One Night at the Lake

One Night at the Lake

A tragedy on a hot summer night at a lake house forever alters the lives of two best friends—and the man they both love. But the truth isn’t as simple as it appears in this intricate novel of love, friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness in the tradition of Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s Bittersweet.Leah Tessaro has been waiting for this moment for a long time: Her boyfriend,...

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Title:One Night at the Lake
Author:Bethany Chase
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One Night at the Lake Reviews

  • Kerry

    I’ve been a fan of Bethany since her debut. Her writing is captivating. She always draws me deep into her stories and she’s an expert at crafting characters that come to life for her readers. They’re real, facing very current and complex situations. I loved ONE NIGHT AT THE LAKE and think it's her best yet, with an atmospheric setting and relatable characters with a gradual suspense masterfully woven into the plot that culminates to one night at the lake. A perfect book for summer!

  • Cyndi Becker

    This book OWNED me, a week after reading and I’m still thinking about it. First, I’ve been anticipating this book for a long while. I'm no stranger to Bethany Chase’s writing and I know I'm going to be torn up and put back together. I knew that once I start it, I will be captivated until the story ends and for long after. One Night At The Lake is a nuanced and compelling read and I felt everything about these relationships.

    The execution of the story is remarkable as is the character development

    This book OWNED me, a week after reading and I’m still thinking about it. First, I’ve been anticipating this book for a long while. I'm no stranger to Bethany Chase’s writing and I know I'm going to be torn up and put back together. I knew that once I start it, I will be captivated until the story ends and for long after. One Night At The Lake is a nuanced and compelling read and I felt everything about these relationships.

    The execution of the story is remarkable as is the character development. The story is told from the perspective of two friends, Leah and June. Leah is unabashed and unfiltered. June is quiet and guarded. The story unfolds as they each recount their visit to the Bierman family’s lake house; as two points in time snapshots of the same week, seven years apart. Chase masterfully drops in pieces of the bigger part of the story, so that it unfolds like a mystery. We know that Leah was once at the lake as Ollie’s girlfriend, but seven years later, June is there as his fiancé. June is weighed down by guilt and self-loathing - and the week is sure to be a reminder as to why it's even possible she’s where she is at life.

    We learn that the ties between Leah and June run very deep, best friends since childhood, so what happened to upend their places in Ollie's life? It might appear it’s a love triangle, but only in a most unusual way. Chase is a master at planting the seed of doubt, making the reader contemplate what’s to come, making the book unputdownable.

    June, Leah, Ollie, and the cast of secondary characters (especially Caleb and Terrance) all have their places in this story. Chase delivers the right details about Leah and June. Their personalities are distinct and they balance each other, these two voices. Both filled with so much hope and so much heartache.

    This is a story of deep heartbreak and sorrow, as June is mired in guilt and desperate to “get over” these feelings. Upfront, I’m an empath and some writers gave a way of touching that part of me so that I FELT EVERYTHING. Chase does this. She writes in a way that can't NOT feel. She gives that to us in June – with her I felt everything; her sorrow, her shame, the elation she felt falling in love – in knowing it was so right, but also feeling SO wrong about it. June got into my head and heart and I could not shake her. Leah would always be there a part of her, a part of Ollie – a part of them. My heart pounded through the entire time I read this. The complexity of these relationships and the imprint they have on each other is deep.

    This is SUCH a wonderful story and I encourage readers of women’s fiction to snatch this up and give yourself over to this story, these characters. I'm already starting a re-read myself.

    *I received a gifted copy in exchange for an honest review

  • Jamie

    3.5 stars for Bethany Chase’s One Night at the Lake!

    Having read and enjoyed The One That Got Away by Chase a few years back, which I would said falls most solidly into the women’s fiction category, I was a bit surprised to see this one being billed as more of a thriller. But then again, authors change genres so I went in with an open mind - being a fan of both genres, I braced myself for either outcome. I will say, despite the marketing, I did feel this one was definitely more in the WF categor

    3.5 stars for Bethany Chase’s One Night at the Lake!

    Having read and enjoyed The One That Got Away by Chase a few years back, which I would said falls most solidly into the women’s fiction category, I was a bit surprised to see this one being billed as more of a thriller. But then again, authors change genres so I went in with an open mind - being a fan of both genres, I braced myself for either outcome. I will say, despite the marketing, I did feel this one was definitely more in the WF category - and I enjoyed it as such.

