“Spellbinding. Another outstanding novel by Kimberly Belle, masterfully written to lure you in and never let go.” — Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife
When Charlotte married the wealthy widower Paul, it caused a ripple of gossip in their small lakeside town. They have a charmed life together, despite the cruel whispers about her humble past and his first marriage. But everything starts to unravel when she discovers a young woman’s body floating in the exact same spot where Paul’s first wife tragically drowned.
At first, it seems like a horrific coincidence, but the stranger in the lake is no stranger. Charlotte saw Paul talking to her the day before, even though Paul tells the police he’s never met the woman. His lie exposes cracks in their fragile new marriage, cracks Charlotte is determined to keep from breaking them in two.
As Charlotte uncovers dark mysteries about the man she married, she doesn’t know what to trust—her heart, which knows Paul to be a good man, or her growing suspicion that there’s something he’s hiding in the water.
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Charlotte, the narrator of this well-paced novel set in Lake Crosby, N.C., from Belle (Dear Wife), was raised in poverty, but she has achieved her dream of a better life by marrying Paul Keller, the richest man in the Appalachian tourist town of Lake Crosby, N.C., despite the local gossip that Paul drowned his first wife four years earlier. Then one day she's disturbed to spot a nervous-looking Paul talking to a strange woman. The next day, Charlotte finds the woman's body floating under their lakefront dock, just like Paul's first wife. When shown the body, Paul tells the police he's never seen the woman. He later takes off without telling anyone where he's going. Frightened and confused, Charlotte turns to Paul's two best friends for support, one the town crazy, the other the police chief's son, both with dark secrets of their own. Belle weaves an intricate web of connections among the characters as the action moves toward the surprising ending. Those who like a message of hope in their psychological thrillers will be satisfied.
I really liked this book. However I figured out who the bad guy was pretty early on, as I’m sure many readers will. I was hoping for more twists & turns and that I was wrong. But despite that, it was still a good read.
So Many Twists
One of my favorite reads of 2023! Saw this book recommended on Tik Tok, and it did not disappoint! Was not expecting there to be so many twists and it continued to leave me guessing until the very end. A must read if you enjoy a good thriller!
A slow burn that packs a punch. Atmospheric. A perfect fall/winter read.