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Chilling Psychological Suspense from a New York Times and USA Today Best-selling Author Sculptor and single mom, Rose Conley, is haunted by her tragic past and anxious about her uncertain future. She needs to get away from it all. On sabbatical from the college where she teaches art, she and her daughter rent a house for three months in the Adirondack lakeside community of Chilling Psychological Suspense from a New York Times and USA Today Best-selling Author Sculptor and single mom, Rose Conley, is haunted by her tragic past and anxious about her uncertain future. She needs to get away from it all. On sabbatical from the college where she teaches art, she and her daughter rent a house for three months in the Adirondack lakeside community of Paradox. Rose desperately needs time alone with her twelve-year-old daughter before the teenage years hit. In the wake of the premature deaths of her oldest daughter, Allison, and her husband, Charlie, Rose wants nothing more than to nurture Anna every moment she can. But idyllic Paradox Lake transforms into a nightmare when a monster from the past invades Rose’s retreat—and targets her daughter for his special brand of horror. Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn and Stephen King


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Chilling Psychological Suspense from a New York Times and USA Today Best-selling Author Sculptor and single mom, Rose Conley, is haunted by her tragic past and anxious about her uncertain future. She needs to get away from it all. On sabbatical from the college where she teaches art, she and her daughter rent a house for three months in the Adirondack lakeside community of Chilling Psychological Suspense from a New York Times and USA Today Best-selling Author Sculptor and single mom, Rose Conley, is haunted by her tragic past and anxious about her uncertain future. She needs to get away from it all. On sabbatical from the college where she teaches art, she and her daughter rent a house for three months in the Adirondack lakeside community of Paradox. Rose desperately needs time alone with her twelve-year-old daughter before the teenage years hit. In the wake of the premature deaths of her oldest daughter, Allison, and her husband, Charlie, Rose wants nothing more than to nurture Anna every moment she can. But idyllic Paradox Lake transforms into a nightmare when a monster from the past invades Rose’s retreat—and targets her daughter for his special brand of horror. Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn and Stephen King

30 review for Paradox Lake

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I have been tricked again by a synopsis. "Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn and Stephen King" - This could not be further from the truth. If I didn't know any better I would have thought that this book was a debut, a less than stellar one at that, but it turns out he has written over 40 books and novellas and has won awards for his work. Color me surprised by this. This "horror" book was just far too silly for my particular liking. Not to mention how obvious it was that the author is a male I have been tricked again by a synopsis. "Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn and Stephen King" - This could not be further from the truth. If I didn't know any better I would have thought that this book was a debut, a less than stellar one at that, but it turns out he has written over 40 books and novellas and has won awards for his work. Color me surprised by this. This "horror" book was just far too silly for my particular liking. Not to mention how obvious it was that the author is a male trying to write a female and it didn't work for me. But my BIGGEST issue I had with this book was the dialogue. Cheesy, cheesy, cheesy. I also have never heard people speak like this. For example: "Sure you got this, Anna?" "Let's try our luck, Rosie." "Looks like my instincts were right on, Anna." "Can't agree more, Tim." When I have a conversation with someone I don't use their name in every sentence but in this book it happens multiple times on every single page and it became annoying. Speaking of cheesy. Who in the love of all that is holy calls macaroni and cheese, cheese and macaroni???? No one. That's who. 1 star! Thank you to NetGalley and Oceanview Publishing for my ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carole

    This is my first Vincent Zandri novel, and I am now wondering what took me so long. Paradox Lake is many things: relationship fiction, a mystery, a thriller and last but not least a horror story! Rose Conley is a sculptor and professor, raising her twelve-year-old daughter on her own, since the death of her husband. She takes a leave of absence from school and moves for a few months to Paradox, a small town in the Adirondacks. She leaves behind her love interest, who does not approve of her depa This is my first Vincent Zandri novel, and I am now wondering what took me so long. Paradox Lake is many things: relationship fiction, a mystery, a thriller and last but not least a horror story! Rose Conley is a sculptor and professor, raising her twelve-year-old daughter on her own, since the death of her husband. She takes a leave of absence from school and moves for a few months to Paradox, a small town in the Adirondacks. She leaves behind her love interest, who does not approve of her departure. Mother and daughter move into a quaint cottage on Paradox Lake, and they soon find out that there is a history there that goes back to thirty years ago. The characters in the novel are well-developed and the relationships are interesting. The story moves along at a quick pace. The reader is caught between the fear of turning the next page and wanting to know what comes next. This is not a book to read alone at the cottage. I look forward to reading many more of Vincent Zandri’s books. Highly recommended. Thank you to Oceanview Publishing, NetGalley and the author for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Rose Conley and her twelve-year-old daughter Anna headed for Paradox Lake in the Adirondacks, to spend a few months, sculpting, relaxing and getting closer to one another. Rose had lost her first daughter Allison to cancer and her husband Charlie, who was unable to cope with Allison’s death, to suicide shortly before Anna’s birth. So, the two of them had been close since Anna was a baby. There was also Tony in their lives, a writer and Rose’s boyfriend. They were looking forward to the peace and Rose Conley and her twelve-year-old daughter Anna headed for Paradox Lake in the Adirondacks, to spend a few months, sculpting, relaxing and getting closer to one another. Rose had lost her first daughter Allison to cancer and her husband Charlie, who was unable to cope with Allison’s death, to suicide shortly before Anna’s birth. So, the two of them had been close since Anna was a baby. There was also Tony in their lives, a writer and Rose’s boyfriend. They were looking forward to the peace and tranquility the lake would bring. (Even though Anna was stressing about the lack of internet) Meanwhile a killer who’d been imprisoned for thirty-three years in an institution for the criminally insane had recently been released and had returned to his old home in Paradox Lake. He’d vowed to the priest that he was a changed man… What would Rose do when she discovered the past connection to the house she and Anna were staying in? Hightail it back home, never to set foot in the place again? I know I would!! Paradox Lake by Vincent Zandri is a book I was looking forward to very much – but unfortunately, I was disappointed. I read “The Remains” in 2013 and gave it 5 stars, so thought this one would be of similar enjoyment. I found I was annoyed with the dialogue, the constant use of each other’s names, the tacky and tasteless chatter that went on – I skimmed. I don’t think I’ll read any more by this author. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Farshana ❤️rainnbooks❤️

