Dual-Timeline Book Review: The Souls of Lost Lake
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About the Book
Title: The Souls of Lost Lake
Author: Jaime Jo Wright
Genre: Dual Timeline
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: April 5, 2022
Publisher's Book Description
“To save the innocent, they must face an insidious evil.
Wren Blythe has long enjoyed living in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, helping her father with ministry at a youth camp. But when a little girl in the area goes missing, an all-out search ensues, reviving the decades-old campfire story of Ava Coons, the murderess who is believed to still roam the forest. Joining the search, Wren stumbles upon the Coonses' cabin ruins and a sinister mystery she is determined to unearth.
In 1930, Ava Coons has spent the last several years carrying the mantle of mystery since the day she emerged from the woods as a thirteen-year-old girl, spattered with blood, dragging a logger's ax. She has accepted she will never remember what happened to her family, whose bodies were never found, and that the people of Tempter's Creek will always blame her for their violent deaths. And after a member of the town is murdered, and another goes missing, rumors spread that Ava's secret is perhaps more malicious than previously imagined.
The Souls of Lost Lake, by Jaime Jo Wright, is dark and gripping and beautifully written. Page after page, this novel offers a riveting, dual-timeline story expertly woven with threads of tragic history, contemporary drama, haunting mystery, and eerie suspense. With fascinating characters, detailed settings, and excellent pacing, the story carefully unfolds revealing dangerous secrets, frightening truths, and twisted motivations. Piecing together the unsettling and frightening events makes for a highly engrossing reading experience.
Both now and a century ago, the expansive and dense Northwoods of Wisconsin is an influential presence within the story, concealing clues, hiding dangers, and seeming to guide the very story itself. Within this forested setting, the characters struggle with fear, loss, and lingering unease. Even while they grapple with unnerving suspicion and real peril, they are courageously determined to cling to hope, to find the truth, and to seek redemption and restoration. Despite many uncertainties and deep traumas, the characters open their hearts to healing and purpose, and the possibility of future days graced with hope and meaning.
Having read all of Jaime Jo Wright's novels, I simply cannot get enough of her captivating stories! Her writing talent is undeniable as she breathes life into books that are thoughtful, clever, relevant, and redemptive. The Souls of Lost Lake is moving and exceedingly memorable. A genuinely compelling novel from beginning to end, it certainly deserves much praise and attention. I sincerely recommend it.
About the Author: Jaime Jo Wright
“Daphne du Maurier and Christy Award-Winning author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing suspenseful, mysteries stained with history's secrets. Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures.” --Biography from Jaime Jo Wright’s author page on Amazon.com.