Those who have secrets beneath the murky waters will stop at nothing to keep them hidden.
Renee Thornton is on the brink of despair, ready to take a final plunge and join the other tragic souls at the bottom of Bradford Lake - known to locals as Suicide Lake.
Her plans change when she's startled back to reality after a body brushes up against her from the depths below. Terrified, Renee runs away and slams into her old flame Cliff Simpson, a deputy with Whitten County Sheriff's Department.
Strange events unfurl after the discovery of the corpse. Renee and Cliff find themselves caught up in a web of lies, deceit, and mystery.
Now, instead of being able to slip away silently and become another anonymous statistic, Renee finds herself entangled in a murder investigation. Is Cliff her ally or enemy? Who can she trust? What other secrets will rise to the surface?
©2016 Ashley Fontainne (P)2016 Ashley Fontainne
Ashley Fontainne does it again! This book was such a rollercoaster and had so many twists and turns that you will get whiplash reading it ;)
Renee's life has been hell! At 13 her father left, never to be heard from again, her mother proceeded to become a drunk, Renee eventually married and divorced a man who made her life miserable, and who ended up in jail for murdering his second wife, she also lost a baby, which her husband blamed her for. She was penniless and had to move in with her mother in law! At her lowest, she takes some of her mother in laws pills with the intention of going to "Suicide" Lake. A once beautiful spot, now marred with waste dumping and being the spot where people come to end it all. Once there, she is just about to swallow her pills and enter the lake when she stumbles across a body. Unbeknownst to her, this will change her life forever!
Plot wise, this was such a suspenseful and gripping read that I listened to it in a day. This author never fails to grab your attention right from the start and doesn't let go till the very end! With plenty of twists, turns, and even a little romance, this is a must read for all!
For such a shortish book, the characters all go through so much but they also grow more for it. They are all well written and executed and there wasn't one that I didn't like.
In all, a brilliant and thrilling read and one I can't recommend enough. This author never fails to deliver with her books and I urge people to try them.
This isn't my first listen by Sara Morsey and won't be my last. She has such a comfortable voice that she immediately puts you at ease and in the mood for a good book. Her tones are varied and her accents were amazing. She really brought this book to life!
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Renee has lost all hope, and considering all the things life had thrown at her, it was very easy to sympathize with her. But just when she decides to end it all at the local spot known as 'Suicide Lake', she discovers a woman's body in the water, and soon Renee becomes deeply engrossed in a maze of betrayal and deceit.As a romance begins to blossom between Renee and deputy sheriff Cliff, Renee slowly starts to believe that perhaps there could be a more promising future ahead for her. But in a corrupt town full of secrets, Renee's life is threatened once more, and she has to face up to her own problematic past.
As a romance begins to blossom between Renee and deputy sheriff Cliff, Renee slowly starts to believe that perhaps there could be a more promising future ahead for her. But in a corrupt town full of secrets, Renee's life is threatened once more, and she has to face up to her own problematic past.
Suicide Lake was a suspenseful and very entertaining small town mystery with lots of unexpected twists and witty sarcasm. Although a relatively short story, the characters were fully fleshed out, and in particular, the protagonist, Renee, was characterized superbly. You couldn't help but feel everything she was feeling. Ms. Fontainne managed to trick me once more as I was trusting the wrong character. I just love how you can never predict what it is going to happen in Ashley Fontainne's stories. She gets me every time.
Sara Morsey was a perfect fit for the narration of this audiobook. She embodied the character of Renee just right and kept all the other characters distinct with a range of different, suitable voices. She is just great at getting across the entire Southern flair, which makes the setting and the characters seem so real. There were no issues with the production.
I would highly recommend Suicide Lake if you enjoy thrilling mysteries with a hint of romance and an intriguing small town setting where nothing is as it seems.
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OMG! What a great book. I was already a fan of Ashley Fontainne but Sara Morsey was amazing! I absolutely loved her voice and narration!
Non stop drama & action throughout the entire book Just when you think it's done it gets even more exciting!
Her finally winning!
She never once stepped out of Character & she made you feel all of Renee's feelings. There are times where you feel yourself relate to Renee.
Stay away from the lake unless you are ready for it's Secrets!
Amazingly written Ashley Fontainne!!!! Thank you for the enjoyable hours of entertainment!
The setting of this book is in a small town where everyone knows everyone. This setting makes the book interesting since you get to know the whole town also during the story.
I really don't like to compare books. This is a great mystery where you are trying to figure out who did what.
I love the narration by Sara Morsey, she did a great job telling us this story. The characters came alive with her reading.
