What’s it about?
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.
My first thought when opening this ebook was that it seemed a very short book to tell a full story, only some 93 pages, but I can only assure you that the story was complete without being rushed or anything. From the first pages I was completely drawn into the story. It already starts off with a bit of intrigue about Matthew’s parents, they disappeared and he’s at the police station. It seems he had reasons to want to escape from home, his parents had secrets and the police will understand when they’ll go to their home. There are a lot of mysterious comments at first and we fall from one surprise into another, especially when Matthew stumbles upon some secret family history when he’s looking through his parents affairs. We are with him all along to the big finale. The story is well developed and has good pacing, I really liked the main character and I recognized it was good writing from the very first pages. I’m glad I discovered this little gem of an author and look forward to reading another one of her books.
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*