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#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan reaches new heights of passion and suspense in this thrilling novel that takes readers deep into the California backcountry, where a woman is tormented by visions of a killer. It starts in her dreams. Hideous flashes from a nightmare only she can stop. Images of a murderer stalking the ones she cares about most... Stell #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan reaches new heights of passion and suspense in this thrilling novel that takes readers deep into the California backcountry, where a woman is tormented by visions of a killer. It starts in her dreams. Hideous flashes from a nightmare only she can stop. Images of a murderer stalking the ones she cares about most... Stella Harrison thought she got away from the traumas of her past. Running the Sunrise Lake resort high in the Sierra Nevada mountains has brought her peace, even though she doesn't truly share her quiet life with anyone. Not even Sam, the hired handyman that notices everything and always seems to know exactly what she needs. Stella doesn't know anything about Sam's past, but somehow over the last two years his slow, steady presence has slipped past her defenses. Still, she knows she can't tell him about her recent premonitions. So far there's been no murder. No body. No way to prove what's about to happen without destroying the life she's built for herself. But a killer is out there. And Stella knows that this time she'll do whatever it takes to stop him.


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#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan reaches new heights of passion and suspense in this thrilling novel that takes readers deep into the California backcountry, where a woman is tormented by visions of a killer. It starts in her dreams. Hideous flashes from a nightmare only she can stop. Images of a murderer stalking the ones she cares about most... Stell #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan reaches new heights of passion and suspense in this thrilling novel that takes readers deep into the California backcountry, where a woman is tormented by visions of a killer. It starts in her dreams. Hideous flashes from a nightmare only she can stop. Images of a murderer stalking the ones she cares about most... Stella Harrison thought she got away from the traumas of her past. Running the Sunrise Lake resort high in the Sierra Nevada mountains has brought her peace, even though she doesn't truly share her quiet life with anyone. Not even Sam, the hired handyman that notices everything and always seems to know exactly what she needs. Stella doesn't know anything about Sam's past, but somehow over the last two years his slow, steady presence has slipped past her defenses. Still, she knows she can't tell him about her recent premonitions. So far there's been no murder. No body. No way to prove what's about to happen without destroying the life she's built for herself. But a killer is out there. And Stella knows that this time she'll do whatever it takes to stop him.

30 review for Murder at Sunrise Lake

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    When a queen of paranormal romance writes a paranormal thriller/ romantic suspense without thinking any further you just claim your arc and as soon as you get the one, you perform your silliest dance moves, getting humiliated in front of public but you don’t have time to care enough because you already buried your head into your ereader. ( In my case: my nose just glued to my iPad screen, I looked so ridiculous but did I care? Absolutely not!) But... yes when I start a sentence with this ominous When a queen of paranormal romance writes a paranormal thriller/ romantic suspense without thinking any further you just claim your arc and as soon as you get the one, you perform your silliest dance moves, getting humiliated in front of public but you don’t have time to care enough because you already buried your head into your ereader. ( In my case: my nose just glued to my iPad screen, I looked so ridiculous but did I care? Absolutely not!) But... yes when I start a sentence with this ominous word you may sense some hesitations and second thoughts will come out! This book’s settling at Sunrise Resort located in the high Sierra Nevada mountains gives you the one location- claustrophobic- serial killer on the run vibes which was truly promising! And Stella Harrison is beautiful, kind, hard worker, traumatized heroine of our story has a unique talent to have premonitions of murders before being committed via her vivid nightmares since her childhood. Her daddy’s done bad things and she told her mommy who made her shut her mouth! Yes, she has tragic past and by owning this resort, forming good friendships, staying active, she build herself her new life. Her two years long crush/ handyman Sam also confuses her mind. The steamy chemistry between them is obvious. Sam has also quiet, withdrawn man, whose body is covered in wounds, ex-military, presumed to be a ghost working for both agencies and government ( we don’t know for sure! ) When Stella thinks she’s pleased with her new life, her nightmares returned back and she witnesses a murder around the lake side. As a precaution she tries to stop people go fishing, arranging a girl camping with her friends to watch the area. And the thing she’s been afraid of happens. Somebody tries to kill someone she truly cares. Now she has to come clean, sharing her secret, talking with the authorities. Her new identity will blow but she has to do something to stop a dangerous killer and save her loved ones from imminent threat which means she will be first target of the killer! I found the pacing so slow and thriller parts of the story was a little weak, the culprit was too obvious from the beginning but the high chemistry between MCs and two broken souls’ second chance romance story was well executed! It was solid three starred, okay but not freaking good reading for me! I enjoyed author’s paranormal semi erotic romance stories more! But at least characterization was okay! This book should be considered as contemporary fiction, romantic suspense more than thriller. First half of the book could be edited to fasten the past! Second half was much better. But mystery parts were a little missing. Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Romantic suspense + paranormal elements + the incomparable Christine Feehan = a phenomenal reading experience. The action, twists and turns of Murder at Sunrise Lake kept me riveted throughout the story. Christine Feehan is such a consummate storyteller, introducing a plethora of genres, characters, and setting which transports readers to a myriad of worlds to visit and savor. The protagonist of this story, Stella Harrison, is a successful owner of Sunrise Lake resort. But Stella has her own secr Romantic suspense + paranormal elements + the incomparable Christine Feehan = a phenomenal reading experience. The action, twists and turns of Murder at Sunrise Lake kept me riveted throughout the story. Christine Feehan is such a consummate storyteller, introducing a plethora of genres, characters, and setting which transports readers to a myriad of worlds to visit and savor. The protagonist of this story, Stella Harrison, is a successful owner of Sunrise Lake resort. But Stella has her own secrets stemming from a devastating past. Traumatized as a young child by visions which revealed her own father was a serial killer, Stella's young life was turned inside out. The visions stopped for several years, only to return when Stella was an adolescent wherein she helped catch another serial killer but Stella's name was leaked to the press and her young life became a nightmare again.. Changing her name as a n adult, purchasing the resort, and losing herself min the anonymity and beauty of the mountains, Stella rebuilt her life with new friends...until the visions returned to show her that a new serial killer was coming to disrupt the beautiful tranquillity of her lake. One of Stella's trusted friends and handyman is Sami Rossi, a man with his own nebulous past. For two years, Sam and Stella's relationship had developed into a c comfortable, platonic friendship wherein deeper, romantic bond had formed. However, when Stella's nightmares returned, she was not sure who she could trust with the truth of her past. But as a natural-born protector of those she called family, Stella would need to make a choice...to trust Sam or hunt the serial killer lone-wolf style. I loved this book. I loved Stella and her family by choice. The magical beauty of Sunrise Lake was spellbinding as the descriptions of the mouton, lake, was the perfect backdrop for a suspenseful murder mystery. Murder at Sunrise Lake is Christine Feehan's standalone story in many years and her transition into the suspense genre. This book surpassed all my expectations...the likable characters, breathtaking setting interspersed with haunting, paranormal elements are the foundation for potentially (hopefully) more books spinning off from this excellent book. Very highly recommended!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ankita

