Thanks to the publisher for sending me a free copy of the book.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
On a bright Saturday in early spring, Detective Gemma Monroe responds to a missing person call at Lost Lake, near the small town of Cedar Valley, Colorado. With its sapphire waters and abundance of wildflowers, the lake is a popular camping destination in the summer. But for now, ice still grips the lake and snow buries the flowers.
When Gemma arrives at the shore, she meets three friends who have been camping there: the fourth of their group, Sari Chesney, has disappeared in the night without a trace. Sari is an assistant curator at the local museum, which is set to host a gala that night–a project she’s worked on for months and would never intentionally miss. As Gemma begins to understand the complex dynamics of the supposedly close-knit friendship group, she realizes that more than one person is lying to her–and that the beautiful, still waters of Lost Lake may hide more terrible secrets . . .
Every new book in this series becomes my favorite by the time I finish it, and that’s exactly what happened with Lost Lake. The simple fact is this: the Gemma Monroe series is one of my guaranteed comfort reads. As with any series, I know what kinds of things to expect with each book, and it makes me happy when they deliver.
This book reminded me how gorgeous the scenery is in this series. It’s set in Colorado, and Littlejohn does an amazing job of creating the world behind the characters. I’ve never been to Colorado, but Cedar Valley has me convinced it’s insanely beautiful.
One thing that happened with this book that hasn’t happened with the previous two: I guessed who the main culprit was as soon as I was introduced to them. Usually this peeves me, because I like to use my reading as an escape, I want everything to be a surprise, and I never intentionally try to solve the mystery. There was enough chaos and excitement throughout the rest of the story to keep me second-guessing myself, so I never felt disappointed when the person was revealed. I had zero ideas for motive, so finally getting all the answers felt like sweet relief.
Final verdict: I need the next book already. There were a couple storylines in Lost Lake that have me thinking we’re going to see some twists in the next installment, and I need answers! Side note: you could read this as a stand-alone if you really wanted to, but I think you’ll miss too much of the backstory by not having read the first two.
Highly recommend. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Book stats: Hardcover, 320 pages, Minotaur Books, November 6, 2018