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Swan Loch Paperback – April 23, 2012
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I would recommend "Swan Loch" to all generations and all age groups. Mixter has the ability and insight to bring back the faith and trust in relationships and friendships that, at times, we feel no longer exist. By combining a love story with mystery and sci-fi, this story comes together beautifully. - Kimberly Shursen - Underground Book Reviews
Heart-rending, mind-tingling, above average fiction. Mysterious and romantic at the same time, Swan Loch is an addicting read. Highly recommend it to anyone who loves romance, crime, and mystery novels. Or anyone who loves books! - Anna B
What a beautiful, moving and romantic love story. All the relationships were special and touching. Enjoyed it very much. No language, no explicit sex and grammar and spelling were perfect. It was really great. - Cathy S. Reynolds
Swan Loch is a romance that spans time and universes and is one of the best books I have ever read.
From the Author
Swan Loch is a Mystery Thriller with a touch of the Paranormal. For those readers who follow my Jake Stanton adventures, FBI Agent Stanton has a significant role in Swan Loch.
"Rumor has it that this lake only shows the stars a few times a year. It seems we were lucky tonight," Chris said to Molly as they neared the lake. They were alone in the night. In the distance the faint light of houses spaced far apart could be seen. Trees surrounded much of the lake, but here, close to the foot path, a grassy slope curved gently into the water's edge.
"My God," Molly said when they were close enough. "I feel like I'm surrounded by stars."
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After reading the blurb I was like okay I will totally give this book a shot, it sounds right up my alley. It started off holding my interest but then the author through in the paranormal and it really was like um...what? I felt as though maybe if the paranormal aspect was put into the story a lot earlier than it could have possibly been believable within the story.
Also I couldn't connect with the romance between the two main characters. It didn't seem or feel real to me. I thought maybe it was a rushed type relationship. Being as the first half of the book they were "meeting" then bam they get married. Then the so called mystery comes into play.
The other dimension within the story it felt more of a science fiction. The story line did seem promising besides the flat characters and the other dimension thrown in. I would have liked more details with the murders, how exactly was the killer able to come into our world and do his dirty work? I felt as though this was left out for me.
If you like sci-fi books with a romance thrown in the mix then get this book. Would I read more by this author probably just to see if he has a different writing style than this book. It gets a 3 1/2 rating just for me finishing the book, enjoying a bit of the story line (where the killer is involved).
Unfortunately he chose one from completely out in left field that removed the story so far from the realm of any reasonable possibility that the 77% of the book I had read prior to that point was all but spoiled.
I could have passed over the naivete of the characters and their lack of depth or development, the usually simplistic dialogue, and the "junior sappy" romance aspects in favor of a resolution that didn't call on the paranormal or supernatural. Up until that point, the killer's POV could easily have just come from a deranged mind, which to me would have been considerably more interesting. I could easily see some of the characters being bound over for a sequel, or even a prequel if their development was enhanced, and I would have looked forward to that. Still and all, I will give another Mixter book a try before opting in or out.
For those who are keeping score, here are the standings: (1) Paranormal/supernatural/magic component but not revealed until past the 75% point, so all is not lost; (2) Some profanity; (3) Some romance; (4) No explicit sex; (5) No graphic or grisly violence; (6) No child or animal abuse; (7) No religious or alternative lifestyle agenda or promotion; (8) Grammar and punctuation police, come ahead on - I know you'll find something.
When the Sheriff’s wife is murdered, missing her is all he can think about. They were so in love, a love that some can only dream about. A young girl is found in Swan Loch and she tells the Sheriff he must follow her back to where Molly is alive and well. There have been lots of unsolved murders in this small New England town and she may hold the key to solving them. Jake Stanton is assigned to help solve the murders and he is a commanding character….one that you won’t be able to forget and will enjoy getting to know.
The supernatural part of the story will have you wondering, could it really happen ??? A must read, fast paced with a great ending !!!!
There is a bit of mystery over the swans that used to fill the lake...but they've been gone for years. Strange that it looks like they might be in a picture taken recently...there is something going on, for sure.
When murder strikes their small town, it seems to take the heart right out of the Sheriff. Until a little girl comes to talk to him. She leads him to the Wind...and the murderer.
That is the basic premise behind Randy Mixter's debut novel, Swan Loch. It's a brilliant idea that would make the master of the macabre, Stephen King, happy himself. My only fault with the idea and the way it is presented in the story was that there was not enough set up to suspend our disbelief and make it more believable. By the time the author gets around to explaining everything, I was reminded a little of a Greek play and deus ex machina.
Although the story has a few hiccups in it along the way, there's still plenty of good reading here. Although I didn't find it as engaging as the other Mixter books I have read, such as Letters From Long Binh, I did appreciate the effort on the author's part to tell such a complicated and intriguing tale. I think the story would have worked much better had Mixter provided more background information in the beginning. Of course, he probably didn't want to give too much of this information and that's why the story seems a little forced to make it work. Still, for a debut novel, it's a good read and worth checking out.
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