"Something terrible lives beneath the dark waters of Lake Kaarme, and it's hungry."
Isn't that a great cover? I couldn't resist checking this one out. And Primordial turned out to be an entertaining summer read. Marine biologist Sam Aston has been hired by billionaire Ellis Holloway to search for a reported monster living in Lake Kaarme in Finland. The locals there tell lots of stories about this deadly predator, but Sam is skeptical. He's not excited about TV host Jo Slater and her film crew joining them, or filming him, but he needs the money Holloway has promised to pay him. And Jo turns out to be an unexpected ally when things on their expedition start to go wrong. And they do go wrong!
This book is what I like to call a good popcorn read. You know going in that lots of people are going to get chomped and only a few will survive, but that's what makes these books fun. There's not a ton of character development, but I thought Sam and Jo were both very likable. Holloway, on the other hand, was not only obsessive and crazy, but monstrous, too. (There's one scene in the book with some sheep that still makes me cringe.) The locals are hiding some dark secrets, too. This book is fast-paced, and there are some very intense underwater scenes. And the prehistoric lake monster is not only relentless, but vicious. If you like these kinds of books, then this is a good one.