October 08, 2019

#BookReview: People of the Lake by Nick Scorza


Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Clara Morris is facing an awkward summer with her father in the tiny upstate town of Redmarch Lake. Clara’s relationship with her parents—and with life in general—has been strained since she lost her twin sister, Zoe, when the girls were eight. As a child, her sister had been her whole world—they even shared a secret invented twin language. Clara has managed to rebuild herself as best she can, but she still feels a hole in her life from the absence of her twin, and she suspects she always will.

She soon finds that Redmarch Lake, where her father’s family has lived for generations, is a very unusual place. The townspeople live by odd rules and superstitions. The eerily calm lake the town is named for both fascinates and repels her. The town’s young people are just as odd and unfriendly as their parents. Clara manages to befriend the one boy willing to talk to an outsider, but he disappears during a party in the woods.

The next day, he is found dead in the lake under mysterious circumstances. The townspeople all treat this as a tragic accident. Clara isn’t buying it, but she doesn’t know what to do until she receives a mysterious note hinting at murder—a note written in the language she shared with her twin sister, Zoe.


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About the Author: Nick Scorza has always loved getting lost in the woods or the city. He has been a bookseller, a construction worker, a freelance writer, and an English teacher in the Czech Republic. He currently lives in, and works for, the City of New York. This is his first novel.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟
My Review: This one I wasn't to sure about. The cover really didn't tell me anything and I really grabbed this one based on the title.  People of the Lake sounded really creepy.  However, this one turned out to be a thriller and not a paranormal as I thought it was going to be.  But that's not necessarily a bad thing. For us older people reading this it will give you all the feels of horror books from the 80's.  For the most part this book was creepy and great. But around the last half of the title it started feeling rushed and well sort of fell a part just little.  I think that down the road I might still revisit this one again.  But I wished the last half would have been as good as the first half. 


“A haunting small town mystery where not all is as it seems. With an atmospheric lake-side setting paired with the perfect blend of horror and supernatural, I couldn’t read it quick enough.” —Kate Ormand, author of Dark Days and The Wanderers

"Clara Morris is the best kind of hero—smart, flawed, and a little too brave for her own good—and what happens to her one summer at Redmarch Lake makes for one of the most original and gripping YA novels I’ve read in a long time. At turns scary, romantic, and heartbreaking, People of the Lake is a mystery you’ll want to read into the early morning hours." —Holly Goddard Jones, author of The Salt Line

"SO horribly creepy and exciting . . . My biggest advice to anyone reading this book is to NOT read it at night!" —Alma Ramos-McDermott, school librarian and 2019 John Newbery committee member

"An engaging story linked to a mirrored, paranormal realm . . . A good ghost story." —Kirkus Reviews









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