I received this book for free from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Secrets of Lake Road by Karen Katchur
Published by Macmillan on August 4th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Women, Fiction, Suspense, Thrillers
Source: St. Martin's Press
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A haunting story about the destructive power of secrets, The Secrets of Lake Road is an accomplished and gripping suspenseful women's fiction debutJo has been hiding the truth about her role in her high school boyfriend's drowning for sixteen years. Every summer, she drops her children off with her mother at the lakeside community where she spent summers growing up, but cannot bear to stay herself; everything about the lake reminds her of the guilt she feels. For her daughter Caroline, however, the lake is a precious world apart; its familiarity and sameness comforts her every year despite the changes in her life outside its bounds. At twelve years old and caught between childhood and adolescence, she longs to win her mother's love and doesn't understand why Jo keeps running away.Then seven-year-old Sara Starr goes missing from the community beach. Rescue workers fail to uncover any sign of her--but instead dredge up the bones Jo hoped would never be discovered, shattering the quiet lakeside community's tranquility. Caroline was one of the last people to see Sara alive on the beach, and feels responsible for her disappearance. She takes it upon herself to figure out what happened to the little girl. As Caroline searches for Sara, she uncovers the secrets her mother has been hiding, unraveling the very foundation of everything she knows about herself and her family. Caroline's coming-of-age story, mirrored with Jo's troubled teenage past, makes for an enthralling read that is impossible to put down and hard to forget.
“The Secrets of Lake Road” by Karen Katchur was a story full of secrets. These secrets tended to affect everyone, not only the family that is involved. This story focused on 12-year-old Caroline and her family. Caroline and her family go out to the lake for family vacation however somehow Caroline’s mom always finds a way to leave. Caroline doesn’t have a good relationship with her mom at all. She wants to have a good relationship with her but her mom is always holding back.
Jo, Caroline’s mom spent a summer at the lake that had changed everything for her. Jo was dating a guy named Billy and they were madly in love. Billy drowned in the lake that summer. Jo has always been haunted by the guilt of what happened the night Billy drowned. When Sara goes missing, it brings so many haunting memories to the forefront of Jo’s mind. Then everything begins to change and the mystery of the lake starts to become more clear.
The story was so-so for me. I think the lessons that each person learns is very touching but I had a hard time with the story because it wasn’t written very well. The pace was extremely slow and it dragged on in a few parts. I think the story being written in alternating points of views helped a lot because it was able to round out the story for the reader. The characters were very hard to love. I feel like the majority of the characters were extremely flat and uninteresting. The plot of the story to figure out what truly happened to Billy is the most interesting part of the story. I think the plot and mystery were great but the characters and writing were very much lacking. Hopefully this will be improved in the future.