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Publisher's Summary

Keep the door locked.

Sam is excited to spend a week at her uncle's remote lake cabin. It's a chance for her to focus on her art without distractions: no neighbors, no phone, and a small radio as her only contact with the outside world.

But there's something deeply unnatural lingering in the lake.

The radio's news reports talk about disappearances on a nearby hiking trail. The car won't start. And Sam starts to believe she's being stalked when she catches glimpses of a tall, strange man standing at the end of her dock, staring intently into the swirling waters below.

©2015 Darcy Coates (P)2016 Darcy Coates

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  • 05-07-17

Suspense, chills and more

Nice short story. had me on edge of my seat anxious with each turn. Nice for a rainy day.

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The woods aren’t for everyone

Like do many 80’s thriller movies there is a remote location and unexplained things happening. The heroine of the story does not disappoint on her ability up make matters worse. The narration is good and holds interest through out its telling. It’s a perfect book to listen to while you drive down that roadway leading to places unknown,.

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Predictible but Still Very Good

I am a true horror fan and over the last few years I have become disenchanted with the genre because not much can scare me these days. After finding Darcy Coates' books I was hoping she would all change all of that. After I finished listening to Craven Manor, my first Darcy Coates audiobook, I wanted more of the thrills and chills she had to offer, so I purchased Dead Lake immediately. I was hoping to be afraid a little but I don't believe this book was meant to be scary at all. The writing was very good and the characters were fully fleshed out and the plot, even though predictable it was very good. I was on the edge of my seat and found myself screaming at my player thinking I was helping our protagonist out a little bit, but all I wound up with was a sore throat.

Nicky Phillips did a great job at narrating and I would love to listen to more of her projects. Dead Lake didn't scare me at all. There weren't even any chills that I can remember BUT it was still a great book and I recommend it to everyone 16 and older.

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Very good read

although this was slow in spots, it was a very well written story. there were some good twists within the telling of this tale and I highly recommend it to fans of paranormal short stories.

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Main character was boring

Didn't get invested in the main character at all. She wasn't complex at all and not enough backstory. She kept making bad decisions so I eventually didn't care what happened to her. Good thing the book was short.

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Good book but not my cup of tea

I didn't finish the entire book. When I got to the part where I realized it was not a paranormal book, but a book about a serial killer, I stopped reading. From the description of the book, I thought it was going to be a paranormal book which it turned out to definitely not be. However, the parts of the book I listened to, were really good.

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Wonderful

This book was a great surprise. I will read more from this writer. Love it.

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A great supernatural story

Contains just enough suspense, horror, unanswered questions and ghosts to appeal to all readers. The characters were well written and the setting was perfectly written. The narrator did a wonderful job.

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I wasn’t impressed…I finished it because I was out of credits but I didn’t really enjoy the story. It was, at times, difficult to follow and just wasn’t very good.

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thrilling yet heartwarming

The chase was extreme suspension and got me scared that the main protagonist was going to die each time. the chase left my heart racing like I was running through a forest. the ending was very satisfying and this story Is one I would listen to again.

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  • P. J. B. Preston
  • 07-02-21

Tripe

Honestly.

Write your own ghost story.

The facts that the police should have known, and. The magical money tree for the killer are just so bad.

Avoid.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-16-21

Gripping

This book had so many shocking turns that it had me not wanting to put it down; the narrator kept my attention throughout and being the type of story I wouldn’t normally choose; I’m glad I did; very enjoyable storyline

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  • Kath Baker
  • 05-04-20

Sad Disappointment :(

I've read some stories by this author before - and thoroughly enjoyed them.

This, though the reader did a good job, was a sad disappointment. This genre can be formulaic (one of its pleasures!) but here I had realised all of the plot twists - although I got the wrong body part - about an hour in. I finished listening thinking I'd be wrong but no.

I'm not giving up on Darcy Coates, and especially not on Nicky Phillips! But I really wish I hadn't listened to this :(

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  • P Atkins
  • 01-20-19

Still good but not my favourite Darcy Coates book

I do like Darcy Coates as an easy read in the genre but this one was not my favourite. The premise to the story was interesting but not as gripping as some of her others.

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  • TeeJay62
  • 10-02-18

Work trips

Ok story, kept me going on my long work drives to and from work. I found the narrators American voice annoying, but the tale passed the time.

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  • Victoria Schwimley
  • 08-03-18

Good ghost story.

I like ghost stories that have meaning and not just random ghosts haunting for no reason. In Dead Lake the author goes back to let us know who and why the ghost are haunting. There are a few times where I got a slight bit confused with what was reality and what was a dream, but the story moved along well and the author made good use of time to keep the story interesting. Great narration with a clear, engaging voice and professional editing. I would definitely listen to another book by this author and narrator.

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  • K
  • 12-19-17

Predictable

Extremely disappointing ghost story. Very predictable, from the ‘ghost’ to the cheesy ending. Every element taken from either a film or another story. Avoid.

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  • Natasha
  • 02-08-21

Wow!

The book was thrilling, couldn’t stop listening. It was short and didn’t drag on, which I liked about it. It kept me interested. The narrator did great, performed well. Definitely recommend the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-29-20

Very enjoyable

I really enjoyed this short story...Darcy did a great job and kept you captivated until the end..