    If you are a CF fan, skip this book. If you want to see if you might like her books and pick this one to read, skip this book. In fact skip this book all together. Where do I start?? I am a hard core fan of Christine Feehan's and this book has left me so disappointed. It almost feels as if she did not write this book at all. Why? Read on...... 1. Her normal elevated emotional and sexual tension between protagonists is completely missing in this book. Fans of her Dark, Torpedo, Ghostwalker and Sha If you are a CF fan, skip this book. If you want to see if you might like her books and pick this one to read, skip this book. In fact skip this book all together. Where do I start?? I am a hard core fan of Christine Feehan's and this book has left me so disappointed. It almost feels as if she did not write this book at all. Why? Read on...... 1. Her normal elevated emotional and sexual tension between protagonists is completely missing in this book. Fans of her Dark, Torpedo, Ghostwalker and Shadow (in fact any) series will be left wondering about the blandness of this book. There is no sexual tension or emotional exchange that has so far been a hallmark of her books. The kisses between the hero and heroine are almost Victorian in their chasteness. 2. It would be better to characterize the book as a romantic-suspense rather than paranormal romance. Yes, the heroine has flashes of precognition when the killer is in the planning stages but other than that there is nothing remotely paranormal about this book. 3. Too much talk, not enough action. The story sort of moves along in a bumpy fashion with long stretches of talk etc. with occasions of action making for difficult reading. 4. The hero is the most flat character ever. I have seen Ms. Feehan give more personality to her villains in past books. There is no connecting with him. 5.The book needed major editing of long prosy dialogues between the multitude of characters. Each female character's backstories have been discussed with no clear connection and feels rather isolated so you keep losing track of what is going on. We did not need the backgrounds of each of the heroines friends in detail and their life history. If writer wanted to leave characters for development in further books in the series, their backstories should have been left for their own book and if this is a standalone novel then their backstories add nothing to the story anyway. Over all, this book was really disappointing for me. Usually I finish CF's books within a day of getting it and yet I kept leaving this one after every few pages and found myself gritting my teeth and going back in, hoping it improves........only it never did.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    Christine Feehan has written a thriller but not totally abandoned her paranormal roots. Stella Harrison is building her life anew in the Sierra Nevada mountains as the owner of a resort when she starts having nightmares about a serial killer who is staging his murders to look like accidents. Unfortunately, this is not a new thing for Stella. When she was four, five and six she had the same kind of dreams showing that her father was a serial killer. Her mother denied it and forced Stella to go alo Christine Feehan has written a thriller but not totally abandoned her paranormal roots. Stella Harrison is building her life anew in the Sierra Nevada mountains as the owner of a resort when she starts having nightmares about a serial killer who is staging his murders to look like accidents. Unfortunately, this is not a new thing for Stella. When she was four, five and six she had the same kind of dreams showing that her father was a serial killer. Her mother denied it and forced Stella to go along with her. When he was caught, her mother committed suicide and threw Stella into the foster care system where a good placement gave her a new mother-figure and therapy. When she was fourteen or fifteen she began having nightmares of serial killings again. Only this time her foster mother believed her even when the police did not. When this killer was caught, Stella was glad to be able to go to college and run to the Sierras to build a new life. But now the nightmares are back..., She believes that no one knows about her past. She has formed a new group of friends who all want a new start in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains. She even has the beginnings of a romantic relationship with Sam Rossi who is her quiet, but extremely competent, handyman at the resort. Sam is also a man with a hidden past. In fact, all of her circle of friends have hidden pasts in addition to being extremely competent, wealthy, and physically attractive. From Raine who does some secret work for the government to Zehra who fled an arranged marriage in Azerbaijan, Vienna who is a surgical nurse and world class poker player to Harlow who is a Senator's daughter who has nothing to do with her father and Shabina who runs the Sunrise Café and is the daughter of a man who's called in to fight oil well fires all over the world. Along with Sam and her circle of friends, she determines to find and stop the serial killer who seems to be obsessed with her. I liked the way her nightmares gave her more and more clues about the crimes. I liked the way her relationship with Sam developed. I liked gradually learning more about Sam's secret past. I liked that most of the characters had dogs including Stella's Airedale Bailey. The story did have some problem for me. First of all, the story seemed bogged down by repetition and over-abundant description. The story would be moving along and then it would come to a dead halt by paragraph long descriptions of each of Stella's posse. Then it would get going again and stop for very detailed descriptions of the scenery and how much Stella loves the security of her new home. There would be descriptions and repetitions of the descriptions of some of the problems Stella had with the people who came to her resort. At least three times, she muses on how alcohol and water don't go together when she is thinking about the dangers around her. It was a readable and exciting story. I would have liked it a little better if the characters would have been more realistic. It seems like everyone in town was beautiful, brilliant, and rich - and had secret pasts.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    This book was such a disappointment. It was unbelievably boring and repetitive. I wonder if there was even an editor, it should have been at least 200 pages shorter. Sadly, I also didn’t feel any chemistry between the main characters.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog)

    "It's just that no one can really be friends with a ghost, Stella, and that's what he is." Wow. What a ride the author took me on. I'm a big fan of her Torpedo Ink series so I already knew she had a gift for writing suspense. I went in expecting it. Knowing...but not knowing. You know what I mean? It's like watching a horror movie with your hand over your eyes, peeking through two fingers. You're afraid to look but you can't not look. It was so exciting to experience the events from the safety "It's just that no one can really be friends with a ghost, Stella, and that's what he is." Wow. What a ride the author took me on. I'm a big fan of her Torpedo Ink series so I already knew she had a gift for writing suspense. I went in expecting it. Knowing...but not knowing. You know what I mean? It's like watching a horror movie with your hand over your eyes, peeking through two fingers. You're afraid to look but you can't not look. It was so exciting to experience the events from the safety of my Kindle. I got the benefits of the action and suspense without the risk the characters were facing. I enjoyed the thrill of trying to figure out whodunit while at the same time afraid I was right about who I suspected. Sometimes we want to be wrong, right? And while this story is what I'd call a psychological thriller, it also falls into the romantic suspense category. Cuz, you know, Sam. Yeah, he's all that. #SexySam,#ProtectiveSam, #SweetSam, #BadassSam, #GhostSam. But...is he? All I can tell you is you want to read this book to find out. I really enjoyed this new direction the author is going in and I'm totally down for more of the same. The line forms here...

