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Cemetery Lake Paul Cleave has developed a great character in Theodore Tate His wife and daughter were walking on a sidewalk when they were struck by a chronic drunk driver who left the scene His wife is in a nursing home, she doesn t speak or respond in any way, and she just stares out the window Theo brings her flowers every day His daughter was killed and he visits the cemetery every day Theo did what all of us would want to do if we were in that situation, and though he is now a private investigator, Paul Cleave has developed a great character in Theodore Tate His wife and daughter were walking on a sidewalk when they were struck by a chronic drunk driver who left the scene His wife is in a nursing home, she doesn t speak or respond in any way, and she just stares out the window Theo brings her flowers every day His daughter was killed and he visits the cemetery every day Theo did what all of us would want to do if we were in that situation, and though he is now a private investigator, he will always be a cop He is also sad, lonely, and depressed He s headed down a path that s a one way trip, and by the end of Part One, he s in freefall Then Theo gets a wake up jolt, and things start improving for him.I was completely entranced by this book Cleave has an easy storytelling style that I like With Theo telling the story, the reader is privy to his thoughts and reasoning and doubts The murder case was very interesting and unique Theo is dogged and determined Most of the cops don t like Theo, but there are some that grudgingly respect him Casey Horwell is a despicable reporter check out her last name I loved the cameo appearance of Joe the janitor I am eager to readof Cleave s books and happy that I have them all at hand My original Cemetery Lake audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.In a lake on a cemetery, bodies are rising to the surface, while during an exhumation the body of a girl is recovered from a coffin which was meant to hold a male corpse That s the situation which starts off Theodore Tate s search for a fanatic serial killer Tate is your typical anti hero an ex cop turned private investigator after an accident in which his young daughter died and which left his wife My original Cemetery Lake audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.In a lake on a cemetery, bodies are rising to the surface, while during an exhumation the body of a girl is recovered from a coffin which was meant to hold a male corpse That s the situation which starts off Theodore Tate s search for a fanatic serial killer Tate is your typical anti hero an ex cop turned private investigator after an accident in which his young daughter died and which left his wife in a catatonic state He s full of guilt, regularly turns to alcohol to get through the day and has few friends left His methods are pretty unconventional, to say the least, and won t sit well with some listeners If you need a likable protagonist, then you ll probably won t enjoy this quite as much as I did.Cemetery Lake is a dark psychological thriller and full of the uncompromising twists that blind side you and are characteristic of Paul Cleave s writing Like his other thrillers, this kept me attached to my headphones for far longer than I had planned because I just didn t want to stop listening until the mystery was solved By the end of this, the case was solved, but questions remained about Tate s future Guess I need to get hold of the next book Cemetery Lake is the first in the Theodore Tate series, which consists of four books at present Only the first two are available on Audible.com at the moment, but I m hoping all will be released eventually.The narration by Paul Ansdell is once again excellent He takes on the first person narrative and becomes Theodore Tate, grief stricken, torn between good and evil, but also always with a touch of wit There were no issues with the production.Highly recommended for fans of dark psychological thrillers featuring a conflicted anti hero Audiobook provided for review by the audiobookreviewer.com 4 1 2 stars and I just can t get enough of Paul Cleave s writing I have never before read one book after another by the same author, but that is what I am now doing.Paul Cleave is the master of the sucker punch You are reading along, all nice and comfy, having the odd laugh he really is a humorous writer despite the subject matter , thinking this is a good read, then out of no where you are suddenly at OMG You think I would be accustomed to it, expecting it even, But no, he gets me every t 4 1 2 stars and I just can t get enough of Paul Cleave s writing I have never before read one book after another by the same author, but that is what I am now doing.Paul Cleave is the master of the sucker punch You are reading along, all nice and comfy, having the odd laugh he really is a humorous writer despite the subject matter , thinking this is a good read, then out of no where you are suddenly at OMG You think I would be accustomed to it, expecting it even, But no, he gets me every time Cemetery Lake begins in a cold and rainy graveyard, where ex cop and now Private Detective Theodore Tate is overseeing an exhumation But when doubts are raised about the identity of the body found in the coffin, the case takes a sinister turn And then there are the bodies floating in the lake.if they are not resting in their coffins, who is Strongly recommendednow please excuse me, I am off to get the next of his books Collecting Cooper Theo Tate is a sad man Once a