Book Review : The Lake by Sheena Lambert

June 3, 2015 Book review 10 ★★★½

The blurb for The Lake immediately grabbed my attention with its 1975 setting in a rural Irish village and the creepy discovery of a body found in a lake.  Two things guaranteed to make me want to dive straight into its pages!

Book Review : The Lake by Sheena LambertThe Lake by Sheena Lambert
Published by Killer REads on 7th May 2015
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 224
Format: eARC
Source: Received from Author
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A gripping murder mystery, with a compelling family drama at its heart.

September 1975.

A body is discovered in the receding waters of a manmade lake, and for Peggy Casey, 23-year-old landlady of The Angler’s Rest, nothing will ever be the same.

Detective Sergeant Frank Ryan is dispatched from Dublin, and his arrival casts an uneasy spotlight on the damaged history of the valley, and on the difficult relationships that bind Peggy and her three older siblings.

Over the course of the weekend, Detective Ryan’s investigation will not only uncover the terrible truth behind the dead woman’s fate, but will also expose the Casey family’s deepest secrets.

Secrets never meant to be revealed.

First line of The Lake by Sheena Lambert:

“Frank. Phone call.”

My Thoughts on The Lake by Sheena Lambert:

I thoroughly enjoyed The Lake as there was a lot going on that made me curious and that I needed to see resolved. It’s also relatively short and so I ending up reading it very quickly as once I started I wanted to keep going.  The bits I loved were:

– An insight into Ireland in the 1970s when having a television was a novelty and everyone was all up in everyone elses business. It all felt very authentic and I loved the setting so much.

– Complex family relationships. The main character Peggy is running the family pub and has ideas for where she wants to take it. But she has to put up with a family that aren’t really interested and a village that resists change.

– The history of The Lake. It was all kinds of creepy even without the dead body that had lain there for decades. The lake was actually a village that had been flooded back when electricity came to Ireland and the thought of the houses rotting away at the bottom of the lake just captured my imagination.

– There is a quiet romance going on. It doesn’t take over the mystery theme and isn’t sizzling hot but it’s believable and hopeful.

– The mystery! Left me GOBSMACKED! I had to read the reveal page twice to take it in. It just wasn’t what I was expecting.

As for the things I didn’t like, there weren’t really any. It was an enjoyable book but I thought it lacked a certain oomph that would make it one that I love. I was entertained while I read it, intrigued by the history of the lake but it just isn’t a book that is going to stand out in my memory.

Still I thought it was good for a début novel and I know I’d like to read more by this author in the future. Especially as she managed a twist that took me by surprise.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars


Who should read The Lake by Sheena Lambert?

I’d recommend this to those of you that like small town settings, historical settings that aren’t that long ago (1970s) and mysteries with a twist. I think if you are a fan of cozy mysteries that you will also appreciate this one. Fans of Agatha Christie should consider reading it too.

Thanks to Sheena Lambert for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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10 Responses to “Book Review : The Lake by Sheena Lambert”

    • trish

      Yes, lots of your favourite things, it’s like it was written for you! I think you’d like it 🙂

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