    Little Red Riding Hood is one fairy tale that has always creeped me out and I can’t imagine the grim nature of the whole tale being read when one is at an age where every shadow is a monster out to eat you. There are versions of the story where the woodcutter does save the little girl, but the first time I read it, it was where the wolf devours her as a whole, what a gruesome thought! This classic tale has been used by Vincent Zandri to create a ghastly story of murder and madness hidden underne Little Red Riding Hood is one fairy tale that has always creeped me out and I can’t imagine the grim nature of the whole tale being read when one is at an age where every shadow is a monster out to eat you. There are versions of the story where the woodcutter does save the little girl, but the first time I read it, it was where the wolf devours her as a whole, what a gruesome thought! This classic tale has been used by Vincent Zandri to create a ghastly story of murder and madness hidden underneath the placid waters. The story does open brilliantly with the mother Rose and her 12-year-old daughter taking a break at a very idyllic Paradox Lake. The deep forests surrounding the area offer Rose the much-needed succor for her traumatized soul. But the lake is not as tranquil as it appears and the ever-menacing threat is conveyed well by the author through the creepy thoughts of the peeping wolf and the darkness surrounding the cottage. However, the story fails to be gripping enough as the plot becomes too predictable for seasoned readers of mystery. I was probably thinking that probably the author has an ace up his sleeve with a final twisty shocker, which seems to be the norm of most thrillers nowadays, but I was disappointed. There are also the dialogues between the characters especially the way Anna and Rose converses which was a trifle odd, there was a lack of naturality to the whole banter as if being said by cartoon caricatures. 3.5 could have been better raindrops💦💦💦💧 Many thanks to Net Galley, Oceanview Publishing, and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily. This review is published in my blog https://rainnbooks.com/, Goodreads, Amazon India, and Twitter.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pat (not getting friend updates currently)

    DNF Thanks to Netgalley and Oceanview Publishing for my copy but I can’t read this book, it is too cheesy and unrealistic and predictable!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dana-Adriana B.

    Rose and her 12-year-old daughter Anna are getting away for a few months to Paradox Lake. But it is not a pleasant holiday, it is a nightmare, and Rose must save her daughter and herself. Thanks to Netgalley, the Publisher and the author for this twisted story. ---spoiler alert-- There are a few things that I did not buy: what is Rose made of?!? Going through so many and still have a sound mind? After this last nightmare she lived, she is thinking to save some paper clips (can't you find another p Rose and her 12-year-old daughter Anna are getting away for a few months to Paradox Lake. But it is not a pleasant holiday, it is a nightmare, and Rose must save her daughter and herself. Thanks to Netgalley, the Publisher and the author for this twisted story. ---spoiler alert-- There are a few things that I did not buy: what is Rose made of?!? Going through so many and still have a sound mind? After this last nightmare she lived, she is thinking to save some paper clips (can't you find another paper?) And then she is thinking of her car, is it important to have it back, at that moment? And then, the bad guy: stabbed here-there, hit, choked and finally blown up. Even with these flaws, I enjoyed this fast pacing thriller and I will read more from the author.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    Paradox Lake is a compelling and unusual psychological suspense thriller, and a retelling of the European fairytale Little Red Riding Hood, set in New York. Art professor and sculptor Rose Conley is suffering from immense grief and heartache following the passing of her daughter from leukaemia and the subsequent suicide of her husband. She decides to take a three-month sabbatical from her college in Albany, NY, at a remote house on the shores of Paradox Lake in the Adirondacks along with her twe Paradox Lake is a compelling and unusual psychological suspense thriller, and a retelling of the European fairytale Little Red Riding Hood, set in New York. Art professor and sculptor Rose Conley is suffering from immense grief and heartache following the passing of her daughter from leukaemia and the subsequent suicide of her husband. She decides to take a three-month sabbatical from her college in Albany, NY, at a remote house on the shores of Paradox Lake in the Adirondacks along with her twelve-year-old daughter, Anna. As she enjoys her time sculpting and spending time with Anna as they attempt to heal from their collective trauma, a series of disturbing incidents begin to occur. They begin hearing terrifying noises in the night naturally spoiling their peace and relaxation. It doesn't take long before Rose discovers that twelve-year-old Sarah Anne Moore, who used to reside in the property, was raped and murdered on a trail a few feet from her home in 1986. Rose slowly but surely becomes obsessed with the case and researches the girl and her family. She even sculpts the dead girl’s likeness. But by the time she realises that she and her daughter may be in danger, it's too late. A monster lurks in the shadows ready for his next prey: Anna. Will they get out alive? This is a compelling and richly atmospheric thriller with many horror elements also in the mix. It's gruesome, gory and blood-soaked and a story with many shocks and surprises in store for the unsuspecting reader. Told in first person from both Rose and the crazed killer’s perspectives, it moves at a quick pace and is an easy read to settle into. You really rapidly find yourself feverishly turning the pages to see exactly how the situation will resolve. It's nothing outstanding but it's well written and good fun with likeable characters in Rose and Anna and a demonic villain at the centre. This is difficult to put down but not for the faint of heart.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Riya Reads

