In the Shadow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell


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The year is 1928. Kate Moore is looking for a way out of the poverty and violence of her childhood. When a chance encounter on a transatlantic ocean liner brings her face-to-face with the handsome heir to a Chicago fortune, she thinks she may have found her escape—as long as she can keep her past concealed.

After exchanging wedding vows, Kate quickly discovers that something isn’t quite right with her husband—or her new family. As Mrs. Matthew Lemont, she must contend with her husband’s disturbing past, his domineering mother, and his overly close sister. Isolated at Lakecrest, the sprawling, secluded Lemont estate, she searches desperately for clues to Matthew’s terrors, which she suspects stem from the mysterious disappearance of his aunt years before. As Kate stumbles deeper into a maze of family secrets, she begins to question everyone’s sanity—especially her own. But just how far will she go to break free of this family’s twisted past?


A dark, gothic story full of mystery and lies.

Kate finds her perfect husband and moves into his large family estate. Everything should be perfect, but it isn’t…

I loved how the house took on a life of its own, and almost felt like another character in the story. Lakecrest and the structures surrounding it are full of history, some of it quite mysterious.

I enjoyed the twists in this book, as well as the reveal. I never knew who I could trust. I give this books 3.5 stars, rounded down because the ending seemed a bit out of character.

Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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