I loved how you just never knew all about Renee and her friends. The more you learned, the more you wanted to learn more.
The book was great. You just never knew fully everything going on until the end. And just when you think it is over, it isn't.
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Actual rating 4.5 stars!
Renee has had a rough life. Things just keep getting worse for her, and she is ready to end her life. However, she can't even accomplish that, as she is interrupted by a dead body floating up by her. As a reader, you can't help but feel the hopelessness that she has felt. I'm very impressed with this author, and her storytelling ability. The mystery was exciting, and I couldn't wait to find out what was really going on. There were several great twists included as well. The narrator of the audiobook was Sara Morsey, and she did a great job. Her voice was a little older sounding, and it fit really well with the main character. I really enjoyed this audiobook, and I am very interested in reading more of the author's work.
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I really liked this book. It grabbed me from the first chapter on. I really enjoyed the main female character Renee. Though she is often thinking about suicide, she is very funny. I just wanted to give her a hug. Man she has been though a lot in her life. And has the sarcasm to prove it. I love that she doesn't know how strong she is.
This book has a ton of twists and turns, and really does not slow down.
It's about "maybe a new love" and a great how done it! It is set in a small town, where everyone knows every ones business. I will say the end I was not expecting at all!
Well done! Worth the read!
The narrator is perfect! I love the soft hint of a southern accent.
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I have not read the print version so therefore I could not say.
I would compare Suicide Lake to Cirque Macabre because they have the same type of suspense and intrigue that makes you want to keep listening,.
My favorite scene would be when Renee discovers the body and Officer "Dick" as she calls him is being really obnoxious with her and she doesn't back down. I love a female lead that has a strong character.
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My rating system:
***** This book is being added to my "favorite reads" list, and I will recommend it to everyone
**** This book is better than average in at least one area, and I highly recommend it
*** This is a perfectly adequate book that I enjoyed, and recommend it
** This book did not meet my expectations in at least two or more areas, and I only would recommend with hesitation
* This book did not appeal to me at all, and I would not recommend it
Just as Renee Thornton attempts to take her own life by jumping into Bradford Lake, known locally as the infamous "Suicide Lake", she discovers a body of a woman under the surface of the water. Will Renee be able to overcome her own personal demons as she struggles to survive in a town full of lies, deceit and mystery?
I enjoyed this audiobook because of the many twists and unexpected turns the plot takes, just as one conflict seems to be resolved, something unexpected happens that makes the reader reevaluate what will happen next. I would consider this a good choice for anyone who enjoys a short suspense thriller.
The story would have been better for me if the conflict with the mayor had not seemed so rushed in the beginning. It felt as though no rational background or reasoning was given for Renee's immediate trepidation and skepticism of him. As the story unfolds, it is discovered these fears were indeed rational, but there was not enough foreshadowing to justify her initial response toward him.
Potentially Offensive Content:
Sex - consensual intercourse between two unmarried people, threats of sexual violence, sexual activity involving a man with two women
Violence - domestic violence against women, multiple murders, suicide, woman is beaten by two men
Language - I did not keep a tally, but the there were many swear words and other potentially offensive language sprinkled throughout the entire book. The "F" word is used multiple times.
I especially enjoyed all of the twists and turns this plot takes, the story keeps the reader guessing until the very end. I also felt the book was very strong in the area of character development and growth regarding Renee, especially. At the end of the book, she is most definitely not the hopeless, suicidal, desperate woman she is at the beginning.
Sara Morsey did a fantastic job narrating this audiobook. Her voice perfectly captured the age and tone I would have imagined Renee to possess.
"The water holds dark secrets meant to remain hidden"
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Wow. Just wow. This book blew me away. It didn't take long for the book to hook me and I listened to it in one sitting. The narration was very well done. Sara Morsey does a very good job of creating multiple distinct character voices. Ashley Fontainne's writing (as with the previous books of hers I've read) was fantastic. The story is intricate and keeps you guessing. I was constantly on edge to figure out what happened next. There's even a little romance thrown into the chaos that has become Renee's life after finding a body in Bradford Lake as she was contemplating suicide. The entire situation is a mystery, and as the book progresses, Fontainne adds layers until we discover the mystery is actually a LOT bigger than what the characters (and the reader) thought at the beginning. The book really sucked me in to the point that it was evoking emotions in me throughout the book (a sign of great writing, in my opinion). There were times I could feel a hint of what the character must be feeling (such as terror). Some parts made me smile while others were darker and filled me with apprehension. Overall, this is an excellent book.
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