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Eclipse Lake

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Small towns hold the darkest secrets.

Fifteen years after leaving his criminal past and estranged brother behind, widower Dane Carlisle returns to his hometown on the banks of sleepy Eclipse Lake. Now, a successful businessman, he has kept his troubled past a secret from most everyone, including his seventeen-year-old son.

But memories in small towns are bitter and long.

ebook, 254 pages
Published June 22nd 2014
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Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Eclipse Lake is the fourth book I've read from author Mae Clair. Previously, I read one of her trilogies, and this time, I decided to check out a stand-alone novel. Like the others, this is a suspense mystery set in Pennsylvania, always an interesting setting for me. Unlike the others, there are no paranormal or sci-fi sub-themes, though even in those earlier books, it was minimal.

In Eclipse Lake, Dane Carlisle returns to his small hometown to deal with a personal matter. He lived there almost f
A shattered camera lens could have been a good luck omen for photographer Ellie Sullivan, doing a shoot outside a scenic small town. Not only was the man responsible for the damage handsome, but he is a warm and caring person who is beginning to charm her in the most subtle ways. Dane Carlisle has come “home”a changed man after fifteen long years of no contact with anyone who knew him and his troubled past. Now a young widower with a teenaged son, Dane needs to find a connection with his older b ...more
Diana Hockley
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, I chose to read this book on the Masquerade Crew list because the cover is so elegant and peaceful! However, I was amazed and delighted by the plot - nothing like the cover. The author's skill ensures that this story is a "cut above" the norm, being well written and presented.

Dane, a widower, returns with his adopted son, Jesse, to his home town to make peace with his older brother, Jonah. Although he is now successful and confident, his past comes back to haunt him. Troubled as a teena
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Romance, suspense, mystery! Mae Clair has truly outdone herself! The Eclipse Lake is stunning, powerful and emotional! I loved Dane and Ellie, their story warmed my heart!
Onyx, a quiet, peaceful community at first glance, „where residents passed leisurely evenings in high-backed rockers and porch swings. Where farmers herd milk cows in from grazing at the end of a slow dusty day.” But you know the saying -- Appearances are deceptive, don’t you? Terrible secrets, guilt and sins, scandal and ol
D. Peach
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Eclipse Lake is one part cozy mystery and one part romance. The story focuses on Dane Carlisle, a teenage lost-cause who grew up and turned his life around to become a multi-millionaire. He returns to his hometown with his adopted son, hoping to make amends with his older brother. But memories of the teenage Dane persist, and the discovery of an old skull raises more suspicions about his past. Set against Dane's dark history and the current turmoil is his fairytale romance with a spunky photo-jo ...more
D.L. Finn
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Ms. Clair’s books, which means I’m working my way through her catalog. Although there was no paranormal theme like her current books, “Eclipse Lake” had mystery, family dynamics, and some romance, which completely captured my attention. Dane Carlisle had changed since he was a troubled teen. He’s a good father and runs a successful business, but he wants to reconnect with his brother Jonah. The strain between them seemed so real to me I had my fingers crossed they’d work it out. Dane’s so ...more
Venice Kennedy
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was one of my summer highlights--that’s how good it was! It’s probably not a secret to those who know me, that I’m a big Mae Clair fan. As much as I’ve loved her other books, Eclipse Lake is my absolute fav! This is one of those books that you want to slow down reading as you near the end to make it last as long as possible but, you just can’t stop yourself. And then after you’ve finished, all these characters and the sense of being there with them in Eclipse Lake just lingers and ling ...more
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 105challenge7
It 's a mystery very special, different from the usual: the murder to be solved remains a bit in the background, out there are the relationships between the three Carisle and the talk and the memories of a small town.
Dane Carisle was a teenager very difficult, now is a successful entrepreneur. He's widower for just over 3 years and has a seventeen year old adopted son, Jesse. He had promised his wife that he would resume contacts with his families, are 15 who does not see his brother and his mot
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Slowly blooming romance meets Murder She Wrote

A grisly discovery of a skeleton throws small-town Onyx into a frenzy of gossip. The romantic hero of this book is the primary suspect. He has been living on the opposite coast of the country for fifteen years. In that time, he has reformed his bad-boy ways. Now he has returned to Onyx to renew a relationship with his estranged brother. But an old mystery is renewed instead.

