Monday, April 4, 2022

Fiction Suspense Review: The Souls of Lost Lake by Jaime Jo Wright

Book Description:

To save the innocent, they must face an insidious evil.

Wren Blythe has long enjoyed living in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, helping her father with ministry at a youth camp. But when a little girl in the area goes missing, an all-out search ensues, reviving the decades-old campfire story of Ava Coons, the murderess who is believed to still roam the forest. Joining the search, Wren stumbles upon the Coonses' cabin ruins and a sinister mystery she is determined to unearth.

In 1930, Ava Coons has spent the last several years carrying the mantle of mystery since the day she emerged from the woods as a thirteen-year-old girl, spattered with blood, dragging a logger's ax. She has accepted she will never remember what happened to her family, whose bodies were never found, and that the people of Tempter's Creek will always blame her for their violent deaths. And after a member of the town is murdered, and another goes missing, rumors spread that Ava's secret is perhaps more malicious than previously imagined.

Two women, separated by time, must confront a wickedness that not only challenges who they are but also threatens their lives, and the lives of those they love.

My Thoughts:
The Souls of Lost Lake is engaging, intriguing, and at times scared the bejeebers out of me, but it is such a good read. Jaime Jo Wright knows how to craft a suspense story that leaves you thinking for days. I loved how she started with a spooky campfire tale and sprouted the story of two brave women. Ava and Wren, two different women, one from days gone by and the other modern day, grow in their faith as they confront the evil around them. I love the camp setting, the old folktales, and the interactions between the ladies and the men in their lives. This is my favorite book by Wright, so far. The twists at the end are so unexpected. If you enjoy suspense with a bit of romance and a strong thread of faith, read Jaime Jo Wright's The Souls of Lost Lake. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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