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Devil's Lake [Kindle Edition]

Aaron Paul Lazar
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After two years of brutal captivity, Portia Lamont has escaped and returned to her family’s Vermont horse farm—only to find her parents gone to New York to try an experimental treatment for her mother’s cancer, and her childhood friend Boone Hawke running the farm.

Like the rest of her family, Boone has never given up hope that Portia would return. But when she turns up battered, skinny as a twelve-year-old boy, afraid of everything and unable to talk about what happened, he does the only thing he can—try to help her heal. He summons the town doctor and Portia’s parents, and sets out to put this beautiful, broken woman back together again.

Through her family's love and Boone's gentle affection, Portia gradually comes back to herself, and starts to fall for her old friend in a whole new way. But one thing threatens her fragile hope for recovery: The man who took her promised that if she ever escaped, he'd kill her. Slowly. And someone is definitely watching her...waiting to make his next deadly move.


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  • Print Length: 262 pages
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  • Language: English
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is dedicated to the women kidnapped and held hostage for ten years in Cleveland, Ohio, and so it is with great tenderness that the author, Aaron Paul Lazar, imparts this story, which I imagine must have been inspired by what he learned about the case, and by his great compassion. Part I of the story opens with Portia coming back home, having escaped from her abductor. She is in a severely weakened state, "Her heart slammed against her ribs, quickening with every mile she recognized," and has an overwhelming yearning for safety, for home. "Green mountains surged into the clouds in the background. guarding the rolling hills of the valley where her family's farm nestled in the hollow." But the place is empty, except for her childhood friend, whom she barely recognizes, and because of her harrowing experience, she is afraid to be touched. "`It's me.' He offered her a hand, but she pulled her away."

Portia would like to bury the past. "She needed to forget. Really forget.... Don't think about him." But part of her healing is to remember. Part II of the book goes back two years, recreating her abduction. "Shhhh," says Murphy, in his frighteningly metallic voice. "It's okay. You're with me now, sugar." We get a glimpse into the way she managed to survive the torture and starvation. "Pretend to be respectful and sweet," she tells herself. "Go along with him. Watch and wait... If you don't fight him, he'll have nothing to push against." And throughout the ordeal, she braces herself. "You can do this."

Part III and IV, Revenge and Payback, bring a much needed conclusion to the story. Anderson and Boone work their way toward Devil's Lake and watch for the cabin with the boarded up windows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intense story that I couldn't read fast enough! July 28, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
First of all, some cover love. Isn't this cover just gorgeous? The images and colors are just amazing!

Devil's Lake captured my attention from the very beginning. Portia is escaping, after being held by a horrible, sick man for 2 years. Her journey home in the stolen truck had my heart racing right along with hers. Would she be able to get home to safety before he came after her? Hurry, Portia, hurry!

'Portia couldn't remember how she felt before it all happened. Before he took her, before he tied her to the bed, day after day, night after night. Before he took her soul.'

And then, after she gets home, is she really safe? And did she put her family in danger by coming home?

There were parts of this book that made me GASP out loud. Even as awful as that can be for the characters in the story, I love when that happens to me, the reader. That is a sign that the author took the story in a direction that I wasn't expecting. It is awesome when that happens!

I have to admit that even though I have a lot of Aaron's e-books, in particular, most of the Gus LeGarde Mysteries series, Devil's Lake is the first book of his that I have read -- at this point. My TBR list of Aaron's book is extremely long but I will be getting to it more quickly now, after reading this book. I really like his writing style and I am looking forward to diving into that mystery series that is patiently waiting for me.
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If you wonder why I review so many of Lazar's books, it's because I read so many of Lazar's books. If you wonder why I read so many of his books, buy this and you'll be hooked too.
Devil's Lake doesn't have the built-in momentum of a series, like most of Lazar's other books. From a standing start, Lazar puts you into Portia's broken mind and spirit right from the first paragraph and doesn't let you go. A suspense/romance book featuring a long-term kidnap victim could go down so many bad trails, but Lazar avoids cheesy, sleazy, easy sensationalism and creates scenes that are just real enough to show the horror without showcasing it. He made so many good choices--the timing of Portia's awareness of Boone as a romantic interest, the amount of description of Portia's time with Murphy, the comic relief of Grace's featured scenes ...
I could go on and on about the quality of Lazar's writing in this book. Bottom line: I loved it.
PS. I received this book as a gift with no strings attached.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spine tingling suspense at its best. July 16, 2014
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Portia Lamont was held captive by a sociopath for two years. Beaten, attacked and degraded she finally escapes and makes it home. Naturally she has been broken but finds that she can be fixed with love and understanding. This story has a lot of heart to it as well as Lazars style in writing a great suspense story. He even dedicated it to the victims of Ariel Castro after their strength and sense of surviving the worst that humanity or the lack thereof can dish out. I especially enjoyed the revenge that Portia’s sister doled out to the villain and found it was a great way to solve the problem named Murphy as well as provide some much needed comic relief after the intensity of the plot. I am happy to recommend DEVIL’S LAKE to Lazar fans and suspense fans everywhere. This was definitely a five star read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced suspense novel you must read. July 18, 2014
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I was fortunate to read a beta copy of this novel.