    **semi related rant - One thing I’d love to see in the future from marketing departments is moving away from trying to hop on the thriller wagon because it’s a popular genre right now. There are TONS of fans of women’s fiction out there and they will love these books. Those who don’t read WF and expect a thriller are going to be disappointed, those who love women’s fiction but maybe are in the mood to be on the edge of their seat with tension will be frustrated and would maybe have chosen the book at a different time of mind**

    Back to the book, while there were no big surprises here, Chase writes a wonderful story of friendship, love and multiple forms of heartbreak and heartache. Her characters are well fleshed out and jumped off the page - at times I wished I could be boating with them on Seneca Lake or cruising around on a jet ski. For fans of both women’s and domestic fiction, i think this one will be a hit. It’s a quick read that held my attention with dual POVs and was solid and enjoyable!

    Thank you to Random House Ballantine for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

  • BookGypsy

    Told in duel timelines. A story about two women in love with the same man seven years apart. Compelling and I enjoyed it. Great summer read.

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  • Carrie

    One Night at the Lake by Bethany Chase is a mystery that involves the death of a girl while on vacation at their lake house seven years before. The story alternates between the voice of Leah from the past leading to her death and June, Leah’s best friend, living with the memory of losing her friend.

    Seven years earlier Leah, June and Leah’s boyfriend Ollie had all been good friends so when June needs some cheering up Leah invites her along to Seneca Lake. Leah is expecting Ollie to finally propos

    One Night at the Lake by Bethany Chase is a mystery that involves the death of a girl while on vacation at their lake house seven years before. The story alternates between the voice of Leah from the past leading to her death and June, Leah’s best friend, living with the memory of losing her friend.

    Seven years earlier Leah, June and Leah’s boyfriend Ollie had all been good friends so when June needs some cheering up Leah invites her along to Seneca Lake. Leah is expecting Ollie to finally propose while away at his family’s lake house so not only does she want to cheer up June she also wants her best friend around to celebrate.

    However, things did not go as planned seven years ago and June and Ollie returned from that lake without Leah who had been the glue that held the friendship together. The years went by without any contact as both dealt with their grief then one day June and Ollie met up again. Before long they were a couple and as hard as it may be they needed to return to the lake house.

    Despite the tragedy happening years earlier in One Night at the Lake it was still a rather compelling read. Readers are unsure what had happened back then and how the current relationship had formed with both loving Leah so the pages flew by as the story slowing unfolded. I have to say though as much as I was enjoying the read I did kind of feel a bit let down at the end and felt it should have had more to it leaving this one at 3 1/2 stars.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Melissa In The City

    I finished this in one evening! Even though I went into it thinking it was a going to be a thriller, it really wasn't, but I didn't care. This story was so well written, powerful, emotional, and poignant. The author did a superb job at setting up the most perfect Lake House getaway scenes. I could feel the hot sun and smell the grill and the scent of the sunscreen on the beach towels. I could literally hear the water lapping on the dock. I give her 5 stars for just the imagery! Amazing!

    I loved h

    I finished this in one evening! Even though I went into it thinking it was a going to be a thriller, it really wasn't, but I didn't care. This story was so well written, powerful, emotional, and poignant. The author did a superb job at setting up the most perfect Lake House getaway scenes. I could feel the hot sun and smell the grill and the scent of the sunscreen on the beach towels. I could literally hear the water lapping on the dock. I give her 5 stars for just the imagery! Amazing!

    I loved how this was written using 2 narratives. One from the past and one in the present. It brought the story and the characters to life. I am not going to copy down the entire synopsis of the book, as thats been done already.

    I will say this book is highly emotional and worth every minute reading it.

    4.5 stars from me.

    Thank you #NetGalley, the author and the Publisher for my free ARC in exchange for my honest review.

    5 stars for the absolutely beautiful cover.

  • Theresa Alan

    This is a women’s fiction novel with romantic elements and some mystery. The book is told from the alternating points of view of two women who became best friends when they were twelve. When Leah tells her part of the story, it is seven years earlier, before she died. We know it happened at the lake where her boyfriend’s parents had a place, but we don’t know the exact circumstances of how she died. When June tells her story, she’s now engaged to Ollie, the man Leah thought she was going to marr

    This is a women’s fiction novel with romantic elements and some mystery. The book is told from the alternating points of view of two women who became best friends when they were twelve. When Leah tells her part of the story, it is seven years earlier, before she died. We know it happened at the lake where her boyfriend’s parents had a place, but we don’t know the exact circumstances of how she died. When June tells her story, she’s now engaged to Ollie, the man Leah thought she was going to marry before her untimely death.

