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Preview — Redemption Lake by Susan Clayton-Goldner
Detective Winston Radhauser knows Matt is ...more
Heart-wrenching suspense grabs at your throat and propels you through this book at a breakneck pace.
Vivid prose and characters paint a picture of the life of a teenager in stress.
Wow, what an ending, totally unexpected.
I give this book 5 stars and wish it could be more.
This book hooked me in within the first couple of pages and the "who dun it" story just kept me turning those pages (Well, swiping my e Reader anyway).
The main character is an engaging personality and "Seeing" inside his head as the story unfolded was fascinating.
I found myself all over the yard with this one. One minute rooting ...more
First I want to say that the author provided me with a review copy. I don't know her. She found a review of mine on Amazon and asked me to do a review of her last novel. I guess she liked the review I did so she asked me to review this one as well.
I do enjoy a good mystery! This has it all. The character who is caught up in the events and struggles with what to do. Another who makes choices in order to protect someone else. And a series of suspects that come and go, depending on the quality of t...more
This was a very good book! I love good mysteries and this is definitely at the top of my list. It remained a mystery to me until the very end as to “whodunit”.
I enjoyed getting to “know” Matt and how he saw things from his perspective. But every few chapters, I liked that the author brought in another characters point of view.
I am looking forward to Book 2 in this series.
I would like to hope Matt takes up a career as a detective in a future story.
a must for any TBR list
Some things are better left in the dark but what happens when your past comes back to face you full on and there is nowhere to hide and you must face it. There is nothing Matt would love more than for his past to stay in the past but an old ghost has a way of coming back and he is about to learn that sometimes it's better to face them head on especially when there is nowhere else to go. This was a very well written story you could tell the author put a lot of time and emotions in thi ...more
This book mixes a police procedural with a coming of age story as tormented young man deals with the fallout of finding his best friend 's mother dead after drinking and making out with her. The murder is hard to solve, and many relationships are called into question as the investigation progresses. Lots of emotion and a great cast of realistic characters.
A cleverly crafted murder mystery, exploring the emotions of a young Matt Garrison and the intricacies of his relationships, against a background of tragedy. Given their suspicions of each other, the changing relationship of Matt with his father is particularly well expressed.
Descriptive passages lend color to the story, enabling the reader to envisage the desert where it is set.
Matt's character is thoughtfully developed throug ...more
Eighteen year old Matt Garrison is a troubled teenager. Holding guilt from six years ago when he blamed himself for the death of his cousin, he’s since faced the break-up of his parent’s marriage and, when the novel begins, hearing his mother make new long-lasting wedding vows. Telling himself and everyone else that “forever” didn’t mean a thing, he dramatically leaves the wedding.
Matt seeks out his girlfr ...more
Review by Helen M. Hogan
To classify Susan Clayton-Goldner’s Redemption Lake as a murder mystery slights its depth of character development and its wealth of description of the Arizona desert’s plants, mysterious sounds, and spooky air currents. Perhaps the classical term bildungsroman fits best as viewpoint charaxcter Matt Garrison at eighteen faces grown up problems making a boy’s mistakes.
He bears a mysterious burden of guilt, acts out his anger over h ...more
He wound up telling his troubles to his friend’s ...more
Just about everyone in this book seems to have suffered loss and/or betrayal of some sort-I won’t list them but they are legion and impact the characters and the story in more ways than one.
The main character, Matt Garrison, see ...more
There is strong character development throughout; even the minor characters are memorable, and this is due to author Susan Clayton-Goldner’s subtle use of speech patterns and phrasing in dialogue, descriptiveness of each character’s unconscious mannerisms, habits, etc. It is so refreshing to come to know and remember each character through this style of introduction.
All carry their own burden of an ...more
This is an awesome book. The main character is Matt, and 18-year-old boy who finds himself in a serious situation. While his best friend Travis is at a dance he goes to talk with Travis’s mother and ends up drunk. When he awakes in her bed he gets up only to find her dead in the bathtub. Matt’s father is arrested for the murder. Detective Radhauser is not satisfied that he has the right man. Things just don’t add u ...more