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Stranger in the Lake

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  6,432 ratings  ·  1,162 reviews
“Spellbinding. Another outstanding novel by Kimberly Belle, masterfully written to lure you in and never let go.” - Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife

When Charlotte married the wealthy widower Paul, it caused a ripple of gossip in their small lakeside town. They have a charmed life together, despite the cruel whispers about her humble
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 9th 2020 by Park Row
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Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)

Stranger in the Lake is a psychological thriller about a mysterious murder in a small town.

Charlotte, a twenty-something gas station attendant from the wrong side of the tracks, finds her prince charming in Paul, a 37-year-old wealthy architect, whose first wife happened to die in a tragic accident. Some think Paul murdered his first wife, but Charlotte ignored the rumors and fell in love with her dream man. The age difference and Charlotte's upbringing fuel the gossip mill of their small to
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
So that was..........fantastic!!! Yes, Kimberly Belle managed to pull it off again. I literally couldn't put this book down. I flew through this in just one day.

Charlotte or Charlie- depending on who you ask...has found the man of her dreams. A small town girl that was raised by a drug addict in a trailer park that was under deplorable conditions- marries the town millionaire....hmm this is going to be interesting.

When Charlotte marries Paul.... well people are going to talk. Gold digger anyone?
Nilufer Ozmekik
Hmm, okay, images of Lind Chocolate boxes, fondues, Swiss Army knives, Rolexes, Alps start to appear on my mind which means a Switzerland kind of I’m in the middle, I don’t like it and I also don’t hate it, I’m just dumb cow, three solid starred book review is coming up!

Oh, it is already here. My fingers are moving faster than my mind, what do you think my friends?

I lately read so many dark, intriguing, stressful stories so I think I already exceeded my pain tolerance level. And I also read prev
Available as of June 9, 2020

First, let me say this. Nothing is more scary to me than the idea of walking around in a brightly lit house, when it's dark outside, and to have no curtains or blinds on the huge windows of my "rich people" house. Of course, that would never happen because I'm not "rich people", so I don't have one of those fancy, glass walled houses, with no curtains or blinds. I just can't imagine that though, when there has been a body or two found down at the dock that the rich pe
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2020

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A fascinating tale of lies and deceit!

I really enjoy Kimberly Belle’s novels and “Stranger in the Lake” is no exception.

Charlotte Keller is on her way to pick up her husband from work. Paul Keller is the owner of Keller Architecture. The company sells custom house designs for million-dollar properties. Charlotte also works for the company in client relations.

Charlotte is headed towards Paul’s office when she’s approached by
Chelsea Humphrey
3-3.5 STARS

"People say that I married Paul for the money, but that's just not true. I married him because I love him, and I love him for all the things he provides. A mortgage-free roof over my head and a belly stuffed with nutritious, organic food. Health insurance and car insurance and cellphone and internet. The freedom of never having to choose between going cold or going hungry again. A life that is safe and stable and secure. And really, when you think about it, isn't security just another
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Kimberly Belle has joined us in our Behind the Pages Group for a spoiler-free Q & A. She gave us some great insight into this story and the characters. I love her and this story even more now!!

You can find the thread here

Yahoo! I am excited to say Kimberly Belle has me back in my groove, and I flew through this one like a wakeboarder hydroplaning through the wake! This is one wild ride, and I felt like I was weaving in and out those waves with those twist
Holly  B
A murder mystery close to the home of Paul and his new wife, Charlotte.

It happens to be the second murder near Paul's home.

I had this one figured out early, but wasn't sure I was right.

I was!

I liked the premise, but wanted more suspense and parts of the story dragged as the plot played out. I was hoping for more oomph from this author. If you're looking for a slow burn mystery with a bit of a detective feel, this might be one for your shelf!!

Thanks to Netgalley and Park Row for my advanced
After last year's fantastic read of Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle, I was anxious to get my hands on her latest release. But.... agghhh! As it so often seems to happen when my hopes are set high, it didn’t quite hit the mark.

Charlie, now known as Charlotte was born on the other side of the tracks. Growing up in a trailer park, she also had to assume responsibility for raising her younger brother. She had no choice. Her own mother was mostly absent...or worse.

Fast forward several years. And w
Susanne  Strong
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
3 Stars

I Know All of Your Secrets
I Know All of Your Lies
I Know Where You Keep ‘Em
Buried Deep Inside
Ruelle, 2017

Charlotte (fka Charlie), new wife to her husband Paul, (a former widow) feels extremely happy in her surroundings. Why wouldn’t she? Paul is EXTREMELY wealthy and the two live in a gorgeous home overlooking Lake Crosby. So what if the home is in Paul’s name and everything is technically his since Charlotte grew up in a trailer home.

