What an absolute joy this book is. A stunning, literary novel told with such warmth and empathy. 'How A Woman Becomes a Lake' is a chilling literary mystery that asks what happens when we are failed by the ones we love.
Through multiple viewpoints, we follow the central characters as they try to deal with the events at Squire Point on New Year's Day. In their different ways, each character is seeking redemption. There's Jesse, damaged by the abuse inflicted on him and hiding a secret so dark it threatens to destroy his life. His mother, Evelina, has never come to terms with the break-up of her abusive marriage and the events that preceded it. And Lewis, the detective leading the investigation, has spent his life trying to atone for his own troubled childhood by caring for others.
'How a Woman Becomes a Lake' is a wonderful meditation on what it means to be human. Through her examination of these imperfect humans, Celona reminds us that we are all, in our own ways, flawed beings.
This is a novel that will stay with you long after you finish reading it. I cannot recommend it highly enough.