The Dark Lake

The Dark Lake Something is wrong with Jane It s not that she still lives with her parents in Oshkosh Wisconsin although she s well into her thirties It s not that she can t keep a job stay sober or function as

  • Title: The Dark Lake
  • Author: Anthea Carson
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Something is wrong with Jane.It s not that she still lives with her parents in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, although she s well into her thirties It s not that she can t keep a job, stay sober, or function as an independent adult It s something else Something she can t quite remember.There was a party And a car And the lake.

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    About "Anthea Carson"

    1. Anthea Carson

      Anthea Carson is the co author of the bestselling chess book, Tactics Time, Tactics Time 2, 399 Super Easy Chess Puzzles, co author of Game of Kings A Thrilling Modern Reimagining of Pride and Prejudice, How to Play Chess Like an Animal, a children s chess book based on chess openings with animal names, as well as a children s tactics puzzle book, and several novels and novellas including The Dark Lake, a psychological suspense as complex and twisted as any chess game She is a tournament chess player, a chess coach, and the Game 60 Female US Chess champion of 2004 Anthea obtained her bachelor s degree in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, with an emphasis in literature and mathematics Her fiction writings include a trilogy, several novellas and short stories, some of which, unsurprisingly, are about female chess players in the male dominated world of tournament chess She currently resides in Colorado Springs with her husband and two children.

    387 thoughts on “The Dark Lake”

    1. When I started reading this book I thought it was a stand alone but after seeing the other reviews I found out it's part of a trilogy. Thank God, cause I was expecting everything to be resolved in the end but I was left a little bit confused. I guess I will jus thave to wait for the next book.The Dark Lake is the story of Jane. We follow her through her crazy life, from therapy appointments to anger managment meetings and back home with her parents. She is struggling to get and keep a job, wishi [...]

    2. I had planned to read this over time, but could not put it down until I knew Jane's secret! This book kept me interested to the very end. It would make fantastic book club interaction. It is the perfect length to read in an afternoon & is full of material for great conversation.

    3. I rated The Dark Lake 3 stars. There were a lot of things I enjoyed, but I felt that it had a lot of flaws that undermined it. These fell under three main areas: overall narrative structure, narrow characterizations, and a general need for more proofreading. There may be mild spoilers in the review below.The narrative takes shape in a combination of our main character Jane's current timeline, and her past recollections. These settings are interspersed quite frequently and the lack of any context [...]

    4. I was looking for a psychological drama to read and this book had caught my eye with its brilliantly created cover. Imagine my joy when I received a free copy from the author to review. Anthea Carson has taken a bold step by making her main character Jane mentally ill. While this does defy the norms of making the protagonist likeable, Jane’s troubled past and her craziness bordering on insanity kept me stuck to the story.Despite Jane’s psychological issues, she came across as a believable ch [...]

    5. I vacillated on how many stars to give this book. Four stars? The story idea is great and if it isn’t a true story, it sure comes off as one. The dialogue is top notch. Two stars? I got lost. I had to ask myself several times, where am I now? Why can’t the author at least make the setting clear each time the character goes back and forth in time? What year is it when we are in the present? How old is this character now? She was born in 1964, but when we are in the present some of the things [...]

    6. Stand back! Here is a writer that has mastered the art of character narration to the point where you will think the narrator of The Dark Lake, Jane, has come to your house and is sitting in your living room telling her story. After a little while you'll probably feel a little antsy - Jane seems a little off - and later you might contemplate jumping out the window, because you've discovered that Jane is more then just a little off, she's creepy scary crazy and she might go postal at any moment. A [...]

    7. The Dark Lake is a book that will leave you wanting more. I even feel like reading it a second time certain that I will appreciate it even more. It captured me from the very first chapter and was hard to put down. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it and about what would happen next. It is refreshing to read the author's unique approach to writing and I wish more authors would take a different approach to writing every now and then like this author did.

    8. O---kayhmmmmThis will mash your mind into mush! Seriously.I'm not even sure how to rate this book. I think because I sat here in front of my computer debating what I should give it, it had to get more than three stars. The premise and looney character gave it an extra star. Therefore I will say that this is a must-read for people who love DARK and Psychological thrillers.

    9. I had trouble even rating this book. Did I like it? Yes I did. It was a fast read. I felt connected to the main character, I felt her pain. Trying to remember what happened the night the car went in lake seemed to be what stopped her from moving on. Jane a recovering addict/alcoholic attends AA meetings, anger management and a therapist. She has moments where it seems that she really wants to remember that night but when she gets close to finding out she "freaks out" and runs away from it. Her m [...]

    10. Something is buried deep in Jane's mind and in the lake. Something ghastly and frightening. We follow the protagonist through a labyrinth of memories both distant and more recent, which recur with slight additions and changes. This patchwork of images, insights and fears slowly builds up to the complex picture of a troubled mind searching for a truth that eludes it.The vivid, colorful and palpable descriptions of characters and places (Krishna and her room and belongings will stay with you forev [...]

    11. Anthea Carson's "The Dark Lake" is a fast-paced novel that flits between the past and present-day life of Jane, a recovering addict who is trapped in limbo by a tragedy involving one of her best friends.We first meet Jane in the present day. She is in her 20s or 30s, perhaps. Carson doesn't give a lot of detail about her physical appearance, leaving that to the imagination of the reader. We learn that Jane lives at home with her dysfunctional parents, attends AA meetings, and visits a therapist [...]