  7. 4 out of 5

    The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

    Murder at Sunrise Lake proves again why I love Feehan's writing. She creates amazing suspense, some seriously spine chilling moments, and romance. There is something here for everyone! I love police procedurals, true crime, and thrillers, so when I found out Christine Feehan was writing a super suspenseful romance with heroine who could "see" a killer I was titivated for sure. Feehan weaves in some supernatural elements into all of her stories and that is another aspect that makes me love h Murder at Sunrise Lake proves again why I love Feehan's writing. She creates amazing suspense, some seriously spine chilling moments, and romance. There is something here for everyone! I love police procedurals, true crime, and thrillers, so when I found out Christine Feehan was writing a super suspenseful romance with heroine who could "see" a killer I was titivated for sure. Feehan weaves in some supernatural elements into all of her stories and that is another aspect that makes me love her writing. Murder at Sunrise Lake is spooky and I was creeped out many times. Because the heroine, Stella, dreams of the killers actions, you have a really unique glimpse that is gripping and creepy. I loved it! Stella doesn't want these visions, and while she wants to help put this murderer away, she doesn't want people thinking she is crazy. Now, I will be honest and say I figured out the identity of the killer fairly quickly. Truly, I do in most books I read. I watch WAY too much crime tv. However, that didn't dull my enjoyment of the story overall! It was an interesting game of "how to catch a killer" once I figured out the who. The romance is rock solid and I loved that. Sam and Stella are a great pair, but Sam has secrets of his own. He was a steady hero for her and I appreciated that it was minimal drama between these two. If you like your books with touches of thriller, paranormal, romance, and suspense, Murder at Sunrise Lake is a satisfying pick that will hit all your buttons!     POV:   Tears: no   Trope: small town, psychic abilities, dysfunctional family   Triggers: (view spoiler)[Stella's father killed people and she saw it as a child with her gift; her mom didn't believe her (hide spoiler)]   Series/Standalone: standalone   Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)[no (hide spoiler)]   HEA: (view spoiler)[yes (hide spoiler)] The In Death series by JD Robb, Layla by Colleen Hoover, Say You're Sorry by Melinda Leigh...then you will probably like Murder at Sunrise Lake! Murder at Sunrise Lake See full review on The Book Disciple

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Gianinio

    Can her dreams help her stop the murders, find out who the killer is, protect her friends? Or will her fears come true and prove... Accidents happened all the time in the Sierras...and this is a great place for murder. With this mystery suspense romance, Christine Feehan has once again proven she knows how to pull readers into a story and keep them there until the very last word.   Knightly is a small town in the Eastern Sierra Nevadas.  Home to many who have found peace and escape from traumas an Can her dreams help her stop the murders, find out who the killer is, protect her friends? Or will her fears come true and prove... Accidents happened all the time in the Sierras...and this is a great place for murder. With this mystery suspense romance, Christine Feehan has once again proven she knows how to pull readers into a story and keep them there until the very last word.   Knightly is a small town in the Eastern Sierra Nevadas.  Home to many who have found peace and escape from traumas and pasts they want to forget. Strong friendships have been forged in spite of the secrets or more likely because of them and the understanding some things don’t have to be shared. Owner of the Sunrise Lake Resort responsible for building up the businesses and employment of Knightly Stella Harrison has become a much loved and respected citizen and friend. When they are close by Stella can see the actions of a Serial Killer in her dreams. Her past trauma comes from discovering her father and another serial killer through them as a child and a teen and the terror and notoriety it had exposed her to, the lack of acceptance. She doesn’t want to lose all she’s found here due to her secrets being revealed.  However the dreams are happening again. Each night showing a little more before the killer strikes. These dreams and Stella’s resulting stress are written so well I found myself leaning closer to the page during them hoping to see more clue, help Stella figure out the location, the victims, even the killer. Due to ‘edge of your seat’ circumstances she is forced to reveal her ability and what's happening to Sam, the resort handyman with secrets of his own, who has worked his way into her heart. Instead of denying her, he believes her. He gives support and becomes a partner in her search for this killer.  Not your usual get the ice water heat level from Christine Feehan, it is complete and heart touching sweet romance that shows the attraction and passion. Shows these two grow as individuals and a couple as they search the Sierras, the community,  and their lives for who might be endangering them and friends. It is full of Dreamy Sigh moments.  Stella wants to protect Sam from taking action similar to the past he left. Him appreciating her concern, but knowing he can handle it and do what needs to be done, just as much as she has stepped forward to act with hers. As the dreams evolve so does Stella’s determination to figure it out, meaning she’ll need to go to friends for insight. As she shares her secrets their bonds grow stronger, others begin to share their secrets. Which, along with other happenings keep the reader wondering, guessing the who what and why of the killer. I love the bond of her friendships as much as the relationship with Sam. These women empower each other, help Stella see her dreams and ability to look at them in a more adult mind set than one of a terrified child. They all work together to try and thwart the killer, offer support and comfort when they can’t. Awesome banter and levity is shared at the right times always lifting each other. Such a well built story unravels the mystery until the climatic conclusion and motive are revealed. Stella and Sam facing the pasts they came to the Sierras to move past becoming beneficial to keeping their home and the peace they found in each other.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Adaiah

    Murder Mystery, Romantic Suspense, Psychic Twinkle Stella Harrison, owner of Sunrise Lake Resort high up in the Sierra Mountains has made a comfortable, life for herself, considering she's the daughter of a convicted serial killer, that she turned in to the Police. Stella has a gift or a curse as she see's it, that gives her the ability to dream for 5 nights straight about a serial killer, and his next victim, and after that 2 days later a body is found. Stella realizes that she dreams about the Murder Mystery, Romantic Suspense, Psychic Twinkle Stella Harrison, owner of Sunrise Lake Resort high up in the Sierra Mountains has made a comfortable, life for herself, considering she's the daughter of a convicted serial killer, that she turned in to the Police. Stella has a gift or a curse as she see's it, that gives her the ability to dream for 5 nights straight about a serial killer, and his next victim, and after that 2 days later a body is found. Stella realizes that she dreams about the murders because she's actually been in contact, and touched the killer. Sam Rossi, the handyman of Sunrise Lake Resort has secrets, but has always been protective of Stella, as well as being a friend to her. But, Stella can tell he has military background, and predatory instincts. Sam, knows something's bothering Stella, and offers his support, and protection as their feelings for each other grows. Slowly Stella reveals to Sam her psychic ability, and he believes her. As the hunt begins with a new dream, Stella, Sam, and an assortment of friends try to get ahead of the killer, and save lives. Unfortunately the bodies begin to pile up. Stella, and Sam have a final opportunity to stop the serial killer as Stella's new dream shows her dying in her home at the hands of a murderer. Who can this couple really trust, when they can't tell the difference between friend, and foe?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Stella Harrison owns Sunrise Lake Resort in the Sierra Mountains, an hour's drive from the nearest town. She's been having dreams about a murder that hasn't happened yet. Sam Rossi is her handyman with certain skills that he doesn't want to use anymore. Feehan is a prolific author who I've never read before because she normally writes paranormal stories. Not my cup of tea. I looked at the title and synopsis on this one and decided to give it a try. Well, I learned it's still not my cup of tea eve Stella Harrison owns Sunrise Lake Resort in the Sierra Mountains, an hour's drive from the nearest town. She's been having dreams about a murder that hasn't happened yet. Sam Rossi is her handyman with certain skills that he doesn't want to use anymore. Feehan is a prolific author who I've never read before because she normally writes paranormal stories. Not my cup of tea. I looked at the title and synopsis on this one and decided to give it a try. Well, I learned it's still not my cup of tea even though there's no paranormal in this story.l In my much younger days, all I read was romance books and I outgrew them. This one is definitely written in the tone of romance. The characters were all a little too goody goody for me to enjoy. But I bet romance readers will like it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Domokur