police officer, he resigned when his young daughter was killed and his wife became permanently catatonic after a drunk driver hit them Now a Private Investigator, he does just enough business to keep a roof over his head.When one of his clients thinks her father was murdered, Theo pushes for an exhumation What they find there pushes everything in a different direction one that leads to a serial killer.This is the first book I ve read by Paul Cleave it won t Theo Tate is a sad man Once a police officer, he resigned when his young daughter was killed and his wife became permanently catatonic after a drunk driver hit them Now a Private Investigator, he does just enough business to keep a roof over his head.When one of his clients thinks her father was murdered, Theo pushes for an exhumation What they find there pushes everything in a different direction one that leads to a serial killer.This is the first book I ve read by Paul Cleave it won t be the last TheI read, theI was hooked Theo carries a lot of guilt on his shoulders Theo is a damaged man, but at heart he s a good man There are choices he s made and continues to make that weigh heavily on him He s done things he s not proud of, but he also has no regrets He only hopes he can find the killer before the police come looking for him.It s non stop anticipation from the very beginning and the ending was nothing I had considered I like being surprised at the who dun it.Told in first person, I highly recommend this one to anyone who likes a good mystery A chilling case of unsolved murders and mistaken identities unravels when a lake in a Christchurch cemetery releases its grip on the murky past in this exciting crime thriller from the internationally bestselling author of The Laughterhouse Cemetery Lake begins in a cold and rainy graveyard, where Private Detective Theodore Tate is overseeing an exhumation a routine job for the weathered former cop But when doubts are raised about the identity of the body found in the coffin, the case takes a sinister turn Tate knows he should walk away and let his former colleagues on the police force deal with it, but his strong sense of justice intervenes Complicating matters are a few loose ends from Tate s past Even good guys have secrets, and Tate thought his were dead and buried for good With time running out and a violent killer lurking, will he manage to stay one step ahead of the police, or will his truth be unearthed Originally published in Paul Cleave s native New Zealand in , Cemetery Lake is the first novel to feature Theodore Tate, the quintessential flawed hero Kirkus Reviews from Collecting Cooper and The Laughterhouse Full of the clever plot twists and sardonic humor for which Cleave has become known, it is at once a totally entertaining crime novel and an unforgettable drama about the universal battle against the darkness within Bodies floating to the surface of a lake in a graveyard.Bodies laid to rest in coffins not their own.For ex cop turned P.I Theo Tate, it s a case he must solve.one that began when his life was torn apart by tragedy, and pushed him over an edge no policeman should cross.An edge he may be crossing again.A masterfully written noirish thriller that delivers in spades, Cleave takes the story right to the razor s edge at points, but keeps things on track with a deft hand, and creating a uniquely h Bodies floating to the surface of a lake in a graveyard.Bodies laid to rest in coffins not their own.For ex cop turned P.I Theo Tate, it s a case he must solve.one that began when his life was torn apart by tragedy, and pushed him over an edge no policeman should cross.An edge he may be crossing again.A masterfully written noirish thriller that delivers in spades, Cleave takes the story right to the razor s edge at points, but keeps things on track with a deft hand, and creating a uniquely human character in Theo Tate..one with real depth who I look forward to readingabout.Highly recommended I received this book as a First Reads winner on Goodreads Wow This brilliant, dark, disturbing thriller that Paul Cleave has written I HAVE to read his other books I could not put this one down I would tell myself that I would read a chapter and then stop, but when I got to the end of the chapter, I would read just oneThe main character, Theodore Tate, is not a man who behaves in ways that I would agree with, but that made the storyunpredictable and fun to read Cemetery La I received this book as a First Reads winner on Goodreads Wow This brilliant, dark, disturbing thriller that Paul Cleave has written I HAVE to read his other books I could not put this one down I would tell myself that I would read a chapter and then stop, but when I got to the end of the chapter, I would read just oneThe main character, Theodore Tate, is not a man who behaves in ways that I would agree with, but that made the storyunpredictable and fun to read Cemetery Lake starts out with Tate, a private investigator who used to be a cop, overseeing the exhumation of a body, when suddenly bodies float to the surface of the cemetery lake Tate has a complicated past that is emotionally charged and leads him to investigate these bodies, despite the police being hostile towards any involvement from him So well written, I will be thinking about this book for a long time to come This mystery totally engrossed me I had just read it s successor, FIVE MINUTES ALONE, and very much enjoyed it FIVE MINUTES ALONE, I found to beof a character study, an examination of the ways in which different individuals and society react to events and