The Woman in the Lake Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

The Woman in the Lake


  • Author : Nicola Cornick
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Release Date : 2019-02-26
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 310
  • ISBN 10 : 9781488096778

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The Woman in the Lake Excerpt :

From the bestselling author of House of Shadows and The Phantom Tree comes a spellbinding tale of jealousy, greed, plotting and revenge—part history, part mystery—for fans of Kate Morton, Susanna Kearsley and Barbara Erskine London, 1765 Lady Isabella Gerard, a respectable member of Georgian society, orders her maid to take her new golden gown and destroy it, its shimmering beauty tainted by the actions of her brutal husband the night before. Three months later, Lord Gerard stands at the shoreline of the lake, looking down at a woman wearing the golden gown. As the body slowly rolls over to reveal her face, it’s clear this was not his intended victim… 250 Years Later… When a gown she stole from a historic home as a child is mysteriously returned to Fenella Brightwell, it begins to possess her in exactly the same way that it did as a girl. Soon the fragile new life Fen has created for herself away from her abusive ex-husband is threatened at its foundations by the gown’s power over her until she can't tell what is real and what is imaginary. As Fen uncovers more about the gown and Isabella’s story, she begins to see the parallels with her own life. When each piece of history is revealed, the gown—and its past—seems to possess her more and more, culminating in a dramatic revelation set to destroy her sanity.

Lady in the Lake Book

Lady in the Lake


  • Author : Laura Lippman
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2019-07-23
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062390035

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Lady in the Lake Excerpt :

SOON TO BE A SERIES FROM APPLE TV! A New York Times Bestseller The revered New York Times bestselling author returns with a novel set in 1960s Baltimore that combines modern psychological insights with elements of classic noir, about a middle-aged housewife turned aspiring reporter who pursues the murder of a forgotten young woman. In 1966, Baltimore is a city of secrets that everyone seems to know—everyone, that is, except Madeline “Maddie” Schwartz. Last year, she was a happy, even pampered housewife. This year, she’s bolted from her marriage of almost twenty years, determined to make good on her youthful ambitions to live a passionate, meaningful life. Maddie wants to matter, to leave her mark on a swiftly changing world. Drawing on her own secrets, she helps Baltimore police find a murdered girl—assistance that leads to a job at the city’s afternoon newspaper, the Star. Working at the newspaper offers Maddie the opportunity to make her name, and she has found just the story to do it: Cleo Sherwood, a missing woman whose body was discovered in the fountain of a city park lake. If Cleo were white, every reporter in Baltimore would be clamoring to tell her story. Instead, her mysterious death receives only cursory mention in the daily newspapers, and no one cares when Maddie starts poking around in a young Black woman's life—except for Cleo's ghost, who is determined to keep her secrets and her dignity. Cleo scolds the ambitious Maddie: You're interested in my death, not my life. They're not the same thing. Maddie’s investigation brings her into contact with people that used to be on the periphery of her life—a jewelry store clerk, a waitress, a rising star on the Baltimore Orioles, a patrol cop, a hardened female reporter, a lonely man in a movie theater. But for all her ambition and drive, Maddie often fails to see the people right in front of her. Her inability to look beyond her own needs will lead to tragedy and turmoil for all sorts of peopl

How a Woman Becomes a Lake Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

How a Woman Becomes a Lake


  • Author : Marjorie Celona
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2020-03-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780735235830

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How a Woman Becomes a Lake Excerpt :

Shortlisted for the 2021 Crime Writers of Canada Award for Best Crime Novel From the Giller-nominated author of Y comes How a Woman Becomes a Lake, a taut, suspenseful novel about the dark corners of a small town, and the secrets that lurk within... It's New Year's Day and the residents of a small fishing town are ready to start their lives anew. Leo takes his two young sons out to the lake to write resolutions on paper boats. That same frigid morning, Vera sets out for a walk with her dog along the lake, leaving her husband in bed with a hangover. But she never returns. She places a call to the police saying she's found a boy in the woods, but the call is cut short by a muffled cry. Did one of Leo's sons see Vera? What are they hiding about that day? And why are they so scared of their own father? Told from shifting perspectives, How a Woman Becomes a Lake is a compelling, lyrical novel about family, new beginnings, and costly mistakes, and asks, what do you do when the people who are meant to love you the most, fail?