    3.5 stars for this one! I was so excited for a paranormal romantic suspense thriller by Christine Feehan! I am all about paranormal and this looked like the perfect book. Stella has been having nightmares of serial killers ever since she was a child. It started with her dad and she knew about all the things he did and her mother tried to tell her she was crazy. At the age of 4 she started seeing things no child should see, but she was made to think these things weren't real. As she got older, an 3.5 stars for this one! I was so excited for a paranormal romantic suspense thriller by Christine Feehan! I am all about paranormal and this looked like the perfect book. Stella has been having nightmares of serial killers ever since she was a child. It started with her dad and she knew about all the things he did and her mother tried to tell her she was crazy. At the age of 4 she started seeing things no child should see, but she was made to think these things weren't real. As she got older, and was in foster care, she had one person who believed in her and she helped to save lives. Stella now lives on Sunrise Lake and has a lot of friends that she loves and trusts, but none more than Sam. He came into her life and never asked questions. He sits by her side and is there for her everyday. He knows her better than anyone and she doesn't want to ruin their friendship by asking more from him. Sam is like a ghost. He works for Stella and doesn't talk about his past. He came in and started working and wanted to stay off the grid. When Stella begins having nightmares again, Sam is by her side, and their feelings start to grow. I absolutely loved Sam. He was broody and quiet and the perfect gentleman. There was a lot of build up and this book was really long. There could have been a lot that was taken out and it might have made the story better. I would like to say I didn't guess the killer the first time I was introduced to him, but I did. That made it a little bit of a let down for me, but the story still had great chemistry and suspense. I will read more by this author for sure. Thank you to Netgalley, Berkley and Christine Feehan for an early copy.

  12. 4 out of 5

    1-Click Addict Support Group

    Mystery should always have a percolating romance… I’m a long-time fan of this author and every new book is insta-click for sure. This was a different type of read. Mystery and murder were the driving force behind Stella and Sam’s story, engulfing the entire town tucked away in the Sierras. If you are expecting the heat that is usually found in this author’s stories you won’t find it but what you have instead tantalizes as well as completely entertains… Stella and Sam were hiding and it seemed thei Mystery should always have a percolating romance… I’m a long-time fan of this author and every new book is insta-click for sure. This was a different type of read. Mystery and murder were the driving force behind Stella and Sam’s story, engulfing the entire town tucked away in the Sierras. If you are expecting the heat that is usually found in this author’s stories you won’t find it but what you have instead tantalizes as well as completely entertains… Stella and Sam were hiding and it seemed their close-knit friends all had stories, pasts that brought them to this small town. And those friendships and bonds were going to be tested – perhaps broken, maybe strengthened - when a murderer came to town… Who that was, and when they would strike next, had them circling the wagons and on high alert. Was it this simple? Not even close. No one was above suspicion and no one, no one, could hide any longer… I loved this story – the tension, the individuals who made this story sing with emotion. There was fear, anxiety, tension and yet a thread of humour that made the story and its characters not only relatable but very likable as well. Sam and Stella’s dance of unrevealed feelings came to an end in a spectacular way but what followed was sharing that brought them and their friends only closer… The plot seemed to stall at times as it stopped to hash out details (I thought) were already revealed. What that didn’t impact was the addictive emotional highs and lows the story had me feeling – and what made this such an enjoyable read. ~Diane, 4.5 stars

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Dosch (EBookObsessed)

