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Publisher's Summary

They went on vacation. Not everyone made it back.

The Palmers went to the lake for a week of fun in the sun. But Alex Palmer had an agenda. He wanted his brother to reconcile with their hypercompetitive father. He wanted his daughter to break up with her shady boyfriend. Most of all, Alex wanted them to be a family one more time before he faced his predicament at home.

Evil incarnate and a brutal double murder shifted Alex’s focus from wants to needs. He needed to keep his family safe. He needed to find her. He needed to know what happened at the lake.

His pastor often said, “God won’t give you more than you can bear.” This had nothing to do with God.

Note to the listener: This is a dark psychological thriller that delves into depraved acts of humanity. For adult listeners only who can handle these subject matters. Adult language and explicit sexual violence.

©2018 Phil M. Williams (P)2018 Phil M. Williams

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No editor?

This book was so cliche and juvenile. Shock value with gore that was unnecessary and story lines that just jumped around.

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Good Find

I really enjoyed this audio, different than some of the stuff I have been listening to and returning after a couple of chapter's. I've been looking for something good for a long time I finally found something. I love a good mystery thrillers suspense who done it. Definitely recommend this title. I have to look up Mr. Williams and see if he has anything else I can listen to. 🤓

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Great read!

This is one of the first books I’ve listened to in the Thriller genre. Typically not my first choice, but I really enjoyed this one! Great story that’ll keep you guessing. Another great book Mr. Williams!

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Not All Vacations Are Fun!

This excellent thriller really digs deep into the meaning of family. If you like a mystery that will keep you guessing you will enjoy this audiobook. Phil M. Williams writes books that really get you thinking, and this thriller is no exception as it explores some very dark topics. The narration by Tristan and Sarah Grace Wright is very professional and adds to the suspense. I received this audiobook from the author at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A Complex Thriller

Phil M. Williams has written a convoluted story with so many twists that the end was a complete surprise. This book was about a father who wanted to enjoy a vacation with his family; however, after a double murder occurred, the father became a man who needed to find out the truth of what happened. I found it to be a fascinating and interesting piece of writing, but there were instances of explicit sexual scenes and some graphic violence described in the prose. Tristan Wright's and Sarah Grace Wright's narrations exceeded expectations, and they added a certain ambience with their performance. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily posted this review.

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Wonderful Story!

It kept wondering who did it. It made me think about the truth and new beginnings.

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A murder tale with as many suspects as characters

This is a well-woven tale of murder and misplaced suspicions that devolves into a family squabble and more murder. An idyllic setting at a mountain lake turns into a killing cauldron as the weather turns deadly. None of the aspersions and suspicions pan out as an unexpected killer emerges in the end.

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Great mystery, great plot twists, great characters! Highly recommend if you like a good mystery keeping you guessing all the way through!

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Easy listening.

This is only the third book I have actually listened to and really enjoyed it. It was easy to keep track of the characters. The story was really interesting and well narrated. This is my first book by this author but it won’t be my last.

I purchased this for a long drive I was planning but didn’t get to listen to it then. I started the book on short rides to and from work and then found myself not wanting to wait for the next day. I started again when I was relaxing and didn’t even feel that I was losing interest.

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The nicest thing I can say about this book is that it makes EL James look like Ernest Hemingway in comparison. The author bought a book of "1,001 cliches" and used all of them in his novel. I'm sure the author's Voluntaryist pals have swarmed to slather 5-star reviews on his unedited tripe; however, he owes the world an apology for this book.

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OMG! This book was so freaking good!

I just finished this book and I’m still feeling that great book buzz you get when you read or listen to an awesome book. I was so into this book it was the first thing I did when I woke up this morning. Phil Williams has a great knack for really setting the scene. As I read the families vacation felt like vacations I had been on with my own family… Well until the murder started. I did buy the multiple narrators or something to get used to and sometimes their tempos didn’t match one having a conversation but you easily get used to that. I can’t say enough about this awesome book if you like domestic thrillers and twists you don’t see coming this is the book for you and trust me when I say you don’t see the twist… I certainly didn’t see the twist coming and when it happened I was left with my mouth hanging open going oh my goodness, oh my goodness! This is a great book and one you won’t want to put down.

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  • Chris Wells
  • 10-23-19

A Family Break Ends With Murder.

Phil M Williams gives us a family in What Happened At The Lake that is divided and suspicious of one another. Alex wants his family reunited but when there’s a murder old suspicions rise to the surface once more and everyone is a suspect. There are so many loathsome characters in this story that the murderer could be any one of them. There’s red herrings and twists and turns aplenty until the end. The authors writing has a short and sharp quality that gives the story pace and tension. There are some scenes that are very unpleasant but it’s fiction and should not be taken too seriously. Anyway, who said murder was nice? As with much of Phil M Williams work this book feels like there are many different parts as if the story could have ended at several different places. Personally, I’m glad it didn’t. This is my favourite book by this author and I’ve had the pleasure to read (or indeed listen to) most of them. Overall this is a dark tale of hateful people doing hideous things and a family torn apart by evil as well as a whodunit thrown into the mix.
The two narrators do another excellent job. I’ve been lucky enough to have listened to many of Phil M Williams books read by Tristan & Sarah Grace Wright and they do a great job every time. Tristan takes the male characters and Sarah the female which adds a nice dimension to the audiobook that you’d hardly ever achieve with a single narrator. They both have enough skill and talent to really bring multiple characters to life. The real success of reading audio-books is whether the listener ‘forgets’ they’re being read to and just gets into the story and this is the case here. A great story read with confidence and skill.

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  • Rayc
  • 08-14-19

A Good read / listen

What happened at the Lake..
I could easily have rated this 5 star. The storyline is excellent and the characters interesting to say the least.
It started slow and took a long time to get into high gear. It is a book you want to read/listen to so the intrique and mystery keep you going until the explosion of action . Plenty of clues and red herrings as to who is the murderer right till the last page.
Narration of female characters is a little confusing (they all sound the same to me)
Anyway it is a book worth listening to.
I was given a free copy of this audio book at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • Mrs F Barrow
  • 01-08-19

Good book with lots of twists

I really enjoyed this booked it kept me interested and I liked it had many possible suspects.