    The writing is strong. The only thing that wasn’t great about this is that when I put the book down in the middle of the chapter, when I came back to it, it took a while to figure out if I was reading from Leah’s POV or from June’s. Both narrators were first person, and their voices weren’t distinct, so I had to wait to read how they referenced the other one to figure out whose perspective I was in.

    Thanks to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for the opportunity to review this book, which RELEASES JUNE 18, 2019.

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  • Donna Hines

    Two best friends seem to have the same feelings for the same man but one tragically dies.

    What happens afterwards is a crazy time of friendships, love, loyalty, and family.

    I also had a difficult time with this one as I'm a huge thriller fan and was expecting some major thrills here but just didn't feel that after reading.

    In fact there wasn't much in the plot twist department for me to even excite my senses.

    Perhaps it's me as I read way more than I probably should especially with regards to thrill

    Two best friends seem to have the same feelings for the same man but one tragically dies.

    What happens afterwards is a crazy time of friendships, love, loyalty, and family.

    I also had a difficult time with this one as I'm a huge thriller fan and was expecting some major thrills here but just didn't feel that after reading.

    In fact there wasn't much in the plot twist department for me to even excite my senses.

    Perhaps it's me as I read way more than I probably should especially with regards to thrillers and perhaps I was looking for more but I do hope you enjoy.

    Thank you to Bethany, the publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

  • Kendall

    This was my first read by Bethany Chase and can see why she has so many fans!

    What happens when two best friends fall in love with the same man after one tragically dies? For some reason, I had a hard time wrapping my head around the subject of this story. The ending and overall confusion of the story just rubbed me the wrong way especially with one of the best friends dying who loved the same man.

    Please don't go into this story thinking that it's a thriller because it's NOT. It's women's ficti

    This was my first read by Bethany Chase and can see why she has so many fans!

    What happens when two best friends fall in love with the same man after one tragically dies? For some reason, I had a hard time wrapping my head around the subject of this story. The ending and overall confusion of the story just rubbed me the wrong way especially with one of the best friends dying who loved the same man.

    Please don't go into this story thinking that it's a thriller because it's NOT. It's women's fiction with a character that dies in this story. Of course, it leads you to believe that there is something sinister behind the death of the character. This is where my mind was leading...maybe due to all of the thrillers I've read haha?

    This story solely focuses on the complexity of relationships, friendship, loyalty, love, death, and family.

    This first half of the story was very slow and took me awhile to get invested. I did love the alternate storylines of Leah and June. Once the story took off.. it really took off!

    But, I was left feeling a little disappointed in the end and just couldn't wrap my head around the entire story as a whole. It left me annoyed a bit and sad ... I don't want to give any spoilers but come talk to me if/when you read it!

    I will be checking out more from Bethany Chase... enjoyed her writing style for sure!

    Overall, 3.25 stars for me on One Night at the Lake.

    Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Ballantine for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

    Publication date: 6/18/19

    Published to Goodreads: 3/3/19

  • Stephanie

    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

    Well, this book was not for me. A small part of it might be that I have been in the mood lately for mystery and suspense. I knew this was not that type of book, but I feel like the synopsis suggests there is at least a hint of a mystery and there really wasn’t. It was more of a character-driven story about love and guilt and I found it repetitive and pretty boring.

    I really hated almost every character in this book, espec

    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

    Well, this book was not for me. A small part of it might be that I have been in the mood lately for mystery and suspense. I knew this was not that type of book, but I feel like the synopsis suggests there is at least a hint of a mystery and there really wasn’t. It was more of a character-driven story about love and guilt and I found it repetitive and pretty boring.

    I really hated almost every character in this book, especially the three main characters – Leah, June, and Ollie. The story is told through alternating first person POV by Leah and June. I found both of these women insufferable. I didn’t like or connect with either of them and it made the book very hard to get through. I liked Ollie until I didn’t. And once I didn’t, I really despised him. The great love story this book is supposed to have came off as a little scumbag-ish, to be honest, and I couldn’t get behind it.

    Overall, One Night at the Lake just didn’t work for me. I find that if I’m going to find this type of story enjoyable, I either have to like the characters or love-to-hate them and neither are true here. I found them self-indulgent and annoying. However, I have read many great reviews on this one, so I’m obviously in the minority here. I am upping my rating from 1 star to 2 because there were occasionally some good banter.

    Overall Rating (out of 5): 2 Stars

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