Beneath the Lake by Casi McLean

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Contemporary Romance/ Magic/Paranormal/ Netgalley/ New Adult/ Reviews/ Speculative Fiction/ Time Travel/ Young Adult 3rd April 2016
Beneath the Lake by Casi McLeanBeneath the Lake by Casi McLean
Published by The Wild Rose Press Inc on August 5th 2015
Pages: 398
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three-stars

Reeling from her boyfriend’s indiscretions at a party, Lacey Montgomery escapes into the throes of a torrential storm. Her car spins out of control and hurtles into the depths of an icy, black lake. She awakens in the arms of a handsome stranger, in a place she’s never heard of—thirty-four years before she was born. Bobby Reynolds is smitten the moment the storm-ravaged woman opens her eyes. Learning the truth about her origin does nothing to stop the passion taking root in his heart and leaves him torn between finding a way to return Lacey to her time and convincing her stay with him. Will the couple be able to discover the key to a mysterious portal before time rips them apart? Or will their spirits wander forever through a ghost town buried beneath the lake?

A series of (orchestrated) events come together in a perfect storm to hurtle Lacey Montgomery into the past, where she meets the love of her life; unbeknownst to her, she’d already met him at a party earlier but doesn’t quite recognise him because she has yet to go back in time to meet him.

Confused much, yet?

‘Beneath the Lake’ is a paranormal romance story with all the ingredients of suspense and mystery, wrapped up in a whooping blanket of syfy-induced time travelling and its consequences.

My head hurts already, just thinking about the time travel paradox and the contradictions that must already be there. That aside, Casi McLean delivers a pretty decent read that’s undoubtedly atmospheric and engaging, even if the first person narration seems to lack the sophistication of the voice I’ve come to expect of a grown woman who’s an attorney. My attention was expertly steered in the direction of the hints and clues given because of (and despite) the confusing narrative segments of different time periods. Even so, I was left scratching my head at the believability of the entire time travel plot.

three-stars

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