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Was she murdered? Did she run away? Instead of answering these questions, O'Brien raises even more as he slowly reveals past lives and long-hidden secrets. Included in this third-person narrative are "interviews" with the couple's friends and family as well as footnoted excerpts from a mix of fictionalized newspaper reports on the case and real reports pertaining to historical events--a mélange that lends the novel an eerie sense of verisimilitude. If Kathy's disappearance is at the heart of this work, then John's involvement in a My Lai-type massacre in Vietnam is its core, and O'Brien uses it to demonstrate how wars don't necessarily end when governments say they do. In the Lake of the Woods may not be true, but it feels true--and for Tim O'Brien, that's true enough. --Alix Wilber
Had to read it for class. An interesting story, unique take on the mystery genre. Overall, 10/10 would recommend.Published 19 days ago by Taylor Brown
A brilliant book. You will not realize In the Lake of the Woods is a book about the Vietnam war until you do. This is a book I could read time and again -- and I have.Published 1 month ago by Mark Mcdonald
This is also my first Tim O'Brien novel. Look at me, so many reading firsts this week!
This is a hauntingly suspenseful novel about a Vietnam vet who loses a major... Read more
Best book I've read in a while. Tim Obrien :my newest favorite author. Looking forward to reading more of his work.Published 5 months ago by pablo
I wanted to love this book, since I love Tim O'Brien so much. I went to it thinking I would love it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Shandon
In speaking about this novel, O'Brien states that this work interrogates the fine line between biology and spirit," between some literal, if unknowable, "truth" and the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Casey Marie