Life for Portia Lamont has not been easy. Beaten, degraded and held captive by Murphy, a sociopath, for two years, she finally escapes and returns to her family's horse farm in Vermont. But Murphy hasn't finished with Portia or her family.

Just when you think there will be a happy ending, Aaron Lazar, springs surprise after surprise which will have you gripping the edge of your seat wondering if Portia and her family will survive. The characterisation is superb, as I have come to expect in Aaron Lazar's novels. His writing style quickly draws you into the story and keeps you turning the pages long after you should have turned out the light and gone to sleep!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down.
Fast paced and believable. No time wasted in constantly reiterating minor details like so many writers seem to do. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Donna Paddon
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
First book I've read from this author & I loved it! This is a subject that is very hard to write about, however this author did great! Read more
Published 8 days ago by Tonya
5.0 out of 5 stars Big fan of this writer...
"Loved this book! DEVIL'S LAKE is a riveting read, and It could have been ripped from today's headlines."

I’m an avid fan of Aaron Lazar’s books. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Joan Hall Hovey
5.0 out of 5 stars Triumph over adversity...
Being kidnapped must rank way up there as one of the things most people are afraid of. How do you move on after such a horrible experience? What helps you heal? Read more
Published 24 days ago by Gabriela Scholter
5.0 out of 5 stars Devil's Lake enthralls....
This is the second of Aaron Lazar's books that I've read and I must say--as a writer myself--that he has hit the mark both times. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Kimberly Ripley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I read this whole book in one day!! It had mystery, suspense an romance and kept my attention to the point I couldn't put I down!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Heather Joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this one!
From the very first paragraph, Aaron Paul Lazar's Devil's Lake grabbed my attention. Although there are mysteries within mysteries in most of Lazar's books, in this, his very... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sonia R. Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what is Devil's Lake?
A Vermont farm is the location where Portia Lamont returns to after being brutally held captive for 2 years. She has escaped and is so skinny - like a 12-year-old boy! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joan M. Miller
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Aaron Paul Lazar wasn't always a mystery writer. It wasn't until eight members of his family and friends died within five years that the urge to write became overwhelming. "When my father died, I lost it. I needed an outlet, and writing provided the kind of solace I couldn't find elsewhere."

Lazar created the Gus LeGarde mystery series, with the founding novel, DOUBLE FORTÉ (2004), a chilling winter mystery set in the Genesee Valley of upstate New York. Like Lazar's father, protagonist Gus LeGarde is a classical music professor. Gus, a grandfather, gardener, chef, and nature lover, plays Chopin etudes to feed his soul and thinks of himself as a "Renaissance man caught in the 21st century." This book has since be rereleased in 2012 as an "author's preferred edition," via Twilight Times Books.

The creation of the series lent Lazar the comfort he sought, yet in the process, a new passion was unleashed. Obsessed with his parallel universe, he now lives, breathes, and dreams about his characters, and has written ten LeGarde mysteries in eight years. (UPSTAGED - 2005; TREMOLO: CRY OF THE LOON - 2007 Twilight Times Books; MAZURKA - 2009 Twilight Times Books, FIRESONG - 2011, DON'T LET THE WIND CATCH YOU - 2013, VIRTUOSO - 2014, with more to come.) The author has just completed his twenty-first novel.

One day while rototilling his gardens, Lazar unearthed a green cat's eye marble, which prompted the new paranormal mystery series featuring Sam Moore, retired country doctor and passionate gardener. The green marble, a powerful talisman, connects all three of the books in the series, whisking Sam back in time to uncover his brother's dreadful fate fifty years earlier. (HEALEY'S CAVE, 2010; TERROR COMES KNOCKING, 2011; FOR KEEPS, 2012) Lazar intends to continue both series.

Lazar's books feature breathless chase scenes, nasty villains, and taut suspense, but are also intensely human stories, replete with kids, dogs, horses, food, romance, and humor. The author calls them, "country mysteries," although reviewers have dubbed them "literary mysteries."

