Review: Lost Lake


Available on: Amazon, Audible, and Barnes and Noble.


Blurb: Lost Lake is all about the magic in the ordinary and the beauty of taking a chance. Eby Pim decides to give up her beloved, but much deteriorated, Lost Lake resort to developer and real estate mogul, Lazlo Patterson. Lazlo’s been trying for years to get her land. But when Eby’s great-niece Kate Pheris shows up unexpectedly, her daughter Devin in tow, things go topsy-turvy and stay that way for the summer.

Trigger Warnings:

Arson, Child Abuse, Death, Food, Infidelity, Murder, Off Screen Infidelity, Suicide, Suicidal Thoughts

Body Count: 4

Overall review:

  • Thoughts:
    • What I liked: I liked the different portrayals of how people handle grief. The entire book had an undercurrent of loss to it. Each of the main characters had experienced some form of loss. I liked the way that each person’s struggles with their grief waned naturally. There were unexpected touches of magic in the everyday, the hallmark of an Addison Allen book. Selma’s eight charms, I think, were my favorite instance of said magic.
    • What I didn’t like: I think the romance between Kate and Wes felt a little rushed, even though it technically had budding in their childhood together. It was just a little too…bland an affection between them.
  • Was it engaging?
    • Yes
  • Favorite Character:
    • Kate Pheris 
  • Least Favorite Character:
    • Lazlo Patterson, for being a scumbucket

Rating out of five: 4.0 out of 5

To Read or Not To Read (Again):

On the Bookshelf to Be Read Again

The Technical Specs:

  • Genre
    • Technical Genre: Mothers & Children Fiction, Magical Realism, Women’s Domestic Life Fiction
    • Theo Genre: Feminist Fiction, Magical Realism, Twee But Nice, Women’s Fiction
  • Page count: 303 Pages
  • POV: Limited 3rd
  • Publication information:
    • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-13: 9781250130631
    • ASIN: B00F1R9AWG

Representation, Morality, and Sexism in Media Tests:

  • Bechdel–Wallace Test: Pass
    • Do two female characters talk about something other than a male character? Yes
  • Deggan’s Rule Test: Fail
    • Are there at least two non-white human characters in the main cast in a story not primarily focused on race? No
  • DuVernay Test: Fail
    • Are there fully actualized characters of color? No
  • Ellen Willis Test: Pass
    • Would two related characters still work to carry the story if their genders were reversed?
  • Mako Mori Test: Pass
    • Is there a female character that gets her own arc? Yes
  • Mary Sue/Gary Stu Test: Pass
    • Is the main character completely flawless and persecuted by other characters needlessly? No
    • Take a Mary Sue test here!
  • Sexy Lamp Test: Pass
    • Would the plot fall apart if the female character was replaced by a sexy looking lamp? Yes
    • Post-It Note Caveat:
      • Would the character be able to be replaced by a Sexy Lamp with a sticky note on it for information conveyance? NO
  • Tauriel Test: Pass
    • Is there at least one woman in the story who is competent in her chosen occupation and not immediately shown up by a newcomer male character? Yes
    • If she has or develops a love interest during the story, either implied or explicitly stated, does she suddenly abandon her job and/or chosen path to support or pursue said love interest? No
  • Topside Test: Fail
    • Are there two or more trans characters in the story that know each other and do they talk about anything other than medical transition procedures? No
    • I acknowledge that most common media lacks decent trans representation.
  • Vito Russo Test: Fail
    • Is there a character on the LGBTQIAP+ spectrum spectrum who is a character beyond their orientation and do they actually affect the plot and are something beyond a punchline? No
      • What does that stand for? Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual/Biromantic/Bigender, Transgender, Queer/Genderqueer, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic/Agender, Pansexual/Panromantic

You can read more about the various Media Tests I employ in my reviews at or by clicking the header on the individual test. Why include all these? Because I can, because representation matters, and because I’m neurotic.

Review format updated 27 April 2020

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