The Lady in the Lake Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

The Lady in the Lake


  • Author : Raymond Chandler
  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Release Date : 2021-08-31
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 172
  • ISBN 10 : EAN:4064066365950

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The Lady in the Lake Excerpt :

"The Lady in the Lake" by Raymond Chandler. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

The Phantom Tree Book
Score: 3.5
From 9 Ratings

The Phantom Tree


  • Author : Nicola Cornick
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Release Date : 2018-09-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781488028588

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The Phantom Tree Excerpt :

Browsing an antiques shop in Wiltshire, Alison Bannister stumbles across a delicate old portrait—identified as the doomed Tudor queen, Anne Boleyn. Except Alison knows better. The subject is Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr, who was taken to Wolf Hall in 1557 and presumed dead after going missing as a child. And Alison knows this because she, too, lived at Wolf Hall and knew Mary...more than four hundred years ago. The painting of Mary is more than just a beautiful object for Alison—it holds the key to her past life, the unlocking of the mystery surrounding Mary’s disappearance and how Alison can get back to her own time. To when she and Mary were childhood enemies yet shared a pact that now, finally, must be fulfilled, no matter the cost. Bestselling author of House of Shadows Nicola Cornick offers a provocative alternate history of rivals, secrets and danger, set in a time when a woman’s destiny was determined by the politics of men and luck of birth. A spellbinding tale for fans of Kate Morton, Philippa Gregory and Barbara Erskine.

Stranger in the Lake Book
Score: 3.5
From 8 Ratings

Stranger in the Lake


  • Author : Kimberly Belle
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Release Date : 2020-06-09
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781488056314

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Stranger in the Lake Excerpt :

“Spellbinding. Another outstanding novel by Kimberly Belle, masterfully written to lure you in and never let go.” — Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife When Charlotte married the wealthy widower Paul, it caused a ripple of gossip in their small lakeside town. They have a charmed life together, despite the cruel whispers about her humble past and his first marriage. But everything starts to unravel when she discovers a young woman’s body floating in the exact same spot where Paul’s first wife tragically drowned. At first, it seems like a horrific coincidence, but the stranger in the lake is no stranger. Charlotte saw Paul talking to her the day before, even though Paul tells the police he’s never met the woman. His lie exposes cracks in their fragile new marriage, cracks Charlotte is determined to keep from breaking them in two. As Charlotte uncovers dark mysteries about the man she married, she doesn’t know what to trust—her heart, which knows Paul to be a good man, or her growing suspicion that there’s something he’s hiding in the water. Don't miss Kimberly Belle's newest novel, My Darling Husband! Look for these other pulse-pounding thrillers by Kimberly Belle: Three Days Missing The Marriage Lie Dear Wife

Lady of the Lake Book

Lady of the Lake


  • Author : Elizabeth Mayne
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Release Date : 2011-07-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781459268142

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Lady of the Lake Excerpt :

Keeper Of The Ancient Secrets Tala ap Griffin was both princess and priestess to the people of Arden Wood. And Lord Edon Halfdansson had succumbed to her mysterious charms. But was her power simple woodland sorcery, or the force of eternal love? His liege had decreed that Edon, Wolf of Warwick, return to his lair and take to wife the bewitching Tala, uniting their warring fiefdoms in peace—though a marriage bed shared with the fiery princess could prove nothing more than a battlefield!

House of Shadows Book

House of Shadows


  • Author : Nicola Cornick
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Release Date : 2021-10-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9780369719669

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The wooded hills of Oxfordshire conceal the remains of the aptly named Ashdown House—a wasted pile of cinders and regret. Once home to the daughter of a king, Ashdown and its secrets will unite three women across four centuries in a tangle of intrigue, deceit and destiny… In the winter of 1662, Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen, is on her deathbed. She entrusts an ancient pearl, rumored to have magic power, to her faithful cavalier William Craven for safekeeping. In his grief, William orders the construction of Ashdown Estate in her memory and places the pearl at its center. One hundred and fifty years later, notorious courtesan Lavinia Flyte hears the maids at Ashdown House whisper of a hidden treasure, and bears witness as her protector Lord Evershot—desperate to find it—burns the building to the ground. Now in the present day, a battered mirror and the diary of a Regency courtesan are the only clues Holly Ansell has to finding her brother, who has gone missing researching the mystery of Elizabeth Stuart and her alleged affair with Lord Craven. As she retraces his footsteps, Holly’s quest will soon reveal the truth about Lavinia and compel her to confront the stunning revelation about the legacy of the Winter Queen. Previously published.