    UNPUTDOWNABLE ! POWER PACKED ! CREEPY Great family bonds and relationships It would be quite a TERRIFIC storyline for a movie. Based on the age old , well known , Little Red Riding Hood and the BIG BAD WOLF story. After a lot of DNFs this one was a SCARY but enjoyable, read it one go of a SAVIOR! 3.5 rounded to ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Thank you NetGalley and the OceanView publishing for sending me an E Arc in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    This is a good psychological thriller that turned out to be an easy and enjoyable read. It's a little predictable but has some interesting characters and some moments of terror. If this is your genre, you might want to give it a try. I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review. This is a good psychological thriller that turned out to be an easy and enjoyable read. It's a little predictable but has some interesting characters and some moments of terror. If this is your genre, you might want to give it a try. I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I just could not engage as I would have liked to in this book. I found myself re-reading sentences, trying to piece together paragraphs to figure out what was happening. I also couldn't understand some of the main character's actions at times. The dialogue is awkward, clunky and unrealistic, cheesy! When I have a conversation with someone I don't use their name in every sentence but in this book it happens multiple times on every single page and it became annoying. Moreover, there was rape, murd I just could not engage as I would have liked to in this book. I found myself re-reading sentences, trying to piece together paragraphs to figure out what was happening. I also couldn't understand some of the main character's actions at times. The dialogue is awkward, clunky and unrealistic, cheesy! When I have a conversation with someone I don't use their name in every sentence but in this book it happens multiple times on every single page and it became annoying. Moreover, there was rape, murder, and abuse of young girls and women and a horrific murder of another character which was too graphic and bloody. This book was so poorly written I skimmed through it just to get it done. There numerous typos, misspellings, and hackneyed phrases.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nicki

    Now that is one twisted tale for sure. The ending has the word HORROR coming to mind. I am the kind of traveler that checks out the whole place as soon as I get there. And I promise you I will be even more so next time I travel. As you can see the story hit a nerve. The story is well told. Even small towns have secrets and unsavory characters. Be careful who you make a friend.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    PARADOX LAKE serves as a display case for yet another facet of author Vincent Zandri’s multiple talents. It is somewhat of a slow-boil tale with multiple twists and turns that merrily and in some ways violently yank readers to unexpected places with nary a narrative misstep. Zandri’s latest thriller begins with an unnerving and memorable prologue before settling into what appears to be a somewhat domestic vibe. The balance of the novel is narrated in the first person present tense by Rose Conley, PARADOX LAKE serves as a display case for yet another facet of author Vincent Zandri’s multiple talents. It is somewhat of a slow-boil tale with multiple twists and turns that merrily and in some ways violently yank readers to unexpected places with nary a narrative misstep. Zandri’s latest thriller begins with an unnerving and memorable prologue before settling into what appears to be a somewhat domestic vibe. The balance of the novel is narrated in the first person present tense by Rose Conley, a sculptor and teacher who is also the single mother of 12-year-old Anna. We meet Rose as she is packing up her car for a three-month cabin stay at Paradox Lake, a remote location in the Adirondacks, with Anna. We learn in short order that Rose lost both her oldest daughter, Allison, and her husband, Charlie, in separate incidents. It is also inferred that Tony, Rose’s loving boyfriend of several years, is perhaps a bit clingy. He seems to spend a little too much time bending his elbow at a local tavern to ease his disappointment over the fact that his writing career isn’t the success that he feels it should be. While the purpose of Rose’s trip is ostensibly to connect with Anna before those dreaded teenage years hit and to work on her sculpting, a need to perhaps take a break from Tony’s somewhat overbearing mannerisms is also subtly noted. The cabin at Paradox Lake appears to be just what Rose needs, and the surrounding environs provide her with an interesting situation when she meets Tim, the older, quietly competent proprietor of a local market and general store. Tim is helpful without being intrusive or obtrusive, and Rose finds herself attracted to him. They move around each other in more frequent and ever-shrinking circles while Rose deals with her feelings of guilt over what she regards as her emotional betrayal of Tony, who senses that something is up even though he is miles away. Readers of Zandri’s work should be assured that one of their favorite authors isn’t going all warmly and fuzzily romantic on them. The normal dangers that Rose and Anna might encounter in the woods aren’t limited to the four-legged variety. They are being observed with bad intent by a presence that manifests itself in steps and stages, going from odd and strange to flat-out dangerous. Rose is anything but a shrinking violet, while Anna is not exactly defenseless either. However, they are all but outgunned, and their hunter has the advantage of years of experience and planning. If mother and daughter are going to survive their stay at Paradox Lake, they will have to rely on surprises from both within and without. Zandri has a grisly way with words that manifests itself fully in the book's descriptive narrative. For those who are perhaps new to his work, the wonderful folks at Oceanview Publishing suggest a place to start catching up. That said, longtime fans will find in PARADOX LAKE yet another reason to seek him out as once again he exceeds the expectations he has created. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub

  13. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Flynn

    A sculptor haunted by loss, takes a three month sabbatical with her twelve year old daughter to a lakeside home in upstate New York. At Paradox Lake she discovers that the house was once the site of unspeakable horror. While trying to bond with her daughter and concentrate on her art the past begins to intrude on their otherwise idyllic getaway. This is one of those thrillers that you can't put down. I found myself flying through the pages. The lead character, single mother Rose Conley, is incred A sculptor haunted by loss, takes a three month sabbatical with her twelve year old daughter to a lakeside home in upstate New York. At Paradox Lake she discovers that the house was once the site of unspeakable horror. While trying to bond with her daughter and concentrate on her art the past begins to intrude on their otherwise idyllic getaway. This is one of those thrillers that you can't put down. I found myself flying through the pages. The lead character, single mother Rose Conley, is incredibly relatable. Life has dealt her some very harsh blows but she remains strong, loving. and protective. The description of the mother-daughter bond is accurate and sensitive. An outstanding thriller, genuinely terrifying. I highly recommend it. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher, I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    I liked this book. The beginning was a little slow for my taste. After the prologue, I was expecting it to jump right into action, but there was a lot of time spent getting to know the characters. I could see what was going to happen and kept waiting for it to. When the “action” finally started, it was great- fast paced, suspenseful, somewhat surprising. I could see there was more than one culprit, but it wasn’t until the end that you were able to see just how involved the second person was. I d I liked this book. The beginning was a little slow for my taste. After the prologue, I was expecting it to jump right into action, but there was a lot of time spent getting to know the characters. I could see what was going to happen and kept waiting for it to. When the “action” finally started, it was great- fast paced, suspenseful, somewhat surprising. I could see there was more than one culprit, but it wasn’t until the end that you were able to see just how involved the second person was. I do wish more of the book had ‘blood and guts and action’. If more of the book would have been like the last quarter, I would have liked it more.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diane Merritt

    The story line was interesting. Had gore in all the right spots. Has some tweecking to be done on where sentences stop and start into something else. Made it confusing to read in spots. I liked the characters and it did draw me in. Got a little too much near the end boat scenes. But the ending was a good one after all that. Thanks to the Author, the publisher, and NetGalley for an early release of this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Genevieve Paquette