The primary theme in this book is the idea that a bad reputation lives foreve
Loni Flowers
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What can I say that hasn't already been said after reading another novel by Author Mae Clair? Not once have I been disappointed, and again with her latest novel, ECLIPSE LAKE, I have been thrown into another fascinating tale unable to stop flipping the pages of my eReader. The ease at which Mrs. Clair develops her characters and their world seem effortless, and in no time at all I've got a clear picture of the surroundings and the deep seeded emotions swirling around the inside of each of her ch ...more
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Small towns have very long memories. Unfortunately, for Dane that is a very bad thing. Dane left his home town a criminal with an even worse reputation. But, he knows to move forward in his life he must tie up loose ends of his past. When Dane decides to make a trip back home he thinks he is prepared for the worst. The memories of this town won’t let him prove he is a changed man. While Dane is desperately trying to repair what is broken he meets a photojournalist with a fiery attitude. She take ...more
Masquerade Crew
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense


Dane Carlisle left town fifteen years ago and the only thing that is bringing him back is a promise to his now dead wife. Dane also has a past, a criminal past. After this long of a time he is finally ready to reach out to his brother (Jonah) and try to make amends.

Dane has turned his life around and become a successful businessman, married the love of his life and adopted her young son, Jesse. He takes Jess with him to Eclipse Lake, seeking redemption from his
Sue Coletta
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I received this book through a free promotion I knew nothing about the storyline, so I was pleasantly surprised by the underlying mystery. And what a mystery, too. Mae Clair packed so much into one book--long buried secrets, family conflicts, not one romance but two--to create a suspenseful, mysterious ride through Onyx, a small town with a celestial lake. I fell in love with each and every character. Not often can I say that. Before sitting down to write this review I was trying to figure ...more
Janice Spina
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by Mae Clair but will certainly not be the last. She skillfully created interesting dialogue, memorable characters and an intriguing storyline that kept this reader engrossed.

The main protagonist, Dane Carlisle, has a tortured and sullied past which threatens to dredge up secrets that could destroy him when he returns to his boyhood hometown of Onyx. He returns with his son to try to patch up a rocky relationship he had with his brother. What he finds there is
Christina Thompson
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of Mae Clair’s other novels, I was not disappointed with Eclipse Lake. I enjoyed her vivid description of the sleepy town near Eclipse Lake. Although I liked the mystery and suspense, I loved the family dynamic even more. I’m a sappy sucker for a man with a healthy relationship with his son. The funny banter and touching interactions of the Carlisle Clan (Dane, Jesse, & Jonah) made me laugh and cry. Ms. Clair has done a superb job delving deep into the many levels of the Carlisle family ...more
Joan Hall
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love a good mystery/suspense story, especially with a little romance thrown in. Eclipse Lake did not disappoint. The characters are likable and believable and the story was well written. I've read a lot of mysteries over the years and often guess who the guilty party is before the end of the book. Not so with Eclipse lake. I definitely will read more by this author.
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Renewing family connections shouldn’t be this hard!

Dane Carlisle is returning home after a fifteen year absence. Many things have changed; he’s a widower, father, and a multi-millionaire entrepreneur- his life couldn’t be more different than when he was a troubled youth. Problem is, his older brother, Jonah, doesn’t want him there.

Jonah wants nothing to do with the selfish delinquent who’d landed himself in jail and disappeared years ago, leaving him to care for an aging alcoholic parent. Dane h
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I’ve read by author Mae Clair and once again, she does not disappoint! Dane Carlisle grew up in Onyx and Eclipse Lake and was basically a young criminal in his teenage years. Fast-forward fifteen years and Dane has become a very successful business owner of a security company, adopted Jesse when he was six and has been a widower for three years. Before she died, his wife urged Dane to return home and make peace with his brother Jonah, so Dane and his son Jesse fly from Sa ...more
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, kindle
What started off as something that looked to be quite intriguing, gradually became mundane and quite predictable as the story progressed. A sigh of relief when I reached the end which was not much of one. Everything coming up to the moment of the big revelation, the ta-dah! at the end lacked any impact we were to feel. It fizzled.

I really did like the two brothers, Jonah and Dane, and found the family dynamic, their relationship quite engaging. My issue was the romance between Dane and Ellie, a
Sassy Beta Reading & Review
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge of fan of books with second chances and a lil bit of redemption. This one did not disappoint. Dane was a bad boy made good. As a teenager, he was into just about everything, drinking, drugs, breaking and entering, theft, and the list goes on. He even spent over a year in jail for his crimes. Once he was out, he left the area and met up with someone that helped him turn his life around. 15 years later he is back. He owns a HUGE security company (using his skills as a thief to make sec ...more
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Eclipse Lake was a great read, there was so much packed into these pages, yet nothing got lost. The family dynamic was awesome, the troubled relationship, the bitterness between Jonah and Dane, the chance for second chances, it was a very powerful look at resolving past issues. There was so much misunderstanding and resentment coming from Jonah that for most of the book I actually hated him, even while I could see his point of view.

