Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: November 10, 2020
Genre: Adult Fiction / Mystery
A new town, a new life, and a new home—with an absolutely chilling lakefront view.
Two months a widow, Mallory Dent has made the impulsive decision to pack up and move on. In remote McNamara, nestled in the northern mountains, she can escape her grief, guilt, and pain. But the day Mallory arrives, death follows her, lapping just outside her door. A woman’s body is found floating in Loss Lake—and it’s not the first death on these shores. Locals talk about a monster in the depths with an almost disturbing reverence.
Sergeant Joel Benson understands Mallory’s unease. Years ago, his own brother was killed in the home Mallory now owns. But that was just a tragic accident. Wasn’t it? The more Mallory investigates, the more fearful she becomes. Maybe there are monsters in McNamara. Maybe some have followed her there.
As a winter storm bears down, the refuge Mallory sought has become a trap. It’s time to face her past, the secrets behind the town’s friendly faces, and a reckoning that will shatter the eerie, icy calm of Loss Lake.
Loss Lake by Amber Cowie is an atmospheric slow burn that took me a bit to get into it, but it was definitely worth the wait to get to that end. I loved the setting by the lake, and even though Mallory is an unreliable narrator which I don’t always love, I did end up loving her viewpoint and how she slowly unravels the secrets of Loss Lake. I actually ended up switching to the audio since I am having a hard time concentrating on physical books, and that really helped me get more into the story and descriptions. This is definitely a character driven mystery, so you have to be into those to really love this one, but if you do I highly recommend it.
I had nothing figured out and the end completely shocked me. Loss Lake is the perfect fall read and I am a big fan of Cowie’s descriptive writing. I think this is a great book to go into blind and just watch the story unravel so I am keeping things short. I loved the mysterious cast of characters and the monster legend, and thought it was a really interesting book. I didn’t LOVE the narrator, but if you wanted to go the audio route that would be good as well. She was kind of a fast talker so if you speed up audio like I do you’ll just have to slow it down a bit.
Thank you to the author for providing me with a review copy of this book! All opinions and thoughts are my own.