    I just read an article on Medium about why Goodreads reviews/reviewers are the worst. I'd say it was thought provoking, but in my case, it was more panic-inducing. Have my less-than-scholarly, completely non professional reviews actually hurt the authors' sales (and maybe their feelings?) Is just giving my opinions and sharing my personal feelings, rather than providing a very careful, logical, in-depth review, actually kind of unethical? What duty do I have to the writer? If I hated a book, and I just read an article on Medium about why Goodreads reviews/reviewers are the worst. I'd say it was thought provoking, but in my case, it was more panic-inducing. Have my less-than-scholarly, completely non professional reviews actually hurt the authors' sales (and maybe their feelings?) Is just giving my opinions and sharing my personal feelings, rather than providing a very careful, logical, in-depth review, actually kind of unethical? What duty do I have to the writer? If I hated a book, and I think it was a steaming heap, is it wrong to give it a (low) starred review? Is giving a low rating to a book that doesn't meet my expectations an indication that I am a bad reader? (The author of the article pops off on a reviewer who gives a poor review of a book because it turned out to be a romance, when they were expecting a supernatural adventure. And I get it. Just because it's not what you're into, it doesn't make it objectively bad. But seriously, how annoying is it when you start a book that is marketed as one thing and it turns out to be something else entirely?) I'm going to say yes, probably, to all of that. But at the same time, really? How deluded does a person have to be to believe that the Goodreads review of a literal nobody (like myself) has any kind of bearing on an author's success? Who's actually reading this? Unless it's a spoiler review of an already popular novel, or maybe a negative review of an otherwise well-received offering... probably nobody. With that in mind... Here is my honest, if unprofessional review of Paradox Lake. I picked up the ARC from the Read Now section of Netgalley. The first chapter, so far so good. Pretty standard serial killer thriller fare, with the added disgust-factor of one human licking the face of another human. Gross. But ok, solid opening, sets up the villain nicely. And then we meet the heroes and I cringe, thinking, oh no, why did I do this? Because I can instantly tell that this is not going to be for me, but now I have the obligation to not just finish it, but somehow give it an objective review review that won't hypothetically give a self-important Medium contributer a migraine. And then my head starts to hurt. I wish I could quote from the text, but it's a PDF, so I'll just say, our intro to the protagonist is her giving a Babysitter's Club-esque rundown of her own outfit and appearance. She thinks in old-school text-speak, OMG boys, and BTW, and despite being in a(n admittedly shakey) long term relationship, she falls instantly in love with the first man she meets on her vacation, and asks her twelve year old daughter for relationship advice. She's the cool mom, the "sweary" mom, and it's cringey. So cringey. Much of the story is told from her first person perspective, in a way that almost breaks the fourth wall. She is actively talking to the reader. It doesn't work for me, partly because,in my opinion, first person only really works when you have a particularly well-written, interesting and likable protagonist, and she is not. Likewise, the daughter is a caricature of a pre-teen, and the villain/s? Underdeveloped, without even an indication of motive apart from being generically evil. There was a twist at the end that I didn't see coming, so I have to give the author credit for that, and the ending was neat and tidy, and I appreciate that, too, but overall, this was a miss for me. You know the unfortunate stereotype of a female character written by a man? Yeah. This, sadly, was that. The plot felt underdeveloped and the writing didn't feel natural. With a really thorough edit, a lot of the issues I had could be resolved, but as it is, it's disappointing.

  17. 4 out of 5

    AnneKR

    Rose decides to rent a lake house for the summer, hoping to spend time with her distant pre-teen daughter Anna. What was supposed to be a relaxing getaway turns into something far worse than they could ever imagine. This was an interesting book. Some parts were predictable but there were also some surprising twists. I had a hard time connecting with the characters. Anna calling Rose by her name instead of Mom was weird and annoying. I'm not sure if the intent was to show the reader that she is ma Rose decides to rent a lake house for the summer, hoping to spend time with her distant pre-teen daughter Anna. What was supposed to be a relaxing getaway turns into something far worse than they could ever imagine. This was an interesting book. Some parts were predictable but there were also some surprising twists. I had a hard time connecting with the characters. Anna calling Rose by her name instead of Mom was weird and annoying. I'm not sure if the intent was to show the reader that she is mature for her age, or dealing with pre-teen moody hormones. Rose's goal was to spend time with Anna but she immediately fell for the town local store owner, even though she has a boyfriend back home who she's been with for years and is like a father to Anna. She painted him to be boring and predictable and was annoyed every time he called or texted. The mystery surrounds a local girl murdered years ago, and how Anna has an uncanny resemblance to her. With the killer released from prison, he has his eyes set on Anna as his next victim. At this point with the killer's POV I wasn't sure if this was turning into a paranormal read, with the way the killer was described as unhuman-like and doing strange things. The ending had some gruesome scenes and went over the top as the killer kept coming for them even with all the injuries sustained. Overall it was an okay read and it has the mystery and horror. 3.5 stars rounding up to 4. Thank you Netgalley and Oceanview Publishing for the opportunity to read this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    BookTrib.com

    Vincent Zandri’s suspenseful narrative is easy to get lost in. It’s an ever-evolving tale, compelling us to turn the pages as we marvel at each spine-tingling revelation. But more than that, PARADOX LAKE is a story about the terrifying duality of human nature — and the paradoxes that can exist in the hearts and minds, and thoughts and actions, of the people we think we know and trust. Read our full review here: https://booktrib.com/2021/05/18/a-kil... Vincent Zandri’s suspenseful narrative is easy to get lost in. It’s an ever-evolving tale, compelling us to turn the pages as we marvel at each spine-tingling revelation. But more than that, PARADOX LAKE is a story about the terrifying duality of human nature — and the paradoxes that can exist in the hearts and minds, and thoughts and actions, of the people we think we know and trust. Read our full review here: https://booktrib.com/2021/05/18/a-kil...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Owens

