The Cry of the Lake Kindle Edition
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication date : July 21, 2020
- File size : 465 KB
- ASIN : B088PWPMPT
- Publisher : darkstroke books (July 21, 2020)
- Print length : 263 pages
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #287,811 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Charlie knows so well how to put all the feelings involved in history achieving my heart straight. It's a dark, mystery, suspense involved and so well written history that you can't stop reading it. It's one of the best books I've read for a long time.
Charlie is not only talented and creative. She is an amazing person that I'm proud to be part of the same team as hers.
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The narrative is powered by three different perspectives: Grace, Lilly and Flo. Grace and Lilly are sisters, but for reason which are revealed later in the story they pass themselves off as mother and daughter. It is primarily Grace who adopts this new, alien to her psyche personality to ensnare Tom, a man the two sisters seem to have an unfinished business with. He is the father of Flo, the third narrator.
At the outset, you cannot comprehend why anyone would want to destroy such a nice, kind man as Tom. You instinctively loathe the sinister, duplicitous - and murderous - impostors who have snaked their way into his and Flo's perfect family life. Lilly is the weaker of the two, more likely to crumble under pressure. Grace seems unstoppable in her mission of hatred. Slowly, people from their past enter the scene and revelations are made to shed some light on her motives. At times, it makes for a disturbing reading: abuse, self-harm feature among other difficult themes. A great read.
But you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, right? Bear with me and I’ll try to explain. The cover has a dark blue background with a floral pattern in a lighter shade of forget-me-not blue snaking across it, a bit like vintage wallpaper. It’s the kind of cover I’ve seen on books like The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry; a cover that says to me ‘literary fiction’. But take a closer look. I have terrible eyesight and didn’t see it at first but, lurking beneath the chintzy weave is something far more chilling: a human skull. Now I know I can expect a thriller (which The Cry of the Lake most definitely is) and that it will be written in a literary style. That could be a heavy burden of expectation for a book. But Tyler pulls it off with great finesse.
The Cry of the Lake grips from the first page where we meet Grace and Lily, two of the main characters, calmly wrapping up a corpse with packing tape before dumping it in the lake. Story questions race through your mind. Who are these people, why are they doing this, who is the victim and why did they kill her? And why is the author revealing so much information so soon? But this is a psychological thriller and the mystery is not so much about the ‘who dunnit’ as the ‘why dunnit’ and this provides plenty of page-turning reading.
In The Cry of the Lake very little is above the surface. All is murky and buried in the past and the novel explores themes of identity and reinvention, notably the identities of central characters, Grace and Lily, which are especially slippery. The third narrator, Flo, is Lily’s school friend and, when the story opens, Grace is in a relationship with her father, Tom.
Seventeen year old, Lily is an elective mute and, while her condition is rooted in past trauma, it gives her a small degree of protection because no one is sure how much she understands about what’s really going on. There are some dark and twisted incidents in the opening chapters as we explore the complexities in the relationship between Grace, Lily, Flo and Tom, and the local police officer, Annie, who just happens to be Tom’s ex-girlfriend. Prepare for some graphic details and gross, fishy smells. Just as you think you know where the plot is headed, a new set of characters from the past, notably the sinister Uncle Frank, are introduced. As the past is uncovered, the pace picks up and violence erupts. No one is safe.
The Cry of the Lake is a well-written, twisty debut with some unusual themes and a great sense of place. Highly recommended.
The author skilfully hooked me in with a jaw-dropping opening. She kept me reading with an intriguing plot that was gradually revealed through the words of the three protagonists. Exploring dark themes, this is a compelling and well-written mystery, packed with detail and offering a view on the disturbing mindset of a killer. Highly recommended for readers who like to be kept guessing.
The opening set up was brilliant and had me immediately needing to know how on earth these two individuals arrived at such a murderous place in their lives.
I loved the three distinct voices – Lily, Flo and Grace – each beautifully judged and developed throughout the novel. I found myself racing through to see how their lives would unfold and collide in a terrific climax. All the characters were utterly compelling and full of depth. I loved how the author conveyed the complexity of Grace’s character, a very beguiling character, but I equally enjoyed the portrayal of Lily and her early trauma alongside Flo’s sassiness.
A real gem of a novel.