The Lakehouse by Joe Clifford @joecliffor23 @polisbooks #review #psychologicalthriller #fiction


After being cleared of his wife’s murder, Todd Norman returns to her small Connecticut hometown in order to finish building their dream house by the lake. He is eager to restart his life and cast aside any remaining suspicious…but all of that is dashed when a young woman’s body washes up on the beach next door.

When Tracy Somerset, divorced mother from the small town of Covenant, CT, meets a handsome stranger in a midnight Wal-Mart, she has no idea she is speaking with Todd Norman, the former Wall Street financier dubbed “The Banker Butcher” by the New York tabloids. The following morning, on the beach by Norman’s back-under-construction lakehouse, another young woman’s body is discovered. Sheriff Duane Sobczak’s investigation leads him to town psychiatrist Dr. Meshulum Bakshir, whose position at a troubled girls’ group home a decade ago yields disturbing ties to several local, prominent players, including a radical preacher, a disgraced politician, a down-and-out PI—and Sobczak’s own daughter.

Unfolding over the course of New England’s distinct four seasons, The Lakehouse is a domestic psychological thriller about the wayward and marginalized, the lies we tell those closest to us, and the price of forbidden love in an insular community where it seems everyone has a story to tell—and a past they prefer stay buried.


Todd Norman has been cleared of his wife’s murder. He is building a lake house in the small town of Covenant, CT. Another girl has been found dead not far from his new house. And of course, Tom is the prime suspect. But, things are not as neat and tidy in Covenant as everyone seems to think.

Todd and Tracy meet one night, well, actually 2AM, in Walmart. Tracy is a divorced mother with a young child. She and Todd make a quick connection. Little does she know, she is now Todd’s alibi. But, this does not stop her and everyone in the town believing Todd did it.

Enter Dr. Bashir. He is a therapist in this small town. Plus, he was the therapist at a school for wayward girls. He also had an affair with one of these young ladies. When he finds out about the death of this young lady, he decides to come clean.

When I first started this novel I was a little unsure if I would finish it. The story starts slow. But, the longer I read the more I realized this is a “slow burn”. And boy…when you get to the end…you want to take Joe Clifford and shake him till his eyeballs fall out! (sorry Joe!). The ending of this novel will frustrate you as much as trying to figure out who the killer is! Brilliant…just bloody brilliant! I would love to see this made into a movie.

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

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