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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 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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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 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.

30 review for People of the Lake

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    I really enjoyed this! This was set in such a creepy little town where everyone had secrets and it kept you guessing up until the very end. I was dying the entire time with needing to know what was up with this little town. And let me tell you, this book delivered and it delivered on one hell of a spooky platter. This book focuses on a local legend and how no one will tell you why everyone is so secretive and pretty much hates outsiders. There was also a twist in the end that I didn’t see coming I really enjoyed this! This was set in such a creepy little town where everyone had secrets and it kept you guessing up until the very end. I was dying the entire time with needing to know what was up with this little town. And let me tell you, this book delivered and it delivered on one hell of a spooky platter. This book focuses on a local legend and how no one will tell you why everyone is so secretive and pretty much hates outsiders. There was also a twist in the end that I didn’t see coming and because of it, it had me shedding a few tears in the end. Overall, if you’re looking for a story that’s set in a small creepy town, with a mystery to it, then I highly recommend this one :) I will be on the lookout for future books from this author! This was available for instant download on Edelweiss. Many thanks to them for giving me an opportunity to read and review this! —————————————— This sounds so good, it's going to take everything in me to not rush home and start this dfknjfnbfgnbfg I'd start it right away but I'm trying to finish something else first before I start this one, but I hope to read this story next!!! We all know how mood reading goes though, so it might be another 39103 years before I get to it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Also, Edelweiss has this up for instant request so I was able to download it right away! Many thanks to them for giving me an opportunity to read and review this!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    The People of the Lake is a fascinating mix of several genres. I started it thinking the book was a psychological thriller with some very spooky elements, but the second part and the ending were more in the fantasy realm. Clara Morris, a sixteen year girl from Manhattan, decides to spend her summer holidays in a remote town of Redmarch Lake her father moved to after the divorce. The build up of tension in this book is spectacular. We know something is wrong with this town long before Clara sets The People of the Lake is a fascinating mix of several genres. I started it thinking the book was a psychological thriller with some very spooky elements, but the second part and the ending were more in the fantasy realm. Clara Morris, a sixteen year girl from Manhattan, decides to spend her summer holidays in a remote town of Redmarch Lake her father moved to after the divorce. The build up of tension in this book is spectacular. We know something is wrong with this town long before Clara sets her foot in it. I loved the descriptions of the unnervingly still lake and the surrounding woods. Add unfriendly town residents who very quickly show Clara that outsiders are not welcome in Redmarch Lake. Clara is a typical teenager. She loves her parents and would love to be able to communicate with them, but in the heat of the moment she just says things which are more snarky than she intends them to be. It doesn't help that her father is a silent type who gives a lot of warnings about not going alone to the woods, but doesn't find it easy to explain why. Similarly, he doesn't want to talk about the divorce, or, even more importantly for Clara, he doesn't even mention Zoe, Clara's twin sister who drowned saving Clara's life when they were eight years old. Clara befriends Neil, the only person in the town who is willing to talk to her in a welcoming way. Neil invites her to a party in the woods, but unfortunately, the following morning he is found dead under suspicious circumstances. When Clara finds a note written in the secret language she and Zoe invented, she knows she needs to investigate and break the wall of superstitious silence the town folk seem to have surrounded themselves with. The protagonist of the book Clara Morris is brave and tenacious. I liked the way she never gave up on reaching out to Ashley, Neilìs ex-girlfriend, who blamed Clara for upsetting the town's delicate balance and causing Neil's death. Clara's grief over her lost twin sister, who used to be her whole world, is probably one of the most fascinating aspects of the novel. There is a love interest as well, as you would expect in a YA novel, but I didn't find his character as well-developed as that of Zoe, Clara's deceased sister, who appears to be loyal and mischievious at the same time. The People of the Lake was a perfect October read for me, as the book relies a lot on the reader to fill the gaps and imagine spooky, scary things happening in this little isolated town and come up with one's own theories of what is and has been happening there for centuries. The historical excerpts are short and relevant and represent 'close escapes' different outsiders had with the town and its dark secret. There was one major twist that I didn't see coming and this is where the book started picking pace, perhaps a bit too much. I did enjoy the build-up of characters, atmosphere and tension in the first half of the book, while the second part and the ending, although original, appeared a bit rushed. The fantasy world the author created could have been expanded and described in more detail. Overall, it was an entertaining debut novel and I would definitely like to read more books by this author. Thank you to Edelweiss and the Sky Pony publisher for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Reading Divergence

