The Lake of Dead Languages

The Lake of Dead Languages

Book - 2003 | 1st trade pbk. ed.
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A lake's shattering truth slowly floats to the surface in this national bestseller now in paperback-a stunning, captivating first novel of youthful innocence drowned by dark sins. A Top Ten Book Sense selection in hardcover. A Gothic and elegant page-turner.-The Boston Globe. Twenty years ago, Jane Hudson fled the Heart Lake School for Girls in the Adirondacks after a terrible tragedy. The week before her graduation, in that sheltered wonderland, three lives were taken, all victims of suicide. Only Jane was left to carry the burden of a mystery that has stayed hidden in the depths of Heart Lake for more than two decades. Now Jane has returned to the school as a Latin teacher, recently separated and hoping to make a fresh start with her young daughter. But ominous messages from the past dredge up forgotten memories. And young, troubled girls are beginning to die again-as piece by piece the shattering truth slowly floats to the surface.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2003, 2002.
Edition: 1st trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780345450890
0345450892
Branch Call Number: FIC GOODMAN
Characteristics: vii, 402 p. ; 21 cm.

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sbryant124
Jul 21, 2014

Picture it - the plain Jane townie girl (whose name, lord help us, is actually Jane).

The main character was completely thick. I don't understand why everyone was so enamored of Lucy, she was basically a pretty girl, but a bit of a sociopath.

The author hits us over the head with a completely obvious "bad guy" but the main and supporting characters are all too thick to see it.

About halfway through this book, I just couldn't wait for it to be over. I didn't even care about the "mystery" any more.

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unoperrito
Apr 11, 2013

Definitely a well-written page-turner!
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tuttleliz
Feb 16, 2012

Was a little slow moving to begin with, but the second half of the book sucked me and and I had to keep reading!

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lpreston214
Dec 01, 2010

Along with the other commenter I absolutely love Carol Goodman. I just discovered her by accident this summer/fall and she is now one of my favorite authors. Her mysteries all have common elements but that does not seem to bother me. They are well written and absorbing.

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KarenW
Jun 03, 2003

Once there was a school for young girls called Heart Lake. It was built as a mansion on the banks of the lake and every girl who came there always felt welcome and secure. Their days were filled with lessons, skating parties, and bonfires. The ghost stories they told were based upon the legend of the three sisters that died mysteriously in the lake. Until one year three deaths occurred that seemed to mirror the legend. Jane was the lucky one, she escaped into a scholarship to Vassar. Only now years later, her life is becoming unraveled and she feels the only way to make a living is to return to Heart Lake and her past. This first novel reminds me of Donna Tartt''s The Secret History and Christina Schwarz''s Drowning Ruth. The story weaves the past and present into a dreamy snow covered landscape that is evocative of the heroine''s mindset. The motto of the school sums it up quite nicely, cor te reduit, the heart leads you back. And that is the refrain running through to the stunning but satisfying conclusion.

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