Everything is absolutely perfect.. until Charlotte g
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
5 stars! Loved this!

A thrilling, atmospheric, suspenseful journey from start to finish!

Charlotte has everything she ever wanted. Paul, her handsome, successful husband. A state of the art mansion on the water. No financial worries. Her current life is millions of miles away from where she came from. A trailer park childhood full of painful memories of hunger, fright and uncertainty, she has made her way out of her troubled past. One morning Charlotte discovers a woman’s dead body floating in the
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I never in a million years thought I'd say this about a Kimberly Belle novel, but I was underwhelmed. In fact, I'll dare say I was legit bored through the entirety of the story.

Unlike her two previous works, Dear Wife and The Marriage Lie, both of which I absolutely LOVED, Stranger in the Lake felt slow and humdrum. Even worse, I figured out WAY, WAY early how the book was going to end...every.single.twist.

The bulk of the book took place in a lakeside mansion inhabited by Charlotte and her bro
3.5 stars rounded up!


Charlotte ignored the rumors when she married the wealthy, widower, Paul.

After all, despite her being a strong swimmer, the drowning death of Paul’s first wife, Katherine, WAS deemed an accident.

But, when a second woman also drowns, in the same exact spot under Paul’s dock, SECRETS which began in 1999, begin to SURFACE...


Something happened in 1999 to bind childhood friends
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020, 2020-releases
Update: I realized I didn’t liked this at all. Almost a dnf.


tw: dead human and animal bodies

"That's the thing about lies, that they demand commitment. Once you spout one off, you have to stick your story, to think before blurting the next words."

I will always be a fan when it comes to the stories written by Miss Belle. Her stories may not be as twisted as the other author's but still highly entertaining. There's magic in her books, in her way of writing. If you start to read,
Joey R.
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.0 stars— I just finished my 3rd Kimberly Belle novel and once again, I am a satisfied customer. I really don’t understand why some of Ms.Belle’s books are rated so low on Goodreads because I find her to be a very good writer who keeps her suspense/mystery novels entertaining and original. “Stranger in the Lake” tells the story of Charlotte/Charlie and Paul who met and got married after Paul’s first wife drowned while swimming in the lake by their home. Because she was such a good swimmer, Paul ...more
Elyse  Walters
Paul Keller had been married before. His wife died a little over four years ago.... in a drowning accident.

‘Surprise’, Charlotte was pregnant - not planned- with Paul’s baby - her new husband - eleven years older than she was. Charlotte had only known Paul for about a year. Everyone from their town said it would never work. We will soon discover much more of what will never work.

Paul was 37 years old, a wealthy widower, who owned Keller Architecture. His clients were privileged, demanding, and
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I never in a million years thought I'd say this about a Kimberly Belle novel, but I was underwhelmed. In fact, I'll dare say I was legit bored through the entirety of the story.

Unlike her two previous works, Dear Wife and The Marriage Lie, both of which I absolutely LOVED, Stranger in the Lake felt slow and a little humdrum. Even worse, I figured out WAY, WAY early how the book was going to end...every.single.twist.

The bulk of the book takes place in a lakeside mansion inhabited by Charlotte and
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give this a higher rating and at times, thought it was headed for a 4, but I really think that all in all, I just "liked" it and was a bit disappointed it didn't give me more. But a solid 3.5 is what I would give.

I also have to point out that I listened to the audiobook and that may have made it better, so I can't comment on the reading experience and whether it would be a very slow burn. It is very atmospheric and not in an exciting, tense, dark way, but I could truly picture the
Mary Kubica
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kimberly Belle explores the shocking depths people will go to keep their secrets buried in her latest slow burn thriller STRANGER IN THE LAKE, before building to an explosive and unexpected finale. Belle delivers with lyric prose and an atmospheric, moody mystery that will have her fans begging for more. Must read!
Jul 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller

The story began on a high note as I loved the mini town setting on a lake where everyone knows each other’s business. Oh, the gossip!

Mix in a young wife improving her circumstances by marriage. Her entitled newish husband may have a past and is acting mysterious.

The scene was set and so was I.

However, the procedural descriptions after a body was found lost me a bit. I felt they were disjointed and didn’t flow smoothly. Although I kept reading, I couldn’t regain the momentum from the
Larry H
Jun 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Secrets can be destructive in so many ways, as we learn in Kimberly Belle's new thriller, Stranger in the Lake .