    A cleverly imagined horror novel with Lovecraftian resonances, PEOPLE OF THE LAKE will delight conspiracy theorists and inspire horror fans. A tiny town in far upstate New York, Redmarch Lake, is unusually inbred and unusually close-mouthed--with excellent reasons. Clara Morris comes to summer with her divorced dad Tom, unaware of the dangers, because in this town, "Don't Talk, Don't Tell" is more than a way of life: it's life or death.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    People of the Lake is about a girl who spends the summer with her dad in his hometown. It’s a quiet little town on Redmarch Lake, except the people there are weird. They don’t like outsiders. They don’t talk to outsiders. And they are definitely hiding something. One night, after a party in the woods, a teenage boy washes up dead on the lakeshore, and the following morning a note shows up from Clara’s twin sister, written in a secret language they shared as twins. The only problem? Clara’s sister People of the Lake is about a girl who spends the summer with her dad in his hometown. It’s a quiet little town on Redmarch Lake, except the people there are weird. They don’t like outsiders. They don’t talk to outsiders. And they are definitely hiding something. One night, after a party in the woods, a teenage boy washes up dead on the lakeshore, and the following morning a note shows up from Clara’s twin sister, written in a secret language they shared as twins. The only problem? Clara’s sister Zoe has been dead for eight years. This book was slow to get going. It lingers a lot on unnecessary details. Clara’s inner monologue is often repetitive, as is the recounting of her mornings at the coffee shop. The dialogue often felt stiff and cliched. It isn’t bad per se, but it’s not really good either. I also struggled with the way Clara was written. She was written very much how I think adults believe teenage girls are, rather than how they actually are. She was never fully realized as a person outside of her teenage girl-dom. There were a lot of tropes and cliches stuffed in that just came across as dated. (A step dad she doesn’t want to know, the weird unfriendly goth girl, the awkward Dad… the list goes on.) That said, I did enjoy the plot. A lot of the details were held back until the end, keeping me in suspense. Even when I struggled, I wanted to see where the crazy train was taking me. There’s a silly romance shoehorned in at the end that you’ll see coming a mile away. By the time they got to “I love you’s” I was rolling my eyes. There’s some odd pieces of history going back to the 1400s thrown in, that don’t feel like they ever culminate into anything. They reveal bits and pieces of the town’s history but don’t actually contribute to the overall story beyond what the character’s tell us (and what the character’s tell us is much more coherent). The spook factor was decent. I loved the imagery of lights in the woods and the howling, accompanied by the ever present lake, so silent and still. It’s definitely supernatural in nature, as a heads up, if that kind of horror is not your thing. I think this could have actually been great if there had been some stronger editing to get rid of the tropes and repetitiveness, and maybe been trimmed down to a novella size to keep the pace up. Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss who provided an eARC for review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carla (Carla's Book Bits)

    Sometimes I like the good ol' simplicity of a YA horror. In the case of People of the Lake, something is scaring people, they confront said scare, and everything else falls into place. It doesn't have to get deeper than that. Don't get me wrong, these characters are not just cardboard cutouts. The town of Redmarch Lake feels sinister and has character. Of course, we have the things that make this a "typical" YA read; we have the love interest, the defying-the-parents storyline, etc. But I loved Sometimes I like the good ol' simplicity of a YA horror. In the case of People of the Lake, something is scaring people, they confront said scare, and everything else falls into place. It doesn't have to get deeper than that. Don't get me wrong, these characters are not just cardboard cutouts. The town of Redmarch Lake feels sinister and has character. Of course, we have the things that make this a "typical" YA read; we have the love interest, the defying-the-parents storyline, etc. But I loved this. This was so much fun, and I don't doubt that my teenage self would've eaten this book up. Would definitely read this again on a rainy day! I received an advanced copy courtesy of Netgalley, however this opinion is my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alma

    This book was SO horribly creepy and exciting. I was on the edge of my seat rapidly reading and turning pages to find out what was going to happen next. My biggest advice to anyone reading this book is to NOT read it at night. If you do then you’ll have to distract yourself with something peppy if you plan to actually sleep after reading it. No one told me that, so I’m off to go watch a pep rally or something…….Read my review to find out what made this book so creepy and exciting. Be sure to This book was SO horribly creepy and exciting. I was on the edge of my seat rapidly reading and turning pages to find out what was going to happen next. My biggest advice to anyone reading this book is to NOT read it at night. If you do then you’ll have to distract yourself with something peppy if you plan to actually sleep after reading it. No one told me that, so I’m off to go watch a pep rally or something…….Read my review to find out what made this book so creepy and exciting. Be sure to follow me on my blog so you'll get all my reviews in their entirety. Here's the review link: https://shouldireaditornot.wordpress....

