Matthew Stanyer fears the worst when he reports his parents missing. His father, Joseph Stanyer, has been struggling to cope with his wife Evie, whose dementia is rapidly worsening. When their bodies are found close to Blackwater Lake, a local beauty spot, the inquest rules the deaths as a murder-suicide. A conclusion that’s supported by the note Joseph leaves for his son.
Grief-stricken, Matthew begins to clear his parents’ house of decades of compulsive hoarding, only to discover the dark enigmas hidden within its walls. Ones that lead Matthew to ask: why did his father choose Blackwater Lake to end his life? What other secrets do its waters conceal?
A short (25,000-words) novella, Blackwater Lake examines one man’s determination to uncover his family’s troubled past.
Blackwater Lake is the first book I have read by this author and I will certainly be reading more.
Blackwater Lake is a novella which I flew through with it only being 93 pages long.
I felt so sorry for Matthew in this book. Not only does he have to cope with his parents going missing then turning up dead, he also discovers a shocking secret that they have kept hidden for years.
Having come across this shocking discovery, Matthew can’t quite believe it and instead of going to the police he decides to investigate things himself. Probably not the smartest move he could make as it leads him on an even more shocking journey that puts his own life at risk.
Even though Matthew’s action may not be the smartest ones it makes a gripping and entertaining read for us readers.
Blackwater Lake is a great read for a quick crime thriller fix for any fans of this genre.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Blackwater Lake is available from Amazon.