The Lake Prime – Albawater.co

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 lifeEighteen years on, 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


10 thoughts on “The Lake

  1. Adam Light Adam Light says:

    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


  2. Michael Sorbello Michael Sorbello says:

    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


  3. Nick Iuppa Nick Iuppa says:

    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


  4. Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* says:

    Richard Laymon has always been a much revered horror author, choosing as his style to employ horror, shock effects, and sexuality in his work Unfortunately, The Lake is not a book worth praising Suspense is there, but it s scarce, and frankly the reader doesn t really care I couldn t get over the bizarre plot, the too unbelievable coincidences, and I could loan even less forgiveness to the hideous characterization.It s a rule in the publishing world that the sign be kept to a minimum Also, Richard Laymon has always been a much revered horror author, choosing as his style to employ horror, shock effects, and sexuality in his work Unfortunately, The Lake is not a book worth praising Suspense is there, but it s scarce, and frankly the reader doesn t really care I couldn t get over the bizarre plot, the too unbelievable coincidences, and I could loan even less forgiveness to the hideous characterization.It s a rule in the publishing world that the sign be kept to a minimum Also, capitalizing words or sentences to show that the character is screaming, or else is stunned, is lazy writing if overused Here Laymon sins repeatedly, and I almost feel that the book was only published and this was overlooked simply because he had already gathered a following His other works did not have this flaw, and one must wonder what was going on in his personal life to create such a rushed piece.Dialogue is painfully pitiful for the most part It s unnatural that when characters speak to each other, they keep saying the others name in each sentence The dream sequences used with the young girl, Deana, grows confusing, and so many times is not needed and only hurts the story To make matters worse, the story is told through a valley girl style, with exclamations and comments capitalized by teenage slang that screams cardboard character.The plot isn t better In fact, the book was hard to finish, and even harder to keep picking up It starts promising enough, but then everything becomes so muddled it s painful to wade through The ending doesn t answer all the questions, being obviously a bizarre twist just inserted to have something Storyline isn t consistent, and some things are rather irrelevant seeming If he had following up with the story line the book began with, it would have beeninteresting, or even the second storyline, but as it stands.well, I m speechless.Due to the weaker writing style, the bizarre plot that doesn t entertain, bounces all over the place when it doesn t need to, doesn t make sense, and the false characters with painful internal and external monologue, The Lake isn t a book I d recommend Frankly, I m surprised it was even published Read another Laymon book if you wish to be entertained, but stay far, far away from this one


  5. Matt Matt says:

    I m seriously hoping that The Traveling Vampire Show and Beast House are better than this Granted, I ve read that this is Laymon s worst book I hope so indeed Characters do completely idiotic things to get captured by the killer at one point I think Laymon just plain ran out of gas on where to go next Add in a killer chef and a middle portion that reads like THE BLUE LAGOON


  6. Kasia Kasia says:

    Call me crazy but I loved this book I walked by it three times, on three separate occasions and hesitated based on the lukewarm and bad reviews it got here but I m happy I finally got the guts to trust my own instinct and I got it anyway Laymon writes some pretty gory, intense and horrific scenes and this book started with one of them If you don t like that kind of a book, then stick to gentler Dean Koontz, whom I also like and who suitspeople s palates In a nutshell this story is abou Call me crazy but I loved this book I walked by it three times, on three separate occasions and hesitated based on the lukewarm and bad reviews it got here but I m happy I finally got the guts to trust my own instinct and I got it anyway Laymon writes some pretty gory, intense and horrific scenes and this book started with one of them If you don t like that kind of a book, then stick to gentler Dean Koontz, whom I also like and who suitspeople s palates In a nutshell this story is about Leigh, the mother who has some past secrets that connect her to the lake and its inhabitants Her past comes to haunt her later as her own child ends up a target, perhaps by a random madman or someone that Leigh has wronged in the past The story follows the past and the future and delivers a dynamite suspense and plenty of steamy lustful scenes.The Lake is a vortex of sorts, a place where teenage Leigh went to when her parents send her away in order to calm down and relax, instead her hormones got in the way and she ended up meeting Charlie I have never in my life read a book where the female characters were this horny, but I got over it and it made the story tighter I was fascinated reading about Lake Wahconda where one hot summer she had a lusty affair that ended up in a tragedy that would haunt her for longer than she knew The descriptions of the warm days, the kayaking, the fishing, food and happiness she felt at the beginning were wonderful to read, I could see the glassy black surface of the lake as she rested on the pier Happy days were interrupted after a love affair gone badly Her daughter Deana was born nine months after that tragic day, as you can imagine what Leigh did with Charlie Unknowns to Leigh and her Daughter, eighteen years later another tragedy strikes, as Deana and her boyfriend Allan are caught in a nightmare and the story gets really intense Both the mother and daughter try to move on and begin to get involved with men, who act questionably and who do not get too much trust form the reader Laymon s writing made everyone a suspect, as bodies kept piling up and strange behaviors in the West house kept occurring on hourly basis The story is not hard to follow but can be spoiled easy, as many men and women in it are entangled in Leigh s past, and who pose a secret threat to her and her daughter Eventually one of them gets in a big mess and a kidnapping and the story takes on a wilder turn as the clues come together I thought that the characters were fleshed out enough, as Laymon wrote many pages where their thought rambled on, making it realistic, as I know I think things through a lot when I m in a jam.Overall I rally enjoyed this tale, of Leigh s past and present, mixed up with creepy characters and her daughter getting involved with boyfriends of her own who were not to be trusted Many perils awaited them and I loved solving the clues and puzzles as to who was the bad guy in sheep s clothes, which would put up a fight against two women who did not want to give up


