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The Lake of Dead Languagesby Carol Goodman
If you liked Secret History [Donna Tartt] you'll enjoy this suspenseful mystery set in a private girls' school in the Adirondacks. It's eerie, atmospheric and completely spellbinding.
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Twenty years ago, Jane Hudson fled the Heart Lake School for Girls in the Adirondacks after a terrible tragedy. The week before her graduation, in that sheltered wonderland, three lives were taken, all victims of suicide. Only Jane was left to carry the burden of a mystery that has stayed hidden in the depths of Heart Lake for more than two decades. Now Jane has returned to the 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. And young, troubled girls are beginning to die again — as, piece by piece, the shattering truth slowly floats to the surface...
"Goodman debuts strongly with this intricately plotted and captivating tale of buried secrets....Goodman weaves ancient mythology with modern legend into a chilling and evocative story of deception and complicity." Publishers Weekly
"Hopelessly addictive...definitely the season's guilty pleasure." Time Out New York
"A wonderfully eerie sense of place...deeply atmospheric." Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Like Donna Tartt's The Secret History or a good film noir...Jane's low-key narration has just the right tone to keep readers hooked." People (Page-turner of the Week)
"A Gothic and elegant page-turner." Boston Globe
"Trash, despite the highfalutin Latin and classic references — and not very sexy trash at that." Kirkus Reviews
"This ultimately pleasing debut novel suffers from some plot clumsiness, including a reliance on coincidence and a few situational implausibilities. These drawbacks are forgiven and forgotten as the story builds into a thrilling, diverting read." Booklist
A lake's shattering truth slowly floats to the surface in this national bestseller now in paperback — a stunning, captivating first novel of youthful innocence drowned by dark sins. A Top Ten Book Sense selection in hardcover.
Twenty years ago, Jane Hudson fled the Heart Lake School for Girls in the Adirondacks after a terrible tragedy. The week before graduation, three lives were taken, all victims of suicide. Only Jane was left to carry the burden of a mystery that has stayed hidden for more than two decades. Now Jane has returned 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. And once again, young, troubled girls are beginning to die...
About the Author
Carol Goodman's work has appeared in such journals as The Greensboro Review, Literal Latté, The Midwest Quarterly, and Other Voices. After graduation from Vassar College, where she majored in Latin, she taught Latin for several years in Austin, Texas. She then received an M.F.A. in fiction from the New School University, studying under Rick Moody, Francine Prose, David Gates, Amy Hempel, and Peter Carey. Goodman currently teaches writing and works as a writer-in-residence for Teachers & Writers. She lives in Long Island.
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