It was hard for me to image Dane as he was described in the pas
Balroop Singh
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Eclipse Lake by Mae Clair holds all the usual elements of a mystery – an unsolved murder, a suspect who seems to hide the darkest secrets, a villain and horrendous memories. But besides mystery, this book says much more. It focuses on relationships, which have always intrigued me. Clair has handled them deftly, pointing out glaring errors that parents make in raising a child and expect him to be perfect.

Dane was one such son who couldn’t get enough affection and the right attention from either
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If I knew nothing about this book, I'd want to read it based on the cover alone - isn't it the perfect picture of tranquility? But don't be misled because, as it also says on the cover, 'Small towns hold the darkest secrets.' And that is so true of the town of Eclipse Lake.

Mae Clair captures the atmosphere of small towns so well - the gossip, reputations that are never forgotten, nosy neighbors, etc. But she also creates characters that lure you into that small town, asking you to stay awhile an
Staci Troilo
I read Eclipse Lake in just a few hours. In fact, I stayed up into the wee hours of the night to do it. I couldn’t put it down. It’s another riveting story by Mae Clair.

I was hooked from the very start. It’s primarily set in Pennsylvania, which is where I’m originally from, so that intrigued me. The setting is beautifully described, but not overdone with purple prose. The plot grabs you right away. A guy and his son are heading home to deal with some ugly family history. What is it? We don’t kno
A.M. Manay
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mae Clair is an exceptionally reliable writer. You always know that when you open one of her books, you will find something well-executed and we'll worth your time. Eclipse Lake is no exception. It gives you mystery, family drama, and romance along with interesting locales and well-drawn characters.
Dane is a bad boy made good, come home to try to make peace with his estranged brother, Jonah. He is accompanied by his teenage son and a whole lot of baggage. He soon meets Ellie, a successful photog
John W. Howell
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When you read a Mae Claire novel you can expect that she will deliver a super well-written story with complex, fully developed characters, and some surprise. Eclipse Lake has all of these elements and one that I did not expect. Even though the book is a romantic suspense, I was delighted to find the way the central characters were drawn to each other. Their romantic attraction was so well written that I didn’t even think I was reading what could be considered a romance novel. In my mind, it had ...more
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-suspense
Eclipse Lake is a masterpiece of pulling strong family dynamics, amazing settings, and romantic suspense together in a hard to put down read. The tension between the brothers Jonah and Dane were well balanced with the fun interplay of Ellie’s family. But I think my favorite secondary character was Jesse. Mae Clair brought about the full understanding between father and son with a sensitive touch that kept me turning pages to the end.

But the romance between Ellie and Dane is not out shined by the
Natalie Ducey
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Eclipse Lake by Mae Clair has it all - mystery, suspense, and romance! Dane Carlisle, a widower, returns to his hometown Eclipse Lake after 15 years to make peace with his past and estranged brother, Jonah. Soon after he arrives, human remains from an unsolved murder/disappearance are discovered. Both Dane and Jonah have ties to the victim. The murder mystery/investigation isn’t at the forefront during the first half of the book, but it’s there linking the brothers to their fractured past, casti ...more
Yvette Calleiro
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! This author really knows how to make you feel the emotions of each character. And her suspense! She knows how to SHOW the scene instead of explain the scenes, and because I want to lose myself in the story, authors who write like this grab me hook, line, and sinker.

Her characters are very realistic and stay true to their personalities throughout the whole book. The plot masterfully weaves several characters from different backgrounds together and embeds
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by Mae Clair and I was not disappointed. I love books about redemption. It was about forgiveness and second chances. The bitterness between Jonah and Dane was awesome. Will Jonah forgive his brother? Will they be able to work through all their issues?

Besides the Redemption, we have mystery, romance, and suspense. What is the story behind the skeletal remains that was found? Who is this person? How did he/she die? Was this person murdered? Who did it?

This book had me hooked
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A member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Mae Clair is also a founding member and contributor to the award-winning writing blog, Story Empire. She has achieved bestseller status on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, with several of her novels chosen as book club selections.

Mae writes primarily in the mystery/suspense genre, flavoring her plots with elements of ur

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