‘Low Lake’ by Gretta Mulrooney


An old house by a lake. A suspicious drowning. A suspect that the police let go.


Detective Tyrone Swift is hired to investigate the death of Kim Woodville. Two years ago, the young woman drowned in the lake by her family house. But there was bruising on her arms, and the prime suspect was let go because of police errors.

But the beautiful historic house by the lake doesn’t give up its secrets easily.

It turns out that there are many people who might have wanted Kim dead.

And then another body turns up close to home and Swift realises his own life may be in danger.

Can Swift get to the bottom of this tangled web of dark family secrets?


My Review

I have been a fan of Gretta’s books for a little while now.  As each one is released, I eagerly pick it up and devour it.  ‘Low Lake’ is no exception.  I absolutely loved it but more about that in a bit.

It took me a little while to fathom out Tyrone Swift, who is the lead character of ‘Low Lake’.  Swift used to work for the police but a few years ago, he left and is now a private detective, although he does retain some useful police contacts.  Swift hasn’t lost his detective instincts though and when he is asked to investigate the suspected drowning of Kim Woodville.  There’s something about the case that triggers his interest and when he looks into the case a little more, he realises that not everything is as it at first appears.  Swift takes the case on and it isn’t too long before he makes more progress in his private investigation than the police have since their case was opened.  Swift doesn’t shy away from asking some difficult questions of those who knew Kim best and at times he rubs people up the wrong way.  Swift soon learns that Kim was not that popular at all and the list of potential suspects grows.  Swift has a bit of a complicated personal life and it took me a little while to unravel it.  He lives in the same house as his very good friend Cedric and intervenes when a dispute between Cedric and his son turns nasty.  I got the impression that Cedric and Swift had a father/ son relationship.  Swift certainly has a history with the ladies.  He is father to a young girl, who has hearing loss and he is trying to help her learn sign language.  He is seeing somebody else but I got the impression that the relationship was more casual than anything else.  Will Swift manage to solve the case?  Will he survive the threats to his own personal safety?  Well for the answers to those questions and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out.

It’s fair to say that ‘Low Lake’ is more of a slow burn type of book and it took me a little while to get into it.  There are a lot of characters introduced within a short space of time and I had to keep flipping back in the story to remind myself of who was who.  That’s got more to do with my shocking memory than anything else.  However, once I got into the story I became addicted to reading ‘Low Lake’ and the time & page numbers seemed to fly by.  I was sucked in by the story and because I wanted to know the truth behind Kim’s sad passing, I just had to keep reading on and on and on and well you get the picture.  The characters were so well described that they seemed almost real.  I can honestly say that Kim doesn’t seem a very likeable character.  I loved the interaction between Swift and his daughter.  It was lovely to see people with a disability represented so positively.  There are several twists and turns in ‘Low Lake’ and certain parts of the story came as something of a surprise as I hadn’t seen them coming.

In short I did enjoy reading ‘Low Lake’ and I would definitely recommend it to other readers.  I can’t wait to read what comes next from Gretta Mulrooney.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a well deserved 4* out of 5*.

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