    I received an advance reader copy of this book through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Paradox Lake sounded like a decent thriller in the blurb on Net Galley. After reading it, I wasn’t all that impressed. For one thing, the twist was easily detected pretty early in the story. The killer repeating lines from Little Red Riding Hood quickly became annoying, and I didn’t buy the concept of a 55-60 year old many running through the forest with amazing speed and agility (I turn 60 in a cou I received an advance reader copy of this book through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Paradox Lake sounded like a decent thriller in the blurb on Net Galley. After reading it, I wasn’t all that impressed. For one thing, the twist was easily detected pretty early in the story. The killer repeating lines from Little Red Riding Hood quickly became annoying, and I didn’t buy the concept of a 55-60 year old many running through the forest with amazing speed and agility (I turn 60 in a couple of months, I know what I’m talking about here). I also found the main character to be incredibly dense, commenting on but ignoring several warning signs along the way. It was also annoying how the 50ish woman began saying “I may be falling in love with him.” a few hours after first meeting a new guy. There are also strong misogynistic themes in how the women characters are treated that really turned me off. I gave Paradox Lake three stars on Goodreads. I guess it was a decent thriller after all, but I probably wouldn’t have requested to read it if I had know about the emphasis given to the sex crime aspect of the story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    CaraDico

    *A big thank you to Oceanview Publishing, Vincent Zandri and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review* Previously published at https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/pa... Who is afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? In this re-visioned tale of Little Red Riding Hood, a sculptor, Rose Conley, forever changed by the loss of her daughter to Leukemia and her husband by suicide, takes a three-month sabbatical with her twelve-year-old daughter, Anna, to Paradox Lake in Upstate New York. Quickly, she learn *A big thank you to Oceanview Publishing, Vincent Zandri and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review* Previously published at https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/pa... Who is afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? In this re-visioned tale of Little Red Riding Hood, a sculptor, Rose Conley, forever changed by the loss of her daughter to Leukemia and her husband by suicide, takes a three-month sabbatical with her twelve-year-old daughter, Anna, to Paradox Lake in Upstate New York. Quickly, she learns that there has been a horrible tragedy that has taken place on the grounds – a young girl, Sarah, raped and murdered, a few feet from the house. Unfortunately, the past seems to intrude almost immediately after they get there. She finds the trail near their house, where the young girl was murdered, and immediately is obsessed with the story. Despite being in a long-term relationship, Rose falls in love almost immediately with the local general store owner, Tim. He seems to always be at their lake house, and Rose sees him as their savior. He brings them food and a boat and instantly; she has welcomed him into the family. While it seems odd that a young single mother would be so trustworthy and open with a stranger, there seem to be no red flags. As the story goes on, Tim becomes almost cringeworthy in his constant need to please. Strange things happen, such as shadows appearing by the woodpile and screams every night out on the lake. As Rose researches the death of the family that lived in the house before, she realizes the killer may live right near them. By the time she realizes that she and Anna might be in danger, it is almost too late. Paradox Lake is told in first person with voices from Rose and the “Wolf.” There is a surprising twist at the end, which brings the story to a shocking conclusion. Paradox Lake is a horror story, in all aspects. It is bloody, gory, and graphic—not for the faint of a heart. This is a quick read, and the fast-paced story begins within the first chapter. Rose and Anna are likeable characters, and Zandri has done an outstanding job depicting a twelve-year-old girl and her wants and needs. He also does an amazing job describing the bond between a mother and daughter. Even though there are multiple “triggers” in Paradox Lake such as rape of a young girl, suicide, and animal torture, this book is admittedly hard to put down, despite those things. Personally, Rose is very relatable as a single mother struggling with her pre-teen daughter, after having had multiple losses.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Thank you to Netgalley and Vincent Zandri for an advanced copy in return for my honest review. Rose has decided to take a sabbatical to work on her art, dragging her pre-teen daughter, Anna along for the semester. The pair head to a sleepy little town by the name of Paradox Lake where their temporary home sits on a beautiful lake. Rose is looking forward to some time away with her daughter, but things start to go south. She finds that the home they are renting was the former home of the Moore fa Thank you to Netgalley and Vincent Zandri for an advanced copy in return for my honest review. Rose has decided to take a sabbatical to work on her art, dragging her pre-teen daughter, Anna along for the semester. The pair head to a sleepy little town by the name of Paradox Lake where their temporary home sits on a beautiful lake. Rose is looking forward to some time away with her daughter, but things start to go south. She finds that the home they are renting was the former home of the Moore family who suffered a major tragedy 30 years prior. Rose is trying to convince herself that history will not repeat itself, but she can't help but ignore the weird things that have started happening. Is it all in Rose's head or does she really have something to worry about in Paradox Lake. Let me start by saying, this has been one of my favorite ARC's in quite some time. The author did an excellent job of giving me the heebie-jeebies when talking about certain locations or certain characters. I really enjoyed the storyline and the few twists that were thrown in throughout the book. Overall, this was one that I had trouble putting down and felt utterly creeped out while reading. Absolutely grab yourself a copy!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary

    Paradox Lake - a review by Rosemary Kenny The amazing Prince of Psychological Thrillers, Vincent Zandri, never fails to satisfy, as proved yet again by his latest drama, Paradox Lake, where sculptress Rosie Conley and her '13, going on 30' daughter, Anna, arrive for a 3 month furlough, as they come to terms with the tragic, untimely family events of recent years and the disappointments in love each has had since. Will the Moore's house at Paradox Lake bring salvation and love...or revisit an earl Paradox Lake - a review by Rosemary Kenny The amazing Prince of Psychological Thrillers, Vincent Zandri, never fails to satisfy, as proved yet again by his latest drama, Paradox Lake, where sculptress Rosie Conley and her '13, going on 30' daughter, Anna, arrive for a 3 month furlough, as they come to terms with the tragic, untimely family events of recent years and the disappointments in love each has had since. Will the Moore's house at Paradox Lake bring salvation and love...or revisit an earlier nightmare of horror and tragedy? Who is Ian Ferguson and is he on the level? Who's obsessed with 'The Big Bad Wolf'? Why does Tony distrust Rosie? Is he right to? An incredible build-up to an earth-shattering denouement, that you won't even remotely have seen coming, means you absolutely won't be able to put this strangely fascinating novel, with its soupçon of The Amityville Horror, its flavour of Silence of the Lambs and almost Gothic horror-like taste of Psycho, (among other horror classic greats), down for a single minute, until you reach the adrenaline-pumping, heart-stopping climax, of Vincent Zandri's outstanding, standalone, psychological thriller, Paradox Lake. What are you waiting for?...go get it...NOW!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elisa

    At first, I was enjoying this novel but the characters were so irredeemably stupid, that at some point I stopped rooting for them. Rose rents a house for the summer and shortly finds out that it used to be the home of a teenage girl who was raped and murdered. Her teenage daughter looks just like the dead girl. Rose hears noises and sees shadows. That would have been enough to send me running for the hills but somehow she decides to stay. Things get even weirder and still Rose stays. OK, fine. W At first, I was enjoying this novel but the characters were so irredeemably stupid, that at some point I stopped rooting for them. Rose rents a house for the summer and shortly finds out that it used to be the home of a teenage girl who was raped and murdered. Her teenage daughter looks just like the dead girl. Rose hears noises and sees shadows. That would have been enough to send me running for the hills but somehow she decides to stay. Things get even weirder and still Rose stays. OK, fine. When she leaves her daughter alone in the creepy house, I started getting aggravated and their actions kept getting dumber and dumber until it seemed to turn into the commercial where, instead of getting in the running car to escape a maniac with a chainsaw they go to hide in the cemetery. The plot was predictable, the baddie was a caricature and the ending was just a mess. I hate giving a book a bad review because I imagine it must be so hard to write, but I didn’t like it. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thank you, NetGalley/ Oceanview Publishing!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I did not enjoy this book. I should have zeroed in on the last word of the book description, horror, as that is what this book was. The conversations between Rose and her daughter were completely unbelievable and entirely too cutesie, and how quickly Rose 'fell in love' with Tim, the man she just met, was also completely unbelievable. This being a fiction book I could handle both of these things. It was the horrendous acts at the end of the book which were too much for me to read. I will not spo I did not enjoy this book. I should have zeroed in on the last word of the book description, horror, as that is what this book was. The conversations between Rose and her daughter were completely unbelievable and entirely too cutesie, and how quickly Rose 'fell in love' with Tim, the man she just met, was also completely unbelievable. This being a fiction book I could handle both of these things. It was the horrendous acts at the end of the book which were too much for me to read. I will not spoil the book for anyone who can stomach such endings. Thank you to NetGalley and Oceanview Publishing for the digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I was given a free copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Rose and her 12-year old daughter Anna take a 3-month sabbatical to Paradox Lake, a small town in the Adirondacks. A killer from 33 years ago is released from prison and back living in Paradox Lake among the locals. Anna and Rose find themselves fighting for their lives. Sounds promising; but I did not like this book. First of all, Anna calls her mom, Rosie, ALL THE TIME. I can understand if she were being a sarca I was given a free copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Rose and her 12-year old daughter Anna take a 3-month sabbatical to Paradox Lake, a small town in the Adirondacks. A killer from 33 years ago is released from prison and back living in Paradox Lake among the locals. Anna and Rose find themselves fighting for their lives. Sounds promising; but I did not like this book. First of all, Anna calls her mom, Rosie, ALL THE TIME. I can understand if she were being a sarcastic pre-teen but she hardly ever calls her mom. 2nd, the dialogue between the characters drove me crazy. If Rose and Anna are in the same room and are the only ones in the house, do they need to address each other by name? It is almost every sentence they have to start or end with the other persons name. 3rd I understand that your daughter is 12; however you "desperately need time together" but you leave her alone, a lot. 4th and finally, the villain is one of those from a horrible horror film that will not die!!!! I was really irritated with this story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    RaChelle Holmberg

