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The Dark Lake (The Oshkosh Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Anthea Carson , D.J. Natelson
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Book Description

Something is wrong with Jane.
It's not that she still lives with her parents in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, although she's well into her thirties. It's not that she can't keep a job, stay sober, or function as an independent adult.  It's something else.  Something she can't quite remember.
There was a party. 
And a car. 
And the lake.                      

Editorial Reviews


Midwest Book Review  ... Her mind is trapped into endlessly reliving an echoing memory of a party that turned horrific when her car fell through ice in Lake Winnebago. As much as she tries to stay sober, hold down a steady job, and restart her life, the past keeps bubbling to the surface even as the local police dredge up her lost, water-wrecked car. Alternately harrowing and thoughtful, The Dark Lake dramatically mirrors the hidden depths of the human psyche. Highly recommended.

Willis M. Buhle

"Sarte meets the suburbs..." 

James Broderick Ph.D

From the Author

This story is written in stream of consciousness style. It is a psychological thriller that reveals the thoughts of a disturbed mind.

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  • File Size: 383 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478192690
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EG96U8
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  • Lending: Enabled
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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I literally picked this book up and did not put it down except to eat dinner and then it was ending. I was completely entranced and disappointed it stopped. Cliffhanger is an understatement beyond description....WHERE'S BOOK TWO?
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Character Narration at its Very Best August 30, 2012
By Jeb
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The Dark Lake (The Oshkosh Trilogy)Stand back! Here is a writer that has mastered the art of character narration to the point where you will think the narrator of The Dark Lake, Jane, has come to your house and is sitting in your living room telling her story. After a little while you'll probably feel a little antsy - Jane seems a little off - and later you might contemplate jumping out the window, because you've discovered that Jane is more then just a little off, she's creepy scary crazy and she might go postal at any moment.

Author Anthea Carson is not your average self-published genre storyteller, and The Dark Lake, unlike the flood of Kindle books being published, is a work of sophisticated complexity. Carson has cut her writerly teeth on the likes of Faulkner, Proust, Nabokov and perhaps a bit of Kafka. When I stood the first several pages of The Dark Lake up against popular author Ann Patchett's new book I felt Carson's work was far more compelling than the factory-produced cookie-cutter work of Patchett.

The Dark Lake, like most good fiction, challenges the sensibilities of the reader and generally asks more questions than it answers. Add that to Carson's mastery of voice, and her ability to tell her story such that the writing itself is barely noticeable, and you have the makings of breakthrough fiction. Not long ago The New York Times Book Review would have lauded The Dark Lake as notable work. These days one can only hope that Anthea Carson keeps producing. My bet is a big break is just around the corner.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful February 28, 2012
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I had planned to read this over time, but could not put it down until I knew Jane's secret! This book kept me interested to the very end. It would make fantastic book club interaction. It is the perfect length to read in an afternoon & is full of material for great conversation.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very creative..... a little confusing. March 18, 2012
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Ok, I'll start out by saying that I could not stop reading it once I started.. It was hard to put down. I enjoyed reading it!
It was a little confusing at first, figuring out if she was in past or present, but you get use to it once you get into the book. I loved the story, had fun with it,related to it, however, I was a little confused at the end. Didn't know exactly what had happened? So, I re-read the last 2 chapters again and sure enough... I figured it out :) Great Book!!
I would definitely recommend it to my friends and family.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Lake (The Oshkosh Trilogy) June 1, 2012
By lsb
Format:Kindle Edition
I read the book in one someone who suffer some of the maladies that Jane suffers...I found it amazing how you could be so engaged in the story that you actually knew what was going on with the creative use of words that the author chose. The story almost seemed like a movie because the book was so vividly worded. I would highly recommend this read...
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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is why we have editors July 2, 2012
By J D
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When Kindle Singles first came out I thought it sounded like a great idea, because it was a venue for lesser-known authors to get their (undoubtedly talented) foot in the door. Then I read The Dark Lake. The author desperately needs to go back to freshman-level English. This story utterly failed to be immersive because every page knocked me back into reality with misplaced commas, mistaken homophones and words that don't quite mean what the author thinks they do. If English is the author's first language and she claims to be a writer, there is absolutely no excuse for the hundreds of technical errors in this book.

Additionally, I found myself wishing the main character had died in the lake: An adult baby who thinks the world owes her something because she got addicted to cocaine.

I'd also like to mention that I have lived in Oshkosh. There are not many black people in Oshkosh, but there are certainly more than three. The author needs to leave the house once in a while.

Please don't let this turn into an actual trilogy.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time March 21, 2013
By Drake
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Kept thinking it would get better but then it just ended. Don't waste your time!! Just a lot of drug and drinking parties.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing July 25, 2012
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The Dark Lake is a book that will leave you wanting more. I even feel like reading it a second time certain that I will appreciate it even more. It captured me from the very first chapter and was hard to put down. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it and about what would happen next. It is refreshing to read the author's unique approach to writing and I wish more authors would take a different approach to writing every now and then like this author did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars What i read i enjoyed - but it's like ending a book mid chapter
What i read i enjoyed - but it's like ending a book mid chapter. I know it's a trilogy, but most trilogies at least feel complete after each part. Read more
Published 4 months ago by CatMom
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok
This Book was ok. I am glad it was free. I didn't like it enough to pay for it. o.k.
Published 4 months ago by Kourtnei Adams
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Published 4 months ago by BMW LADY
2.0 out of 5 stars confusing but still interesting
I found myself being confused while reading this story but I wanted answers as to what truly is causing the main character life to be thrown is such constant turmoil. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dawn A Fugate
3.0 out of 5 stars A Strange One
I got caught up in her dark past and how it may have twisted her perception in the present. Un fortunately I was left worth more questions than answers. Read more
Published 5 months ago by B. McConn
2.0 out of 5 stars Being a retired Social Worker from Wisconsin I just knew I'd like...
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Being a retired Social Worker from Wisconsin I just knew I'd like this... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mary C Micheel
4.0 out of 5 stars Moody and Atmospheric Study of an Woman Lost in Drugs, Alcohol, and a...
"The Dark Lake" is the first book in a moody, atmospheric trilogy about a young woman named Jane, who has entangled herself in drugs, alcohol, and unhealthy relationships but... Read more
Published 6 months ago by E. Lucas
3.0 out of 5 stars NO DRAMATIC ENDING
THE DARK LAKE is the story of Jane and her crazy life. She goes from therapy appointments to anger managment meetings and back home with her parents. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brenda R
3.0 out of 5 stars confused
I had trouble keeping up with the constant flashbacks. But the book kept my curiosity the entire time. I read nonstop over 24hrs trying to figure out the mystery. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lisa
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More About the Author

Anthea Carson is the co-author of the bestselling chess book, "Tactics Time," co-author of Game of Kings," "How to Play Chess Like an Animal," a children's chess book based on chess openings with animal names, as well as a children's tactics puzzle book, and several novels and novellas including "The Dark Lake," a psychological suspense as complex and twisted as any chess game, and a chess based novel, "Game of Kings, A Thrilling Modern Reimagining of Pride and Prejudice." She is a tournament chess player, a chess coach, and the Game 60 Female US Chess champion of 2004. Anthea obtained her bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, with an emphasis in literature and mathematics. Her fiction writings include a trilogy, several novellas and short stories, some of which, unsurprisingly, are about female chess players in the male dominated world of tournament chess. She currently resides in Colorado Springs with her husband and two children.

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