day. Then we also follow Kelsey Castle [I can’t really sign off on that cutesy name, but the character is great] starting from the discovery of Becca’s death, as Kelsey is assigned to cover the story forEvents magazine.

What makes this book different from other mystery-thrillers is that you are really left guessing who the killer is. You will not guess the killer immediately, and even if that person becomes a suspect in your mind, you will be left unsure and guessing until the very end. As we follow Becca’s life and meet the people in it, it becomes clear that any number of people may have had a motive to kill her. And then one by one, those suspects are eliminated as the story goes on. When the killer is finally revealed, SURPRISE! I was not expecting it.

The killer’s identity does not come out of left field, you should have suspected this person at some point in the story (you are meant to suspect many characters). But as the story evolves this one person falls back in the shadows and you have a few others who are much more reasonable to suspect. It all makes sense, it’s all very believable. In my opinion, this story is really well done.

And aside from her name, I did love the character of Kelsey Castle, and if there happen to be books following the character in the future, I am all in.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy for review. Five out of Five stars, no hesitation.

One Response to “Summit Lake, by Charlie Donlea”


  1. The Girl Who Was Taken, by Charlie Donlea | Lost Bookmark - May 25, 2017

    […] loved Donlea’s first book, Summit Lake, because it gave a plethora of suspects but I was never able to clearly know Who-Done-It. In that […]

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