  7. Matt Matt says:

    Note This is taken from my review on .I ve read and own most of Laymon s work I m definitely a fan However, this book didn t do it for me.For starters, the plot felt very contrived and very loosely strung together There was too much going on to take it seriously One after another, improbable events keep happening There was so much going on, it seems like he could have fleshed it out into two or even three different books Instead, he tried to tie it all into The Lake There were a Note This is taken from my review on .I ve read and own most of Laymon s work I m definitely a fan However, this book didn t do it for me.For starters, the plot felt very contrived and very loosely strung together There was too much going on to take it seriously One after another, improbable events keep happening There was so much going on, it seems like he could have fleshed it out into two or even three different books Instead, he tried to tie it all into The Lake There were a few characters that by the end you re left thinking Why were they even included What was their purpose I didn t even go into the numerous plot inconsistencies and holes you could drive a truck through.Secondly, the characters did things that were just absolutely ridiculous and reacted not how any sane person would react I m sure you re familiar with the horror movies where you want to shout to the screen Don t open the door or Look behind you or What the hell are you thinking There are numerous scenes in this book that make you want to do just that Now, of course with these books you must have some suspension of disbelief It comes with the territory In fact, I m usually really great at doing it But surely there has to be a limit, right This book not only stepped past the limit, it charged miles past it I would give examples, but I might as well not ruin the story If you read this book, you ll find out and it ll have you shaking your head.In short if you re a Laymon fan, may as well check this one out to say you ve read it If you re not, or not accustomed to Laymon s work, I suggest you stay about as far away from this one as you can With the disjointed storylines, and absolutely dense characters, if you fall into the latter category, you re going to be ridiculously put off by this book


  8. James James says:

    I can t fairly give this a rating but I will say what I think about it I won t rate it because I think it clearly remains unfinished My buddy thinks that Laymon just used this book to develop ideas for other books and I think that may be true It centers around Leigh and Deana, a sexy but stupid mother daughter combo Leigh had a bit of a crazy time back in the day at beautiful Lake Wahconda, and now things have come back to bite her in the ass The story here is a mess, but like I said, I don I can t fairly give this a rating but I will say what I think about it I won t rate it because I think it clearly remains unfinished My buddy thinks that Laymon just used this book to develop ideas for other books and I think that may be true It centers around Leigh and Deana, a sexy but stupid mother daughter combo Leigh had a bit of a crazy time back in the day at beautiful Lake Wahconda, and now things have come back to bite her in the ass The story here is a mess, but like I said, I don t think Laymon got around to tightening things up The time period is VERY hard to pinpoint It mentions that things take place in 1999, but if that s true then Leigh was protesting the Vietnam War in the early 1980 s There is one character that supposedly dies, then near the end he turns up only to disappear again immediately and it is never explained A phone line is cut only to be functional again a few minutes later Leigh leaves poor Deana at home alone when she knows that a serial killer is loose with the sole intention of harming her daughter At one point Leigh escapes the psycho and then decides to come home and take a shower, assuming that her daughter is safe but not really KNOWING Man, it s all over the place and you gotta laugh or just put the book down.The redeeming qualities of this book make it worth reading, I think There are some weird things in here that I found to be delightful These include a disgusting knife wielding chef, a tragic love story flashback sequence, cannibalistic troll people, a dead disfigured baby at the bottom of a lake, and my favorite a creepy, cross dressing old hag with super strength called Mommy Dearest I wish Mommy Dearest had her own book.Anyways, that s The Lake I m glad I finished it It seems like I ve been reading this thing for a while now


  9. Kristin Kristin says:

    Glad I did not pay anything at all for this No character development Dialogue and behaviors not believable at all AND the beef willington misspelled EVERY SINGLE TIME.


  10. Dan Dan says:

    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