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The Girls in the Lake

(Beth Adams #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  340 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Peering over the side of the boat, the glare of early morning sun catches on something pale in the inky water. The boys curious fingertips break the surface, pulling up a tangle of long blonde hair from the reeds below

The discovery of a young student floating face down in Lake Windermere, her naked skin almost translucent in the freezing water, looks like yet another
Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published December 9th 2019 by Bookouture (first published December 5th 2019)
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: The glow from the lamps along the quay gave just enough light to see there was something in the water; in the shadow of the boat it looked as if a clump of reeds had got tangled in the anchor chain. Leaning further over, he blinked a couple of times and focused his vision, realizing too late that they weren't reeds at all.

It was a woman, floating face down in the water, her long blonde hair fanned out around her shoulders and snagged onto the anchor chain.

Linda Strong
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Young women, all beautiful, all blond, all found floating face down in Lake Windermare. Accidents? Murder?

They were all guests to what locals call the Party Boat ... a large boat owned and run by a young man with extremely wealthy parents. He offers tours... along with champagne and sometimes a few pills of one sort or another. He and his two close friends also enjoy all the benefits of beautiful women.

Pathologist Beth Adams, after investigating the first two women found in the lake, has a gut
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Girls in the Lake is the second book in the forensic pathologist Dr Beth Adams series, set in the stunning Lake District. It isn't necessary to have read the first instalment before you pick this up as the story is self-contained. That said, you will not be privy to the development of the recurring characters. The body of a young blonde-haired girl is discovered floating in Lake Windermere and is ruled as a tragic accidental drowning. Then a second girl is pulled alive from the lake and ...more
Kat Dietrich

The Girls in the Lake by Helen Phifer is the second in the Forensic Pathologist Beth Adams series.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Series Background: (Warning May contain spoilers from previous books)
Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Adams is a forensic pathologist. After having her ex try to kill her twice, he is now behind bars, and Beth is trying to get
What a fabulous continuation in what is proving to be a wonderful series! I love Beth Adams - she is so strong even though she is broken. Now a Forensic Pathologist, though previously an A & E Doctor, she experienced a horrific attack yet still managed to get on with her life.

In this latest instalment, a young boy discovers a teenage student floating face down in freezing water at Lake Windermere and it looks to be another tragic teen suicide. But the victims lack of clothing makes Forensic
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Girls in the Lake is the second book in the Beth Adams series and it picks up a few weeks after the first one. Life has been really good recently for Beth and Josh. They just moved in together and everything is perfect. But then a girl is found drowned in the lake and from there the investigation starts. Was it an accident or was it murder? As time goes on,even more victims are found and it looks like a work of a serial killer.
I have to say,I liked the second book slightly less than the
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
This second book in the Beth Adams series finds Dr. Adams, a Forensic Pathologist in the Lake District, living with her boyfriend, DS Josh Walker. Beth is still fixated on her abusive ex, a man who tried to kill her -- twice -- but he's safely locked in prison and now, after 7 long years, she's feeling like she can come out of her self-imposed shell thanks to Josh. This happy little world is upset, however, when the bodies of two females are pulled from Lake Windermere in the space of 24 hours. ...more
Adrian Dooley
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I havent read the first in this series and I`m kinda curious about it now, having read The Girls In the Lake. This works well as a standalone but there are numerous references to Beth Adams past which has really piqued my interest.

The story here is about girls being discovered drowned in a lake. Appearing to be accidental deaths, Forensic Pathologist Beth Adams looks after the bodies and their post mortems to help the police with their inquiries. While thee police dont see any reason for foul
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant and atmospheric psychological thriller! A very well written story with good characterization.

