We may be far from October, but that’s no reason to pass up a truly terrifying story. A mystery, thriller, and ghost story wrapped up in one, “The Lake” by Natasha Preston is as creepy as they come. Coming into it, I had more expectations that it would be on the generally scary side, and not mind-bendingly thrilling. It did have a bit of a slow start, but once things really kicked into gear, I was fully invested. At first I thought it would be kind of predictable and simple, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.
It starts out introducing the two main characters – Esme and her best friend Kayla. They’ve arrived at Camp Pine Lake as counselors in training, ready for a great summer with the cute boys they meet – Jake and Olle – and their new friends. All they have to do is survive two months of sun, bugs, and Texas heat. Oh, and making sure their secret from the last time they were there doesn’t get out. But how could it? They’re the only people who know, right?
This shouldn’t be too hard if that’s the case. But sure enough, they get a suspiciously specific message hidden in plain sight… for anyone who would know where to look: “THE LAKE NEVER FORGETS.” Suddenly, their summer – and their cover – are in jeopardy. Do they finally face their fears and confess to what happened to protect their friends and the campers, or do they silently face it head-on and hope word doesn’t get out? But as things start heating up, it seems they might not have a say in that.
This was probably one of the most suspenseful books I’ve read. I loved all of the twists and turns, and by the end had a real appreciation for the work Natasha Preston put into building up the story and thoughtfully placing every part of the plot so it flowed with the perfect balance of stringing you along but not dragging out.
This is a great book for anyone looking for a somewhat quick – but intense – read. It’s enjoyable and thrilling at the same time, and truly keeps you on your toes right up to the very end. Masterfully written, this book is among one of my top recommendations for a reader who loves to be scared but just not enough to make you put the book down. It was really a great read.