She came at first for answers…now she’s back for you
Amateur viola player Rosie Chandler is the sole survivor of a crash which sends members of a string quartet plunging into a lake. Convinced the ‘accident’ was deliberate, but unable to recall what happened, she is determined to recover her lost memories and seeks out clinical psychologist, Dr Samantha Willerby.
But Rosie is hiding something…
Sam is immediately drawn to the tragic Rosie and as she helps her piece the fragments together, the police find disturbing new evidence which raises further questions. Why is Rosie so desperate to recover her worthless viola? And what happened to the violin lost in the crash, worth over £2m?
When Rosie insists they return to the lake to relive the fatal incident, the truth about Rosie finally creeps up on Sam – but by now, she’s seriously out of her depth…
A stand alone novel (and the second book in the Dr Samantha Willerby series), Lost in the Lake is a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat Psychological Thriller that will leave you glancing over your shoulder.
Last year I was introduced to Dr Samantha Willerby in 'Inside the Whispers', a fabulous psychological thriller and the first in the series by A.J. Waines. I had really enjoyed that book and still remember much of its plot, so I was thrilled when the author offered me an ARC of the second one, Lost in the Lake. Needless to say, I immediately fell in love with the beautiful cover, and the blurb was just too intriguing not to accept. Now that I've finished it, all I can say is WOW!! What a chiller!! This is even better than the first one!
Trauma expert and clinical psychologist Dr Samantha Willerby (Sam) has a new patient. Rosie Chandler has nearly died in a recent horrific accident. Member of a string quartet, she was a passenger in the back of a van when it veered off the road and ended up in the bottom of a lake. She managed to resurface, but sadly, to date, the other three occupants, together with a priceless violin and Rosie's beloved viola are still missing.
But Rosie is not here to deal with any trauma... she's erm... okay... emotionally. She just wants Sam to help her remember what truly happened during the accident. She has gaps in her memory of that day she's desperate to fill in. She's sure that what had almost killed her was not an accident at all, but that someone intentionally made it happen. But who? And why?
Well Alison Waines has done it again. Though second in a series, 'Lost in the Lake' can be read as a standalone. It is a brilliant character-driven, suspenseful thriller with overwhelming obsession and malice at its centre. It's one of those books that once you read the first page, you just have to keep on reading. The more the story progresses, the more disturbing and claustrophobic it becomes. Sam is a professional woman that knows her boundaries well when dealing with patients, but against her better judgement, something in Rosie convinces her to relax a bit the strict rules she normally adheres to. Added to her recent trauma, it's evident that the woman has endured a horrible, tragic childhood. Sam wants to help her, but with every session Rosie becomes more needy, clingy and desperate to please, to be accepted and loved. She wants Sam to help her find out what happened in the lake, but there's definitely something odd about Rosie. Is she truly the innocent, unfortunate soul she gives the impression to be? What is her true intention? What had really happened in the lake? How come she seems to be the sole survivor? Was it pure luck? Or something else?
Rosie just blew my mind. She's one of the most intense characters I've come across in all the books I've read. Even though Sam is the main character in this book, it's as though she's overshadowed by Rosie's strong presence. The chapters from her pov are just creepy and made me feel uneasy. I didn't know whether to like her or not, whether to believe her or not, whether to feel sorry for her or not. At times I wanted to slap her and at others I wished I could cradle her and make all her pain go away. But you just have to keep one eye always open when Rosie is in the same room. I wasn't sure of her true motive. What was she after in reality? What I was certain of was that little by little, Sam was getting herself into a very dangerous situation. Will Sam come out of this in one piece? And Rosie? What about her? Will the mystery of the lake ever be solved? And what is Sam's other chronic problem, her schizophrenic sister, Miranda, up to behind her back? If this were a movie, I would have surely covered my eyes during that final heart-pounding part.
I really had a great time reading this fabulous chiller and now I can't wait for the next one in the series. I highly recommend it as I'm sure all readers will enjoy it as much as I did. With thanks to the author for an ARC of this book which I voluntarily accepted to read and review.
AJ Waines has sold over 400,000 books worldwide and topped the UK and Australian Kindle Charts with her number one bestseller, Girl on a Train. Following fifteen years as a psychotherapist, she is now a full-time novelist with publishing deals in France, Germany, Norway, Hungary and USA (audiobooks).
Her fourth psychological thriller, No Longer Safe, sold over 30,000 copies in the first month, in thirteen countries. AJ Waines has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times and ranked a Top 10 UK author on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). She lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband. Visit her website, blog, on Twitter, Facebook or sign up for her Newsletter.