A body of a dead girl is found floating in Lake Windermere. It seems like an accidental drowning but why would she take off all her clothes to go for a swim in the freezing water?
Forensic psychologist Beth Adams is on call to do the autopsy. She had to fight a lot of demons but is finally moving on and in a relationship with DS Josh Walker.
Another body is found in eerily similar
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great Characters - - Murders float up in Lake Windermere! Forensic Pathologist Beth Adams must be a Quincy to help the police solve these cases. Great characters. Who done it was solvable with the clues left on the pages. Loved that! "A copy of this book was provided by Bookouture via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." This #2 in the series could be read as a stand alone. Enjoy this author.
The second in what is promising to be an exciting new series, THE GIRLS IN THE LAKE is an intriguing continuation set just a month after the end of the first book "The Girl in the Grave" . I like the easy flow of this series which doesn't bog the reader down in an overwhelming wealth of information which has us Googling for answers at the same time. And the short snappy chapters keep the story moving along at a steady yet increasing pace throughout.

Dr Beth Adams is a forensic pathologist who,
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, all the characters were believable and the storyline held my interest all the way through. Another series to add to my every increasing list
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second installment of the Beth Adams series and Im glad to say I like this book much better than the first book.
In fact, I was a bit hesitant to pick up this book after feeling a bit disappointed by the typical injection of romance in the first book, but this book proved to be a winner, at least for me.

One thing I noticed about this series; it always starts quite strong with multiple murders. The story kicks off with spotting a dead body floating in the lake and then we have
Elaine Tomasso
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for an advance copy of The Girls in the Lake, the second Lake District novel to feature forensic pathologist Dr Beth Adams.

When the body of a young student is found floating face down in Windermere everything points to a tragic drowning accident. There is nothing to say otherwise but Beth is uneasy and when she finds links to a second drowning she convinces her boyfriend DS Josh Walker to keep investigating.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Girls in the Lake
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Forensic pathologist Dr. Beth Adams was back with the girls drowned in the lake. A girl found drowned was ruled as accidental until another was found. Two seemed to be too much of a coincidence, and when the third death occurred, the investigation sped up.

My second book by author Helen Phifer, the book was entertaining and easy to read. The pages turned faster as the suspects clammed up. This was completely different from the rest of the police procedural. It was a thriller too as it showed me a
Dee-Cee  It's all about the books
The Girls in the Lake is the second instalment in the Beth Adams series and although it could easily be read as a stand-alone I do highly recommend reading The Girl in the Grave first, not only because its a cracker but because it really gives you feel for Beth and what shes been through.

Beth, a forensic pathologist and her boyfriend Josh, who works in the police get an early morning call, a body has been found in Lake Windermere. What looks like a tragic teen suicide ends up being a bit more
Robin Loves Reading
Beth Adams is a forensic pathologist and she has a disturbing case in front of her. The body of a young girl is found in a lake, and it appears that it is a suicide. Beth refuses to believe that this is the case, so she begins to dig deep, looking for any clues as to why the girl would do this.

When another girl is found in the lake, however, barely alive, Beth knows her instinct was right regarding her suspicions. Beth is drawn to a particular boat, and to a couple of men that she finds
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Girls in the Lake by Helen Phifer is the 2nd book in the Beth Adams series, and my first book by this author. Wow this book was a real roller coaster ride. Beth Adams is a Forensic Pathologist and when the first body of a young girl is found in the freezing lake naked, she is determined to find the truth. This story was fast paced, which kept me reading and guessing until the end. I was surprised by the ending. I look forward to reading more books by this author, and I plan on going back and ...more
Andrea Pole
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Girls in the Lake by Helen Phifer is the second book of a series centred on forensic pathologist Beth Adams. As with the first offering, Ms Phifer has delivered a compelling procedural, while simultaneously fleshing out the complex personal life of her brilliant, yet relatable, protagonist.

When the drowned body of a young woman is found at a nearby lake, Beth is called to the scene to provide forensic analysis. When a second body materializes, bearing stikingly similar characteristics to the
Julie Lacey
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this series as it has Detectives and a forensic pathologist trying to solve the crimes.
This one is a nail biting crime thriller that had me hooked from the first few pages.
Beth and Josh are called to a crime scene where a womans body has been found in the lake. Beth does the post mortem and doesnt find anything suspicious, so lets Josh and the team know.
Soon another womans body is found on the shore and she has also drowned.
Beth and Josh both suspect something is not right as there
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book 2 in the series and I am loving it. Beth Adams is a Forensic pathologist with a past that still haunts her. I love all the medical bits and I actually learned something too. An easy read which kept me glued to my seat and tapping my kindle faster and faster. Can't wait to read more by this author. Highly Recommended.
I would like to thank the author, publisher and Netgalley for the ARC in return for giving an honest review.
Jacqueline  sharp
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was delighted to get book two in this series, having read book one earlier this year, I wasnt disappointed. This book can be read as a stand-alone novel, although there are mentions of a couple of things that happened in book one, which actually helps understand the characters.