    I was so excited to read a Christine Feehan novel but this was so disappointing. I had wanted to read a Christine Feehan novel for some time but I didn’t have the time to invest in her series which were all well into the story line and character development. I did try and read one of the ARC’s I had received but I could tell right away that I didn’t have enough background in the world building to completely enjoy it. So this story being a stand along mystery was a perfect choice. The mystery itsel I was so excited to read a Christine Feehan novel but this was so disappointing. I had wanted to read a Christine Feehan novel for some time but I didn’t have the time to invest in her series which were all well into the story line and character development. I did try and read one of the ARC’s I had received but I could tell right away that I didn’t have enough background in the world building to completely enjoy it. So this story being a stand along mystery was a perfect choice. The mystery itself was very creative since we had a serial killer so clever as to plan his killings to look like accidents. This story takes place in a small town located in the wilderness of the Sierras surrounded by mountains, woods and national parks, and in the peak season, it is filled with inexperienced tourists and even experienced climbers have accidents. This killer could have succeeded for decades unchecked. Our heroine, instead of being part of the investigation and working out something that would normally be overlooked and therefore, proving that the accidents were in fact attacks by a serial killer, our heroine had a gift of dreaming of the killer’s planned murders. As you know, I’m a fan of anything paranormal, but this wasn’t well presented at all nor did it offer much in solving the murders. Stella never really got enough information in time to stop the murders. Stella dreamed little snippets each night, growing with more detail or as she put it, it was like looking through a camera lens and the view getting wider each nigh– and longer too which doesn’t bode with her camera analogy. Stella’s father was a famous serial killer and Stella was partially responsible for putting him away but it took a long time. She was only four when started dreaming of her father’s murders and although her mother tried to convince her that she was wrong, Stella finally admitted to her father that she knew, leading to his downfall. Years later, Stella once again dreamed of a serial killer and was witness to his killings before they happened, and once again Stella was responsible for bringing the killer to the attention of the police but it also brought her unwanted notoriety. Stella changed her name to Harrison and moved the remote town in the wilderness, and kept everyone at arms length, well, except for her tight group of BFFs, who were all hiding major secrets of their own. Just as an aside, if you want to become my BFF, you will have to accept that I have no deep, dark hidden secrets, I had a boring middle-class childhood and haven’t murdered anyone. So how the hell did Stella, the women who keeps everyone at arms length, find seven BFFs who are all hiding major secrets, in fact not one but two of whom are hiding major mob connections? REALLY? I had major issues with the writing style of this book but since I haven’t read Christine Feehan before I don’t know if this was her usual presentation or an anomaly. I thought I knew who the killer was and wanted to find out if I was right so I kept going but reading this book was like reading an assigned book in school. There was a lot of sighing on my part, checking my progress, walking away to do chores (never a good sign for any novel) and forcing myself to pick it up again. The last ten percent of the book I started flipping through until I finally got to unveiling the killer. This does not appear to be part of a series, and it really doesn’t work as part of a series unless this small town is the most dangerous place where serial killers converge, yet as I mentioned all of Stella’s friends are hiding deep, dark secrets. Stella never mentioned her past or that her father is a serial killer until she needs something from one of her friends to help her interpret her dream, then Stella is confessing and then her friend confesses their hidden secret. This kind of detail snippet is something you give if you are trying to entice your audience to want more from a character (read: next book) but pretty much was a waste of time and pages since it didn’t move this story along. And if I wanted to excite my readers about a series, I would drop one long background story in each book, not five long background stories for all my heroine’s girls, as well as multiple descriptions about the gorgeousness of each woman. As I mentioned many times in my reviews, I don’t like a unnecessary glut of repetitive information. Tell me the hero of the story is quiet/ Tell me that t he is good at fixing things around Stella’s campground. Tell me that he has the dangerous feel of a predator. This is all important information. Tell me he is great at fixing things, that he is quiet and keeps to himself, and that he is deadly once a chapter is a bit much. I got it. Yeah, yeah. Sam’s a one man army! I was supposed to like Stella and Sam as they were the main characters, but I simply couldn’t. Sam was supposed to be the usual romance hero who is both Alpha, since he is ultra protective (remember, he’s dangerous) and Beta, in that he takes care of her every need even before she knows what she needs. She’s having a bad day and comes home to find him with a glass of win for her, and making her dinner. He doesn’t live there, yet he is often in her house making her dinner! THAT’S A STALKER!!!! Additional stalker notes: Whenever Stella wakes up from her nightmares, Sam is sitting in a chair across the room watching her. Even after they start their relationship and are having sex, she wakes up to find him in the chair…watching…her. Are you F’ing kidding me? I was creeped out by the third time this happened. Don’t F’ing watch me sleep, Dude! That’s F’ing creepy!! And how both Stella and Sam could feel whenever the killer was watching them is unknown but apparently the killer spend all their time killing or watching Stella. Get blinds on your bedroom window! What are you exhibitionists? I simply cannot recommend slogging through this story to mine the few moments of interest. P.S. I was right about the killer. Problem is, the only backstory of interest as to why the killer was killing felt glossed over especially after everyone else told their sad tale of woe. Received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Vfc

    TBR - sounds enticing. Excerpt: When she wanted to watch something that made her heart sing, she played Moulin Rouge and ate popcorn and cried and laughed. Stella didn’t even know how it happened that Sam had come in once when she was having a pity party, but he had. He’d sat down and watched the movie with her. After that, he’d joined her more than once and seemed to watch her more than the movie. As usual, he didn’t say anything; he just shook his head as if she was a little nutty and then walke TBR - sounds enticing. Excerpt: When she wanted to watch something that made her heart sing, she played Moulin Rouge and ate popcorn and cried and laughed. Stella didn’t even know how it happened that Sam had come in once when she was having a pity party, but he had. He’d sat down and watched the movie with her. After that, he’d joined her more than once and seemed to watch her more than the movie. As usual, he didn’t say anything; he just shook his head as if she was a little nutty and then walked out afterward. She didn’t even know if he liked the movie, but if he didn’t, he had no soul, which she shouted after him. He didn’t even turn around. She knew every song by heart, and every single morning when she did her exercises she played the songs, sang to them and danced. At night she did her fitness routine to them and did a little burlesque show. Naturally, Sam once walked in just as she was kicking her leg over a chair and she didn’t quite make it and landed on her butt. That was the first time. She loved to do aerial silks as a form of exercise. Because the house was two stories and open, she had her own rigging in her home and she practiced some nights. Of course, once when she’d gotten tangled for a moment and found herself upside down, desperately trying to get her foot unlocked from the silks, music blaring, he had walked in. The third time she was doing a very cool and sexy (if she did say so herself) booty shake to the floor and back up again. Naturally, he would be leaning against the doorjamb watching, arms crossed over his chest, those dark eyes on her. She could never tell what he was thinking because he had no expression on his face. He took to calling her Satine in a low, dramatic movie voice every now and then. She wanted to glare at him, but it always made her laugh. He didn’t share the laugh with her, but his dark eyes sometimes went velvet-soft and her stomach would do a strange little roller-coaster loop, which irritated the crap out of her. “Seriously, Bailey, what kind of watchdog are you?” She sighed as she sank her fingers into her dog’s curly fur. There was no getting around the fact that now that coffee was in her reach, she needed it. “Sam, thank you for thinking to bring me coffee. I appreciate it so much.” Without a word Sam handed her the to-go mug. She gratefully took her first sip as they both watched the breeze play with the surface of the water. She stole a quick look at Sam’s face. Fortunately, Sam never smirked. He was a restful person in that he never demanded anything from her.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Stella has had to live for years with the fact that her nightmares are what brought down her serial killer father, leading to her mother's suicide. In the quiet of the Eastern Sierras at her resort, the nightmares have returned, meaning someone close to her is a serial killer and is about to strike down a fisherman. Her unrequited attraction to Sam, her handyman has gone on for almost the entire two years that he has worked for her, but now that there is a serial killer in their midst, Stella ha Stella has had to live for years with the fact that her nightmares are what brought down her serial killer father, leading to her mother's suicide. In the quiet of the Eastern Sierras at her resort, the nightmares have returned, meaning someone close to her is a serial killer and is about to strike down a fisherman. Her unrequited attraction to Sam, her handyman has gone on for almost the entire two years that he has worked for her, but now that there is a serial killer in their midst, Stella has to trust someone. When Sam is almost killed, she tells him about her nightmares and together, they set out to trap a serial killer. Highly anticipated thriller, Murder at Sunrise Lake, written by paranormal superstar, Christine Feehan should be so much better than it is. The premise of the story is interesting, but the execution leaves much to be desired. Too many characters come and go, whose story lines seem to go nowhere. The romance between Stella and Sam starts out as very believable since they have been dancing around each other for two years, but the heat between them seems lukewarm at best. While the regimented dreams leading up to the serial killings is an unusual take on this trope, however, it becomes little more than a plot device by the end of the story. Overall, Murder at Sunrise Lake is a big disappointment, leaving this reader feeling a very big let down. 2 1/2 stars

