Blackwater Lake by Maggie James

Blackwater Lake3-stars

Back from his idyllic life in Crete, Matthew is somewhat disinclined to spend time at his family home – with a house chock-full of junk and rubbish, his mother’s hoarding habit holds only negative memories. Inevitably, he can’t avoid it forever, but discovering his mother is dying, turns out to be only the first of several shocks: her personality is horribly changed and the apparently nonsensical ramblings are unsettling. However, when the couple disappear and apparently commit suicide, Matthew is forced to face the dread of clearing the house, and soon finds there’s a lot more to his parents’ past then he’d ever imagined.

For the most part, I really enjoyed this book – it’s a little slow to get going but once it does, the tension builds nicely and the denouement is unexpected. Having said this, the first couple of chapters almost stopped me reading – two or three phrases were repeated so often that it was like reading a first draft. Thankfully, Ms James got her act together and the rest of the story was highly enjoyable. The three-stars are due to those poorly edited first chapters, though won’t put me off reading more of her work.

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