Lake Child – Isabel Ashdown

About the book:

You trust your family. They love you. Don’t they?

When 17-year-old Eva Olsen awakes after a horrific accident that has left her bedbound, her parents are right by her side. Devoted, they watch over her night and day in the attic room of their family home in the forests of Norway.

But the accident has left Eva without her most recent memories, and not everything is as it seems. As secrets from the night of the accident begin to surface, Eva realises – she has to escape her parents’ house and discover the truth. But what if someone doesn’t want her to find it?

About the Author:

Dark, compelling and beautifully twisty … have you read Isabel yet? Isabel’s thrillers BEAUTIFUL LIARS and LITTLE SISTER were both Amazon bestsellers, and both were shortlisted in the prestigious Dead Good Reader Awards. Her latest novel is LAKE CHILD, a dark and haunting thriller set in a remote valley town in the heart of Norway’s ancient fjords (out September 2019).

Isabel Ashdown was born in London and grew up on the Sussex coast. Her writing career first took off ten years ago when an extract of her debut novel GLASSHOPPER won a national writing competition and was twice named among the Best Books of the Year. Today she is the author of seven books, a Royal Literary Fund Lector, and a regular creative writing host at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate. She lives and writes in West Sussex with her family and their two dogs.

My Review:

As a huge fan of Isabel’s previous psychological thrillers when I was asked to arrange the #blogtour I immediately put my name down to open the tour alongside my fellow blogger Joanne Robertson because I adore her writing so much. (Isabel’s writing NOT Jo’s BTW although Jo does write brilliant reviews!)

Lake Child has an extremely atmospheric and claustrophobic feel about it from the opening chapter.  Eva has woken up recently from a coma after being involved in an horrific car accident of which she has absolutely no recollection.  This is pretty scary anyway, but when you add in the factors that she appears to be locked in a secret attic room in her parents house in Norway and is not allowed out then the tension is even more heightened for the reader.  Eva begins to suspect her parents are lying to her and her isolation from her friends is making her fear for her life.

With another story running through the book featuring an elderly woman in London writing her memoirs about her granddaughter’s abduction 18 years ago, the reader is taken on quite a journey trying to figure out if and how these two stories are connected.

I thoroughly enjoyed this atmospheric and dark thriller and was kept gripped throughout.  Highly recommended.


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