  16. 4 out of 5

    BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    Who is this author? I barely recognize Ms. Feehan in this latest book and I am loving this new direction! I have been a fan of Ms. Feehan for almost 2 decades - since her Dark Series. Following her throughout the years with her Leopard People, Drake Sisters, Ghost Walkers, Torpedo Ink and Shadow Riders, this new standalone suspense is a surprise and delight. To read the rest of my review, click on the image below to see it on my website. Who is this author? I barely recognize Ms. Feehan in this latest book and I am loving this new direction! I have been a fan of Ms. Feehan for almost 2 decades - since her Dark Series. Following her throughout the years with her Leopard People, Drake Sisters, Ghost Walkers, Torpedo Ink and Shadow Riders, this new standalone suspense is a surprise and delight. To read the rest of my review, click on the image below to see it on my website.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kelley White

    Stella Harrison has been at peace for quite a few years now. She is running a resort in the Sierra Mountains and has left the turmoil of the prior years behind her. She has many wonderful friends, who like her, seem to have secrets, but no one questions each other, and are content to live their own lives in peace. Stella even has a wonderful handyman that helps around the resort and is always there when she needs him. Sometimes she wishes he could be more than just her handyman. Then, just like i Stella Harrison has been at peace for quite a few years now. She is running a resort in the Sierra Mountains and has left the turmoil of the prior years behind her. She has many wonderful friends, who like her, seem to have secrets, but no one questions each other, and are content to live their own lives in peace. Stella even has a wonderful handyman that helps around the resort and is always there when she needs him. Sometimes she wishes he could be more than just her handyman. Then, just like in her past, Stella begins having nightmares. If the nightmares are the same as she had before, that means she is in close proximity to a serial killer. Who in this peaceful town could possibly be planning on murdering, not just once, but many times? Was it someone who was passing through? Or someone she came in contact regularly? Each nightmare would show her a little bit of the murder that was going to happen. She had extraordinarily little time to try and figure out where the crime would take place and try to stop it from happening. Stella knew she needed help. But who to trust? As she did not see the killer’s face, it could be anyone. Even one of her friends. Sam, her handyman has been there for her, and finally she tells him some of what is happening. But could he help her? She found the spot that matched where the first victim was going to be killed. She asked her friends to camp there, (them not knowing) as she knew the killer would not strike with witnesses around. But due to circumstances, Sam ended up being at the fishing spot, and not any of the girls were there. Stella rushed to the scene and was able to interrupt the killer and save Sam. Now she had to tell Sam the whole story. Then, one by one, her friends were told. Perhaps together they could stop the killer. As usual, Christine Feehan kept me on the edge of my seat with this book. It is a wonderful standalone story. But the options to do a series is right there, as so many of the characters are living in the quiet town have secrets of their own. I was completely surprised by who the killer turned out to be. The only thing I found was that I felt like the connection was not quite there for me as to what started the killer on the spree, and why? But for sure a great book to sit back and second guess!

  18. 4 out of 5

    WycEd Reader

    Check out our full post for MURDER AT SUNRISE LAKE on Wicked Reads. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Veronica – ☆☆☆ I’m a big fan of the romantic suspense genre and I love the chase for a serial killer and MURDER AT SUNRISE LAKE offered me something I hadn’t read before. Stella, our heroine, dreams about the murders before they happen. So rather than following the police in an investigation, we follow Stella who, with the assistance of her handyman/lover, tries to work out who is going to Check out our full post for MURDER AT SUNRISE LAKE on Wicked Reads. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Veronica – ☆☆☆ I’m a big fan of the romantic suspense genre and I love the chase for a serial killer and MURDER AT SUNRISE LAKE offered me something I hadn’t read before. Stella, our heroine, dreams about the murders before they happen. So rather than following the police in an investigation, we follow Stella who, with the assistance of her handyman/lover, tries to work out who is going to be killed as well as who the killer is. I quite liked this and the way in which the killings were done was clever. I did find, however, that over time, the constant repetitive scenes of what happens after Stella had a dream got a little annoying. Stella’s romance with Sam is pretty hot. He is quiet, strong, and good looking and is a dangerous man. I love the way he treats Stella and takes care of her. Their chemistry is great, but I was disappointed when the steamy scenes faded to black. Stella lives in a lovely town and has a great group of friends that we get to know, and I got the feeling we might get stories for each of them in the future. I’d be happy to see each of her girlfriends find some happiness. We got little bits of their stories and I want more. There were times, however, where the story was focused on her friends, and I was wanting to get back to the serial killer. So there were some things that annoyed me about this story but others I really liked. Overall, I thought the romance between Sam and Stella was great, and the suspense and action scenes were really well done. This is a solid three-star read for me. Reviewers received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Zautner

    I had given up Christine a long time ago, but when I saw this new one I was really intrigued. So I thought what the heck, one more try. Nope. I should have left well enough alone. The same things that irked the living daylights out of me then, irked the living daylights out of me now. I liked Stella and Sam. What I didn't like was the piles of information dumps. She could have removed a quarter, possibly more, of the book regarding the friends. I didn't need to know their entire life stories, wh I had given up Christine a long time ago, but when I saw this new one I was really intrigued. So I thought what the heck, one more try. Nope. I should have left well enough alone. The same things that irked the living daylights out of me then, irked the living daylights out of me now. I liked Stella and Sam. What I didn't like was the piles of information dumps. She could have removed a quarter, possibly more, of the book regarding the friends. I didn't need to know their entire life stories, what their houses looked like, all about their pets, etc. They were not the main character, but often times that was forgotten with as much info as Feehan gave on them. For a standalone, she sure made sure she built up that group of friends. Then there was the repetitiveness. How many times do I need to read that Sam is quiet? Inexpressive? Wears a mask? Is lethal? Dangerous? Yada. Yada. How many times do I need to read how loyal the friends are? How they all have secrets in their pasts? Are gorgeous? Smart? Yada. Yada. And a bunch of other unnecessary details that were pounded in. I do like that Sam was different from Feehan's other heroes. While he was alpha and dangerous, he was gentle and patient with Stella. He didn't act overbearing, wasn't a douchecanoe. He didn't scream I am man, hear me roar. He treated Stella like an equal, while making sure she knew he valued everything about her. I liked that Feehan did a good job developing his character. I really liked Stella's visions. I thought it was unique that she could see a serial killer planning his his murders. I really wish we had spent more time on this and less on the other crap. I wish we had seen Stella more as a child, when she first started having this visions as her father went on a murdering spree. It would have added so much depth to the book, and to the character. I liked Stella and Sam as a couple. I wish we got to see them in more of this setting. If you read Feehan for the sexy times, you won't get that with this one. Just a heads up. I also thought the ending was just kind of meh. Anyway, other than those couple of things I liked, I was bored out of my mind.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bee

