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@Download Epub Î The Lake ⛄ Leigh is young, rebellious and beautiful and she yearns for a summer of excitement by the lake Maybe she ll find it in the arms of the handsome boy who rows her out to the abandoned beach house Or maybe she ll stumble into a legacy of terror which will shatter her life Eighteen years later, Deana has no knowledge of her mother s troubled past and not that much interest She just wants to make out somewhere cool with her boyfriend to let her hair down and live a little If only living were that simple But that summer at the lake casts a long shadow And when the horrors of the past meet the perils of the present, both mother and daughter are plunged into a nightmare of blood and terror from which there is no escape Really awful Like really bad And i have a high tolerance for bad notice 2 stars, not 1 The background behind this book is that apparently it was found in the desk drawer after the author died So I can only hope that either 1 it was in the process of undergoing MAJOR revisions when the author passed away or 2 it was meant as a brainstorming, let me work out some thoughts piece as a way to get the idea juices flowing and was never meant to see the light of day The reason it got 2 stars in Really awful Like really bad And i have a high tolerance for bad notice 2 stars, not 1 The background behind this book is that apparently it was found in the desk drawer after the author died So I can only hope that either 1 it was in the process of undergoing MAJOR revisions when the author passed away or 2 it was meant as a brainstorming, let me work out some thoughts piece as a way to get the idea juices flowing and was never meant to see the light of day The reason it got 2 stars instead of 1 it had its moments It started out like a slasher film in book form guy stalks girl, cheesy, predictable, but fun and spooky You knew what you were getting into That was like the first 2 3 chapters Went majorly downhill from there It got to thepoint of ridiculousness, things that would never happen in real life happenedand not just typical book horror movie stuff Like thing that made me feel bad for the characters in the book for being forced by the author to say and do such idiotic things For example, and I don t think this is a spoiler mom and cop friend get trapped by a lunatic in his apartment cheesy struggle ensues and mom and friend escapes what happens next you ask They drive to mom s house and cop friend drops her off at the front door and is like, ok see ya later, as if they just came back from the mall This happens over and over Another instance, daughter has an incredibly traumatic experience, being attacked at night which she is over in a matter of hours it appears and is known to be stalked by a homicidal maniac, so what does she do take up jogging at night alone just so she can check out a boy less than a week later I had to close my kindle at some points and be like, really It was over the top Like I said, i have a high threshold for stupid Oh man What did I just read What a convoluted mess this is I get it, though This was released posthumously, and I figure Laymon had some story notes that he never arranged into a cohesive plot, and someone unwisely filled in the blanks and released it to make a few bucks What a shame I pat myself on the back for seeing it through, but that s pretty much a couple of days I will never get back I need to read a real Laymon novel now, to cleanse my pallette.Best advice steer clear of this on Oh man What did I just read What a convoluted mess this is I get it, though This was released posthumously, and I figure Laymon had some story notes that he never arranged into a cohesive plot, and someone unwisely filled in the blanks and released it to make a few bucks What a shame I pat myself on the back for seeing it through, but that s pretty much a couple of days I will never get back I need to read a real Laymon novel now, to cleanse my pallette.Best advice steer clear of this one Synopsis Leigh is young, rebellious and beautiful, she yearns for a summer of excitement by the lake Maybe she ll find it in the arms of the handsome boy who rows her out to the abandoned beach house Or maybe she ll stumble into a legacy of terror which will shatter her life Eighteen years later, Deana has no knowledge of her mother s troubled past and not that much interest But that summer at the lake casts a long shadow, and when the horrors of the past meet the perils of the present, bot Synopsis Leigh is young, rebellious and beautiful, she yearns for a summer of excitement by the lake Maybe she ll find it in the arms of the handsome boy who rows her out to the abandoned beach house Or maybe she ll stumble into a legacy of terror which will shatter her life Eighteen years later, Deana has no knowledge of her mother s troubled past and not that much interest But that summer at the lake casts a long shadow, and when the horrors of the past meet the perils of the present, both mother and daughter are plunged into a nightmare of blood and terror from which there is no escape.Review I really enjoyed this until the final 20% of the book The characterization was strong even though the protagonists weren t particularly likable The tension and mystery of a creepy lake setting during the summertime, haunted by the presence of a demented family carrying a dark history closing in on an unsuspecting valley girl was unnerving The subplot regarding the lake ended in a completely unexpected way, where I was expecting one character to end up being evil only for them to be innocent and killed off in a tragic accident which sparks the wrath of the other members of the depraved family The shocking twist here really impressed me It was disturbing and creepy for most of the book, but logic and pacing were completely thrown out the window during the last 20% of the story Leigh and Deana were always reckless and impulsive, but they were never quite stupid or illogical until this part of the book Not just them either, everyone.A character suddenly gains psychic vision which instantly gives them the ability to capture one of the primary villains Conspiracies and plot twists are tossed around willy nilly with little buildup and questionable explanations Characters start acting uncharacteristically rash and downright silly A character seemingly dies only to reappear a few chapters later with no real explanation The smart female cop suddenly turns into an idiot that throws herself and the people she s in charge of protecting in harm s way when it can easily be avoided A group of evil old ladies harass Deana for several chapters only to end up having no relevance or resolution in the grand scheme of the plot A lot of stuff goes unfinished with no explanation which destroys the point of introducing them in the first place and there s so many leaps in logic that are hard to take seriously, all of this is only a problem in the last 20%.Despite my criticisms, I still enjoyed this for the most part The shock, gore and extreme wackiness were on point like always I can t blame it for feeling choppy and unorganized because it was published after the author passed away, meaning it wasn t officially finished or properly edited The author had some great ideas here, unfortunately, he wasn t around to bring them to their full potential I still have a lot of respect for Laymon though, the guy pulled no punches Intricately plotted horror thriller about the aftermath of a tragic accident that happens on a lake in Wisconsin in the late 60s.The event itself is made even worse by the fact that the victim comes from a family of homicidal lunatics 18 year old Berkeley hippie radical Leigh is sent by her conservative parents to visit her aunt and uncle in the Wisconsin lake country where she meets shy but sexy Charlie He gets her pregnant before he falls to his death through the rotting boards of an old aba Intricately plotted horror thriller about the aftermath of a tragic accident that happens on a lake in Wisconsin in the late 60s.The event itself is made even worse by the fact that the victim comes from a family of homicidal lunatics 18 year old Berkeley hippie radical Leigh is sent by her conservative parents to visit her aunt and uncle in the Wisconsin lake country where she meets shy but sexy Charlie He gets her pregnant before he falls to his death through the rotting boards of an old abandoned mansion Of course the death is just the tip of an iceberg under which lies murder, vengeance, sadism, and a whole lot of madness Now, 18 years later, Leigh and Charlie s daughter, Deana, is being stalked by several crazies at least one of whom may have direct ties to the incident back at the lake Richard Laymon actually serves up less gore than in some of his other works, but the story is still spine tingling and extremely graphic in places The characters are complex and weave their way in and out of each other s past experiences maybe just a little too coincidentally to be totally believable Still it s a hell of a surprising, sexy, and engrossing thriller