Cradle Lake - Ronald Malfi Suggested by Kimberly. I didn't even know this book existed and have to say it is the most powerful book that I have read by Malfi so far. Thank you, Kimberly!

I will say that I "enjoyed" this novel but I put that in quotes because it is hard to say that you enjoy a book that makes you feel anxious for these likeable and realistic characters and just uneasy in general. I actually felt a bit overly anxious in general the whole time that I was reading it. Every now and then a book can just knock you a bit off kilter--or at least it happens to me every now and then.

Devastating book. Extremely well written and honest and with characters that I cared about, which made it even more devastating. I don't want to say much more than that because I don't want to give away any of the story. It was much more effective for me that I knew zero about the plot, other than it involved an enchanted/cursed lake and two very damaged people.

By the way, there is an actual Navaho legend about an enchanted lake with healing powers in the location where the story is based. The Indian legend tie in made the story even more effective for me.

Highest recommendation to my GR friends and a big "Well Done" to Ron Malfi. This one got to me.