Review: Haven Lake by Holly Robinson

Haven Lake by Holly Robinson
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: NAL
Pages: 464
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



Sydney Bishop hasn’t returned to Haven Lake, her idyllic childhood home, since a pair of shocking, tragic deaths shattered her family when she was only sixteen. Now a child psychologist engaged to marry a successful surgeon, Sydney has worked hard to build a relationship with Dylan, her fiancé’s teenage son, so she feels nothing but empathy when he runs away—until she discovers that his hitchhiking journey has led him to Haven Lake and her mother Hannah’s sheep farm.

Sydney returns to Haven Lake for the first time in twenty years to coax the boy home. Against her daughter’s wishes, Hannah offers to take Dylan in until he’s ready to reveal his own troubling secrets. Now, for Dylan’s sake as well as their own, Sydney and Hannah must confront the devastating events that tore them apart and answer the questions that still haunt their family—and the suspicious surrounding community—about what really caused two people to die on their farm those many years ago.


Review: I really liked some of the characters of this novel and absolutely hated some of the other characters. I enjoyed reading it and wanted to know what happened next but at times I wanted to throw my kindle at the wall. I really did not care for Gary. He was a pompous jerk who really did not seem to care about his son Dylan.

Dylan is a smart kid with normal teenage problems but he has had things happen to him that has caused him to need and want complete control of his life. Since his father is not present or a good father it causes the catalyst for the story. Dylan running away and ending up in Haven Lake

I think my favorite character of the book was Hannah. Everyone else did not care for her but she was pretty awesome in all her hippy glory. At first Sydney seemed very uptight and running from her childhood ghosts. As the story progressed you see how she was a lot like her mother in many ways.

What made this novel a tad annoying is that there was always a lot going on. There was many plot lines throughout the novel. A lot of heavy things happened to the main characters. At times I felt like it was a bit over the top but Robinson manages to pull it all together. There are a lot of secondary characters but they all really likable and add to the story.

I was very satisfied with the ending and how all the loose ends were tied up and things seem to have calmed down. The book read a lot like a Kristin Hannah novel or Jodi Piccoult. Fans of both would definitely appreciate this book.