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    Great read

    I was delighted to get book two in this series, having read book one earlier this year, I wasn’t disappointed. This book can be read as a stand-alone novel, although there are mentions of a couple of things that happened in book one, which actually helps understand the characters. This time we have women turning up dead in Lake Windermere, the first woman is naked and is caught by her hair on the moorings to the boat and Ethan who had been on the boat the night before could hear something hitting the side of it, on coming out to inspect he sees the girl and jumps in in the hope of rescuing her, but of course she is already dead, Beth Adams Forensic Pathologist is called out as is her boyfriend DS Josh Walker, the relationship is currently being kept quiet. Ethan is shook up explaining the boat is owned by his friend James Marshall and he helps out when they have functions on the boat, he had seen the girl on the boat the night before, but he didn’t know her name. Another body turns up another female with blonde hair similar to victim number one but she has been in the water a little longer so it is difficult to identify her from how she looks because of the water. Beth thinks it’s too much of a coincidence that two girls have turned up in the lake in a short space of time both hame some sort of blue flecks of pain under a fingernail. Beth goes to check out the boat to see if the pain came from that, but the boat is not wooden so not been painted. But that doesn’t stop her when she sees a rowing boat tied to the party boat The Tequila Sunrise, the boat the first had been found tangled to. Beth decides to try and get some paint from the rowing boat but to do that she has to climb the party boat and go across to the other side and reach over. Except things don’t go quite as planned!. What do James Marshall owner of the party boat, and from a wealthy family, Marcus also ,from a wealthy family, and Ethan not from a monied family have in common? Besides just being friends. The characters in this book are great I am loving seeing Beth grow, she is relatable, Josh will do anything to help anyone, we are also getting to know other members of the team, Abe who assists Beth, D.C. Sam Thomas, DC John Paton. I am looking forward to book 3 and getting to see even more of these characters they are all so well rounded. I would like to thank #netgalley and #bookouture for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased opinion.
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    I loved this book

    I loved this book, all the characters were believable and the storyline held my interest all the way through. Another series to add to my every increasing list
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    Floating Crime

    Great Characters - - Murders float up in Lake Windermere! Forensic Pathologist Beth Adams must be a Quincy to help the police solve these cases. Great characters. Who done it was solvable with the clues left on the pages. Loved that! "A copy of this book was provided by Bookouture via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." This #2 in the series could be read as a stand alone. Enjoy this author.
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    A Brilliant Series!

    What a fabulous continuation in what is proving to be a wonderful series! I love Beth Adams - she is so strong even though she is broken. Now a Forensic Pathologist, though previously an A & E Doctor, she experienced a horrific attack yet still managed to get on with her life. In this latest instalment, a young boy discovers a teenage student floating face down in freezing water at Lake Windermere and it looks to be another tragic teen suicide. But the victim’s lack of clothing makes Forensic Pathologist Beth Adams suspicious and she decides to investigate further. When a second body materialises, this time still clinging to life, she tells them she was at a party on a boat, and that she was pushed. Beth and DS Josh Walker begin to suspect that the discoveries might be linked, but with witnesses remaining tight-lipped and any clues washed away by the tides, it’s up to Beth to find the evidence her team needs. Although The Girls in the Lake doesn't have the most intricate plot I've ever read, it is certainly a solid and compelling novel, with plenty of gritty narrative that held my attention throughout. Told from various points of view, mostly those of Beth and Josh, it was informative, fast-paced and extremely gripping. This instalment was not all investigation, however as there was a subplot about Beth and Josh’s relationship. Helen Phifer achieved the perfect blend of an enthralling police procedural balanced with demonstrating her characters' personal relationships, without allowing this to detract from the case. I loved that other members of the team are gradually becoming an increasingly important part of the story-line within the series, and I have no doubt that the third book will continue this welcome trend. Helen Phifer is brilliant author and I will definitely continue to follow this series. She gave me characters that I admire and that I wish to read more about. I love her writing style and it displays evidence of some excellent research. This book is certainly worth five stars and comes highly recommended. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my request, from Bookouture via NetGalley and this review is my own unbiased opinion.
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    Well Paced Crime Fiction

    Young women, all beautiful, all blond, all found floating face down in Lake Windermare. Accidents? Murder? They were all guests to what locals call the Party Boat ... a large boat owned and run by a young man with extremely wealthy parents. He offers tours... along with champagne and sometimes a few pills of one sort or another. He and his two close friends also enjoy all the benefits of beautiful women. Pathologist Beth Adams, after investigating the first two women found in the lake, has a gut feeling that these were more than suicides. She's determined to find some kind of evidence, even if it really isn't her job. But her live-in relationship with her boyfriend, Josh, also a law enforcement officer seems to be failing and the death of a man who tried to kill her a few years ago is killed while in prison. With so much going on, she finds she'd rather seek out a serial killer than sit at home and do nothing. How many more girls will find Beth find at the bottom of the lake? This is well written, a few twists and turns along the way ... and a very surprising finale. Although second in the series, this is easily a stand alone. However, I highly recommend reading the first one in order to see what Beth has endured for years and how she and Josh connected. The story premise is a good one, evenly paced from the very first page. Many thanks to the author / Bookouture / Netgalley for the digital copy of this police procedural. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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