    In a departure from her past stories, Murder at Sunrise Lake has only a subtle paranormal storyline. This intriguing story is a stand alone book, hopefully it will turn into a series as well. Set in the Sierra Mountains, the story focuses on Stella who runs the local resort and Sam, handyman, mystery man, member of the local Search and Rescue crew and Stella’s secret crush. Both hold secrets close to their chests allowing a very few into their circle of friends. Stella’s past comes roaring back i In a departure from her past stories, Murder at Sunrise Lake has only a subtle paranormal storyline. This intriguing story is a stand alone book, hopefully it will turn into a series as well. Set in the Sierra Mountains, the story focuses on Stella who runs the local resort and Sam, handyman, mystery man, member of the local Search and Rescue crew and Stella’s secret crush. Both hold secrets close to their chests allowing a very few into their circle of friends. Stella’s past comes roaring back in the form of nightmares predicting death, Sam, who crushes on Stella as well has her back, showing skills hinting heavily of a military background he is unwilling to discuss. When it becomes clear the nightmares are a clear warning of death that could affect her close knit group of friends, Stella makes the only decision she can, trust in Sam, follow the clues and stop the murders. Ms. Feehan’s books are known for her deep rooted love of family, blood or chosen and this story follows that path. The descriptions of the area are brilliant, you see the water, the flora and fauna, you can feel the deep love of nature. You come to know her friends and hope that she makes this a series so you can find out their stories so subtly tugging at your curiosity throughout the book. The action is more of the mind and the love story is a slow blending of minds and hearts. The bad guys revelation was a total surprise, I was caught totally off guard. As always Ms. Feehan has woven a storyline to entice her readers with subtle hints on a future meeting all the inhabitants of Sunrise Lake!! Very well done.

  21. 5 out of 5

    drey

    I like a good police procedural/murder mystery/romantic suspense title (when I take a break from my sci-fi/fantasy binges) and thought I’d check out Murder at Sunrise Lake when offered the chance. The good: The characters. Stella is strong but not all-seeing/all-knowing. She’s not perfect, though I’d almost bet my last dollar that Sam is. He‘s the epitome of the strong, silent type. Literally – he’s got ninja-skills and doesn’t say much. And Stella’s band of girlfriends are a fun and supportive b I like a good police procedural/murder mystery/romantic suspense title (when I take a break from my sci-fi/fantasy binges) and thought I’d check out Murder at Sunrise Lake when offered the chance. The good: The characters. Stella is strong but not all-seeing/all-knowing. She’s not perfect, though I’d almost bet my last dollar that Sam is. He‘s the epitome of the strong, silent type. Literally – he’s got ninja-skills and doesn’t say much. And Stella’s band of girlfriends are a fun and supportive bunch that anyone would be lucky to have in their corner. The bad: The plot takes too long to build up, and the villain was predictable as soon as you read that one scene. (No, I’m not telling you which one.) Then the rest of the book was waiting to see how the finale would play out. The story: I liked that the murders are not horrifyingly graphic and bloody and gory, as Murder on Sunrise Lake isn’t a police procedural at all. Instead it’s one where the killings are made to look like accidents – and a lot of accidents can happen when you’re out in the wild. I also liked the part where Stella realizes that she has nightmares about serial killers only when she knows who they are or has had some contact with them. Cue the heebie-jeebies. And then you’re sorting through all the characters to see if you can guess whodunnit. The romance was a background item when we start Murder at Sunrise Lake, but moves to take center stage when Stella finally tells Sam what’s going on. All in all, Murder at Sunrise Lake keeps your attention without taxing your brains, which makes this a summer read to add to your pile for the lazy days. drey’s rating: Pick it up!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Stevens

    2.5 stars :( I love Christine Feehan's books, I enjoy most of her series and she is usually an automatic buy for me. When I saw this book in Walmart I was so excited, I had no idea she was even working on something like this! The story sounded interesting and I was gripped by the first few pages which I read in the store. I was very interested to see what she could do with a thriller/suspense. However, I am sad to say that I have never been more disappointed in a book by a favorite author. From 2.5 stars :( I love Christine Feehan's books, I enjoy most of her series and she is usually an automatic buy for me. When I saw this book in Walmart I was so excited, I had no idea she was even working on something like this! The story sounded interesting and I was gripped by the first few pages which I read in the store. I was very interested to see what she could do with a thriller/suspense. However, I am sad to say that I have never been more disappointed in a book by a favorite author. From the description I was not expecting a romance, though a romance this is. I was surprised that the sex scenes were fade to black, but I liked that, I usually skip those scenes anyway. I liked the romance between the main characters, and I like the relationships between the female friends. I also enjoyed the found family aspect of the story. However, there was a lot of unnecessary information in this book. Every time it started to get interesting I was slammed into a wall of unnecessary description or backstory. We did not need long backstories of all the friends, or long descriptions of said friends' houses that were visited. I did not find the thrilling/mystery parts to be very interesting or thrilling. There was also a lot of dialogue and not nearly enough action. Frankly I was bored through most of this book. I was even bored with the climax, which only took about 2 pages. It should have been about 150 pages shorter. This is marketed as a stand-alone but it reads like the beginning of a series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    A Paranormal, Romantic Suspense novel which is chillingly well-written. It all starts with nightmares. Stella has five nightmares in a row showing a little more each night who a serial killer is going to murder. When Stella rushes to the rescue of Sam, her handyman, she decides to trust him with her nightmares. Together, Stella, with the help of her girlfriends, and Sam work to solve the clues in the dreams and to catch the sociopath before he can kill again. The characterizations are personable A Paranormal, Romantic Suspense novel which is chillingly well-written. It all starts with nightmares. Stella has five nightmares in a row showing a little more each night who a serial killer is going to murder. When Stella rushes to the rescue of Sam, her handyman, she decides to trust him with her nightmares. Together, Stella, with the help of her girlfriends, and Sam work to solve the clues in the dreams and to catch the sociopath before he can kill again. The characterizations are personable and delineated. The main characters' backgrounds complimented each other. The romance matured over a two year period, so it didn't feel like insta-love. Matter a fact, the protagonists thought it but never said "I love you." The secondary characters were all distinguishable and easy to tell apart. The plot was hinted at in the nightmares. Every time the phrase "Mommy, Daddy's doing the bad thing again" appeared, I knew we were getting closer and closer to the serial killer. The descriptions are vibrant and vivid. The setting is the Sierra landscape. I have never been there, but the landscape is beautifully portrayed in the writing. There was some repeativeness in the internal and external dialogue, and the pacing did slow down during these times, but overall I was quite satisfied with the pace of the story. This is a standalone novel.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tori