    12. The Dark Lake is the story of Jane, a disturbed and painfully introspective character who just can't seem to get her act together. In the story, we follow Jane from therapist to anger management to short-lived jobs as we try to piece together the stories of her alcoholic and drug-induced past that led her to where she is today – a high school dropout living with her parents who goes to therapy more often than most of us go to work.Carson is a master at peppering this story with rich detail, be [...]

    13. The Dark LakeThis is a psychological study of the mind of a disturbed woman Jane, as she goes through her therapy sessions. It was hard to get into the story because the author has used the language more suited to the characters in the story rather than what a reader is used to seeing in a literary novel.We follow the main protagonist, Jane, as she works through her previous destructive lifestyle which led to a climactic event. There should have been a little more detail on the characters and mo [...]

    14. The Dark Lake is a very dark story indeed, written through the eyes of a very troubled woman whose disturbing memories of something in her past are twisting her sense of reality. She isn't very likeable which makes this a difficult read, yet her anxieties do help to draw us in, if not to actually sympathise fully. Perhaps if a reader had a similar background of drugs and wild youth, it would appeal more. This reader was a little lost in that world and thus unsympathetic occasionally. BUTe way An [...]

    15. The further I read into The Dark Lake, the more I liked it. The first 5 or 6 chapters confused me, and I had a hard time getting a sense of Jane's character. There weren't enough physical details and concrete transitions to pull me into Jane's world.As the story moved forward, it got really gripping as Jane tried to deal with her present and take turns at evading and picking apart her past. Reality blended with flashbacks and the after-effects of her drug years in a compelling, fluid way for mos [...]

    16. This books blurb suckered me in and I picked it up about a day before the author contacted me asking me to review it for my blog. I thought it had to be fate that I would like the book and I wasn't dissapointed. The book is well written, fast paced and weaved flashbacks and all sorts of emotional problems for the main character into a whirl of activity. I really felt the characters anguish as she tried to sort out her tangled past.I thoroughly recommend the book to anyone who likes stories that [...]

    17. A wonderful book with a plot you can't stop reading till its finished!OMG this book right here! The story was so captivating! I could not put my kindle down. I have been reading in between breaks at work and taking care of the kids and this has been my little reward. The author did a magnificent job creating the main character and bringing her to life. She has real life problems that real people can relate to. I'm not gonna tell you how I sped through chores to get back to this book at home or h [...]

    18. I'm not sure what I think about this one. I liked it, it was a quick read and it definitely made me keep reading. On the other hand, at times I found it confusing. It was hard to keep the past and the present separate, but then, it was supposed to be that way. It was an excellent look into the main character's mind.But on the other hand, she's not the kind of person I'd ever want to be around, much less be, so it was kind of uncomfortable.I kept reading for some sort of hook to get me to read th [...]

    19. A tragic car accident twenty years in the past haunts Jane, holding her an emotional captive. She still behaves like the drug rattled adolescent who either observed her little blue Chevette break through the ice with her best friends inside, or was she in the car herself? What is the nature of her reality? What happens after death? These questions are examined in kaleidoscopic images, shifts in consciousness, and terrifying flashbacks. Carson has created a narrator that you don't trust, don't wa [...]

    20. This isn't my usual style of book, but found it enthralling. Jane is definitely odd, but in her rambling thought patterns the flashbacks between past and present come across smoothly. The ending left me still with a few questions but no doubt they will be revealed in the second book. The author has cleverly weaved snippets of clues into Jane's inner dialogue about what happened at the lake. I will certainly buy her books in future. Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the autho [...]

    21. I was drawn to this novel right off because the story starts with a main character and the mistakes she made from her troubled youth. I have to admit I related to the main character. While trying to overcome her addictions she's haunted by dreams of a tragic incident from the past and has constants flashbacks which cause her to relapse from sobriety. The story has lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing. With characters that you're not sure are real or part of her reality it reminded me a [...]

    22. I just finished editing this very interesting mindfuck of a story. The narrator is unreliable, and you never know if what you are reading has actually happened, is actually happening, or is just in the narrator's mind. I really enjoyed it! The author is re-releasing it in conjunction with a promotion in a week or so, so I'll be sure to let folks know when it's available, and maybe try to write up a better review later, but for now I have one more story to edit before my week is done!

    23. I must confess that I first noticed The Dark Lake because the author and I share a first name but I quite liked this atmospheric, almost hypnotic, tale of a young woman's struggle with madness. Some reviewers were confused by the shifting timeline, but Jane herself has a tenuous grasp of time and reality. I found the story completely engrossing and I will be reading the next in the trilogy to learn more about "what happened that night".

    24. Jane's story is interesting to say the least. She is haunted by memories that are disturbing and tough to read. This book is a good example in illustrating what the human mind is capable of. Though dark, Jane's story is very well narrated and the author is very good at explaining the different voices in Jane's head. I am sure many people who enjoy books about psychiatry will love this book. It was educational for me.

    25. Wow, what a fab book, its the story of Jane, a troubled girl trying to make up for the mistakes of her past and move on, whilst trying to remember a tragic accident. It is wonderfully written and i would definitely recommend it as a one to read

    26. reminded me a bit of A Visit From The Goon Squad. Slightly schizophrenic in the narrative, but overall a descriptive tale of black outs and dealing with the past. Not sure what the second book will be like. I have to continue on this story because I'm curious.

    27. This is a very psychological and dark book. You'll either really get into it or you'll wonder what is going on. I got into it, and can't wait for the next book in the series.

    28. A quick, interesting read, but I ended up unsure about what happened to Jane, the main character. I don't like that.

    29. The Dark Lake is a great book for discussion. People see their own ending in this psychological suspense told in stream of conscience.

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