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    People Of The Lake By Nick Scorza Genre: Ya Fiction Publisher: Sky Pony/ Simon & Schuster Release Date: October 1, 2019 I received a copy of this from the publisher and Eidelweiss in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. Man, do you ever just feel super conflicted about a book? I really loved most of this book! It centers around 16 year old Clara, just embarking on a Summer at her Father’s house in a tiny town called Redmarch Lake. This will be the first visit since her parents divorce. People Of The Lake By Nick Scorza Genre: Ya Fiction Publisher: Sky Pony/ Simon & Schuster Release Date: October 1, 2019 I received a copy of this from the publisher and Eidelweiss in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. Man, do you ever just feel super conflicted about a book? I really loved most of this book! It centers around 16 year old Clara, just embarking on a Summer at her Father’s house in a tiny town called Redmarch Lake. This will be the first visit since her parents divorce. Her relationship with both of them has been strained since the death of her twin, Zoe. Zoe was pretty much her world, so with her gone, not much matters anymore. As soon as she set foot in Redmarch Lake, I genuinely tore through this book! It’s not that it was the deepest or most imaginative plot, but that’s why I loved it. It reminded me of just a good old spooky book from my teenage days. Weird townspeople? Check. Ominous warnings? Check. Creepy noises? Check. A sketchy death/potential murder? Check. But wait! There’s an even creepier layer: Clara and Zoe had their own secret language. Clara starts receiving notes of warning in the freaking language she only shared with her dead twin. DUDE. It was SO good! But then all of a sudden towards the end, something happened. The pacing started to feel a bit rushed, and the actual ending was good, I just wasn’t into the style of dialogue used. That’s nothing against the book, just personal preference. Overall, it was an entertaining book, absolutely! Also, perfect for spooky season!! I always give my neutral books a 3.5. ⭐️

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Nothing makes me happier than a book I’m not sure about ending up being a favorite for the year. “People of the Lake” sees Clara heading to her father’s hometown following an argument with her mother and soon she finds that small towns have their own way of thinking and the last thing they want is outsiders asking too many questions and disrupting their way of life, especially when a boy who was the first to welcome Clara ends up dead. There’s nothing I love more than an old mythology influence Nothing makes me happier than a book I’m not sure about ending up being a favorite for the year. “People of the Lake” sees Clara heading to her father’s hometown following an argument with her mother and soon she finds that small towns have their own way of thinking and the last thing they want is outsiders asking too many questions and disrupting their way of life, especially when a boy who was the first to welcome Clara ends up dead. There’s nothing I love more than an old mythology influence on a small town where everything looks idyllic from the outside but once you look past the beauty you see the dark, twisted hunger that lurks below and this book had all of that and more. It hits some of the beats we see in fiction as well as reality as old money holds a lot of weight and influence which gives the monsters a free pass and to bring in something that is different than your average villain with influences from Native American culture and things even older than that was very interesting to read and to pair it with the hush hush mentality of the townspeople who know not to ask but blindly follow the rules and bury those who break them made this such a great read. There’s also a bit of the unreliable narrator here too and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it until we got deeper into the story and you see how it comes full circle which I did enjoy. That along with making me genuinely upset with the character death despite knowing them for maybe 6 pages is something I have to give credit for because I was pretty bummed way too early for that feeling to make sense. This is a great read and I hope a lot of people pick it up it offers so much and allows your own mind to conjure up what could be lurking in the forest by the lake and nothing is scarier than that. **special thanks to the publishers and edelweiss for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review!**

  9. 4 out of 5

    Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)

