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Loss Lake: A Novel

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  185 ratings  ·  78 reviews
A new town, a new life, and a new home—with an absolutely chilling lakefront view.

Two months a widow, Mallory Dent has made the impulsive decision to pack up and move on. In remote McNamara, nestled in the northern mountains, she can escape her grief, guilt, and pain. But the day Mallory arrives, death follows her, lapping just outside her door. A woman’s body is found flo
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Published November 10th 2020 by Lake Union Publishing
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Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Atmospheric and haunting. Claustrophobic and tense. Amber Cowie’s descriptive storytelling completely immersed me in this chilling and isolating tale. Mallery is a forty-year-old recent widow who needs a new start. So she packs up her belongings and heads to an isolated small town in nowhere Canada. On her first day in town a body is found on her property in the lake. The timing makes Mallory the number one suspect, but come to find out this is not the lake’s first victim. There have been severa ...more
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
3.5 stars
Solid thriller. It's creepy throughout because you don't know what is true and what isn't. Is the monster real, or is it a manifestation of the evil inside of people? Difficult to tell for sure. Just one of the things that make this book so intriguing and thought provoking.

I liked the way the mystery is laid out deliberately, however the final chapters get very convoluted with the character connections and who is related to who and how that plays out with what happens to them. I found m
An atmospheric setting, an urban myth, new beginnings and unspoken dark secrets all form part of Amber Cowie’s latest mystery, LOSS LAKE. I knew I was in for a treat as soon as Mallory arrives in her recently purchased log cabin on the shores of the eerie lake that forms such an integral part of the story. There is usually an ember of truth in every urban myth, so what really lies behind the story of the monster of Loss Lake?

Mallory, a widow at forty, has set out to make a new start in the small
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you’re looking for an ideal fall read Loss Lake is it, this one was eerie and unsettling with such ominous undertones, seriously perfect for this time of year.

Mallory is a recent widow who decides to move to Loss Lake for a fresh start. Almost as soon as she arrives a woman’s body is found in the lake and she soon discovers the small town is full of a dark history and the woman’s death is far from the first death in the lake. Creepy stuff, right?! This was a character driven story with such
Christina McDonald
Wonderfully tense and gorgeously disturbing, Loss Lake is richly atmospheric, centering around a much-fabled monster-filled lake and a darkly twisted small town hiding big secrets. Hypnotic and irresistible, you won’t be able to look away. This beautiful, tautly written story is about love and loss, grief and guilt, and how the past always catches up with us.
Judy D Collins
Check out my fascinating and fun Elevator Q&A Ride with Amber and go behind the scenes of LOSS Lake, an incredible thriller, and more about this exciting author.

LOVED! Amber Cowie returns from her smashing debut Rapid Falls, her followup, Raven Lane and returns with her best yet —LOSS LAKE. There is a monster (s). Is the monster in the lake, or is it within us? Often they are right in front of us.

Superbly written, LOSS LAKE is evocative, dark, deep, chilling, gripping, emotional, and atmosph
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Small town secrets, an urban myth, a past to escape from, and a mystery that becomes more intriguing by the minute… this book has it all! This is a slow-burn mystery with a remote, atmospheric setting that pulls the reader right in. The author knows exactly when to reveal each twist, as you follow Mallory along her investigation into this interconnected small town, while also trying to figure her out as well. That ending though… I don’t know about that, I wanted more! This is my first book by th ...more
Suzy Krause
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cowie does such a good job of keeping the reader on their toes, hiding facets of her characters and then revealing them when you least expect it. I was almost finished reading this book and I still had no idea where it was going or who the murderer was—just a growing sense that every inkling and assumption I'd had so far was wrong. The ending was unexpected and perfect. Very cinematic; I want this adapted to film.
I loved the western Canadian setting too; it was a character in and of itself and I
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two months ago, widow Mallory Dent made the decision to move to a remote town, McNamara, to escape her grief. But the day she arrives, she is greeted by death, when a woman's body is found floating in Loss Lake. Cue Sergeant Joel Benson. As Mallory becomes acquainted with the town she soon discovers this is not the first death on the shores and she is drawn into the local folklaw relating to the monster in the lake. As secrets are uncovered we are drawn into this atmospheric mystery with spooky ...more
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Q: Has a certain book ever worked out for you even better than expected because of where you live & where the book takes place? For example, 'Loss Lake' really spoke to me because I live in a small, lakeside town, so I could clearly visualize the story in my head.