"It seems as though every image ever impressed upon my brain finds its way into my work. Whether it's the light dancing through stained-glass windows in a Parisian chapel, curly slate-green lichen covering a boulder at the edge of a pond in Maine, or hoarfrost dangling from a cherry tree branch in mid-winter, these images burrow into my memory cells. In time they bubble back, persistently itching, until they are poured out on the page."

In 2009, Kodak gave him up for grabs, and during the year off before he landed in his coveted new job with KB America, he had time to explore and reconnect with his environment. Little did he know that several trips to the Adirondack Mountains would reawaken his passion for that part of the country. Two new books were written in that time frame, starting yet another mystery series, Tall Pines Mysteries. The first two combooks in the series, FOR THE BIRDS - 2011 and ESSENTIALLY YOURS - 2012 have been winning literary awards. Keep an eye out for SANCTUARY (2014), and MURDER ON THE SACANDAGA (2015), coming via Twilight Times Books.

In between all the novels, Lazar found time to issue three writing guides based on his many years of writing advice blogs, entitled WRITE LIKE THE WIND, volumes 1-3. These are available in eBook and audio book.

In his twenty-first book, Lazar has jumped genre. THE SEACREST - OCT 2013 -, a love story, is poised to capture hearts across the globe.

The author lives on a ridge overlooking the Genesee Valley in upstate New York with his wife, mother-in-law, two dogs, and cat. He finds grandfathering one of the most precious and important times of life, and spends as much time as possible with Julian, Gordon, and Isabella.

Lazar maintains several websites and blogs, was the Gather Saturday Writing Essential host for three years, writes his monthly "Seedlings" columns for the Voice in the Dark literary journal and the Future Mystery Anthology Magazine. He has been published in Absolute Write as well as The Great Mystery and Suspense Magazine. See excerpts and reviews here:

www.lazarbooks.com
www.murderby4.blogspot.com
www.aplazar.gather.com
www.aaronlazar.blogspot.com

Contact him at aaron.lazar@yahoo.com.

Twilight Times Books by multi-award winning author, Aaron Lazar:

LEGARDE MYSTERIES
DOUBLE FORTÉ (print, eBook, audio book)
UPSTAGED (print, eBook, audio book)
TREMOLO: CRY OF THE LOON (print, eBook, audio book)
MAZURKA (print, eBook, audio book)
FIRESONG (print, eBook, audio book)
DON'T LET THE WIND CATCH YOU (print, eBook, audio book)
VIRTUOSO (~2014)

MOORE MYSTERIES
HEALEY'S CAVE (print, eBook, audio book)
TERROR COMES KNOCKING (print, eBook, audio book)
FOR KEEPS (print, eBook, audio book)

TALL PINES MYSTERIES
FOR THE BIRDS (print, eBook, audio book)
ESSENTIALLY YOURS (print, eBook, audio book)
SANCTUARY (2014)
MURDER ON THE SACANDAGA (~2014)

STANDALONES
THE SEACREST (coming fall of 2013)

WRITING ADVICE:

WRITE LIKE THE WIND, volumes 1, 2, 3 (ebooks and audio books)

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. An award-winning, bestselling Kindle author of three addictive mystery series, writing books, and a new love story, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at http://www.lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming Twilight Times Books releases, SANCTUARY (2014), and VIRTUOSO (2014).


AWARDS:

Double Forté
* 2012 ForeWord BOTYA, Mystery, FINALIST

Tremolo: cry of the loon -
* 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards: Grand Prize Short List
* 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards: Honorable Mention, Eric Hoffer Legacy Fiction
* 2011 Global eBook Award Finalist in Historical Fiction Contemporary
* 2011 Preditors & Editors Readers Choice Award - 2nd place Mystery
* 2008 Yolanda Renée's Top Ten Books
* 2008 MYSHELF Top Ten Reads

For the Birds
* 2011 ForeWord Book Awards, FINALIST in Mystery
* 2012 Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Top 10 Reads

Essentially Yours
* 2013 EPIC Book Awards, FINALIST in Suspense
* 2013 Eric Hoffer Da Vinci Eye Award Finalist

Healey's Cave
* 2012 EPIC Book Awards WINNER Best Paranormal
* 2011 Eric Hoffer Book Award, WINNER Best Book in Commercial Fiction
* 2011 Finalist for Allbooks Review Editor's Choice
* 2011 Winner of Carolyn Howard Johnson's 9th Annual Noble (not Noble!) Prize for Literature
* 2011 Finalists for Global EBook Awards

Terror Comes Knocking
* 2013 Global Ebook Awards, Paranormal - Bronze

For Keeps
* 2013 Semi Finalist in Kindle Book Review Book Awards, Mystery Category

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