    Rated 3.5 really. Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA. Pros: Puts a fresh spin on some classic supernatural/horror tropes, with a couple of surprises. Explores grief and daughter/father dynamics. Cons: Employs quite a number of such tropes. Side characters feel a bit underdeveloped. The final confrontation is a tad over the top. WARNING! Some gruesome deaths. Will appeal to: Those who like classic mysteries in a contemporary setting. Those who like sibling stories. First Rated 3.5 really. Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA. Pros: Puts a fresh spin on some classic supernatural/horror tropes, with a couple of surprises. Explores grief and daughter/father dynamics. Cons: Employs quite a number of such tropes. Side characters feel a bit underdeveloped. The final confrontation is a tad over the top. WARNING! Some gruesome deaths. Will appeal to: Those who like classic mysteries in a contemporary setting. Those who like sibling stories. First off...DISCLAIMER: this title was up for grabs on NetGalley (in the Read Now section). Thanks to Skyhorse Publishing/Sky Pony for providing a temporary ecopy. This didn't influence my review in any way. TWISTING THE (T)ROPES If you're looking for books that employ a minimal dose of tropes, here's your caveat: People of the Lake is not one of those books. The good piece of news is, it uses them to its best advantage, and throws in a couple of twists that - combined with the sisterly bond/grief theme, and a relatable heroine who doesn't try too hard and isn't your usual special snowflake - alone would be enough to make POTL worth reading. There's a lot in this book that feels familiar: a mysterious and creepy place (albeit a lake and not your usual forest), a virtually gated community, a string of gruesome murders swept under the rug, a headstrong teen with a strained relationship with her parents, a couple of reluctant sidekicks, a love interest, and other minor things. But the way Scorza weaves it all together and incorporates the deceased-twin theme into the story makes all the difference - along with the fresh mythology he builds his story on. [...] Whole review here.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)

    I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Skyhorse Publishing. Trigger warnings: death, death of a twin, violence, gore, body horror, severe injury, hospitals, guns, drowning, trauma, grief, depression. When her mother’s loathsome boyfriend moves in with them, Clara exiles herself to her dad’s small, lakeside hometown for the summer. Redmarch is weirder than she ever imagined, and the oddly superstitious townspeople keep outsiders at a cool distance. Things haven’t been the I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Skyhorse Publishing. Trigger warnings: death, death of a twin, violence, gore, body horror, severe injury, hospitals, guns, drowning, trauma, grief, depression. When her mother’s loathsome boyfriend moves in with them, Clara exiles herself to her dad’s small, lakeside hometown for the summer. Redmarch is weirder than she ever imagined, and the oddly superstitious townspeople keep outsiders at a cool distance. Things haven’t been the same for Clara since her twin sister, Zoe, drowned when they were eight. When a body is found in the lake shortly after Clara arrives, she’s suspicious about the circumstances. Then she discovers a note written in the language she invented with Zoe when they were young. Who’s murdering townspeople and covering it up, and what does her sister have to do with it? People of the Lake has a spooky premise that pays off completely in atmosphere. Redmarch is one of those quiet, Wicker Man towns where you wouldn’t be surprised to learn all the townspeople were in on ritualistic murder. Scorza excels at descriptions of an unsettling lake and the eerie woods at night, where every crack of a twig makes you wonder if you’re being followed–nay, stalked. It’s amplified by the wall of silence put up by the unfriendly townspeople and their willful ignorance toward anything strange that happens. It’s not quite as strong in other areas. Clara is a pretty average heroine and Hector a pretty average sidekick, though I enjoyed Clara’s gradual friendship with a girl she was initially at odds with. Girls hating each other for no apparent reason is one of my least favorite tropes, and Scorza does a lot to counter that over the course of the novel. Plotwise, it’s very slow and then very fast, a little bit of horror and then suddenly ALL the horror, and it made the pacing a little odd. Clara doesn’t have any answers for so much of the book, and when they come, it’s a lot at once with no room to take a breath. Her relationship with Zoe is fascinating though, not least of which because Zoe isn’t there. It leans hard on a lot of stereotypical twin things, but it seems like the most genuine relationship in the book. I love the direction Scorza takes it in, and that particular plot thread–what happened to Zoe? what does she have to do with Redmarch?–is well-paced with hints that canny readers will be able to pick up on. The novel didn’t make a lasting impression on me, but I enjoyed it while I was reading, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to YA horror fans. I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ruthsic

