Horror, Mystery/Thriller


Rating: 4 out of 5.


Suffering from writer’s block, novelist Rachel Ames escapes to a lake cabin to calm her mind and regain a sense of herself. The location is perfect. Isolated. Beautiful. Inspiring. It even comes with a good-looking landlord who shows an interest in her. But she can’t shake the sense that something terrible has followed her to the lake, something just beyond her consciousness, something out on the edge where the sounds of a raging fire and sirens linger whenever she slows down to listen. Determined to make the cabin work, she tries to settle in and give her new life a chance. But when strange things begin to happen around her, she wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake. As the darkness that’s followed her manifests itself in inexplicable ways, her concept of reality is stretched thin and she realizes nothing at the lake is what it seems. As she fights to survive with her sanity intact, she understands too late that the location she’s chosen for herself is far from perfect.

My Take:

Here’s my newest Covid buddy. Being too tired to read is possibly my least favorite thing about this virus, but this novella helped me through.

It’s listed as “horror,” but I would actually consider it more of a psychological thriller. It has everything a good thriller should have–twists, turns, and an unreliable narrator who will keep you guessing the entire time. If you’re stuck in bed with covid or planning a short road trip, this book will definitely keep you company.

I will give fair warning to mothers out there, the tragedy that torments the title character is absolutely gut-wrenching. I found myself in tears upon listening to it, and would probably not have finished the book had I know it was coming. Was it worth the read? Absolutely! It is a poignant picture of how grief can be the ultimate torment. Will I be looking for something for uplifting for my next read? Oh, definitely.


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