A House at the Bottom of a Lake Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From the New York Times best-selling author of Bird Box and Malorie comes a haunting tale of love and mystery, as the date of a lifetime becomes a maddening exploration of the depths of the heart.
"Malerman expertly conjures a fairy tale nostalgia of first love, and we follow along, all too willingly, ignoring the warning signs even as the fear takes hold.” (Lit Reactor)
The story begins: Young lovers, anxious to connect, agree to a first date, thinking outside of the box. At 17 years old, James and Amelia can feel the rest of their lives beginning. They have got this summer and this summer alone to experience the extraordinary. But they didn’t expect to find it in a house at the bottom of a lake. The house is cold and dark, but it’s also their own.
Caution be damned, until being carefree becomes dangerous. For the teens must decide: Swim deeper into the house - all the while falling deeper in love?
Whatever they do, they will never be able to turn their backs on what they discovered together. And what they learned: Just because a house is empty doesn’t mean nobody’s home.
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 9 minutes|
|Narrator||Taylor Meskimen, Ozzie Rodriguez|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 19, 2021|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #135,695 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,127 in Coming of Age Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,816 in Supernatural Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#5,186 in Supernatural Thrillers (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2019
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Seventeen-year-old James and Ameilia are on a first date canoeing into a beautiful little hidden lake when they discover a mystery. There is a house at the bottom of the lake just waiting for them with its front door wide open.
I found this to be a beautiful and haunting short story full of metaphors. A little coming of age first love, a mystery that is ruined if spoken about, an event that brings two people together, and some truly creepy (and a little claustrophobic) moments underwater in a really freaky and unexplainable house. I've seen some complaints about the ending, but I found it fitting. This is one that would be perfect for a book club discussion.
If you like atmospheric spooky tales like The Elementals, give this one a try!
If you loved Bird Box and Unbury Carol, then you'll...well...I have no idea how you'll feel about A House at the Bottom of a Lake. And that's precisely why Josh Malerman is one of the most fascinating storytellers working today. Although the prose is distinctly his, Malerman insists that the story itself be the centerpiece, rather than the narrator's voice--which serves this story particularly well.
A House at the Bottom of a Lake is, as you might expect, a flowing, dreamlike tale of two teenagers experiencing the excitement of true love for the first time--as well as all the dread, fear, uncertainty, ambiguity, and hurt that goes with it. Wonderful, clever metaphors abound in this fleeting story that feels frozen in time, both by the framework of the story and by the readers' own nostalgia for his or her own "first true love."
Released by This Is Horror in 2016, today is the last day A House at the Bottom of the Lake will be available. My advice: drop what you're doing and grab this beautiful piece of genre-bending fiction while you still can!
Until I read this.
Bird Box was around 260 pages, that read so smoothly, so quickly. I finished it in a few nights. This was a measly hundred...And it took me weeks.
Easily amongst the least engaging books I have read in a long time, I can't recommend this for really any other reasons than a cool premise and being a bit of a completest when it comes to authors whose work I enjoy.
Nothing happens, no pay off. Even at a hundred pages, it feels like a thousand. It could have been chopped in half and probably been a touch more successful.
I hated it. And I feel almost sorry that I did, because I loved, LOVED Bird Box. I will still read Black Mad Wheel, as I am hopeful that it will be equally awesome. But, damn. If there's anything that could drop expectations, it's a book as dreadful and bland as this one.
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Anyway, the pace was perfect, I felt drawn in, and I finished the book feeling changed. I loved where more logic, truthful thoughts broke through the miasma of obsession in the form of bracketted thoughts right in the middle of current thoughts. The premise was simple, the trips into the house left me genuinely fearfuls.
My one criticism is the author describes motions as being like walking in space far too many times. We had 'astronaut-like', 'atroautesque' or something - it all repeated them same thing and by the third time I was thinking 'okay, I get it, they're moon walking under water'. It broke pace. I feel the author should have trusted me as a reader to remember this and also most human beings have been in water, and know exactly what you mean anyway. I also feel there were so many other ways this could have been described or shown and it felt lazy to keep coming back to this analogy. I don't know if this was intentional and meant to suggest their naivity or something to do with the effects of the house but it just didn't work for me and was more jarring than anything else.
But other than that I highly recommend this. In spite of these little bugs, I still gave it 5 stars and for good reason. It is an engaging and frightening story, it takes root in your mind and doesn't let go. Once I read those last lines, I felt lost, like I didn't know what to do, like I had changed. This is the sign of a great story.
I enjoyed this novella from start to finish. The book is well written and engaging. I was hooked after the first couple of pages and read it in one setting. The characters are written and believable; they come across as very realistic.
The story develops well as James and Amelia discover the strange house, and over the course of a few weeks spend most of their time exploring it while falling in love. The pacing is perfect and the story unfolds really well.
The power of A House at the Bottom of a Lake is what is not said, what is implied. James and Amelia never ask why or how or who. They explore deeper and deeper into the house, pushing their limits further and further each time. This creates a lot of tension especially when things start to take a darker turn.
The only issue I had was with the ending. A lot of tension is created and there’s a big build up and then everything sort of fizzles out. There’s no real resolution to the strange events and we’re given little to go on. This let what was an enjoyable book down for me. Also, it completely took away the ‘horror’ element.
He shows his versatility as a writer here as he draws two eminently engaging and believable protagonists.They find a house in a lake in a lake in a lake. the house is remarkably well preserved and the two youngsters go exploring.
The relationship between the two leads never feels less than real. We even find our suspension of disbelief over the more fantastic elements of the story is very easy to keep up.
Despite its brevity, this is one of the best books I've read this year (and I'm on number 53 at the moment)
Josh Malerman is a rare talent and will be the next big thing if there's any justice in the publishing world.