The Women of Great Heron Lake Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Women of Great Heron Lake


  • Author : Deanna Lynn Sletten
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2019-09-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 424
  • ISBN 10 : 1941212441

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The Women of Great Heron Lake Excerpt :

From the author of the bestselling historical novel, Miss Etta.Two strong women, generations apart, living parallel lives.When Marla Madison's husband dies, she realizes her life has become very small. Her daughter is grown and Marla has spent the past two decades focused on his friends, his interests, and his home. Feeling lost, she throws herself into fixing up the one-hundred and fifty-year-old family lakeside manor. She soon discovers an old journal in a secret drawer and is instantly intrigued. The handwritten book tells the tale of another Mrs. Madison from over a century ago, the first woman to live in the lake manor. As Marla reads the journal, she discovers that her life parallels that of the woman who wrote those words decades ago and Marla finds inspiration from her strength.1875 - Alaina Carlton was content to become a spinster until her beloved father introduced her to Nathaniel Madison, one of the most prosperous men in St. Paul, Minnesota. Even though she values her independence, Alaina is intrigued by this man who pursues her. When they marry, she believes she's found a man who will treat her as an equal, but soon realizes that isn't entirely true. From their mansion on the illustrious Summit Avenue to their manor at Great Heron Lake, where the rich and powerful play, her life is no longer her own. But fifteen years and two children later when Nathaniel grows ill, she takes her rightful place where women weren't allowed in order to secure her children's inheritance and her future.An inspiring family saga of two determined woman who found meaning in their lives by following their passions and not allowing society, or propriety, to hold them back.

The Lake House Book
Score: 4
From 79 Ratings

The Lake House


  • Author : Kate Morton
  • Publisher : Allen & Unwin
  • Release Date : 2015-11-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 608
  • ISBN 10 : 9781925267938

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A missing child June 1933, and the Edevane family's country house, Loeanneth, is polished and gleaming, ready for the much-anticipated Midsummer Eve party. Alice Edevane, sixteen years old and a budding writer, is especially excited. Not only has she worked out the perfect twist for her novel, she's also fallen helplessly in love with someone she shouldn't have. But by the time midnight strikes and fireworks light up the night skies, the Edevane family will have suffered a loss so great that they leave Loeanneth forever. An abandoned house Seventy years later, after a particularly troubling case, Sadie Sparrow is sent on an enforced break from her job with the Metropolitan Police. She retreats to her beloved grandfather's cottage in Cornwall but soon finds herself at a loose end. Until one day, Sadie stumbles upon an abandoned house surrounded by overgrown gardens and dense woods, and learns the story of a baby boy who disappeared without a trace. An unsolved mystery Meanwhile, in the attic writing room of her elegant Hampstead home, the formidable Alice Edevane, now an old lady, leads a life as neatly plotted as the bestselling detective novels she writes. Until a young police detective starts asking questions about her family's past, seeking to resurrect the complex tangle of secrets Alice has spent her life trying to escape.

The Lady of the Lake Book

The Lady of the Lake


  • Author : Walter Scott
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1874
  • Genre: Lady of the Lake (Legendary character)
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : HARVARD:HN6JPW

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Daughters of the Lake Book

Daughters of the Lake


  • Author : Wendy Webb
  • Publisher : Center Point
  • Release Date : 2019
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 500
  • ISBN 10 : 1643581139

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Daughters of the Lake Excerpt :

"After the end of her marriage, Kate Granger retreated to her parents' home on Lake Superior to pull herself together--only to discover the body of a murdered woman washed into the shallows. As the drowned woman reaches out from the grave, Kate reaches back, coming together, if only in dreams, to right the sinister wrongs of the past"--

Leftover in China  The Women Shaping the World s Next Superpower Book

Leftover in China The Women Shaping the World s Next Superpower


  • Author : Roseann Lake
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2018-02-13
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393254648

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Leftover in China The Women Shaping the World s Next Superpower Excerpt :

