My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Romance, paranormal, picturesque location, friendship to die for, serial killer, mystery there’s all this and more in Christine Feehan’s Murder At Sunrise Lake but at 400+ pages, the pacing of the story needs improvement.
Situated high up in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Sunrise Lake Resort has been Stella’s lifeline to start over after the traumatic childhood she had endured. Building her life quietly, at the same time helping in boosting the economy, Stella has her hands full in running the resort with Sam, her handyman for 2 years who has always been her greatest support. Stella’s psychic ability to dream about murders waiting to happen has begun anew and when the love of her life has been threatened, her hidden talent has to come out into the open.
The premise of the novel was exciting and the circle of friends around Stella, each of them glorious and fantastic at whatever they do provides warmth and comfort whilst reading. The romance develops superbly but by keeping Sam’s character aloof, the chemistry between the leads felt a tad less hot. This was not necessarily a bad thing but kind of different from what you expect from Christine Feehan. If you like me, have been reading mysteries for a long time, the killer can be detected from a mile away, and even though it didn’t spoil the reading for me, the pacing of the story was not at its best. The first part was dragging especially with the background story of the friends, with all them having painful pasts and secrets given equal weightage in the story. It is as if that part of Sierra Nevada attracts all the troubled souls.
The setting of the story was simply stunning and had me craving to enjoy the season of autumn there. Except for the dreams, the paranormal elements are kept to the minimum but if there’s one thing that I absolutely love in the story, it is the final climax scene between the murderer and Sam. It was terribly exciting. Most stories with such alpha heroes have kind of a wham bam action but, being repeatedly bombarded with the fact that Sam is like the shadow and ghost that no one sees coming, I was overjoyed with that particular ending.
I am going with 3.5 stars coz I did enjoy the book even though I wasn’t glued to its pages.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan reaches new heights of passion and suspense in this thrilling novel that takes readers deep into the California backcountry, where a woman is tormented by visions of a killer.
It starts in her dreams. Hideous flashes from a nightmare only she can stop. Images of a murderer stalking the ones she cares about most…
Stella Harrison thought she got away from the traumas of her past. Running the Sunrise Lake resort high in the Sierra Nevada mountains has brought her peace, even though she doesn’t truly share her quiet life with anyone. Not even Sam, the hired handyman that notices everything and always seems to know exactly what she needs.
Stella doesn’t know anything about Sam’s past, but somehow over the last two years his slow, steady presence has slipped past her defenses. Still, she knows she can’t tell him about her recent premonitions. So far there’s been no murder. No body. No way to prove what’s about to happen without destroying the life she’s built for herself.
But a killer is out there. And Stella knows that this time she’ll do whatever it takes to stop him.
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