When gas station cashier Charlotte married the wealthy, older widower Paul, it caused a great deal of gossip in their small town. Many thought she was just after his money, and some still think he killed his first wife a few years ago. But they are happier than anyone really knows.

One morning she finds a young woman’s body floating in the lake behind their house. Shockingly, it’s th
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte is married to wealthy architect Paul and they live in a gorgeous home overlooking Lake Crosby. Charlotte has come from a more humble background, being bought up in a trailer. Paul has recently lost his first wife in a suspicious drowning incident, but the couple have moved on and are excited to find out that they are going to have a baby.

All is well until Charlotte goes to their boat to retrieve her phone and sees a dead woman in the lake. Who is she and is it a coincidence that this i
A psychological thriller about murder in a small town where nothing or no one is quite what it seems. ⁣

Stranger in the Lake was a quick read which was unfortunately predictable and overall left me feeling meh about it. In all honesty, I was turned off early on and just couldn’t switch it back on. Others may fare much better with this one than I did, especially if you’re under 40. Let me explain! 😉⁣

This book is about a woman, Charlotte and her wealthy, older husband Paul. She is in her mid 20s a
Frank Phillips
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I split this book between audio-book format and the paperback. This was a solid 3 Star read, but far from Belle's best, which I believe to be her previous novel, Dear Wife. My biggest issue with this one was how slow paced it seemed. The story starts off with a body being discovered floating on our protagonists's (Charlie) lake house property, and then there's really not much else that happens up until the very end. The story occasionally jumps from present back to 1999 when her husband, Paul is ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
**Happy pub week to Kimberly Belle!

4 town secret stars

Charlie grew up on the “wrong” side of the tracks in town with a terrible home life. As an adult, Charlotte meets and marries the wealthy widow and architect Paul. You can guess what her childhood friends thought of that! Not only that there are mysterious circumstances surrounding the drowning death of his first wife.

Charlotte and Paul live in a gorgeous lake house that Paul designed, and Charlotte is living a dream life. All that is shatte
Sep 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half of this book is a slow burn, it did start to pick up in the second half but for me it still fell a bit flat. There wasn’t a lot of depth to the characters so it so was hard to really connect and feel anything for them.

I was also able to predict the ending which just means I’ve read too many similar thrillers. I did enjoy this book, I just didn’t love it.
Julie (JuJu)
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Julie (JuJu) by: Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
This thriller/mystery will instantly suck you in with it’s long-held secrets and battle-scarred characters! And if that doesn’t grab your attention, there is the mysterious dead body in the lake.

”In the end, we all reap what we sow.”

Kimberly Belle shot to the top of my fav author list after I read the phenomenal “Dear Wife”! This one was so close to a 5-star read, but unfortunately, I couldn’t help but compare it to her previous work.

Lake Crosby is very rich vs. poor, with well-thought-out c
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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STRANGER IN THE LAKE by Kimberly Belle is a suspense/thriller/mystery mash-up that kept me completely engrossed from start to finish. The majority of the story is told in the first person by the protagonist except for intermittent flashbacks that slowly reveal the mystery from the past that has been responsible for all the choices made by the other main characters into the present.

Charlotte “Charlie” grew up poor, raising her young
Charlotte and her husband, Paul, live in a small lake town. But their marriage has caused gossip and rumors, when poor Charlotte, who grew up in a trailer park, marries the rich and older Paul. Then Charlotte discovers a body floating in the lake beside their house--in the exact spot where Paul's first wife died. Even worse, Charlotte saw Paul talking to the woman the day before, but he lied to the police about it. Then he disappears into the woods, leaving her to deal with the aftermath. As Cha ...more
Jun 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kimberly Belle is one of my go-to authors, but I must admit, this book was a bit lacking for me. The blurb that I read over and over, "Belle weaves an intricate web of connections among the characters as the action moves toward the surprising ending," perplexes me. Maybe I'm just feeling rather salty today, but was anyone really that surprised by the ending? I put the pieces together almost from the beginning, but I kept thinking it was just too easy and there must be more to it, but sadly, ther ...more
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Kimberly Belle is the USA Today and internationally bestselling author of six novels, including her latest, Stranger in the Lake and The Marriage Lie, a Goodreads Choice Awards semifinalist for Best Mystery & Thriller. Her books have been published in more than in a dozen languages and have been optioned for film and television. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, Belle divides her time between Atl ...more

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