    Imagine my surprise when I saw Christine Feehan writing straight rom-com suspense. Set in the Sierra Nevada mountains, our protagonist, Stella Harrison, is a reclusive resort owner with a traumatic past. That traumatic past comes back to haunt her when she begins to dream about a serial killer and relives his killers through a series of "snapshots." When one snapshot reveals the death of someone very close to her, Stella decides to come out of hiding and use her gift to find the killer before th Imagine my surprise when I saw Christine Feehan writing straight rom-com suspense. Set in the Sierra Nevada mountains, our protagonist, Stella Harrison, is a reclusive resort owner with a traumatic past. That traumatic past comes back to haunt her when she begins to dream about a serial killer and relives his killers through a series of "snapshots." When one snapshot reveals the death of someone very close to her, Stella decides to come out of hiding and use her gift to find the killer before the killer finds her. I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Feehans' latest adventure. Brimming with strong characters and strong relationships, Feehan dances to an intricate tune with her skill at building a plausible front for her protagonist's life in the form of a simmering romantic attachment and her friendships. The mystery is tricky, made so by some red herrings thrown about. A hint of the paranormal is to be expected but it's nothing overly dramatic. A surprisingly anti-climatic finish solves the mystery and gives Stella the final push towards her own happily ever after.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shae

    Finding out the Christine Feehan was writing a standalone novel was so exciting!!! I am happy to say, that this is what I was hoping it would be. Being a fan of some romantic suspense, but can't really handle a thriller, this was the perfect balance for me. I got enough mystery and suspense to satisfy my romantic suspense loving heart, without heading into a thriller feel. I know that won't be for everyone, but it worked well for me personally. You can see Feehan spreading her wings with this nove Finding out the Christine Feehan was writing a standalone novel was so exciting!!! I am happy to say, that this is what I was hoping it would be. Being a fan of some romantic suspense, but can't really handle a thriller, this was the perfect balance for me. I got enough mystery and suspense to satisfy my romantic suspense loving heart, without heading into a thriller feel. I know that won't be for everyone, but it worked well for me personally. You can see Feehan spreading her wings with this novel, tackling some thing that feels the most contemporary of what I have read from her. It was beautiful to see, and I can't wait to see what other stand alone she comes out with in the future. Now, I did find our hero and heroine great, solid characters that you want to root for as soon as you meet them. I love that the drama between them was minimal, and they came together in a lovely way. The mystery was fairly obvious, and that was ok to me. I don't need to be wowed with that reveal. That is never why I pick up a Feehan book. It's always about the couple, and how they come together, and that didn't disappoint. I hope you give this one a try and enjoy it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    ***Thank you to NetGalley for providing an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review*** Christine Feehan has been a long time favourite of mine. Most readers will be familiar with her long running paranormal series, and Murder at Sunrise Lake is a bit of a departure. Stella is the daughter of a serial killer who has been having visions on and off of murders once she comes into contact, or is (unknowingly) nearby a murderer. Stella has reinvented herself, and hasn't had her nightmare-ish visions in a ***Thank you to NetGalley for providing an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review*** Christine Feehan has been a long time favourite of mine. Most readers will be familiar with her long running paranormal series, and Murder at Sunrise Lake is a bit of a departure. Stella is the daughter of a serial killer who has been having visions on and off of murders once she comes into contact, or is (unknowingly) nearby a murderer. Stella has reinvented herself, and hasn't had her nightmare-ish visions in a while. Once they have suddenly returned, Stella, and her friend turned lover Sam try to thwart the killer while staying out of his crosshairs. The pacing of Feehan's latest release didn't quite work for me. The middle seemed a little repetitious, and the action didn't quite land. I like the idea of standalone works from Feehan which are especially accessible for new readers, but Murder at Sunrise Lake just didn't quite land for me.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mark Mindel

    Had trouble getting into this one. Out in the Sierra Nevada mountains Stella Harrison takes over managing, then owning fishing/ vacation resort cabins in the wilderness to escape her nightmarish interaction with a serial killer. But then the nightmares come back and she fears another serial killer is in her midst as her dreams are premonitions of what is to be. Surrounded by her 'family' of friends, Sam, the handyman, Denver, everyone's favorite doctor and Bruce, who produces beer for the town b Had trouble getting into this one. Out in the Sierra Nevada mountains Stella Harrison takes over managing, then owning fishing/ vacation resort cabins in the wilderness to escape her nightmarish interaction with a serial killer. But then the nightmares come back and she fears another serial killer is in her midst as her dreams are premonitions of what is to be. Surrounded by her 'family' of friends, Sam, the handyman, Denver, everyone's favorite doctor and Bruce, who produces beer for the town bars, Stella feels safe. But is she? And is the town? And can we trust her 'family'? And of course, can she stop the killer before he kills again? As I said, had trouble with the notion that her dreams predict a serial killer's actions and only she can prevent the attacks. Pass.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sharyn

    I can't believe how many 5 stars this book has gotten. I was so disappointed. It seemed as it was the first of a series, like each character was a set up for a future book, yet it seems to be a stand alone. The female characters are all rich and beautiful and living in big houses in the Sierra mountains. Stella, the main character is hiding who she really is and her handyman Sam is also hiding who he is. As a matter of fact, everyone in this book is hiding who they really are. The dialogue is ri I can't believe how many 5 stars this book has gotten. I was so disappointed. It seemed as it was the first of a series, like each character was a set up for a future book, yet it seems to be a stand alone. The female characters are all rich and beautiful and living in big houses in the Sierra mountains. Stella, the main character is hiding who she really is and her handyman Sam is also hiding who he is. As a matter of fact, everyone in this book is hiding who they really are. The dialogue is ridiculous, no one talks like this. Somehow I accept it in her Carpathians, because, not real. But this is a contemporary murder mystery, and I figured out the murderer quite early. And the ending is completely unsatisfactory.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Diana M. Caruthers

    Omg this book was awful for the first third to almost half of the book. It was like reading something assigned in school that you grudgingly get through. Many times I wanted to just set the book down and consider it a loss but finished because this book was so darn expensive. Definitely was not worth it. The second half of the book was better but you have to read through a lot of garbage to get to that point. I’m hoping she sticks to her usual genre because this was just slightly north of awful. Omg this book was awful for the first third to almost half of the book. It was like reading something assigned in school that you grudgingly get through. Many times I wanted to just set the book down and consider it a loss but finished because this book was so darn expensive. Definitely was not worth it. The second half of the book was better but you have to read through a lot of garbage to get to that point. I’m hoping she sticks to her usual genre because this was just slightly north of awful. If I could have returned and gotten my money back I would have picked that option. Three stars was generous.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sorhija

    more a 3.5*, it was more a RS than a PNR... and not as hot as CF's other books.... (only kissy kissy on this one...), overall nothing exceptional but still a good read. more a 3.5*, it was more a RS than a PNR... and not as hot as CF's other books.... (only kissy kissy on this one...), overall nothing exceptional but still a good read.

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