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Summit Lake Audiobook

Summit Lake

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Publisher's Summary

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....

©2016 Charlie Donlea (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Lyrics to “She Don’t Like Roses” used by permission of Christine Kane.

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    shelley Raleigh, NC 09-13-17
    shelley Raleigh, NC 09-13-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Very sad ending to a promising young life..."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Summit Lake?

    When Becca's murderer sits down with the letter she wrote to her unborn daughter. The one thing I regret about this book is that it brings up the letter quite a few times but never says what the letter says but I guess anyone who has or ever thought about having children can kind of fill in the blanks.


    What does Shannon McManus bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought she did a very good job narrating. I have listened to her narration of other books and I think this may be her best performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Maybe not in one sitting but I did listen to it in one day.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was a very good book. I've looked at some of the other reviews that say it's a novel or unique idea but I really didn't see it that way. To me this book is the classic love triangle. The book makes the murdered girl kind of a flirt so the third party to the triangle although kind of predictable could possibly be another. There is a lot of secrecy surrounding this girl and the relationship she has with her baby's father. There are a few things that happened that made no sense to me whatsoever (i.e.: the victim left her diary/journal at a local cafe and instead of turning it over to the police the shop owner hid in in one of her cookbooks...HUH?). Anyway I did like the writing style, the book moves along at a pretty good pace. I liked the way the author go back and forth between past and present and did not find it at all confusing. With each new chapter he says the number of months or week or day before the murder. Or in the case of the investigative reporter he stated how long since the murder. He also gives the reporter a similar but not the same kind of story of her own which makes her look at this case a little more personal and I think with more empathy.
    I purchased this book on sale for $4.95 and it is certainly worth that.
    I would RECOMMEND this book especially if you read this review while it is still on sale.
    If you found this review helpful please indicate so.
    Thank You.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    tim haldeen 10-15-16
    tim haldeen 10-15-16
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    "Good but not Great."

    An entertaining listen. Just not as creative as I like my fictions. It's good... just not great.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Elk Grove, Ca, United States 10-05-16
    Carol Elk Grove, Ca, United States 10-05-16
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    "This is a good listen"

    This has enough twists and turns to make you always wonder "who" was the murderer. I look forward to her next book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 09-29-16
    Ruth Bain 09-29-16
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    "It's a mystery....."

    The mystery is why this book has any positive reviews. It's poorly written, unrealistic, and the characters are not sympathetic. Don't bother.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Ms Mills 10-15-16
    Ms Mills 10-15-16
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The story line is transparent, geared toward twenty-year-old audience. The narration is awful, she actually sounds like she's READING, which is monotonous. I have had to turn it off while driving because it puts me to sleep. That, and the "valley girl" dialect that creeps into several of the character's voices.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Completely detracted from a story line that was so-so to begin with.


    Was Summit Lake worth the listening time?

    Not really.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth B. 09-27-16
    Ruth B. 09-27-16
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    "Would be a good story if it didn't jump all over."

    I was hopeful when the book started with PART 1. Within 5 minutes the story was jumping all over time and places. I made it through 6 chapters before I gave up on trying to keep track of the WHO WHAT and WHERE.

    16 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Kristina Ormand 11-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Listen"

    This one is a keeper. Lots of twists that, unless you pay attention you’ll miss. Narration is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katie 10-25-17
    Katie 10-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fell hopelessly Flat"

    So I was excited to listen to this after listening to The Girl who Was Taken (which was amazing), but this one just didn't cut it. I don't know, something about the characters fell flat...it really didn't have that much suspense...I didn't feel connected to the main character Kelsey either.
    I would pass on this, instead listen to her other audio book.

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    Ella 09-24-17
    Ella 09-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    Read it in two days. Excellent! It was great mystery and a surprise ending. Super.

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    Voracious Reader NY 09-15-17
    Voracious Reader NY 09-15-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Hated the characters, the reader, the plot "twist""
    What would have made Summit Lake better?

    Entirely different characters and an entirely different plot and a better reader who did not sound like a self-satisfied Valley Girl.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Charlie Donlea again?

    NO


    What didn’t you like about Shannon McManus’s performance?

    She sounded like a self-satisfied Valley girl. Not that that was totally inappropriate for the shallow female characters that predominated the book. The only decent female character was Rae (not sure of spelling).


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disgust that I wasted my time & money on it. Anger that I felt totallygamed by a cheap trick in the plotting. I pegged the killer from the early pages but had to write off my main suspect because (SPOILER ALERT!!!!) he was supposed to be dead. I actually wondered how he could die in the time it took Jack to hang up the phone and open the door and why there was no attempt at resuscitation. Now I know.


    Any additional comments?

    Becka was an idiot. Brad was the biggest idiot. Jack's self-sacrificing wore very very thin. And I erroneously assumed that the story of Kelsey's assault was told in an earlier work but NO, that was just thrown in, I guess, to link her with Becka. I found it totally UNBELIEVABLE that LAW students could be so STUPID and uncaring about the fate of their own future careers (SPOILER ALERT) as to cheat on an exam. I found it totally unbelievable that the local sheriff would HAPPILY share ALL his files with a REPORTER. I found it totally unbelievable that a DOCTOR would risk HIS career BREAKING INTO A BUILDING for a girl (15 years his junior?? Is that why?) he barely met. Oh, yes, he was doing everything because he wanted to know. PUH-LEASE. I didn't feel warm and fuzzy toward Kelsey--sp? either. The only character I actually LIKED was Rae - she got up early every day and WORKED for a living unlike the rest of these mostly rich, privileged elitist bungling jerks. If I went on the basis of this book, I can see why lawyers would have a bad reputation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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