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Devil's Lake (Bittersweet Hollow Book 1) by [Lazar, Aaron Paul]
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About the Author

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 and watch for his upcoming releases, SANCTUARY(2014) and MURDER ON THE SACANDAGA(2014).

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  • File Size: 652 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
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  • Publication Date: July 8, 2014
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  • Language: English
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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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I ordered this book several weeks ago and held it as a reward for finishing a difficult project. I finished the project yesterday and read Devil's Lake yesterday. I guess that can give you an idea of how much I enjoyed reading Lazar's most recent mystery. Lazar is a prolific author, but rather than some fluent writers, who run on one story line, he's got several series going, and they're all enjoyable. I've watched Aaron's writing get stronger and tighter during the years I've enjoyed his books. His are not erudite mysteries with complex unfathomable plots. They are trustworthy mysteries. His characters are warm and likable. His villains have, over the years, become more believable. What I most enjoy is Lazar's portrayal of strong families that bond more closely as the story progresses. The environments from which they emerge and the strong thread of human goodness runs through each story,
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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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Usually when I race to finish a book, it's not a good sign.That wasn't the case with Devil's Lake by a long shot. I gobbled it up, pictured every scene in my head, and still, Lazar pulled a fast one near the end that I was not anticipating by throwing in a curve ball for good measure.
The gutsy younger sister was my favorite character, and I wondered if she and I could be clones. Not only did she make me laugh in her efforts to mentally psych out her abductor, but she kept the book from a too predictable outcome.
I don't like books that wrap up neat and tidily. I want to mull the characters around in my mind, and wonder what might happen in their futures. I feel a sequel in the air. There is more to the family than Lazar lets us in on in Devil's Lake.
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I first encountered Aaron Paul Lazar when I read his novel Lady Blues: Forget Me Not. That book was rich with finely tuned characterizations and an entertaining plot. But I found the book somewhat muddled by too many characters. I’m extremely happy to say Lazar’s Devil’s Lake does not suffer from that malady. Lazar has kept his character count to a skeletal minimum, and each of these intricately wrought characters serves the book well. This is a taut thriller, telling the story of Portia Lamont, a young woman who returns home at the beginning of the tale from having spent two years in isolation, imprisoned by a kidnapper. One would think that a young woman who has suffered so would spend the entire novel in recovery, but Portia is a strong, strong woman. And though she does suffer psychologically upon her return, like the iron woman she is, she gets past it and becomes determined to see her kidnapper get his due. Lazar has given us a wonderful woman here, a character that has grit. But wait! As they say in cheesy infomercials, we’ll send you not one, but two, two, two wonderful women characters. When I first met Grace, Portia’s younger sister, I did not like her one bit and was convinced she was going to throw a monkey wrench into the well-oiled machine Lazar was constructing here. But as the story progressed, I found that I loved Grace more than Portia, for she is wonderful woman with grit times two (or more, even.) Rounding out the major characters are Portia and Grace’s strong mother, and three men who match their women in determination and strength. And making these guys even better is that they all have tremendous sensitivity. I loved these guys as much as I loved Portia and her mother, and almost as much as I loved Grace.Read more ›
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