* Review * WIDOW LAKE by Rita Herron

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* Review * WIDOW LAKE by Rita HerronWidow Lake by Rita Herron
Series: Detective Ellie Reeves #8
Published by Bookouture on May 31, 2023
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“Help,” a tiny voice cried out into the darkness. Little Betsy trembled, praying someone would hear her, save her. “Please,” she whimpered. “I’m scared.”

On the hottest day of the year, as a heatwave takes hold of the Appalachian Mountains, a five-year-old girl goes missing. Just as the sun is setting, a family vacation becomes a worst nightmare—Betsy, with her green eyes, ponytail and rainbow t-shirt—disappears in the woods by Widow Lake. Detective Ellie Reeves is straight on the scene, promising Betsy’s heartbroken parents that she will stop at nothing to find their precious daughter.

Hours later, Ellie is called back to the lake. One of her team have discovered some remains near where Betsy disappeared. The bones belong to a local girl, Amy Dean, who vanished ten years ago to the day, along with her two-year-old baby girl Paisley. But why was Paisley never reported missing? And could she still be alive?

Ellie is suddenly up against the toughest case of her career. Her instincts tell her that the two cases are somehow connected, and she works day and night to uncover the link. When she comes across some little graves beside the water’s edge, she knows she needs to stop the evil lurking around this tranquil lake.

When Ellie discovers a notebook scrawled with the handwriting of a little girl, it could be the breakthrough she needs. Can she unravel a decades-old mystery, and stop the monster claiming innocent lives?


Captivating and emotional throughout! With the eighth book in her always addictive Detective Ellie Reeves series Rita Herron takes her readers along for the ride on another case that only Ellie can solve. She’s always hardcore and will stop at nothing to get answers and justice to those wronged in and around her town. The characters are intriguing and the emotions are high. I really am getting a tad tired of the cat and mouse game of Ellie, Derrick and Cord though and would like to see some finality there soon. Overall a highly addictive read with lots of twists and turns to keep the reader on their toes.


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