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Lost Lake

Lost Lake, November 2018
Detective Gemma Monroe #3
by Emily Littlejohn

Minotaur Books
320 pages
ISBN: 1250178304
EAN: 9781250178305
Kindle: B079DVWVLM
Hardcover / e-Book
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"A young woman goes missing during a camping trip near a mysterious lake..."

Fresh Fiction Review

Lost Lake
Emily Littlejohn

Reviewed by Magdalena Johansson
Posted November 1, 2018

Mystery Police Procedural

A young woman goes missing at Lost Lake, near the small town of Cedar Valley, Colorado. Detective Gemma Monroe is called in and at the lake, she meets the camping party who is missing its fourth member, Sari Chesney. Sari seems to have disappeared without a trace. But, would a woman who is a dedicated assistant curator at the local museum just take up and leave, or is it foul play?

The Detective Gemma Monroe series has been on my radar for a while and I was thrilled to get the chance to read the latest book, LOST LAKE. The book may be the third in the series, but as a new reader, I felt at ease with both the story and its characters right from the start. It was easy to get into the book and the writing was enjoyable. I found the legend surrounding the lake to be quite interesting, and the deaths attributed to the lake and the history of the founding fathers of the town intrigued me the most throughout the novel. As for the case, it just didn't do the trick for me. I was actually surprised that more wasn't done to find the woman missing in the woods, and when the outcome is finally revealed, I wasn't that surprised by it. Additionally, Gemma Monroe is a clearly a good cop, but at the same time, she just didn't really grab my interest as much as I expected. That being said, it's an interesting mystery novel, and I did want to see everything come to a satisfying conclusion.

I would say that LOST LAKE is perfect if you like small town crime books, or if you are already a fan of the Detective Gemma Monroe series. I do think I will check out the other books in the series to see if they work better for me!

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An enthralling, atmospheric new novel from the author of acclaimed debut Inherit the Bones, featuring Colorado police officer Gemma Monroe.

On a bright Saturday in early spring, Detective Gemma Monroe responds to a missing person call at Lost Lake, near the small town of Cedar Valley, Colorado. With its sapphire waters and abundance of wildflowers, the lake is a popular camping destination in the summer. But for now, ice still grips the lake and snow buries the flowers.

When Gemma arrives at the shore, she meets three friends who have been camping there: the fourth of their group, Sari Chesney, has disappeared in the night without a trace. Sari is an assistant curator at the local museum, which is set to host a gala that night—a project she’s worked on for months and would never intentionally miss. As Gemma begins to understand the complex dynamics of the supposedly close-knit friendship group, she realizes that more than one person is lying to her—and that the beautiful, still waters of Lost Lake may hide more terrible secrets . . .

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