Lakeview House Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Icy water laps against the wooden jetty. But the girl doesn’t notice the cold as she slips slowly under the freezing surface....
Running from a devastating relationship that almost cost her everything, Maddy Hart impulsively accepts a job as a live-in caretaker at imposing Lakeview House. She has no memories of having visited the crumbling mansion on the banks of Lake Thirlmere before, but when she arrives, something about the house feels familiar....
The more time Maddy spends in the house, the more unsettled she feels. Why does the local story about the last woman who lived here, who drowned on her wedding day, chill Maddy to the bone? By day, she clears out the dusty rooms, but in the dead of night, it’s hard to explain away the eerie noises or crackly radio she hears hours after she turned it off. Slowly, Maddy begins to fear that her worst nightmare is coming true. Has her past caught up with her?
When a soaking wet wedding dress is left on Maddy’s doorstep, she feels completely trapped. It is her exact measurements. Is her ex trying to send her a message? Or has Maddy’s digging uncovered an even deadlier secret? Will this perfect escape become the perfect trap?
Perfect for fans of Lucy Foley, Lisa Gardner, and Ruth Ware.
Lakeview House was previously published as What Lies Below.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 40 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 08, 2022|
|Publisher||Hachette UK - Bookouture|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #33,632 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#824 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,850 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,943 in Psychological Thrillers (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2022
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Once upon a time there was a woman named Madeleine. She escaped a bad relationship, and her good friend Stella noticed an advertisement for a housesitter. Madeleine applied for this wonderful opportunity on short notice to escape her deranged (and possibly homicidal) ex, Connor, and happily wandered off to the Lake District to house-sit for a historic house that needed tons of work, a face-lift, possibly an exorcism, and fewer bodies in the backyard lake. Whoops!
Did I mention... this is a thriller? Besides her vindictive ex-boyfriend who envisions Madeleine with a big target spot on her forehead, there's also a serial killer who uses the house and its lake as his own personal dumping grounds. Wow, life's about to get tough for HIM when he realizes that Madeleine's about to take up residence. What's a poor psychotic murderer supposed to do?
Madeleine has no idea that while she's busy being slightly haunted by strange dreams, Stella (remember Stella?) has been being a wretched BFF and flirting with Connor. Instead of being suitably flattered, Connor, who is still a deranged (and possibly homicidal) ex, brutally attacks Stella, beating her viciously that Stella ends up in the hospital. While assaulting Stella, Connor does manage to find out Madeleine's whereabouts, and rushes off to find (and kill) Madeleine, too.
Stella (BFF, remember?) is found by some guy she's always ignored who smells like onions (really. That's how he's described). They rapidly fall in love, and when a detective comes to interview Stella about who hurt her, Stella tells the detective, but handily leaves out details about HOW CONNOR IS LOOKING FOR MADELEINE. Three seconds later, Stella insists to Joe that THEY GO FIND MADELEINE IN THE LAKE DISTRICT. Because, yeah, instead of TELLING THE POLICE that a DERANGED, possibly HOMICIDAL ex-boyfriend is stalking her best friend, the smart thing to do is rush off and go find your friend yourself (as a side note, I'm really glad I read this kind of thing, because it teaches me how to live a better life and all that) with a guy whom you've only just started speaking to.
The end is faintly ridiculous, involving Stella and onion-guy (okay, his name is Joe) making a trip to the Lake District with various mishaps befalling them, trying to reach Madeleine in time to warn her about Connor. Madeleine is having problems, too, what with a serial killer closing in on her, and stuff. Oh, and funny feelings about ghosts and dreams and maybe Connor trying to scare her?
I've got to be honest: this book is so bad, it's hard to know what to say. The characters are nearly funny in their profound idiocy/lack of narrative consistency. Do I like them? Who cares? They honestly aren't even fleshed out enough to be real stereotypes. They are mere wisps; wooden dolls without feeling or agency walking about so a shallow plot can circle around them. At one point, a character does something for no reason at all. The novel actually SAYS that he doesn't know why he does something (but it's essential to get him somewhere important). The point at which an author claims that someone does something, you know, "because, PLOT", and has no other motivation...that's time to quit. That's LAZY. It seems like the author doesn't enjoy these people herself; can't be bothered to find out more about them.
And what is Ms. Phifer writing? Is it a ghost story? Is it a thriller? None of these characters seem remotely invested in their own experience. If it's a ghost story, it's not that scary. If it's a thriller, well...these people are SERIOUSLY underestimating murder. I mean, there's a serial killer who's been stalking the hills, and putting bodies in the lake for years (Dead! Bodies! Gruesomely posed in the lake!) and somehow this seems very underwhelming to everyone in the novel.
I've been more entranced reading a take-out menu. I just can't recommend this at all, even for light reading. I thought I'd read a book or two by Ms. Phifer that I had enjoyed, but this was an absolute stinker. Be warned.
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Everything was perfect, even the young Landlord of the village pub Seth who also lent his expertise to the local 'Search & Rescue' team who helped find the lost ramblers on the Fells.
Connor was never far from her mind and when a few odd things started to happen in the large old empty house, she couldn't help but think that he had found her. With Seth's help they checked the house from attic to cellar, and spending time with this very handsome man, Maddy began to warm to village life.
Alfie the young teenager son of Stella who owned the psychic style shop in the village spoke to Maddy of the Lake people he had seen, so when a dripping wet wedding dress was left on the steps to the house, she began to think Connor had found her and was trying to scare her.
I was on the edge of my seat the whole way through this novel and what a rollercoaster ride that was.
I would give this book a 10 star rating if it were possible.
Can't wait to read read more of Helen's novels.