Book Blast//How A Woman Becomes a Lake

Title: How a Woman Becomes a Lake

Author: Marjorie Celona

Published: March 3, 2020

Cups of Tea: 4/5

My Thoughts

**I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

This book is classified as a Mystery-Thriller on Goodreads, but I do not think that this is accurate. How a Woman Becomes a Lake is a hauntingly beautiful novel that’s main focus is not about the mystery of how a woman, Vera, disappears but about the relationships and people who are affected by her disappearance.

This novel addresses a lot of themes and trauma that the characters experience. Some of these themes include grief, childhood trauma, familial relationships, and loss. All of these are mentioned in the novel and is framed by the disappearance of Vera. Vera is at the heart of the novel; she binds and connects these characters together through her disappearance. How Vera disappeared and the reason why is the mystery-thriller portion of the novel, although I guess what happened within the first couple of pages.

The characters are contrasted against each other while they endure similar situations. I found Leo to be the most interesting character. He keeps promising his two sons that he will do better, that it’s a new year, new day and that he won’t fall back into his old habits. He keeps trying to break the cycle of violence, but ultimately keeps drinking and reverting back to his “old ways.” Habits are hard to break, and even harder to form.

I love how the theme of grief is explored with Denny and Lewis. They form an unlikely friendship, Lewis wants to help Denny but he doesn’t know how. Denny is dealing with the loss of his wife, and also with the guilt he feels that he should have been a better husband, that he should have went with Vera that morning. All the thoughts and “what ifs” keep flowing from Denny months after the disappearance.

It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed a novel that wasn’t concentrated solely on the plot.  I gave this book a 4/5, the only reason why it was not a 5 is because I wanted and expected more thriller aspects.

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