“She came at first for answers…now she’s back for you
Amateur viola player Rosie Chandler is the sole survivor of a crash which sends members of a string quartet plunging into a lake. Convinced the ‘accident’ was deliberate, but unable to recall what happened, she is determined to recover her lost memories and seeks out clinical psychologist, Dr Samantha Willerby.
But Rosie is hiding something…
Sam is immediately drawn to the tragic Rosie and as she helps her piece the fragments together, the police find disturbing new evidence which raises further questions. Why is Rosie so desperate to recover her worthless viola? And what happened to the violin lost in the crash, worth over £2m?
When Rosie insists they return to the lake to relive the fatal incident, the truth about Rosie finally creeps up on Sam – but by now, she’s seriously out of her depth…
The second book in the Dr Samantha Willerby series, Lost in the Lake is a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat Psychological Thriller that will leave you glancing over your shoulder.”
I am absolutely delighted to be today’s stop on the Lost in the Lake blog tour. Lost in the Lake is the second book in the Dr Samantha Willerby series and is written by talented author, A.J. Waines. I read and fell in love with the first book in the series, Inside the Whispers last year so this sequel was eagerly anticipated at damppebbles HQ.
And I LOVED it. In fact, I would go as far as saying I probably preferred this second book to the first. As a Clinical Psychologist, Samatha Willerby begins a series of consultations with a new patient, Rosie Chandler. Rosie suffered great trauma after the van she was travelling in, along twisty Penrith roads in the Lake District, careered off course and into a lake. Rosie was able to swim through the broken back window and survive the terrifying ordeal. The other three occupants were not so lucky and are still missing, along with a priceless violin. Rosie’s viola was also lost in the accident; worth nothing in a monetary sense but worth everything to Rosie. With the help of Sam, Rosie plans to work on her missing memories and try to piece together exactly what happened on that devastating evening.
I am very fond of Samantha Willerby. When Rosie waltz’s into Sam’s office she initially throws the confident and able psychologist Her behaviour is…odd. Her tone is unexpected. Sam struggles to see the normal signs of trauma typically present in other patients. The reader begins to realise this latest case isn’t going to be as straight forward as Samantha first expected. My feelings towards Rosie changed throughout the book. At times I pitied her, at other times I found her possessive and very creepy. I never found myself liking her.
I really felt for Samatha who was battling her own demons following a teen suicide she was blamed for the previous year. She is determined to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen again but refuses to cross any lines that may be construed as inappropriate between a psychologist and a patient. But in Rosie’s case, she will push that line to the absolute limit, just to be sure the same heartbreaking situation doesn’t happen again. Rosie appears to be quite fragile and Samantha is nervous of ignoring the signs and failing to listen to a patient in need for a second time. But has she gone too far?
Sam’s relationship with Miranda, her sister remains hard going and despite Sam’s desire to be closer, Miranda seems set on keeping multiple heart-breaking secrets from her sibling. Adding additional stress to our usually calm and competent female protagonist.
A very readable novel about an incredibly likeable character who I will keep coming back to time and time again. I loved the way the story was set out, with Rosie recovering memories at different points throughout and adding to what the reader already knew. Gradually building the story to a somewhat blistering conclusion, wow!
Would I recommend this book? Most definitely. It can be read as a stand alone but why bother when you get pick up a copy of Inside the Whispers for a mere £1.99 on amazon.co.uk. This is an outstanding series; both books have been a joy to read and I heartily recommend them to all psychological thriller fans, particularly those (like me!) who have an interest in psychology. I cannot wait for the next instalment.
Five out of five stars.
I chose to read and review an eARC of Lost in the Lake. The above review is my own, unbiased opinion. My thanks to A.J. Waines for asking me to join the blog tour.
AJ Waines has sold over 400,000 books worldwide and topped the UK and Australian Kindle Charts with her number one bestseller, Girl on a Train. Following fifteen years as a psychotherapist, she is now a full-time novelist with publishing deals in France, Germany, Norway, Hungary and USA (audiobooks).
Her fourth psychological thriller, No Longer Safe, sold over 30,000 copies in the first month, in thirteen countries. AJ Waines has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times and ranked a Top 10 UK author on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). She lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband.