After being cleared of his wife’s murder, Todd Norman returns to her small Connecticut hometown in order to finish building their dream house by the lake. He is eager to restart his life and cast aside any remaining suspicious...but all of that is dashed when a young woman’s body washes up on the beach next door.
When Tracy Somerset, divorced mother from the small town of Covenant, CT, meets a handsome stranger in a midnight Wal-Mart, she has no idea she is speaking with Todd Norman, the former Wall Street financier dubbed “The Banker Butcher” by the New York tabloids. The following morning, on the beach by Norman’s back-under-construction lakehouse, another young woman’s body is discovered. Sheriff Duane Sobczak’s investigation leads him to town psychiatrist Dr. Meshulum Bakshir, whose position at a troubled girls’ group home a decade ago yields disturbing ties to several local, prominent players, including a radical preacher, a disgraced politician, a down-and-out PI—and Sobczak’s own daughter.
Unfolding over the course of New England’s distinct four seasons, The Lakehouse is a domestic psychological thriller about the wayward and marginalized, the lies we tell those closest to us, and the price of forbidden love in an insular community where it seems everyone has a story to tell—and a past they prefer stay buried.
In this gripping crime novel from Thriller Award finalist Clifford (The One That Got Away), Dwayne Sobczak, the police chief of Covenant, Conn., is sure trouble will follow the return to town of former Wall Street financier Greg Norman, who's building his dream house on the lake after being cleared of killing his wife. Sure enough, a woman's body soon turns up on the beach near Greg's house. Even after detectives from the larger and better equipped Holland County PD declare the death the result of an overdose, Sobczak remains convinced of Greg's guilt. Single mom Tracy Sommers, with whom Greg had a chance meeting at the local Walmart that led to a two-hour conversation over coffee, provides an alibi, but Sobczak persists. Eventually, the town psychiatrist, who was once connected with a group home for troubled girls, provides Sobczak with leads that put him on the path to the ugly and frightening truth. Clifford does a good job depicting the police chief's growing disillusionment with what was once "his quiet, wholesome town." Fans of grittier crime fiction will be satisfied.
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I loved this killer thriller!
The characters face more challenges than in your average murder investigation; the storyline is fraught with suspense. The writing style and wit of Clifford brings unexpected elements to capture the suspense fan’s heart. If you’ve never read a book by Joe Clifford, choose this as your first. You will be fascinated, never disappointed.