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

Anthea Carson , D.J. Natelson
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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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

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: 281 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EG96U8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,462 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 28 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 26 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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27 of 30 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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very creative..... a little confusing. March 18, 2012
By Cheri H
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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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9 of 9 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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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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26 of 32 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced read July 24, 2012
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Anthea Carson's "The Dark Lake" is a fast-paced novel that flits between the past and present-day life of Jane, a recovering addict who is trapped in limbo by a tragedy involving one of her best friends.

We first meet Jane in the present day. She is in her 20s or 30s, perhaps. Carson doesn't give a lot of detail about her physical appearance, leaving that to the imagination of the reader. We learn that Jane lives at home with her dysfunctional parents, attends AA meetings, and visits a therapist regularly. She can't hold a job, never graduated from high school or college, and constantly relives the past, torturing herself in the process.

So why bother reading about Jane when she sounds like so many wash-ups we read about in today's society?

Because she has a secret. A secret locked inside her mind to which even she doesn't hold the key. During the course of the story, we get bits and pieces here, a glimmer there, about what happened on the fateful night she relives over and over. What really happened that night? Did her friend survive the tragedy or perish? Can Jane overcome the past or is she destined to be lost to it?

At first it seems as if she might be lost forever.

Carson has written and published several short stories, the novel "Ainsworth," and has co-written a book about chess. "The Dark Lake" seems drawn deep from the depths of her imagination and successfully captures the reader's imagination till the story's end. And then you have to read the sequel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars wow!
Loved this book so much! Very intelligent and keeps you on your toes. I'm about to go read the next book in this trilogy.
Published 11 days ago by rainbowgurl23
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good
So, this isn't much my sort of book, but it was recommended to me by a friend, so I figured why not.

Jane is a haunted young woman who can't forget her teen years. Read more
Published 1 month ago by greenlizard11
3.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling but confusing
The further I read into The Dark Lake, the more I liked it. The first 5 or 6 chapters confused me, and I had a hard time getting a sense of Jane's character. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Reve Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars This Excellent Book The Dark Lake kept my attention from start to...
This Excellent Book The Dark Lake kept my attention from start to finish! For me, I have found this book to be a compelling book (I read it in one afternoon) and I recommend it to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Lake
Imagine living a life where you can't tell the difference between dreams and reality. That is exactly the existence that Jane lives with everyday. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Momto4BookLover
3.0 out of 5 stars 2.5/5 - An OK book
Rating: 2.5/5

The book had the potential to be really good. The story was kind of gripping enough to capture your attention. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hussain Ahmadi
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I love this book. I was simply held enchanted and glued to the book till I devoured the whole book.

The Dark Lake is a strange book that goes back and forth in time, and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Addy
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
One of the very few books i didn't bother finishing. Rare for me not to finish a book but felt like this was targeted to 10 year olds, only they would not like it either
Published 4 months ago by E. Christiana
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This story is written in stream of consciousness style. It is a psychological thriller that reveals the thoughts of a disturbed mind. Read more
Published 7 months ago by MaryAnn
1.0 out of 5 stars Ending ?????
Kind of confusing trying to figure out what really happened. The end was a little open ended. Not wheat I expected.
Published 7 months ago by mk
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More About the Author

Anthea Carson is the co-author of the bestselling chess book, "Tactics Time," co-author of "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. 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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