“A gem of a mystery, fast-paced and suspenseful.” --Catherine Coulter, # 1 New York Times bestselling author
No suspects. No persons of interest. Just a girl who was alive one day and dead the next.
Some places seem too beautiful to be touched by horror. Summit Lake, nestled in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, is that kind of place. But two weeks ago, Becca Eckersley, a first-year law student and daughter of a powerful attorney, was brutally murdered there. Now the town is reeling with grief, and the police are baffled.
“An exciting debut, with all the right touches, captivating from the first page to the last.” --Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
At first, investigative reporter Kelsey Castle thinks of the assignment as a fluff piece. But the savagery of the crime, and the efforts to keep it quiet, hint at something far more sinister than a random attack by a stranger. As Kelsey digs deeper, despite danger and warnings, she feels a growing connection to the dead girl. And the more she learns about Becca’s friendships, her love life—and her secrets—the more convinced she becomes that walking in Becca’s footsteps could lead her out of her own dark past…
“A swift, outstanding debut.” --Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author
“Fans of contemporary suspense will enjoy this brisk read.” --Booklist
“Praise for Summit Lake “A brilliant, haunting thriller in which The Lovely Bones meets The Silence of the Lambs—with a bit of Twin Peaks thrown in for good measure! Charlie Donlea weaves a unique, spellbinding tale about a bond between two fascinating women—one living, one dead. Full of unexpected twists and turns, Summit Lake is an irresistible page-turner.” --Kevin O’Brien, New York Times bestselling author “Gripping! This one kept me up late into the night.” --Nancy Bush, New York Times bestselling author "A riveting novel, layered with secrets and intrigue...gripping and tense." --Allen Eskens, bestselling author of The Life We Bury. “The whodunit plot is so clever and compelling . . . For fans of nonstop mysteries with a twist.” --Library Journal “With a soaring pace and teasing plot twists, Charlie Donlea’s debut mystery is like a cool drink of water with a twist of lemon. It’s refreshing to find a book that has such a well-developed plot and excellent writing to back it up.” --Bookpage “Debut author Donlea keeps readers racing through the chapters…Fans of contemporary suspense will enjoy this brisk read.” --Booklist “This exceptional debut will challenge the most ardent reader to discover the culprit. The buildup to the startling climax is handled with kid gloves, giving away only as much as Donlea wishes to reveal, The ending is a stunner.” --RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars Top Pick”