Review: The Other Side of Forestlands Lake by Carolyn Elizabeth

Willa just wanted to bond with her sister not with things that go bump in the night.


As kids, best friends Willa Dunn and Lee Chandler spend every summer together at the idyllic Upstate New York community of Forestlands Lake, nestled in the foothills of the Taconic Mountains. During the summer before they turn sixteen—just as the two are discovering that there might be something more to their friendship—a tragic accident befalls Willa’s family and without warning, Willa and Lee’s world is torn apart.

Twenty-five years later Willa is a successful author of the young adult ghost stories she loved to read as a child. She returns to the lake looking for a writer’s retreat and an opportunity to connect with her troubled teenage sister, Nicole.

Lee, now a single mother to her wise-beyond-her-years teenage daughter Maggie, is the director of the summer camp on the other side of Forestlands Lake.

Before Willa and Nicole even have the chance to unpack, their plans are upset by a mysterious young girl, a near drowning, and a surprise reunion. Soon Willa and Lee are working to protect the girls, reconcile their past and unearth the secrets surrounding Forestlands Lake—putting old ghosts to rest once and for all.

Damn. Double damn. I think I have already said that another book should kick off your Halloween season, BUT that was before I read this one! (laugh) Isn’t that always the way? Smh

Put The Other Side of Forestlands Lake written by Carolyn Elizabeth on your Halloween reading list! Let’s put the spooky stuff aside for a minute and talk about the tea here…holy sugar I never knew so much tea happens at the Lake! There is an awesome popcorn moment or two that Elizabeth throws in…it is sooooo good. 

Plus there is a second chance romance, a possible romance, and some eyebrow raising hanky panky going on… this is where the tea comes in rainbows. Elizabeth writes a diverse story here and it is welcome – to this reader anyway. You have to read the story, people!!!

Now let’s get down to the paranormal feature and Elizabeth nails it with a mix of logic and the supernatural. We have old town gossip and of course what really happened. This story is so good. 

This book has two running storylines for the adult audience and for the teen fans. The gore is not too bad as this is more of a psychological spookfest versus a slashfest. There is some action in here too. Some screams. Oh…some do come from sex (laugh). 

Like I said earlier, add this to your Halloween reading list. You will not regret it.

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


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Further Details:
Publisher: Bella Books, 9781642471649, 15 October 2020
Series: N/A
Pages: 304
Settings: Forestlands Lake, NY
Sex: Rated R

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Photo credit: Book cover is from NetGalley.

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