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Lost Girl of the Lake [Kindle Edition]

Joe McKinney , Michael McCarty
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Lake Livingston: August, 1961. Mark Gaitlin is 15, the son of one of the wealthiest men in Texas, and on the most boring summer vacation of his life. His days are filled with the pomp and circumstance of country club life, while his nights are a parade of one embarrassment after another at the hands of giggling teenage girls. But the piney woods above Lake Livingston are dark at night, and hold many secrets for an impressionable youngster on the cusp of becoming a man. And one night, after skinny dipping in the lake with a mysterious local girl, Mark Gaitlin's life takes a crazy turn into the fire and brimstone religion of backwoods snake handlers and abandoned villages haunted by old family secrets. If he can survive the snakes and the ghosts and his own family's dark history, he just might make it out of the woods alive. And something else...he just might become a man.


Product Details

  • File Size: 254 KB
  • Print Length: 126 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press & Bad Moon Books; Crossroad Press & Bad Moon Books Digital edition (July 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MM8TME
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #919,404 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spine chilling horror October 4, 2012
Format:Paperback
If you haven't read this this marvelous book, you need to put it on your bucket list at #1!! This duo have created a world of mysticism of horror and the joys associated with coming of age. Joe and Michael are the Batman and Robin of horror. This one will keep you up at night and will creep you out, the necessary components of a good horror story in a Texas environment. I highly advise you take the opportunity to read this tale of terror. I also believe if you haven't had the opportunity to check out the horror of Joe's and the solo and collaborative efforts by Michael. You won't be disappointed!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Tale To Entertain Your Imagination August 29, 2012
Format:Paperback
LOST GIRL OF THE LAKE is an unconventional "coming of age story" as only authors Joe McKinney and Michael McCarty could invent. It is an endearing, evocative saga filled with the familiar as well as the unexpected, infused with wonders of the heart and soul. A tale of dark seduction and innocence, told through a man's mind, recreated from his boyhood memory. I highly recommend this page turning novel and glimpse into both the past and future with unanswered mysteries lurking in the wings.

-Jody R. LaGreca, Author of five books including SUBURBAN WEIRD
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Haunting!!!! August 1, 2012
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When two great novelists team up, a tale like "Lost Girl of the Lake" can happen--and happen it did! Joe McKinney's and Michael McCarty's "Lost Girl of the Lake" is as wonderful as it is haunting. A really great coming of age tale about realizing those significant moments in life and how they change a person. Filled with human horror as well as the type of supernatural horror we all have come to love from these gentlemen! Brilliantly done and a must read!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauting Coming of Age Story May 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Beautiful, haunting, funny and chilling. Just a few words to describe the wonderful coming of age novella. This is a must read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short story! May 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was phenomenal! I expected nothing less of Joe McKinney. Very nostalgic and entertaining read. I highly recommend it to everyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TX Scary (but not too scary) March 25, 2013
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I read this in a weekend. Fast and good. I liked all the TX references and could picture all of his descriptions very clearly. Good Job McKinney!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 80s Summer Camp Films with a Paranormal Bent March 18, 2015
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When I started this book, I was reminded of those 80s horror/summer camp films. But this book isn't campy. It is reflective, and peppered with powerful description.

Towards the end of the book, the last 10% or so, the short chapters started to feel like multiple choice endings. I'd read to the end of a chapter and think, "that was sufficient closure." Then I'd turn the page and find another brief reflection on the happenings in the story. Still, that was a minor issue I took with the book.

The main character was charismatic enough to keep me reading, and I related to his disposition. There were only a few key characters, which made the story easy to follow, and I liked them all.

Overall, this was a solid book, and I'm looking forward to reading more from both of these fellows, maybe returning to this one some day to see the stylistic similarities and differences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read with a shocking twist. August 1, 2012
Format:Paperback
I recently read Joe McKinney's "Dead City", which on the surface is a zombie book. Closer examination reveals a wealth of phllosohy about life and society. I was hoping that "Lost Lady of the Lake" would be at least as satisfying, and was not disappointed. A coming of age story set in the piney woods of east Texas in 1961, it sets a steady pace añd makes the reader keep asking for the next chapter. It's tightly written., and yet has a leisurely feel. Thoroughly enjoyable summer read; not too long, and well worth the time spent. Oh, the ending may keep you awake and watching the shadows.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Snakes and Lakes
Really enjoyed this story. A creepy, chilling coming of age tale. Left a lot to be imagined and thought about after the story was done. I recommend this.
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars LOST ME as a reader...
I bought this book, exact same cover and exact same book on March 16,2013, yet the copy that I bought is NO LONGER FOR SALE. Yet, yes, it IS the same book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Earthlings
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-written, dark coming of age tale
"Lost Girl of the Lake" is a well-written, dark coming of age tale.

Set in the summer of 1961 in the piney woods of Lake Livingston, Texas, Mark Gaitlin... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ken
4.0 out of 5 stars Eerie
Short story, engrossing and spooky. Enjoyable, captures the angst of a boy on the verge of manhood. Snakes bother you? You will be suitably horrified.
Published 14 months ago by marie alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonder short story
the author has done an amazing job with this selection. it is a wonderful story that really calls for introspection.
Published 14 months ago by deborah wright
5.0 out of 5 stars A weirdly scary and well thought out novel, coudn't put it down!
McCarty and Mckinney's conglomeration, " Lost Girl of the Lake", is Horror as it should be. I really don't want to include any spoilers except to say there is a reason it was a... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Stephen R.R. Rieder
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird
This book was pretty good, but rather strange. It kept me reading, but I had figured part of it out before the end. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Armywife
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost Girl of the Lake
Story catches your attention quickly. The story is being narrated by the main character looking back to the experience that happened to him as a youth. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Maria Martinez
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but it missed the mark
Lost Girl of the Lake is a coming-of-age novella set in the Texas in the early 1960s. Mark is the son of a wealthy Texan and his summer of country club life is dull, lifeless, and... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Books Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring!
Don't waste your time or your money. This movie is weird and difficult to follow. Ridiculous concept. Again don't waste your time.
Published 23 months ago by Jacqui Hawkins
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