    Warnings: mentions of child abuse and domestic abuse, mentions of Native American genocide, drowning, gun violence, loss of family member People of the Lake gave me both spooky vibes and mystery vibes going in - the former from the cover, and the latter from the synopsis and it ends up being both - a mystery wrapped in a horror setting. Clara coming to her father's hometown for the summer was supposed to be for her looking after him and to get away from her mother's new boyfriend, but she soon Warnings: mentions of child abuse and domestic abuse, mentions of Native American genocide, drowning, gun violence, loss of family member People of the Lake gave me both spooky vibes and mystery vibes going in - the former from the cover, and the latter from the synopsis and it ends up being both - a mystery wrapped in a horror setting. Clara coming to her father's hometown for the summer was supposed to be for her looking after him and to get away from her mother's new boyfriend, but she soon gets involved in the mysterious deaths in the town. While the town is picturesque, the people aren't welcoming in the least, and Clara initially chalks it up to probably bad experiences with outsiders, but soon a lot of things about the town of Redmarch Lake don't seem right. The residents are superstitious and paranoid, including her father, and almost no one is ready to discuss the families that started the town, or the bloody legends that surround it. With the help of Hector, another outsider like her, and her father's research for his book, she starts to find out why weird things happen often in the town and are quickly brushed under the rug. When it comes to horrors or thrillers, the first thing I look for is atmosphere. This book nails the foreboding town trope very well, with the creepy forest bordering it, the ultra creepy lake near it, and the powerful family talked about in hushed tones. It was summer in the story, but damn it gave me some chilly autumn feels while reading. Clara's fear and wariness of the forest seems visceral from her voice, and you can feel her frustration with her father and the people of the town. At one point, I was sure she was an unreliable narrator, too, and that just adds to the mystery of the story. Oh, and there are actually two mysteries in the story, which while predictable, are linked in a way I didn't see coming. The characters seems a bit stiff sometimes, but I don't know if it was a town thing or a Clara thing. Still, the plot reveals and twists were well-done, and I liked the inclusion of historical elements into the story through excerpts from her father's research. Overall, it is an eerie supernatural mystery that feels apt for this season! Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Sky Pony Press, via Edelweiss.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    2 stars This book has an interesting premise, which is why I was so eager to read it. Sadly, this book did not work for me. Yes, it was paranormal and a little bit spooky, but I found myself having to force myself to keep reading. I felt like nothing truly happened for about 70% of the book and then everything interesting was revealed after that point. In my opinion, this book was not a “thriller” in any sense of the word. I thought that all the characters were one-dimensional. For a story that 2 stars This book has an interesting premise, which is why I was so eager to read it. Sadly, this book did not work for me. Yes, it was paranormal and a little bit spooky, but I found myself having to force myself to keep reading. I felt like nothing truly happened for about 70% of the book and then everything interesting was revealed after that point. In my opinion, this book was not a “thriller” in any sense of the word. I thought that all the characters were one-dimensional. For a story that focuses on a specific set of characters who all feel isolated from the town in one way or another, I just didn’t care about anyone in the book. There was a relationship between two characters that felt completely forced and unrealistic and I thought that Scorza was trying to just “tick” a box by including said relationship. All that aside, there were a couple of interesting reveals and the ending was not what I was expecting! I also enjoyed the "historical" excerpts that were weaved in between the chapters set in the present day. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if Scorza spent more time developing the characters, which, in turn, would benefit the overall story. Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jenna R

    **I was provided an electronic ARC by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.** Actual rating: 3.5 stars People of the Lake is a YA mystery which borders a bit into suspense and thriller. Redmarch Lake was once a thriving tourist town, but now it is weighed down by secrets and unfriendly to outsiders. Clara, whose family is one of three founding families, goes to the lake for the summer to visit her father after her parents' divorce. When Neil, the only local who will speak **I was provided an electronic ARC by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.** Actual rating: 3.5 stars People of the Lake is a YA mystery which borders a bit into suspense and thriller. Redmarch Lake was once a thriving tourist town, but now it is weighed down by secrets and unfriendly to outsiders. Clara, whose family is one of three founding families, goes to the lake for the summer to visit her father after her parents' divorce. When Neil, the only local who will speak to Clara, shows up drowned in the lake, it is written off as a drunken teenage misadventure. But Clara and fellow outsider Hector realize there is more to the people of the lake than they would have the public believe. In general, I found that I enjoyed this novel. The pacing for the majority of the book was well done. There was a decent balance struck that made the reader doubt what was happening and whether or not the cause of the trouble is paranormal or otherwise. The ending, to me, was very rushed and resolved itself far too neatly. This was especially stark when compared to the rest of the book, where the pacing was so nicely done. The twists were not particularly original and added a bit to the hastiness of the ending. Overall, I found People of the Lake to be an easy, fun read and would not hesitate to pick up other works by Nick Scorza.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rox