Factory Girls meets The Vagina Monologues in this fascinating narrative on China’s single women—and why they could be the source of its economic future. Forty years ago, China enacted the one-child policy, only recently relaxed. Among many other unintended consequences, it resulted in both an enormous gender imbalance—with a predicted twenty million more men than women of marriage age by 2020—and China’s first generations of only-daughters. Given the resources normally reserved for boys, these girls were pushed to study, excel in college, and succeed in careers, as if they were sons. Now living in an economic powerhouse, enough of these women have decided to postpone marriage—or not marry at all—to spawn a label: "leftovers." Unprecedentedly well-educated and goal-oriented, they struggle to find partners in a society where gender roles have not evolved as vigorously as society itself, and where new professional opportunities have made women less willing to compromise their careers or concede to marriage for the sake of being wed. Further complicating their search for a mate, the vast majority of China’s single men reside in and are tied to the rural areas where they were raised. This makes them geographically, economically, and educationally incompatible with city-dwelling “leftovers,” who also face difficulty in partnering with urban men, given the urban men’s general preference for more dutiful, domesticated wives. Part critique of China’s paternalistic ideals, part playful portrait of the romantic travails of China’s trailblazing women and their well-meaning parents who are anxious to see their daughters snuggled into traditional wedlock, Roseann Lake’s Leftover in China focuses on the lives of four individual women against a backdrop of colorful anecdotes, hundreds of interviews, and rigorous historical and demographic research to show how these "leftovers" are the linchpin to China’s future.

On Mystic Lake Book
Score: 3
From 42 Ratings

On Mystic Lake


  • Author : Kristin Hannah
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2007-12-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307416315

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On Mystic Lake Excerpt :

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A poignant and tender story of love, loss, passion, and the fragile threads that bind families together from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale “A beautifully simple, deeply compassionate story.”—Diana Gabaldon Annie Colwater's only child has just left home for school abroad. On that same day, her husband of twenty years confesses that he's in love with a younger woman. Alone in the house that is no longer a home, Annie comes to the painful realization that for years she has been slowly disappearing. Lonely and afraid, she retreats to Mystic, the small Washington town where she grew up, hoping that there she can reclaim the woman she once was—the woman she is now desperate to become again. In Mystic, she is reunited with her first love, Nick Delacroix, a recent widower unable to cope with his grieving, too-silent six-year-old daughter, Izzie. Together, the three of them begin to heal, and, at last, Annie learns that she can love without losing herself. But just when she has found a second chance at happiness, her life is turned upside down again, and Annie must make a choice no woman should have to make. . . . Praise for On Mystic Lake “Marvelous . . . a touching love story . . . You know a book is a winner when you devour it in one evening and hope there’s a sequel. . . . This page-turner has enough twists and turns to keep the reader up until the wee hours of the morning.”—USA Today “Superb . . . I’ll heartily recommend On Mystic Lake to any woman . . . who demands that a story leave her in a satisfied glow.”—The Washington Post Book World “A luminescent story . . . Kristin Hannah touches the deepest, most tender corners of our hearts.”—Tami Hoag “Excellent . . . On Mystic Lake is an emotional experience you won’t soon forget.”—Rocky Mountain News “Propels readers forward to the final chapter.”—The Seattle Times

The Dark Lake  FREE PREVIEW   Prologue and First Five Chapters  Book
Score: 3.5
From 24 Ratings

The Dark Lake FREE PREVIEW Prologue and First Five Chapters


  • Author : Sarah Bailey
  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Release Date : 2017-05-30
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 48
  • ISBN 10 : 9781538744956

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The Dark Lake FREE PREVIEW Prologue and First Five Chapters Excerpt :

A tight-knit community is shocked by revelations from decades past in this "enthralling" (Associated Press) literary mystery that "will keep you racing toward the end" (Lisa Gardner). The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, but Rosalind Ryan, whose beauty and inscrutability exerted a magnetic pull on Smithson High School, first during Rosalind's student years and then again when she returned to teach drama. As much as Rosalind's life was a mystery to Gemma when they were students together, her death presents even more of a puzzle. What made Rosalind quit her teaching job in Sydney and return to her hometown? Why did she live in a small, run-down apartment when her father was one of the town's richest men? And despite her many admirers, did anyone in the town truly know her? Rosalind's enigmas frustrate and obsess Gemma, who has her own dangerous secrets--an affair with her colleague and past tragedies that may not stay in the past. Brilliantly rendered, THE DARK LAKE has characters as compelling and mysteries as layered as the best thrillers from Gillian Flynn and Sophie Hannah.