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I LOVED this book! I read a lot of reviews on here that HATED Gemma but I really enjoyed her. She felt like a real person with real conflicts within. The mystery was slightly bland, but overall I really enjoyed reading this book. It might be my favorite BOTM yet.
I thought the title was hokey, almost like a Lifetime Movie. It turns out this mystery was so much better. This is a debut novel which will turn into a detective series. I like Gemma, she seemed realistic considering her history and background. I did not like some of her choices. She was sleeping with her partner. I kept thinking they can't have Felix in the series. I was not a fan of Felix. I do want to read the next book of Gemma mysteries.
This book was amazing, I found myself wanting so much more. I finished and immediately went to her website to find out if she was writing another book and when it would come out!!
It was unpredictable and everything you could want!
I've just started on this book but I'm having a hard time getting into it. What's the deal with Gemma and Rosalind? There seems to be an underlying obsession towards Rosalind on Gemma's part so far from where I'm at in the story. Hope it gets better because so far the story line is really dragging!!! Yaaaawwwwnnnn
If you go into thinking you are going to get a cool murder mystery I think you'll be disappointed. Instead the book is really about Gemma and all her secrets coming to a head as she is trying to solve a murder mystery. So my thought (totally just my opinion) is the dark lake actually refers to Gemma's (guilty?) concience. And how long she can go on before she's "pulled under" by all her lies and secrets. And to get the ball rolling and keep you interested there's also a murder case that needs solving. I'm glad I read it but I didn't love it. I figured out who the killer and the kidnapper was pretty quickly. And I didn't like Gemma.
I tried reading it but it isn't grabbing me. Should I give it another try?
My primary feeling as I read through this book was indifference. Indifference to the plot, the characters, everything.
Gemma is an especially unlikeable character. I don't need to like a main character to enjoy a book, but she was insufferable and selfish to every person in her life; basically a spoiled brat that throws adult-level tantrums and is ungrateful for everything she has until the final chapter (how contrived). I feel at many times, the book was more about Gemma's confused emotions and the murder was just a weak plot device to get her to work through them.
At no point did the plot ever suck me in. It seemed like a lot of fluff. The chapters from random POVs added nothing and time-stamping each chapter didn't serve much purpose. It was ultimately a dull story and I was just reading it to get through it. The end felt like a lot of build-up for nothing, and I rolled my eyes at the attempted irony of Candy Fyfe coming to save the day.
And is it just me, or is Harper obsessed with inappropriate relationships? Cheating coworkers not meant to be together (Gemma and Felix), coworkers whose employment policy doesn't encourage it (Izzy and Nicholson), people having affairs (Olivia and Nicholson / Timothy and Amelia), a hint of incest (Bryce and Timothy photographing Rosalind), relationships with minors (Rosalind and Rodney and possibly Rosalind with her former student). It was excessive to say the least.
I enjoyed this book and it was a pretty quick read. However, certain parts of it sort of read like an episode of One Tree Hill (or any other overly dramatic show) SPOILER ALERT when her son was kidnapped, the father was not the father, etc.