Working on her ecology degree, Bernice finds herself in the middle of a major project. She is cleaning up a local swamp and studying the natural plant life while doing so. During one of her visits, she’s confronted by a woman who claims to be the lake. She’s told never to return again. She refuses to listen and refuses to believe the woman is the lake. She thinks it’s a homeless woman who is in desperate need of help and a drug detox. While investigating the truth about the woman, she uncovers more than she could have ever bargained for.
This wasn’t a bad story at all. I can’t say I was in love with it, but I didn’t hate it either. It had a lot of great potential. I also loved how unique the story was. I really loved the swamp being personified. That’s why I felt it had great potential. The problems I had with it were the time gaps with no real explanation. I also felt like a lot of the story really needed to be detailed a little better. It felt like it kind of jumped and warped in many ways. I found myself having to listen to parts over again thinking I missed something.
The book was narrated by Chelsa Stephens. I was quite impressed with her performance. I am sad to say that I think if it hadn’t been for listening to the audio, I may have checked out. I would have missed out on an incredibly adorable and unique story because of that. But I digress. I’m not sure if I’ve listened to anything else by Stephens, but I am definitely open to listening to other audiobooks narrated by her. I want to see if she saved the story or if the story saved the story.
If the story were enhanced and reread, I feel like it would deserve full five stars. It really needs a lot of improvement before I can say that. The characters could be a little more built. They come off as robotic sometimes. The story could also be elaborated on in many different areas. It really has some amazing potential. I really did love the unique aspect behind it. I didn’t hate it at all. I liked it very much. I just didn’t love it.