This time we have women turning up dead in Lake Windermere, the first woman is naked and is caught by her hair on the moorings to the boat and Ethan who had been on the boat the night before could hear something hitting
Kirsty Noah-whitlock
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review for 'The Girls in the lake' by Helen Phifer
Read and reviewed via NetGalley

This book is the second book in the Beth Adams series but can easily be read as a standalone. I read it without reading the previous book 'The girl in the grave' with no problem. There is mention of previous cases but anything that was relevant was covered.

I love the fact that the book is set in the Lake District as not only do I love in the UK but I have visited the Lake District and Lake Windermere so can easily
Here's an author who's books just get better and better. So when the latest of Helen's came out to read and review I just had to request it. and It did not disappoint!

The Girls in the Lake by Helen Phifer was just brilliant. This is the second book in the Beth Adams series. Ethan who was asleep on the boat is woken up by a banging sound outside the boat. He goes and takes a look, only to find a naked woman with her long hair caught up in the moorings to a boat. Ethan jumps in hoping to rescue
Tracy Wood
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
Lake Windermere is big, deep and very cold. It rarely welcomes visitors to its murky depths and anyone who disappears beneath the surface is unlikely to survive. When Forensic Pathologist Beth Adams has two bodies despatched to her within 24 hours who have drowned in a similar manner she knows she has to look more closely at what could, initially, have been classed as accidental.

This is the second in the Dr Beth Adams series and, once again, I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were a couple of things
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A new case for pathologist Beth Adams and her lover DS Josh Walters. Their relationship has developed significantly since the last book but now a case keeps them busy and a personal dilemma drives a wedge between them.
Two women are pulled form Lake Windermere, both apparently accidental but Beth is convinced that identical paint chips beneath their fingernails is suspicious. Josh and his team begin their investigation into the deaths but he is waylaid by his ex and her cancer diagnosis.
Beth and
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My Review

Part 2 in this splendid series and I still love Beth Adams. She is strong, believes in what she does, is not the most patient and maybe a tad (ahum) headstrong but always for a good cause.

If you have read part 1 a while ago, it's not always easy to remember exactly what the book was about. No panic, the author will fill you in so you get that ping-oh-yes-I-remember-moment. For those you have not had the time to read the previous story, no worries. The information the author gives is
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A young girl is dragged from Lake Windemere. What would possess someone to dive into the freezing water- apart from being drunk. The investigation seems to focus on a party boat. A rich young man & his friends host parties on the boat where champagne seems to flow like water. Another girl is found in the water, but this time she is still clinging to life. Forensic pathologist Beth Adams discovers paint scraping under the nails of both girls. She is determined to help investigate before ...more
Monica Mac
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I found out that this second book in the Beth Adams series was out, I was very pleased indeed.

Beth gets caught up in a case where girls are getting fished out of a local lake. As a forensic pathologist, her job is to figure out how they died and to help the police with as much evidence as possible. Luckily Josh, her newly live-in partner, is a police officer so between them, they follow the leads.

However, what happens to their relationship when Josh's ex needs him? And who on earth wants
CrazyCat (Alex)
Two dead young women and one girl rescued from the same fate, DS Josh Walker has a tough nut to crack. Its not easy to find evidence of a crime, so maybe all this drowning women are just unfortunate accidents? Beth cant believe that, there's is something telling her to get out and search for more clues.
I like Beth and Josh, and for a short time, I nearly fainted with the situation between Beth and Josh and Jodie. Beth needs this relationship so much after her past was a living hell. At times I
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