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The Lake Paperback – March 2, 2021
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Hot on the heels of The Twin, the undisputed queen of YA thrillers is back with a scary and suspenseful read about a summer camp filled with dark secrets.
Esme and Kayla once were campers at Camp Pine Lake. They're excited to be back this year as CITs (counselors in training). Esme loves the little girls in her cabin and thinks it's funny how scared they are of everything--spiders, the surly head counselor, the dark, boys . . . even swimming in the lake! It reminds her a little of how she and Kayla used to be, once. Before . . . it happened.
Because Esme and Kayla did something bad when they were campers. Afterwards, the girls agreed to keep it secret. They've moved on--or so they say--and this summer is going to be great. Two months of sun, s'mores, and flirting with the cute boy counselors. But then they get a note. THE LAKE NEVER FORGETS. And the secret they've kept buried for so many years is about to resurface.
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“[T]he strong buildup…leads to a shockingly satisfying finale. An eerie thriller reminiscent of summer horror movies that will keep readers on edge.”—Kirkus
"Pays homage to classic summer camp slasher films...horror fans will likely appreciate this paranoia-fueled tale."—Publishers Weekly
Praise for Natasha Preston:
"This fast-paced thriller will be a hit."–SLJ, on The Twin
"A deeply disturbing tale that explores what can push someone to kill and what people will do to survive. . . . keeps tensions high to the final page." –PW, on The Lost
"Preston weaves a terrifying tale. . . . A fast-paced, plot-driven page-turner." –Kirkus, on The Lost
"Keeps readers on edge. . . . A great addition to the thriller shelves. Recommended for fans of Stephen King, Jennifer Barnes, and Ally Carter." –SLJ, on You Will Be Mine
"Preston is skilled in building an atmosphere of paranoia and claustrophobia." –PW, on You Will Be Mine
"Preston's latest mystery reads like an homage to a nostalgic Fear Street novel. . . . An enjoyable blend of mystery and horror." –Booklist, on You Will Be Mine
"A fresh take on a murder mystery thriller. Rich with plot twists and suspense, readers will not want to put it down." –VOYA, on You Will Be Mine
"Will keep readers intrigued." –SLJ, on Awake
"Ripped-from-the-headlines." –SLJ, on The Cellar
- Publisher : Delacorte Press (March 2, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593124979
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593124970
- Reading age : 12 - 17 years
- Lexile measure : HL550L
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.52 x 0.78 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have read all of the author's books (excluding finishing The Twin) and I thoroughly enjoy them for the most part and expected to with this one.
As we reached farther into the climax, I really expected it to get good and started plotting out some awesome twists that might be thrown in there but overall the story was rather predictable. Nothing was too unexpected with how it happened.
In true Natasha fashion, you finish the book with a giant WTF and it has worked for a few other books like The Cabin and The Lost but I feel like with this one, it just fell flat. All stories don't have to have a happy ending, but I at least prefer to feel satisfied. I thought the end of The Lost was the rough one for me, but this one takes the cake.
Looking forward to the next one but keeping my expectations low as this seems to be the new trend. I really hope The Fear lives up to its name.
Esme and Kayla have returned to Camp Pine Lake as Counselors In Training (CIT) at the camp they went to as children. They're excited to enjoy a summer filled with hiking, swimming in the lake, and lots of s'mores! Being back is a little difficult at first as memories of the bad thing they did come rushing back, but they push those thoughts away and gear up for a fun-filled summer! After all, they do have a blood oath to never mention it. But what happens when it turns out they aren't the only two in on their little secret? Who else knows and what do they want from them?
Here we have another great Young Adult Thriller by Natasha Preston. I read this book in a day as I could not put it down, itching to know more. There were so many twists and turns that I did not see coming. I was blown away and was not disappointed. It was well worth the wait! I absolutely loved it and I highly recommend it to other Thriller lovers! So excited to see what her next YA Thriller will bring!
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
A note of caution: my 12yo daughter also read The Twin by the same author, and it seemed okay. I followed up by reading The Cellar and The Cabin by the same author. I enjoyed those two as an adult, but would NOT recommend them for younger than HS. Heavy, heavy themes, especially in The Cellar (rape, abduction, extensive violence against women, all in the eyes and perspective of the narrator). High school readers would likely be okay with them; middle schoolers may have a hard time. More mature MS readers (or readers who have already explored violent books) could be okay.