principles Exactly where will a moral person draw her or his line Make no.mistake there was plenty of action especially the events at and subsequent to.the abandoned institution but I found CEMETERY LAKE to be muchaction This mystery totally engrossed me I had just read it s successor, FIVE MINUTES ALONE, and very much enjoyed it FIVE MINUTES ALONE, I found to beof a character study, an examination of the ways in which different individuals and society react to events and principles Exactly where will a moral person draw her or his line Make no.mistake there was plenty of action especially the events at and subsequent to.the abandoned institution but I found CEMETERY LAKE to be muchaction oriented, in fact to be a thriller, and I couldn t put it aside The denouement will undoubtedly quease some stomachs, but in the context, it s tres powerful Another terrific thriller from Cleave featuring Theo Tate This one involves floating bodies in a lake, corpse switching and 4 dead girls which Tate feels responsible for because of a lack of action on his part two years ago The story is well written, never boring and gives real substance to the lead via backstory, something not always seen in books like this A bit over the top at times but you come to expect this from Cleave and the story never suffers for it Cleave should bepopular he Another terrific thriller from Cleave featuring Theo Tate This one involves floating bodies in a lake, corpse switching and 4 dead girls which Tate feels responsible for because of a lack of action on his part two years ago The story is well written, never boring and gives real substance to the lead via backstory, something not always seen in books like this A bit over the top at times but you come to expect this from Cleave and the story never suffers for it Cleave should bepopular here in the States Highly recommended One of the things I love about winning books through the giveaways at Goodreads.com is the ability to find authors that I may never have known about otherwise I ll be honest I wasn t familiar with any of Paul Cleave s work but that will definitely change Cemetery Lake is one of those books that pulls the rug out from under you time and time again As you read and feel you have things figured out, there goes the rug and everything you thought you knew with it.The main goal of any author is to One of the things I love about winning books through the giveaways at Goodreads.com is the ability to find authors that I may never have known about otherwise I ll be honest I wasn t familiar with any of Paul Cleave s work but that will definitely change Cemetery Lake is one of those books that pulls the rug out from under you time and time again As you read and feel you have things figured out, there goes the rug and everything you thought you knew with it.The main goal of any author is to suck you into a book so deeply that you find it hard to leave I d have to say that Cemetery Lake is very effective in this department The descriptions, the actions and the characters all provide the reader with plenty of reasons to become lost within the covers Being set in Christchurch also allows the reader to experience an unknown, yet familiar land and brings its own flavor to the story Also, I liked how the weather played a key role in the story as well It was as if the weather was a main character alongside Tate.I think Theodore Tate has to be one of the most messed up characters that I have read in a long time The fact that he has any luck at all despite the number of times he screwed up makes him all thebelievable to me I can t believe some of the things he gets himself into all because he s too stubborn to let things alone The other characters interactions with Tate are pretty realistic and the number of those believing in him dwindles as the novel progresses akin to how life works in reality.The pacing of the story is constant from the first chapter Though there are a few time jumps to move the story along, the action taking places does a great job of keeping the reader invested At different times, I thought the action had peaked, only to see it climbing once again as another series of events leads to another bombshell One thing after another happens until you think that there couldn t possibly be anything else Then the twist gets you.Overall, I really liked this book My emotions were all over the place as I read it From being disgusted to sympathizing to wanting to give the guy a Gibbs smack, I was strapped in and willing to go along for the ride I look forward to picking up some of Paul Cleave s other books as soon as I can If you re looking for a suspenseful, crime filled book that will keep you guessing until that last chapter, you need to take a chance on this book


About the Author: Paul Cleave

Paul Cleave is an internationally bestselling author who is currently dividing his time between his home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, where all of his novels are set, and Europe, where none of his novels are set His work has been translated into fifteen languages He has won the Ngaio Marsh award for best crime novel in New Zealand, he won the Saint Maur book festival s crime novel of the year in France, has been shortlisted for the Edgar Award and the Barry Award in the US, and shortlisted for the Ned Kelly award in Australia When he s not writing, he spends his time swearing on a golf course, swearing on a tennis court, or trying to add to his list of 25 countries where he s thrown his Frisbee.


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