    The People of the Lake is a YA thriller, mixed with a bit of horror, about Clara, a 16 year old spending her summer vacation with her father in his creepy and unfriendly town, Redmarch Lake. The town doesn't take friendly to newcomers, but one boy, Neil, takes it upon himself to make Clara feel welcome by inviting her to a party out in the woods. Unfortunately, Clara loses track of him during the party, and the next day his body turns up. Ok, ok, ok. This was good. As far as my research tells The People of the Lake is a YA thriller, mixed with a bit of horror, about Clara, a 16 year old spending her summer vacation with her father in his creepy and unfriendly town, Redmarch Lake. The town doesn't take friendly to newcomers, but one boy, Neil, takes it upon himself to make Clara feel welcome by inviting her to a party out in the woods. Unfortunately, Clara loses track of him during the party, and the next day his body turns up. Ok, ok, ok. This was good. As far as my research tells me, this is Nick Scorza's first novel, please let me know if I'm wrong here. Thereby making this a worthwhile debut. The atmosphere of Redmarch Lake is creepy and magical. From the start we know something is wrong with this town. Our characters are loveable and diverse, and from the get go they act like actual teenagers. Throughout the novel I was expecting some sort of plot twist, but I have to admit I didn't see the particular twist coming. I wasn't left too satisfied by the resolution and the pacing of the entire novel could have been revised a bit. But overall I would still suggest the People of the Lake. This novel would be perfect for fans of paranormal CW shows. People of the Lake comes out in October. This was a review of an arc from NetGalley

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

    This is a great supernatural mystery for YA and adult readers, full of interesting twists and turns. Clara's spending the summer with her dad in the small town he grew up in, but the locals are unfriendly and there's a certain amount of local lore about ghosts and monsters. When Clara encounters the things that haunt the place and a local teen dies at a party, she, another outsider, and the dead boy's ex-girlfriend team up to figure out what's going unsaid about the town, its colonizing This is a great supernatural mystery for YA and adult readers, full of interesting twists and turns. Clara's spending the summer with her dad in the small town he grew up in, but the locals are unfriendly and there's a certain amount of local lore about ghosts and monsters. When Clara encounters the things that haunt the place and a local teen dies at a party, she, another outsider, and the dead boy's ex-girlfriend team up to figure out what's going unsaid about the town, its colonizing families, and the powers that lurk in the lake. The issues of colonization, racism, and forced/normate heterosexuality are handled very well, and the big finish is exciting and well-written. I do think the book would benefit by having a catchier title; "People of the Lake" is a bit meh.

  16. 5 out of 5

    CR

    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 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This isn't a bad book it's just confused.It has a thriller element,a horror element and a slice of life element unfortunately they don't work together.I like the first part but the story becomes to convoluted for me. People will enjoy this especially if you enjoy suspense/thrillers with horror elements.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I’ve always found small, isolated towns inherently creepy. Everybody knows everyone else and none of them know you, the outsider. If something terrible happens to you will they help you or help cover up whatever horrible fate befalls you? Redmarch Lake is on the high end of the weirdness scale. It’s clear from the start that this insular community doesn’t like insiders and is hiding something awful. Are they a nefarious cult? Do they kidnap travellers and eat them? I obviously watch too many I’ve always found small, isolated towns inherently creepy. Everybody knows everyone else and none of them know you, the outsider. If something terrible happens to you will they help you or help cover up whatever horrible fate befalls you? Redmarch Lake is on the high end of the weirdness scale. It’s clear from the start that this insular community doesn’t like insiders and is hiding something awful. Are they a nefarious cult? Do they kidnap travellers and eat them? I obviously watch too many horror movies. As the story unfolds it becomes clear that the strangeness in Redmarch is much deeper and darker than I had imagined. It’s a rather terrifying book, especially for those who fear the woods or deep lakes and the things that may lurk within them. I really enjoyed the historical episodes interspersed within the present day story. Many of them were incredibly chilling. I love a good horror story and this one was very entertaining. It kept me engaged from beginning to end and I don’t think there was a lull at any point. The conclusion was a bit over the top but it fit with the story and I thought it was a satisfying end. Thank you to Skyhorse Publishing and Sky Pony for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Annarella

