The Souls of Lost Lake
by Jaime Jo Wright
About the book
To save the innocent, they must face an insidious evil.
Wren Blythe has long enjoyed living in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, helping her father with ministry at a youth camp. But when a little girl in the area goes missing, an all-out search ensues, reviving the decades-old campfire story of Ava Coons, the murderess who is believed to still roam the forest. Joining the search, Wren stumbles upon the Coonses’ cabin ruins and a sinister mystery she is determined to unearth.
In 1930, Ava Coons has spent the last several years carrying the mantle of mystery since the day she emerged from the woods as a thirteen-year-old girl, spattered with blood, dragging a logger’s ax. She has accepted she will never remember what happened to her family, whose bodies were never found, and that the people of Tempter’s Creek will always blame her for their violent deaths. And after a member of the town is murdered, and another goes missing, rumors spread that Ava’s secret is perhaps more malicious than previously imagined.
Two women, separated by time, must confront a wickedness that not only challenges who they are but also threatens their lives, and the lives of those they love.
Eeek! It’s late but I had to finish this book…had to know what really happened with Ava coons….the ending was a surprise. This book has a lot of creepiness going on. And other stuff too. In the historical time period - A lake hidden in the middle of a forest. A young girl carrying a bloodied axe, left without her family.... In the present day - Arwen (Wren) is fascinated by the story of Ava Coons, and wants to know what really happened. And then a little girl goes missing. This story is probably my new fav from Jaime Jo Wright. But it does have a high-level creep factor, so it's not ideal for late night reading. 😉 I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys a good mystery. There are lots of unexpected events in this story, but keep reading, and rest assured, the end is satisfying. Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255