Saturday, November 24, 2018
Lost Lake by Emily LIttlejohn
Gemma Monroe is a police detective who responds to a call about a missing person. Four people had been camping at Lost Lake, and when they get up in the morning, one woman is missing. Gemma doesn't know if the it's the story the three friends are telling that makes her uneasy, or Lost Lake itself. There are stories about the lake, and young women who committed suicide there. Now, Gemma wonders about the missing woman, Sari Chesney.
When Sari's boss at the local history museum is killed soon after she reports the theft of a historic journal, Gemma's convinced there's a connection between the murder, the theft, and Sari's disappearance.
The investigations are made even more difficult by the mistrust within the police department itself. Someone is leaking information to the local newspaper, and the police chief asks Gemma to investigate. It's only been six months since the birth of Gemma's daughter. She's still dealing with a lack of sleep, and the discovery that her partner had an affair. The case load and Gemma's emotions make the investigations even more difficult.
Lost Lake is an intricately plotted police procedural with a strong emphasis on the atmosphere. If you're interested, I'd still suggest you start at the beginning of the series with Inherit the Bones.
Emily Littlejohn's website is https://www.emilylittlejohn.com
Lost Lake by Emily Littlejohn. St. Martin's Minotaur. 2018. ISBN 9781250178305 (hardcover), 320p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received the book to review for a journal.