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The Lake of Dead Languages: A Novel
by Carol Goodman

Published: 2005-12-27
Mass Market Paperback : 432 pages
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In the evocative tradition of Donna Tartt’s first novel, The Secret History, comes this accomplished debut of youthful innocence drowned by dark sins. Twenty years ago, Jane Hudson left the Heart Lake School for Girls in the Adirondacks after a terrible tragedy. Now she has returned ...
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(In the evocative tradition of Donna Tartt’s first novel, The Secret History, comes this accomplished debut of youthful innocence drowned by dark sins. Twenty years ago, Jane Hudson left the Heart Lake School for Girls in the Adirondacks after a terrible tragedy. Now she has returned to the placid, isolated shores of the lakeside school as a Latin teacher, recently separated and hoping to make a fresh start with her young daughter. But ominous messages from the past dredge up forgotten memories that will become a living nightmare.

Since freshmen year, Jane and her two roommates, Lucy Toller and Deirdre Hall, were inseparable–studying the classics, performing school girl rituals on the lake, and sneaking out after curfew to meet Lucy’s charismatic brother Matt. However, the last winter before graduation, everything changed. For in that sheltered, ice-encrusted wonderland, three lives were taken, all victims of senseless suicide. Only Jane was left to carry the burden of a mystery that has stayed hidden for more than two decades in the dark depths of Heart Lake.

Now pages from Jane’s missing journal, written during that tragic time, have reappeared, revealing shocking, long-buried secrets. And suddenly, young, troubled girls are beginning to die again . . . as piece by piece the shattering truth slowly floats to the surface.

At once compelling, sensuous, and intelligent, The Lake of Dead Languages is an eloquent thriller, an intricate balance of suspense and fine storytelling that proves Carol Goodman is a rare new talent with a brilliant future.


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by fran515 (see profile) 06/19/10
Even though it is hard to get into. ... keep reading. You won't be sorry.

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  "Keep reading..."by meye0797 (see profile) 05/23/11

This book is great once you get beyond the first section - the characters are well developed and the mystery is captivating, but able to be solved if you're paying attention. The discussion points raised... (read more)

 
  "Slow and then picks up"by fran515 (see profile) 06/19/10

I found it extremely difficult to get into. Halfway through the book it became interesting and by the end I couldn't wait to find out all the secrets.

 
  "The Lake of Dead Languages:"by HIPP2007 (see profile) 11/13/08

 
  "Suspenseful, twisted, coming of age, engaging"by marshcs (see profile) 11/12/08

My book club read this in Nov 2008 and we all enjoyed it although admitted that it was somewhat twisted! LOL... I liked that the book flipped back and forth between today and the past. And I liked that... (read more)

 
  "Interesting book but with a weak ending"by maril (see profile) 11/12/08

The description of the lake, a major character in the book, is well written and you can feel the cold air and hear the lake sad or terrified or threatening. Going back and forth between the present and... (read more)

 
  "Mysterious, Dark mystery"by ellentambo (see profile) 05/08/08

Excellent story telling by Goodman.

 
  "a thriller"by mcdotreader (see profile) 05/08/08

Great book

 
  "Excellent page-turner!"by jendicus (see profile) 07/22/07

Wonderful thriller book that will be hard to put down.

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