Redemption Lake

Redemption Lake

by Susan Clayton-Goldner

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Redemption Lake by Susan Clayton-Goldner

Tucson, Arizona – Eighteen-year-old Matt Garrison is harboring two terrible secrets: his involvement in the drowning death of his 12-year-old cousin, and a night of drunken sex with his best friend’s mother, Crystal, whom he finds dead in a bathtub of blood. Guilt forces Matt to act on impulse and hide his involvement with Crystal.

Detective Winston Radhauser knows Matt is hiding something. But as the investigation progresses, Radhauser’s attention is focused on Matt’s father. Matt’s world closes in when his father is arrested for Crystal’s murder, and Travis breaks off their friendship.

Despite his father’s guilty plea, Matt knows his dad is innocent and only trying to protect his son. Devastated and bent on self-destruction, Matt heads for the lake where his cousin died—the only place he believes can truly free him. Are some secrets better left buried?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154076378
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Publication date: 05/17/2017
Series: Winston Radhauser Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 897,971
File size: 748 KB

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Redemption Lake 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite I finished Redemption Lake by Susan Clayton-Goldner in just two days. I would have finished it in one, but I needed to sleep. The story is about eighteen-year-old Matt Garrison. Matt has been living with guilt over the death of his cousin that occurred years ago. During one drunken night he makes the mistaken of sleeping with his best friend’s mother. When he awakes during the night, he finds her body. Redemption Lake reminded me why I love to read. Susan Clayton-Goldner transports you into the guilt-ridden world of Matt Garrison. Matt is a likable character. He is a loyal friend but blames himself for everything wrong in the world. He cannot forgive himself and believes no one else should either. He is afraid of losing his best friend. At times in the book, I really thought that Matt should talk to someone or at least admit what happened, but I understood why he did not. I loved that this book was truly a mystery for me. I thought I figured out who the murderer was, but Susan Clayton-Goldner kept throwing me off. At the end I was surprised by how many times I had changed my mind about “who done it.” I will not be forgetting this book anytime soon. I definitely want to read more of Susan Clayton-Goldner’s books in the future. If you are a mystery lover, then this is the book for you! It will have you second-guessing yourself the whole way through it. I loved this book! This author has gained a fan in me.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily read and reviewed Redemption Lake by Susan Clayton-Goldner. Matt ends up in an extremely bad situation when he wakes up after sleeping some beer off at his friend's house and finds his best friend's mother, Crystal, dead in her bathtub with a slit throat. Matt worries about the consequences of every one of his actions and how those actions affect the people around him. The mystery surrounding Crystal's death causes turmoil within the community. The suspect becomes difficult to narrow down and the uncertainty left me guessing until the end. Secrets are exposed and relationships are stretched thin in this well written mystery. "...wisdom grows out of disillusionment. We evolve from what hurts us, what happens in our own hearts as a result of that pain." Profound and life-changing statement. 5 stars!
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Redemption Lake by Susan Clayton-Goldner Winston Radhauser Series #1 Dark and twisted story of friendship, family, betrayal, loss and murder while also being a coming of age story for Matt and perhaps his friend Travis this is also a debut detective series that will star Winston “Wind Radhauser, if I can go from what I read in the title. Just about everyone in this book seems to have suffered loss and/or betrayal of some sort-I won’t list them but they are legion and impact the characters and the story in more ways than one. The main character, Matt Garrison, seems to have the most to deal with in coming to terms with a cousin that died when he was twelve, the remarriage of his mother, his father’s affair, the death of his best friend’s mother, his best friend becoming involved with what seems to be a church that is almost cult-like and the seeming loss of himself or who he might have been if so much that happened in his life had not occurred. Every choice he makes is based on trying to do what is best for himself, his family and friends but each lie or lie by omission and many of his actions only makes his turmoil greater and the situation he finds himself in even more difficult to deal with. The way the murder is solved is not direct or easy but instead is littered with false starts, twists and turns, withheld information and mistakes made by one character or another. Ultimately the correct villain is found and put away and the groundwork put in place for Radhauser to solve another crime in the future. Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4.5 Stars
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Redemption Lake by Susan Clayton-Goldner Winston Radhauser Series #1 Dark and twisted story of friendship, family, betrayal, loss and murder while also being a coming of age story for Matt and perhaps his friend Travis this is also a debut detective series that will star Winston “Wind Radhauser, if I can go from what I read in the title. Just about everyone in this book seems to have suffered loss and/or betrayal of some sort-I won’t list them but they are legion and impact the characters and the story in more ways than one. The main character, Matt Garrison, seems to have the most to deal with in coming to terms with a cousin that died when he was twelve, the remarriage of his mother, his father’s affair, the death of his best friend’s mother, his best friend becoming involved with what seems to be a church that is almost cult-like and the seeming loss of himself or who he might have been if so much that happened in his life had not occurred. Every choice he makes is based on trying to do what is best for himself, his family and friends but each lie or lie by omission and many of his actions only makes his turmoil greater and the situation he finds himself in even more difficult to deal with. The way the murder is solved is not direct or easy but instead is littered with false starts, twists and turns, withheld information and mistakes made by one character or another. Ultimately the correct villain is found and put away and the groundwork put in place for Radhauser to solve another crime in the future. Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4.5 Stars