'Loss Lake' is a small-town based suspenseful, mysterious, thriller that is best read this time of year in the chills of fall, which builds on the books already gothic-ish, richly felt atmosphere w/ a story that you will think about lon
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new town, new life, a fresh start for a widow, all until someone drowns off Mallory's lakefront beach...The concept pulled me right in. One of the things I love about Amber Cowie's writing is that she is a master of simplicity and carefully guarded secrets in her characters. The combination makes ordinary things like a sound in the woods or footprints in the snow endlessly creepy, and you're not sure whether to root for her characters or distrust them. The supernatural pull of the lake and the ...more
Loss Lake by Amber Cowie is an atmospheric slow burn that took me a bit to get into it, but it was definitely worth the wait to get to that end. I loved the setting by the lake, and even though Mallory is an unreliable narrator which I don't always love, I did end up loving her viewpoint and how she slowly unravels the secrets of Loss Lake. I actually ended up switching to the audio since I am having a hard time concentrating on physical books, and that really helped me get more into the story a ...more
Megan Collins
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been excited to read LOSS LAKE since I first heard about it, and it did not disappoint! Recently widowed Mallory moves to the tiny lakeside town of McNamara, hoping for a fresh start. She soon learns, though, that McNamara has a dark past, her new house has a grim history—and a woman died in the lake on the very day she arrived. The town is a close-knit community, bending over backwards to help each other out, but as Mallory looks deeper into the lore of the town (including the monster many ...more
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

There's a lot to unpack in this story about a woman starting over.
What I can say after finishing, is maybe this wasn't the best location for her to do so. Or maybe it was the perfect place.
Make sense? Probably not.

After the death of her husband, Mallory Dent moves to the small town of McNamara, north of Vancouver. At first, it seemed like the best place to move. Peaceful and a very welcoming community that quickly embraces her arrival. But this story has so many subplots which deal with
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A new town, a new life, and a new home—with an absolutely chilling lakefront view.

From the author of Rapid Falls comes another totally engrossing novel of suspense and whodunit.

