Book review: Lake Child by Isabel Ashdown

I’ve taken a break from blogging recently for health and holiday reasons so am now catching up on reviewing books that have really stuck in my mind.

When 17 year-old Eva Olsen comes round after a horrific road accident she finds herself bedbound in her isolated home in a Norwegian forest. Why is the room locked? Are her watchful parents protecting her or themselves? Who was Eva in the vehicle with and is that person responsible for her pregnancy? As memories begin to surface that don’t tally with the story she’s given, she has to discover the truth but what if someone doesn’t want her to escape?

If you read this blog regularly you’ll know that I’m a big fan of psychological thrillers but with so many around it sometimes seems quite hard to find one that feels fresh and delivers on its promise.

But Lake Child is exactly that book!

It’s an all-consuming, beautifully-crafted mystery that had me in its thrall.

What makes it so good? For starters, there’s the noirish Scandinavian setting which is perfect for the story and so well described. The house, dark forest and snow add to Eva’s sense of isolation, confusion and claustrophobia, and there’s an underlying sense of menace throughout.

Eva herself is a very complex character. Angry and suspicious, she’s not particularly likeable but she is compelling and my sympathy for her grew as her confusion continued and the secrets unravelled.

I haven’t read anything by this author before but am looking forward to catching up on other books she’s written.

My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for a copy of this book.

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