The House Across the Lake; Riley Sager
Dutton/Penguin Audio - 2022
(Bernadette Dunne - narrator) - 11 Hours approx.
Casey Fletcher is a former NYC actress and a recent widow. She is trying get some peace, quiet and relaxation at the family lake house on Lake Greene in Vermont. She also drinks too much with a penchant for bourbon. With plenty of time on her hands she takes to spying on her good looking neighbors across the lake, Katherine and Tom Royce. When one day Casey saves Katherines from a drowning incident, the two women become friendlier. Before long Casey is thinking that the couple across the lake isn't the perfect, happy couple she initially thought they were. She begins to wonder if perhaps Katherine should fear Tom.
This is one of those thrillers with an unreliable narrator that starts out a bit slow but, I still remained engaged and kept wondering what the heck was going on. The set up, think The Woman in the Window, AJ Finn or the movie Rear Window. Yes, it is a style that has been overused and, in the end this book had more twists than I could have anticipated -- yes, some were a bit much.
This was a combo read/listen and although Bernadette Dunne has been a terrific narrator that I've enjoyed in the past, she was inappropriate for the voice of the younger Casey. Bernadette, although a great reader, she has a raspy voice that makes her sound like an elderly woman. After a while I found it necessary to switch to the print edition. Overall, this was an okay read but, it did not wow me by any means.
This is my 8th book read from my initial 20 Books of Summer list.
Rating - 3.5/5 stars
(Note: audio book downloaded from my library and eBook courtesy of the publisher.)