    A creepy, exciting and well written book that kept me on the edge till the end. I liked the descriptions of the environment, the well written cast of characters, and the gripping and entertaining plot. It's the first book I read by this author and won't surely be the last. Recommended! Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Edgy, Suspenseful and Mysterious, this book will draw you into the horrifying depths of Redmarch Lake and the tiny Town filled with it's century old secrets. Clara will soon find out the bitter roots her family came from, the truth of her sisters tragic death and how unlikely friendships, in an unfriendly town, could be what saves them all. Best YA thriller novel I've ever had the sure pleasure of reading. With that being said, I would suggest, with the profanity, drug/alcohol scenarios and Edgy, Suspenseful and Mysterious, this book will draw you into the horrifying depths of Redmarch Lake and the tiny Town filled with it's century old secrets. Clara will soon find out the bitter roots her family came from, the truth of her sisters tragic death and how unlikely friendships, in an unfriendly town, could be what saves them all. Best YA thriller novel I've ever had the sure pleasure of reading. With that being said, I would suggest, with the profanity, drug/alcohol scenarios and some gruesome scene dialogue, this would Not be recommend to younger YA readers. Hence the four star rating.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog! Thank you to Sky Pony for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review. Truthfully, I didn't connect to this story. The way it started felt like you were dropped partway through the tale, which left me off pace from the start. The beginning altogether is very slow, which meant that I could not get into the characters or the story at all. Although I will say, this book did have some redeeming elements. The storyline about the sisters My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog! Thank you to Sky Pony for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review. Truthfully, I didn't connect to this story. The way it started felt like you were dropped partway through the tale, which left me off pace from the start. The beginning altogether is very slow, which meant that I could not get into the characters or the story at all.  Although I will say, this book did have some redeeming elements. The storyline about the sisters with their own language? I really enjoyed that part of the book and it's what grabbed my attention enough to pick up this ARC to begin with. 

  22. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    After a fallout with hey Mom, Sixteen year old Clara leaves NYC to stay with her dad in a lake side town in upstate New York. Clara quickly picks up on an unwelcoming vibe from the townspeople and is unnerved by the stillness of the lake. Her father continually warns her not to go into the woods but with little to no specifics. These cryptic warnings catch Clara's interest. Soon she finds herself investigating the town's terrifying past along with the mysterious death of a boy she had just met, After a fallout with hey Mom, Sixteen year old Clara leaves NYC to stay with her dad in a lake side town in upstate New York. Clara quickly picks up on an unwelcoming vibe from the townspeople and is unnerved by the stillness of the lake. Her father continually warns her not to go into the woods but with little to no specifics. These cryptic warnings catch Clara's interest. Soon she finds herself investigating the town's terrifying past along with the mysterious death of a boy she had just met, and who IS sending those notes written in the secret language she once used with her deceased twin sister? Scorza's novel has the makings of a good suspense novel. However, the story is slow to start and I found myself skipping ahead.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nazia Ahmed

    I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own. This book was surprisingly good, it was just so creepy and exciting! I wasn't expecting too much as I haven't read anything from this author previously. But I really enjoyed this book. It is a very cleverly imagined horror book. I was on the edge of my seat and kept turning page after page. I haven't enjoyed a book like this in a long time in this genre and I think Nick Scorza has done a great job. I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own. This book was surprisingly good, it was just so creepy and exciting! I wasn't expecting too much as I haven't read anything from this author previously. But I really enjoyed this book. It is a very cleverly imagined horror book. I was on the edge of my seat and kept turning page after page. I haven't enjoyed a book like this in a long time in this genre and I think Nick Scorza has done a great job. I hope this book gets made into a movie! 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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Tell

    I almost want to quote The Addams Family.. Creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky.. That's a good description of this book. I was drawn in from the start. It was a little slow, but had enough continuing character development to keep me interested. Then it continued to build. However, I knew early on what was going on.. One sentence in there foreshadows the rest of the book. Plus, once the intended scary stuff started, it actually was less scary. I was more creeped out by the town and the I almost want to quote The Addams Family.. Creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky.. That's a good description of this book. I was drawn in from the start. It was a little slow, but had enough continuing character development to keep me interested. Then it continued to build. However, I knew early on what was going on.. One sentence in there foreshadows the rest of the book. Plus, once the intended scary stuff started, it actually was less scary. I was more creeped out by the town and the suspense in the beginning. I received an advance copy from the publisher and net galley which did not affect my review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kay Mcleer

    This is what I look for in a young adult paranormal book. The characters are unique and fun and I really enjoyed reading this.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Roy

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Hill

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christie

  29. 5 out of 5

    wendy lowe

  30. 5 out of 5

    Martina

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