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Lake Monsters Paperback – August 1, 2001

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Back in Print -- A "monstrous" tale by Vermont's master of the macabre.

Downsized from his job and dumped by his girlfriend, Harrison Allen longs for a fresh start. Alone, with no prospects or plans, he relocates to a borrowed house on Friars Island in Lake Champlain to relax, contemplate, and begin redefining his life. Then he hears about the monsters . . .

Creatures -- perhaps similar to those of Loch Ness -- are said to inhabit the murky waters and fogbound marshes of his new island home. His interest piqued, Harrison becomes preoccupied with finding them. But his innocent questions provoke a surprising response: the islanders won't discuss monsters. After Harrison meets the lovely local schoolteacher, Nancy Wells, events inexplicably turn menacing. He suspects he is being watched; he is warned away from an abandoned monastery; and somehow he wins the wrath of a murderous local bully. Then people begin to disappear . . . and die.

Harrison's harmless monster hunt discloses something dark and disturbing beating in the heart of this tiny Vermont town. Malevolent forces, powerful and primitive, propel the unwary couple into a maelstrom of escalating terror. Suddenly they find themselves targeted by an unstoppable evil never before contemplated and impossible to comprehend.

Harrison's "new beginning" is like nothing he'd ever planned. And Lake Monsters ends with a surprise that's shocking, unexpected, and unforgettable.

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5 1/2 x 8 1/2 trim. Map. LC 2001-002087
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: UPNE; 1st edition (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584651105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584651109
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,487,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Okay, here's the deal. If you pick up a Joe Citro book, you are guaranteed these three things:

- A good scare

- Great writing, with plots that aren't easily predictable and characters you genuinely care about.

- Hunger for every other book he's written.

This was the novel that introduced me to Citro, and it was kind of an impulse buy. I wanted something fresh, but my expectations were low after sampling some other out-of-the-mainstream horror (yes Caitlin R. Kiernan, I'm talking to you!). To my surprise, I found myself completely drawn into Citro's story within the first few pages of the novel, and afterward I was no longer reading - I *was* the main character. I had never been as drawn into a book of this genre before so completely, and after finishing 'Lake Monsters' I made sure to add all of the other Hardscrabble Citro books to the top of my reading list.

When I've described Citro in the past I invariably start out with 'imagine sitting around a campfire in the woods at night...'. Citro is that guy with the ability to spin the truly great tales that you never forget which keep you awake all night long, jumping at the slightest noise.

The only problem is that apparently, Citro hasn't come out with anything new in years. This is most unfortunate, as I would pick up one of his books over a King, Straub, or Koontz any day.
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I loved this book! Little did I know that Lake Monsters would turn out to be one of my all-time favorites, when I happened across it one day on a library shelf. The stylish cover & design caught my attention, but it was Citro's writing that kept me eagerly turning those pages. The protagonist's attempt to get his life together and do something meaningful by searching for the monster in the lake, is intercepted by unforeseeable events and freaky isolationist island Vermonters. After reading this book, there is no way I would ever set foot on such an island. The story itself is not so much about him hunting for and getting to find the monster inside the lake. The real dangers lurk right there on that land and with its inhabitants. There is a map in the front of the book laying out the terrain, which helps you get your bearings. It also helped me imagine what a profound sense of isolation the main characters must have felt. The more I read, the more I felt like I was actually there on that island and in those bogs. This is no run-of-the-mill suspense/horror story. Citro is adept at conveying the dark undercurrents that run through the people of Vermont and the land itself. Not to mention the twist of an ending left me shocked and with my jaw on the floor.
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I usually pay more attention to the other feedbacks, they intimate the title says it is a certain kind of story when in actual fact it is an entirely different one. Although it is well written, my interest is in monster animals not gothic tales. So, if you love gothic suspense, this one has more juicy content than most.
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One isolated island, a bunch of crazy off-beat characters, a
mysterious monastary and a "monster". That's what you get in the latest re-print by Hardscrabble Books. Originally titled Dark Twilight this is actually Joseph Citro's first novel. Citro is really one of the true under appreciated writers of all time.
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Despite the slightly cheesy concept of the book, Citro managed to write a good little book here. It kept my interest and was largely unpredictable...and low and behold...it has almost nothing to do with lake monsters!
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I like a very wide variety of book subjects. One of these subjects is monsters. I enjoy books like Jaws, MEG, and other types of giant critters what are just waiting out there somewhere for lunch to come by.
I bought this book after reading the reviews and was curious to see what kind of monster inhabited Lake Champlain. This author did a great job of weaving major plots and sub plots and developing his characters. I'm not much into Yankee Gothic, but this was a nice change.
The central character is a man who goes looking for a monster he doesn't find; who finds a monster he isn't looking for; and whose odyssey is a search for himself - and a monster hunt of its own. The author seldom gets bogged down in dialog, and when he does describe a bog, he does so in a way that you can see, feel, taste, and smell the bog. Oh yeah, and lets not forget the haunted house, the closed up monastery, and the tight lipped locals.
Toward the end, some additional characters are developed; characters who have had a behind the scenes influence on the story from the beginning.
I believe that you'll like this book and I do recommend it for a good read!
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A very interesting and captivating book. Without giving too much away, it has twists and turns in the story that hold the reader's interest with a real "grabbing" end. A bit surreal and the setting is truly "gothic" in style.
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DISCLOSURE: I never finished this book as it was not what I had hoped it would be. I was looking for a good creature/Kaiju story but got a heavy dose of Stephen King style horror with a dash of Deliverance thrown in. If you like that genre then this book is for you as the characters were suitably creepy, but there was no monster driven story. There was an allusion to such a creature in the prologue, and the sample I had read before making the purchase didn't go far enough to show me that the titular "monsters" were likely the human denizens of this spooky island. The hero was not hero material through the first half, and I can only imagine what he did in the second. There was a large amount of sexual material and repeated references to human body parts. I have written other critiques recommending this practice be stopped as it can limit the target audience and impact sales. This book was not what I thought it would be, but I failed to fully research other critiques to be forewarned.
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