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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 leadingmaybe 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 outfrom 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 19Published to Goodreads 3 3 19 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 wasof 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 wasof 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 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.Forreviews, please visit This book brought back fond memories of young love, young life, close friendships Overall, the tone of this book was carefree, fresh and lively and it was a pleasure to read There is a main tragedy however, and subsequent tragedies that blossom out from that one particular event This tragedy has resounding effects This story is mostly centered about a summer get together at Ollie s family lake house Pack up the car, grab the suntan lotion and let s go to the lake Woo hoo Road trip to Lake This book brought back fond memories of young love, young life, close friendships Overall, the tone of this book was carefree, fresh and lively and it was a pleasure to read There is a main tragedy however, and subsequent tragedies that blossom out from that one particular event This tragedy has resounding effects This story is mostly centered about a summer get together at Ollie s family lake house Pack up the car, grab the suntan lotion and let s go to the lake Woo hoo Road trip to Lake Seneca This trio, Ollie, Leah who are a couple and friend, June Leah and June have been best friends for years.Leah loves Ollie Leah also loves June as her best friend June loves Leah as her best friend Does Ollie really love Leah Would Could Ollie love June Does June love Ollie Add a cast of other characters at the lakefront, including neighbors, Ollie s parents who have their own personal issues, mostly with son, Caleb from Ollies mom s previous relationship to a jerk Caleb is angry, is inappropriate and continues to be so years later He also tries to come on, inappropriately and crudely, to Leah, his brother Ollie s girl Hence it beginsall seemingly innocent and the future full of promise for all these young adults The story is basically told by each of those 3 people and actually is broken into two timelines the original lakeside 4th of July Seneca vacation Ollie and Leah and the current Seneca holiday vacation Ollie and June after the incident The future is bright and shiny and full of hope in their young, innocent eyes Leah hopes Ollie will propose to her at the lakefront holiday celebration with her best friend and Ollie s parents present Its fun, happy, sad and very emotional There are secrets, betrayal, forgiveness, compassion, some sexual inappropriateness as well as deep heartaches, hope, understanding and second chances.I thoroughly enjoyed the writing and the plot I enjoyed reading with freshness of these young characters and their thoughts and actions with a backdrop of a bit of some unsavoriness that all plays in very well together.Would be a great summer read because of the lake cottage scene, but really, it s a great read in and of itself at any time I do highly recommend reading this one It was kind of a sleeper book choice for me My first time reading this author Will definitely put her other writings on my TBR list 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 This book is about loss, deep friendships and love While it does have a touch of mystery, that is not the main focus here The plot one night on Lake Seneca NY, Leah Tessaro dies by falling off a boat into the lake Leah s death shatters them all Her boyfriend at the time Ollie, is now her best friend June Kang s fianc June Ollie are passionately in love but also haunted by guilt June contantly wonders what would have happened if had Leah not fallen Would Leah be married to Ollie now An This book is about loss, deep friendships and love While it does have a touch of mystery, that is not the main focus here The plot one night on Lake Seneca NY, Leah Tessaro dies by falling off a boat into the lake Leah s death shatters them all Her boyfriend at the time Ollie, is now her best friend June Kang s fianc June Ollie are passionately in love but also haunted by guilt June contantly wonders what would have happened if had Leah not fallen Would Leah be married to Ollie now And she wonders how Leah actually fell off the boateveryone knows but herbut no one talks about it..Enjoyed the characters pace in this well written novel although I did think June s treatment of her future MIL was rude at times Oddly, my local library has this book filed under mysteries..for those looking for a mystery to read, this book is definitely not a traditional mystery suspense..and shouldn t be filed as suchit s a chicklit relationship drama I also picked it up thinking that it was a mystery, the storyline surprised me but I enjoy reading women s fiction as well and I really enjoyed this book even though it wasn t what I initially expected Haven t read any books by Bethany Chase before, but now I m going to seek out others by her.And as a final note, I just loved the setting of this story, it really is another character in the story I spent a week at Lake Seneca Watkins Glen just recently June of this year the author captures the region perfectly Can t wait to go back again next summer Cheers 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 asof 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 definitelyin 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 asof 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 definitelyin 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 2.5 StarsThe beginning was excellent, great spirited characters and clever, fun writing And then.fizzzzzzzzle Ugh Read The One That Got Away to see what this author is really capable of. {DOWNLOAD E-PUB} ä One Night at the Lake ⚡ Past and present collide in an atmospheric mystery about two best friends and the man whose lake house means something different to them both from a great new voice in fiction Emily GiffinThis is the moment that Leah Tessaro has been waiting for her boyfriend, Ollie, is taking her and her best friend, June, to his family s lake house for a week of lazy summer bliss, boating and barbequing Leah can feel in her bones that this vacation will be the moment he finally proposes And she can t wait to share that joy with June, whose presence will make everything feel real Seven years later, the moment June Kang has been dreading has finally arrived her fianc , Ollie, is taking her to his family s house on New York s Seneca Lake But this is not an ordinary house, on an ordinary lake it is haunted by June s long buried memories of her lost friend, Leah, and by all that Leah meant to the man June loves than anythingAlternating between the two women s vibrant voices, one in the present and one trapped in the past, Seneca Lake explores a complex tangle of friendship, loyalty, and betrayal, all driving toward one question what exactly happened to Leah on that hot summer night When Leah Tessaro heads to Seneca Lake in Western New York with her boyfriend Ollie for the 4th of July, she s hoping he will propose They ve been together for four years, and she s madly in love Leah s best friend, June Kang, joins them on the vacation Instead, something happens and Leah doesn t survive the trip Seven years later, June and Ollie are headed back to Seneca Lake It s June s first trip in seven years and she s hoping Ollie, her fiance, can make the trip a little easier The la When Leah Tessaro heads to Seneca Lake in Western New York with her boyfriend Ollie for the 4th of July, she s hoping he will propose They ve been together for four years, and she s madly in love Leah s best friend, June Kang, joins them on the vacation Instead, something happens and Leah doesn t survive the trip Seven years later, June and Ollie are headed back to Seneca Lake It s June s first trip in seven years and she s hoping Ollie, her fiance, can make the trip a little easier The lake and Ollie s family home are haunted by memories of Leah This was an interesting read that I enjoyedthan I thought I would It s told between alternating timeline and narrators we get Leah, seven years ago, telling us the story leading up to her death, and then June, in present time, as she deals with being back again at Seneca Lake and Ollie s houseI hate it like I have never hated anything else on earth And now I have to go backTension basically oozes from June s every pore, but we don t learn what happened to Leah for most of the book, except that occurred at the lake seven years ago I usually find that trope a bit annoying, but it wound up working here, as I got caught up in the story and the characters You definitely had to get past the slight ick factor of this odd threesome first Leah and Ollie now June and Ollie but it s basically the book s entire premise, and I think it s dealt with fairly well This is a character driven novel at its core, though there is the tension and the mystery swirling as to what happened to Leah Throw in Ollie s troublesome stepbrother and June s past love, and you ve got plenty of characters to keep the story interesting and moving Overall, I found this to a be a surprisingly enjoyable read It s easy to find yourself lost in the story, wondering what happened to Leah and how Ollie and June found each other again they retreated to separate coasts after Leah s death It s emotional and serious, but sweet too and a strong story of love and friendship 3.75 stars I received a copy of this novel from Random House Ballantine and Netgalley in return for an honest review Blog Twitter Facebook Instagram PaperBackSwap Smashbomb