Lakewood by Mega Giddings


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Published: March 24, 2020
Series: NA
Format: eGalley ARC (NetGalley)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Available: BN | Amazon 
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Lakewood is a good for what it is, a medical thriller and being that this is the author’s debut novel…IMO, it was satisfactory.

I wouldn’t put Lakewood in the realm of scary but there were some intense weird moments throughout the read especially as our main protagonists Lena Johnson starts working for the mysterious organization The Great Lakes Shipping Company. Lena, an already struggling college student is forced to take care of her desperately ill mother after the death of the family’s patriarch. Needing the money that is being offered, she decides being a part of a secret research facility is worth it…until it isn’t.  

With a nice amount of mentions of race, social class, and financial disparity… Lakewood gives the reader a glimpse in what happens when the most vulnerable populations are conned and taken advantage of. The story itself sort of gives you that “Get Out” feel. There were at times, the story felt a bit discombobulated as we quickly switch getting the story directly from Lena to where we are being told the story in the form of Lena telling the reader the story in letter form. Letters she is writing to her friend Tanya.

Lakewood at the end of the day delivered exactly what it was meant to me: a medical horror thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat while giving its reader a “realness” that is draped in reality. 

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