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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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    tim haldeen 10-15-16
    tim haldeen 10-15-16 Member Since 2016
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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.

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 09-29-16
    Ruth Bain 09-29-16

    RueRue

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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.

    8 of 10 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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth B. 09-27-16
    Ruth B. 09-27-16 Member Since 2016
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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.

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    John 05-12-17
    John 05-12-17
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    "potential but no cigar"

    Good idea and story outline, but characters were not fleshed out and the bouncing back and forth between the characters was irritating. We I finally figured out who did it, I just skipped every other chapter where the author told the victim's story...shallow and boring. Other issues I had with the book were the unprofessional attitude and incompetence of the state law enforcement personnel plus the author never explained why the parents were sabotaging the investigation and the state was going along with them including actively discouraging development of logical areas that would advance the case solution.

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    Christiane Las Vegas 05-09-17
    Christiane Las Vegas 05-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I would give this 3.5 Stars"

    Kelsey Castle is a crime reporter who gets called upon to solve the murder of a young student. Kelsey has just experienced a personal trauma and is sent by her editor away from the city to recuperate in a nice quiet place ...

    I did not much care of the two timelines (Becca's and Kelsey's) and found the story often to fragmented focusing on little details. The suspects kept dying, and I even found part of the story misleading as it was told.

    Not exactly a page turner, but has some entertainment value.

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    Amy Stevens 03-27-17
    Amy Stevens 03-27-17
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    "Too many mistakes"

    I was too annoyed with the mistakes the author made in the first few chapters of this book to continue listening . The first one that jumped out was when Kelsey returns from leave and sees spam emails that apparently only made it through her spam filter so she could make a sarcastic comment about Viagra. if she had never before received emails like this, why would she now?

    The one that made me stop listening and decide to return the audio book was when the Summit Lake police commander told Kelsey to talk to the last people to see her at a diner the day she died. I guess the author forgot that the victim of their own creation died from her injuries the day after the attack, so I doubt she visited a diner the day she died.

    Based on other comments, I am sure I would find some redeeming qualities if I kept listening, but I'm too frustrated to go on.

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    LORRI WILLIAMS 03-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "loved the story but"

    missing the explanation of who didn't want the answers out
    nice twist at the end
    will read more of the authors work

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    LakeLady ALLEGAN, MI, United States 02-02-17
    LakeLady ALLEGAN, MI, United States 02-02-17 Member Since 2011

    A retired college professor, enjoying having time to read/listen through my wish list.

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    "I couldn't stop listening to this book!"

    this book captures you on its first page and never let you go. I couldn't do anything until I finish this book.

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