Mallory moved to Loss Lake after the death of her husband. She needed a new beginning. A new start to the rest of her life. How was she to know what awaited in this quaint town. It seemed everyone in McNamara knew her before she even spoke. Before she even got settled completely. Then there was the drowning on her newly b
Donna Hines
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
A monster resides nearby or so they note but does he truly even exist?...
I love when a thriller comes together, tightly bundled, exuding charm, completely chilling, and downright stunning!
This is a fast turner with all the heart stopping action you'd expect from a Lake Union author such as Amber Cowie.
In this situation we have a widow name Mallory Dent who recently moved to McNamara after her husband's passing two years earlier. She's originally from Vancouver and the area appears lovely at firs
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The secrets keep coming in Amber Cowie’s latest. Like the mythical creature below the lake’s surface, they sneak up on the reader, making LOSS LAKE the best type of psychological suspense. Cowie’s setting is chilling and cinematic, her characters quirky and mysterious, and the story ingeniously paced. I tore through the pages. As someone who LOVES endings where the story lingers long after the book is finished, this book’s ending is perfection.
Britt B
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A widow trying to start a new life in a new town only to have a body show up in the lake behind her house within a few hours of arriving, This book was interesting and there were moments that I had trouble putting it down. I do appreciate how much thought the author put into descriptions and characters in the book.
While it was entertaining, I feel like there was a lot of extra, unnecessary information/events that occurred that ended up leading nowhere or gave no explanation. For me, it ended un
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book started off well for me. A widow starting a new life in a small town, fresh start. Dead body in the lake behind her house. Got it. Lots of history in the small town - everyone knows everyone - neat characters, lots related. Got it. Love starts between the widow and a cop. Got it. Then it goes south.
It seemed to pick up pace to the point of rushing, a lake monster, characters "turning" but not clearly turning, and an ending that was not acceptable. I was bought into the first half, the
Steena Holmes
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Layers of delicate mystery enhanced by loss and grief plunge you into a must read ending you won’t soon forget!
Amber Boos
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I loved Rapid Falls and Raven Lane by this author. I really wanted to love this one, and am happy to say I did! Amber Cowrie does an excellent job with the setting and making you feel as if you are really there in this small, close-knit lakeside town. The main character, Mallory, moves to McNamara to try and move on from her husband's death and steps right into a murder. The characterization is very well done, but there are a LOT of characters. They did not seem to be all necessary and I di ...more
Kate Rock
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Deep, dark, and creeptastically chilling! I loved this book by Amber Cowie. Her third novel and her best so far, I was immersed quickly and throughout. A recent widow, an atmospheric lake setting with fabled monsters, and small-town secrets make for a perfect psychological thriller that is tense and gorgeously cinematic and it will keep you on your toes. A novel that will stay with you and I promise you will be grabbing her other two novels (Rapid Halls & Raven Lane) and you will not be disappoi ...more
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loss Lake was a well-written, atmospheric thriller with many twists and turns. The author describes the setting so clearly and vividly that I felt like I was a part of the story, living in the house by Loss Lake in the cold winter in Northern British Columbia. The story is well-paced and engaging. There are supernatural elements of the story but those did not appeal to me and detracted from the third part of the book. In summary, the author is very talented and this novel is one that many reader ...more
Nov 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book hooked me from the beginning and I couldn’t put it down! It’s very atmospheric and the setting adds a chilly, uneasy vibe. The characters are all suspect and there are red herrings all over the place. The mysteries had me hooked and I was quickly turning the pages. Then... it took a weird turn. The last half of the book was a lot less enjoyable for me and I was no longer frantically turning pages. It lost me at the end but a great beginning. My thanks to the publisher for the advance r ...more
Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
This was a suspense filled, atmospheric story. After the death of her husband Mallory buys a house online in a remote town called Loss Lake. Once she arrives in town and she starts to meet the citizens of Loss Lake she begins to wonder what she has gotten herself into. Her creepy house is also causing her some concern. I wouldn’t have lasted a day in that house! Between the quirky characters and the atmospheric writing this book stays suspenseful and creepy throughout. I really liked the writing ...more
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Screw You (In The Best Possible Ways), Amber Cowie! Interesting story, solid mystery that begins to slowly drag you in. Mystery heats up in the back half, and then... that ending. The reason for the title of the review. Great book, and clearly shows Cowie's growth as a storyteller and writer on now her 3rd effort. But that ending... well, read the damn book and see what you think. You may well have exactly the same reaction I did. 😉
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
This was my first book by this author and I can promise you I am now going to be grabbing the rest of her books! After the death of her husband Mallory is in search of a fresh start. She impulsively purchases a lakefront home on Loss Lake in the town of McNamara. The first day she arrives she’s horrified to be told by the local police that a body was found floating in the lake almost right at her doorstep. The town swears there’s a monster that resides in the lake and the woman isn’t it’s first ...more
Brooke Bostic
What i liked: There was a sense of unease through much of the story. Which built good tension. I was wondering what is happening here?! The whole time. I enjoyed the romance elements intertwined within the story.

But I was hoping for more. The premise had me excited. I expected a bit more excitement. But to be honest, i was quite bored throughout. There were little snippets here and there that had me intrigued or thinking ok it’s picking up. Only for it to fizzle out. I was also a bit confused tr
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When her husband dies, Mallory needs an escape. She buys a home in the mountains with a lake. No sooner Mallory arrives at her new home she finds out a woman has drown in the lake and she isn't the first. This small picturesque town has a history steeped in tragic events.
Wow! There is a pulse beating all the way through this story. Every page you feel it get more and more eerie. You start to wonder what Mallory has gotten herself into. You're never sure about the town, it's history, the people o
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Thank you to Net Galley and Amber Cowie for the advanced copy of Loss Lake in return for my honest review. Loss Lake is available everywhere November 10, 2020! Go get yourself a copy!

After recently losing her husband of a decade, Mallory moves to McNamara – a small town about a thousand miles away from where she’s lived her entire life. She buys a home, sight unseen, that sits on roughly 100 acres of property with plans to start over. On her first day in the town she learns that someone has died
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