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Posted June 22, 2010
a strong regional police procedural
In the Catskill Mountains is isolated Hemlock Lake. The locals keep developers out, but recently a long time resident took the money. Now a developer and the natives are at war with vandalism occurring.
Sheriff North sends Police Sergeant Dan Stone to Hemlock Lake to investigate the crimes as he is from the area and has a better chance of obtaining information from the closed-mouth natives. He has doubts as he has been away since the tragedy of his wife Susanna drowning, his brother Nat committing suicide and his father mentally collapsing from the tragedies. As the vandal turns to arson and murder, Stone is pulled between the past and the future as he begins to believe someone he has known for years is behind the deadly felonies.
Aptly titled Hemlock Lake is a strong regional police procedural. Because he was away, Stone is considered a traitorous outsider by the locals. He does not disagree as he never wanted to come home but his wife persuaded him that his family needed them; after she died he never wanted to come home, but his boss persuaded him that the department needed him. Duty bound but filled with guilt, Dan increasingly believes he will bring in a friend once he solves the case. Though his flashbacks become intrusive and repetitive with too much detail, Carolyn J. Rose provides an entertaining character driven thriller.
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Posted September 19, 2012
Was the attack on the construction site only a distraction for
Was the attack on the construction site only a distraction for the real target....Dan Stone? One bizarre attempt on Dan's life after another with no clues or any reason why puzzled everyone. Could the attacker be a local resident, a total stranger, someone who Dan arrested, or some unknown crazed person?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Along with the attempts on his life and the mourning of his wife and brother, Dan had nothing but friction from everyone in Hemlock Lake...no acceptance and no help. After being away for many years and returning to his hometown as a success definitely wasn't a good idea, but Dan Stone had been "ordered" to return to solve problems occurring in Hemlock Lake. The town was the same as when he left many years ago, and the people were just as shallow.
Hemlock Lake was about feelings and healing. Almost every character had a story and almost every character needed to heal from some tragedy. Dan's tragedy was well known to everyone, and someone was trying to sabotage his investigation and at the same time make him hurt even more emotionally and to try to kill him.
There were also characters that were not in need of healing but liked to play tricks on the other characters with the intention of hurting or frightening them off. What was going on around this town? That question was part of the plot until the suspenseful end.
The story will hold your interest as your feelings of hatred, pity, or indifference toward the characters evolves. This story is about a small town that never grew up.
The story flowed well, and you will find yourself wanting to get back to reading as quickly as you can. The author has great detail in each scene, and the ending is definitely worth the wait. There are flashbacks to Dan's tragedy throughout the book and how he dealt with them in the present.
The book was primarily about the town, the residents, dealing with and trying to overcome tragedies, and introspection.
I originally had a rating of 4/5 because of some of lengthy descriptions, but as the book progressed, my rating changed to a 5/5 because it truly was very well written and portrayed problems and situations we eventually face in our lives at some point....death of a loved one, forgiving ourselves, overcoming jealousy, and realizing we shouldn't and can't face tragedy alone. Definitely a good mystery. ENJOY!!
This book was given to me free of charge by the author in return for an honest review.
Posted August 28, 2012
I loved the mystery but there was just too much poor me in the hero he was really getting on my nerves l think it was just too drug out sometimes you just have to get to the pointWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 17, 2012
This is the second book by Carolyn J Rose, and it will not be the last. This is a very entertaining who dunit. The characters were complex. Her storytelling made me feel like I was there at Hemlock Lake. The story kept me guessing. I recommend this to anyone who likes quick reading mysteries.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 7, 2011
A rattlesnake, a missing shotgun, a phantom in the mountains and a small town revolt are some of the ingredients in this Carolyn J. Rose novel. Add to that an accidental death, followed by a suicide, fires set by arson, graffiti on the walls of newly constructed lake homes, a mysterious dark-skinned woman and small, carefully crafted stone mounds that magically appear in the moonlight. Mix these together and you have a heart-thumping, mind boggling, suspense filled ride that careens off the logging roads of the Catskill Mountains into a book that defies you to put it down. Who wants to kill Sergeant Dan Stone? Who doesn't want to kill him becomes more the question.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Hemlock Lake is a 'walk-in' novel skillfully weaved by its talented author in first person narrative. The reader, through Dan Stone's thoughts and words, is privileged to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a Catskill Mountains summer. They feel the emotional and physical pain of life-long bitterness, deception and betrayal. Walking with Stone through the pages of Hemlock Lake is an adventure that you won't want to miss!
Posted September 1, 2010
Sleepy but satisfied reader
The yawns were all after the fact -- after I lost sleep because I had to find out whodunit. This is a juicy read. The action kept moving throughout, the characters were sharp, the stakes high, the Catskills setting vivid and the suspense was (yawn) solidly there. I'll definitely be reading more from this author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 24, 2012
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Posted August 18, 2010
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