A haunting story about the destructive power of secrets, this accomplished and gripping suspenseful women's fiction debut is perfect for fans of Lisa Scottoline and Heather Gudenkauf
Jo has been hiding the truth about her role in her high school boyfriend’s drowning for sixteen years. Every summer, she drops her children off with her mother at the lakeside community where she spent summers growing up, but cannot bear to stay herself; everything about the lake reminds her of the guilt she feels. For her daughter Caroline, however, the lake is a precious world apart; its familiarity and sameness comforts her every year despite the changes in her life outside its bounds. At twelve years old and caught between childhood and adolescence, she longs to win her mother’s love and doesn’t understand why Jo keeps running away.
Then seven-year-old Sara Starr goes missing from the community beach. Rescue workers fail to uncover any sign of her—but instead dredge up the bones Jo hoped would never be discovered, shattering the quiet lakeside community’s tranquility. Caroline was one of the last people to see Sara alive on the beach, and feels responsible for her disappearance. She takes it upon herself to figure out what happened to the little girl. As Caroline searches for Sara, she uncovers the secrets her mother has been hiding, unraveling the very foundation of everything she knows about herself and her family. The Secrets of Lake Road by Karen Katchur is a riveting novel that is impossible to put down and hard to forget.
Karen Katchur holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from West Chester University and a Masters of Education degree in Health and Physical Education from East Stroudsburg University. She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and two children. She enjoys running and tennis. THE SECRETS OF LAKE ROAD is her first novel.
Really enjoyed this book! Great summer read!! Young Caroline is spending the summer with her Grandmother at the lake. Caroline has NO idea how much her life will change during this summer vacation. Caroline's mom, Jo, as made lots of memories at their families lake house...some she would rather not remember!! This story has tragedy, secrets, romance and more!!! I loved how the reader was able to get an insight from the different characters in each chapter. What is Caroline's mom hiding, what are her lake road secrets?! If you have time to squeeze in one more book this summer, this is a good one!! I give it 4 stars.
More Praise for The Secrets of Lake Road…
“The author gracefully captures both motherhood and adolescence in the voices of Jo and Caroline, creating great crossover appeal for older teens. This beautiful, heartbreaking, and affecting debut, reminiscent of the work of Heather Gudenkauf, will have readers craving more from Katchur.”
--Library Journal, starred review
“Gripped me with its provocative opening sentence and held me in its spell until its final, shattering revelations. A suspenseful, heartbreaking novel.”
--David Bell, bestselling author of The Forgotten Girl
“A haunting story taut with suspense and packed with hope, loss and poignancy. Readers won’t want to put it down until the final page has been turned and the heart of the mystery revealed.”
--Marilyn Brant, New York Times bestselling author of The Road to You
“Part tender coming-of-age, part edge-of-your-seat suspense...Pick up this book forewarned that you will do nothing else until you finish reading it.”
--Karen Brown, author of The Longings of Wayward Girls
“Gripping and evocative...Katcher skillfully weaves between past and present, revealing devastating truths along the way.”
--Paula Treick DeBoard, author of The Fragile World
“Drenched in atmosphere, mysterious and haunting, The Secrets of Lake Road dives deep into a community’s secrets and shows how love and heartache can be equally binding. I lost days to this book as I couldn’t stop reading.”
--Sara Foster, author of Beneath the Shadows
“Will have you turning the pages faster than you thought possible, desperate to find out what mysterious event has fractured the residents of this haunting lake. Karen Katchur has written a book whose setting and characters will gnaw at you every time you try to put it down.”
--Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Forever, Interrupted