BOOK REVIEW – Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly Belle

Published June 9, 2020 by Park Row


A fascinating tale of lies and deceit!

I really enjoy Kimberly Belle’s novels and “Stranger in the Lake” is no exception.

Charlotte Keller is on her way to pick up her husband from work. Paul Keller is the owner of Keller Architecture. The company sells custom house designs for million-dollar properties. Charlotte also works for the company in client relations.

Charlotte is headed towards Paul’s office when she’s approached by Jax, an unkempt man many call the town loon. At one time, Jax (son of an insurance tycoon) was a star quarterback with a great future ahead of him. He was also one of Paul’s best friends. Jax tells Charlotte that it’s important that he talks to Paul but then quickly walks away. Paul and Jax haven’t spoken in many years. Why is Jax looking for him now?

One of the designers tells Charlotte that Paul went to do some errands. Charlotte finds him down the street having a conversation with a woman she’s never seen before. Later, when Charlotte asks Paul about the woman, he claims he doesn’t know her, and that she was just asking about his coffee.

Charlotte never thought she’d fall in love with a man eleven years her senior and Paul never thought he’d marry again.  It was the fact that they’d both suffered tragedies that really brought them together. To many people (especially Paul’s mother), Charlotte was just a gas station clerk from the wrong side of the mountain. Paul said that all that mattered was how much they loved each other. Charlotte didn’t marry Paul for his money, but the security that comes with the marriage is something she doesn’t take for granted.

The next morning Charlotte wakes up alone. Paul’s left for his morning run. Charlotte realizes she left her cell phone and some work documents on the boat the previous evening. She worries they’ll get ruined so she slowly makes her way to the boat. She finds the documents and her cell phone onboard. Just as she steps back onto the dock, she sees something in the water. It’s long and white with seaweed on it. She looks closer.

It’s definitely not seaweed.

She feels like she’s going to be sick…

She reaches for her phone but the battery is dead from being outside all night. She rushes home to the landline and calls for help.

Then she waits.

How could this be happening? Again?

Another riveting and well-written read from Kimberly Belle!

This story makes you think about life’s defining moments. The moments that change you and make you question everything you think you know.

How well can you really know someone?

Told from multiple points of view, most of the story takes place in the present, but there are quite a few chapters from the past that add to the story.

A story of love, lies, guilt, and secrets that slowly pulled me in, then gripped me right up until its very surprising ending.


I’d like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

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