The Secret by the Lake Paperback – 19 Nov 2015
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"Beautifully written, chillingly atmospheric and utterly compelling, The Secret by the Lake is Louise Douglas at her brilliant best" (Tammy Cohen, author of The Broken)
"A master of her craft, Louise Douglas ratchets up the tension in this haunting and exquisitely written tale of buried secrets and past tragedy." (Amanda Jennings, author of Sworn Secret)
"A clammy, atmospheric and suspenseful novel, it builds in tension all the way through to the startling final pages." (Sunday Express, S Magazine)
About the Author
Louise Douglas was born in Yorkshire but has lived in Somerset for the past twenty years. She has three sons and a partner who works in construction. She is the author of four novels, including The Secrets Between Us and In Her Shadow.
When she is not writing, Louise is usually reading, walking with the family's dogs, Lil and Lola, and spending time with her family and friends.
Talk to her on Twitter: @LouiseDouglas3 and visit her website at www.louisedouglas.co.uk.
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Atmospheric, suspenseful and dark; for fans of Louise Douglas this is sure to delight. The story is set in the early 1960s, mostly in the remote village of Blackwater, with its vast and brooding lake; and Douglas does a stunning job of bringing her setting to life, capturing the lake in all its shifting moods, the location very much adding to the tense and eerie ambience of the book.
This story strays more into the supernatural than her previous, and is I think her creepiest yet; indeed it reads as more of a proper ghost story rather than her previous thrillers. That said the true underlying horrors in the book are very human and real in nature; the truth once it is exposed genuinely chilling and tragic. As with most of her books, the story is told at a gentle pace, building slowly to the tense climax as secrets are gradually unravelled. As such the book can at times feel a bit slow and repetitive, however, I felt that it fitted and added to the suspense of the book.
Douglas also has a gentle and tender romance evolving between Amy and one of the local villagers, Daniel Cummings; which makes for a pleasant contrast to the darker elements of the story, whilst at the same time Daniel is also an important character in the plot in his own right. I did hazard a guess at some aspects of the plot, though I wasn't sure that I would be right and certainly I didn't manage to put all of it together; however, Douglas does lay her clues throughout the story, which is cleverly told.
A haunting read, and definitely one of my favourites from Douglas.
My only criticism is she still uses American spellings !! That's a bugbear of mine, I have to say, especially in a really English-set story. I enjoyed the inclusion of Bess the dog, too. However, I didn't have a great deal of time for Julia. I thought she took advantage of poor Amy, even when she was helping her out voluntarily as a friend !! She needed a kick up the backside more than once. I liked Daniel and Caroline's characters a great deal along with little Vivi.
I had pre-ordered it for November but only just got around to it. I hadn't long read Kate Morton's The Lakehouse and as it sounded a little similar I waited a while......the very final sentence had me howling but that's a mark of a great story as well for me.
I was not disappointed. Thoroughly enjoyed every page. Keeps you guessing all the way through. I didn't see what was coming and when it got to the part where they were about to open the shed I couldn't wait to find out what was inside! I had a feeling it wasn't going to be good though but this is when the secret starts to unravel.
Great book, some sad moments but a wonderful story!
Can't wait for her next book.