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Six years post Michael’s drowning, his mother Kate found a clue in a diary hidden in her mother’s closet. That started the ball rolling, and she wanted nothing more than to get to her truth, against everyone’s wishes. After all, she would always be Michael’s mother.

My first book by author Louise Sharland, I was completely sucked into the plot. I loved how Kate came out of her slumber to find out what really happened to her son that night by the lake. An atmosphere of suspense was well created with a few suspects.

But then around 70%, the story changed directions and meandered. To me, it felt it lost focus, not that the direction taken was not interesting enough but needed a gradual molding. There was something dichotomous about it. I read through the book but didn’t feel the same high as I did in the initial 2/3rd. Maybe it was just me

Overall, it was entertaining enough for a Saturday.


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


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The truth lies just beneath the surface…

Kate’s world falls apart when her teenage son drowns in the waters by his school. She’s convinced it wasn’t just a tragic accident, but no one will listen.

Then, six years later, Kate unearths Michael’s lost diary and realises she may finally be able uncover what really happened that night.

But as she delves deeper, she begins to realise that she didn’t really know her son – or the people in his life – at all. And that, sometimes, secrets are better left submerged…


Publication Date: March 2021

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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7 Responses

  1. I read this one quite a while ago, 2 months maybe? I felt the exact same way. I had such high hopes for it during the first half and then after that it went off on a bit of a tangent and ended up sort of spoiling it for me. All the tension that it had built up became a bit “meh” a decent, quick read though and I rated it the same as you!

    1. I agree, it felt as if the author lost steam and went off course and the initial suspects were forgotten. Maybe the stress of pandemic got to her.

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