#LostInTheLake: AJ Waines


35665474What the blurb says:

She came at first for answers…now she’s back for you

Amateur viola player Rosie Chandler is the sole survivor of a crash which sends members of a string quartet plunging into a lake. Convinced the ‘accident’ was deliberate, but unable to recall what happened, she is determined to recover her lost memories and seeks out clinical psychologist, Dr Samantha Willerby. 

But Rosie is hiding something…

Sam is immediately drawn to the tragic Rosie and as she helps her piece the fragments together, the police find disturbing new evidence which raises further questions. Why is Rosie so desperate to recover her worthless viola? And what happened to the violin lost in the crash, worth over £2m? 

When Rosie insists they return to the lake to relive the fatal incident, the truth about Rosie finally creeps up on Sam – but by now, she’s seriously out of her depth…

The second book in the Dr Samantha Willerby series, Lost in the Lake is a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat Psychological Thriller that will leave you glancing over your shoulder.

My review:

Rosie Chandler is desperate to uncover her locked memories from the night of a terrible tragedy and she turns to psychologist, Sam Willerby for help, but does Rosie want more than Sam is prepared to give her and just how much can Sam trust in what Rosie is telling her. I read this one with the creepy horror film soundtrack playing in my head!

Right from the outset you just know that Rosie Chandler is bad news but there is also something ever so endearingly vulnerable about her that draws people in like moths to a flame. Her horrific childhood would reduce even the hardest professional to tears and it is clear that she is suffering greatly from the traumas she has experienced. She was a bit of an enigma and it was difficult to know when she was lying or telling the truth but it was clear that she was in need of some form of help that’s for sure!

As I hadn’t read the previous book in the series I had no preconceptions of what to expect from Sam. I’m now interested to go back and read the first one to find out just a little more about her and what makes her tick. If I’m totally honest at times she really irritated me and I found her inability to say no to Rosie infuriating at times, although, I could understand why she was reluctant to let her go. I didn’t dislike Sam’s character, I just wanted to understand her a little better. Sam’s sister, Miranda and their relationship is also intriguing and I engaged well with Miranda as a character and could understand her frustrations at Sam constantly checking up on her but also got the sense that Miranda, at a subconscious level appreciated and indeed welcomed this.

The plot is certainly twisted and chilling and as a reader, I was constantly re-evaluating what was truth and what was lies; just what memories did Rosie have and what exactly was it she was hiding from Sam? The whole topic of memory loss and retrieval, especially in the area of trauma, is a fascinating subject in itself and this engrossed me throughout. I wanted to go and find out more about the subject and treatment!

I could imagine Lost in the Lake transferred onto the big screen, it would work perfectly as a psychological thriller. A dark and twisted journey into memories and the mind that will have you checking the doors behind you and looking under your bed before you go to sleep!

#Lostinthelake is available to purchase:

About the author:

A J Waines

AJ WAINES is a Number One Bestselling Author with over a *400,000* copies sold worldwide. She has publishing deals in France, Germany (Random House), Norway, Hungary and USA (audiobooks) and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times newspapers.

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The first four books [The Evil Beneath, Girl on a Train, Dark Place to Hide & No Longer Safe] are standalones and can be read in any order. Inside the Whispers is the first in a new series, featuring Clinical Psychologist, Dr Samantha Willerby.

AJ Waines writes Psychological Thrillers and is a Kindle (KDP) TOP 10 ‘MOST-READ AUTHOR’ in UK. Formerly a Psychotherapist for fifteen years, she has worked with ex-offenders from high-security institutions, gaining a rare insight into abnormal and criminal psychology. She is fascinated by secrets and lies, devious motives and anything hidden under floorboards!

Amazon Book Rankings:
*GIRL ON A TRAIN – a No 1 BESTSELLER in the entire UK and Australian Kindle Charts (2015 & 2016)
*THE EVIL BENEATH – No 1 in ‘Murder’ and ‘Psychological Thrillers’ in the UK Kindle Charts.
*DARK PLACE TO HIDE – No 1 in ‘Vigilante Justice’.
*NO LONGER SAFE – sold 30,000 copies in the first month in 12 countries and went to No 1 in ‘Murder’, ‘Serial Killers’ & ‘Crime Noir’, in UK & US.
*INSIDE THE WHISPERS – No 1 in ‘Medical Thrillers’

AJ Waines lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband.
Find more at her WEBSITE: http://www.ajwaines.co.uk
BLOG: http://www.awaines.blogspot.co.uk

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