    Found for download at my Public Library! I follow the author's blog / newsletter, and have read all of the hype for this book, and I will honestly say that I think it lived up to it. It was a very convoluted, scary story, with solid characters and a twist ending, which Ive come to expect. Im not going to give a spoiler, in any way, nor am I going to regurgitate the story line. Suffice it to say, its worth a read. I don't understand the negative reviews, and they bother me more than they should, Found for download at my Public Library! I follow the author's blog / newsletter, and have read all of the hype for this book, and I will honestly say that I think it lived up to it. It was a very convoluted, scary story, with solid characters and a twist ending, which Ive come to expect. Im not going to give a spoiler, in any way, nor am I going to regurgitate the story line. Suffice it to say, its worth a read. I don't understand the negative reviews, and they bother me more than they should, I think - but I'd like to go on record as saying "cheese and mac" vs mac and cheese" is most likely a regional thing..... New York vs Kraft foods ( yuk) ...... so what if author uses names in sentences, that's his writing style. And yes, he was trying to write a character as a woman might think, which hes not one, but this book was a big change from his regular output and I enjoyed it. (I'm a woman) Basically, he wrote a book.. and they didn't. I think you can always find something nice to say. Or, at the very least, be tactful.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rubie Clark

    Paradox Lake... This is mainly told from the Rose's POV. Rosie and her 12 year old daughter Anna head to Paradox Lake for three month's to get away. They are staying in this beautiful home right on the lake. Anna isn't to thrilled about it. They arrive to this small town out in the middle of nowhere. Little do they know the horror that happened here back in 1986. This was a really fast read. I finished in a day. What I loved? I loved the writing. I loved the two main characters Rose and Anna. What Paradox Lake... This is mainly told from the Rose's POV. Rosie and her 12 year old daughter Anna head to Paradox Lake for three month's to get away. They are staying in this beautiful home right on the lake. Anna isn't to thrilled about it. They arrive to this small town out in the middle of nowhere. Little do they know the horror that happened here back in 1986. This was a really fast read. I finished in a day. What I loved? I loved the writing. I loved the two main characters Rose and Anna. What I disliked? About 87% of the way through it became clear what was happening! (Don't want to give anything away) but it was pretty obvious. Other then that it was great. Fast paced. Enjoyable read! Thank you NetGalley Publisher and Author for this copy!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christine Scotney

    This wasn’t as gripping a read as I thought it might be. Thirty years ago, a psychopath went to jail for killing a young girl in Paradox. Now he is out and and back in Paradox, working in the local general store, Imagine his surprise and delight after seeing a young girl walk into the store with her mother. The young girl looks so much like his previous kill, and the mother looks a lot like the other girls mum as well. His heart is set on her as his next victim and he cannot wait to play his gam This wasn’t as gripping a read as I thought it might be. Thirty years ago, a psychopath went to jail for killing a young girl in Paradox. Now he is out and and back in Paradox, working in the local general store, Imagine his surprise and delight after seeing a young girl walk into the store with her mother. The young girl looks so much like his previous kill, and the mother looks a lot like the other girls mum as well. His heart is set on her as his next victim and he cannot wait to play his game. He has a sick fascination with Little Red Riding Hood, and believes he is the Big Bad Wolf, so begins the Wolf’s stalking and prowling. Easy to read, flows well, but not what I was expecting from the blurb.

  29. 4 out of 5

    RIchard Long

    Paradox Lake by Vincent Zandri -- 2 Stars Oceanview Publishing 9781608094189 This book did not live up to its advance praise and editorial reviews. It reminded me of a not very good slasher movie. The characters were silly. There was an annoying stereotypical twelve year old daughter, a mother who had strange conversations with her deceased daughter and husband, a handsome local who quickly had a steamy relationship with the mother, and the necessary murdering maniac. The mother rented a propert Paradox Lake by Vincent Zandri -- 2 Stars Oceanview Publishing 9781608094189 This book did not live up to its advance praise and editorial reviews. It reminded me of a not very good slasher movie. The characters were silly. There was an annoying stereotypical twelve year old daughter, a mother who had strange conversations with her deceased daughter and husband, a handsome local who quickly had a steamy relationship with the mother, and the necessary murdering maniac. The mother rented a property in the woods that she did not know had a history of violence. There were spooky sounds, dangerous storms and of course, the mother and daughter had bloody battles for their lives. Not too original. Reviewer: Nancy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Gripping! This is one fast-paced thriller. Art professor Rosie Conley decides to take a semester off and spend some time with fee daughter, Anna, at Paradox Lake in upstate New York. The cabin they are staying in once belonged to the family of Sarah Anne Moore, a girl who was brutally murdered there 33 years earlier. Her killer has spent the whole time imprisoned at an asylum for the criminally insane. He's recently been released and has returned home to work in... Paradox Lake. Oh, yeah, and Anna loo Gripping! This is one fast-paced thriller. Art professor Rosie Conley decides to take a semester off and spend some time with fee daughter, Anna, at Paradox Lake in upstate New York. The cabin they are staying in once belonged to the family of Sarah Anne Moore, a girl who was brutally murdered there 33 years earlier. Her killer has spent the whole time imprisoned at an asylum for the criminally insane. He's recently been released and has returned home to work in... Paradox Lake. Oh, yeah, and Anna looks exactly like Sarah Moore! Pulse-pounding. The danger is palpable. When you think it might be over... isn't! Yay! This was an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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