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- Print Length: 252 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1520335555
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- Publisher: Crossroad Press; Macabre Ink Digital edition (February 22, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 22, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01C3SDKLC
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As the Kransen house lays still and vacant, years of abandonment has caused structural damage along with dilapidated decaying pipes underneath the framework. An unnoticed subtle current of tiny bacterial infested flakes begin to flow from below the home into a lake that is a popular attraction for the town of Flening. One event structured around the lake is a town celebration called Bonanza. As chemicals continue to empty into the body of water, it begins its toxin release into the bloodstream of innocent people attending the festival and enjoying Still Lake. In a short amount of time the urban area is vastly populated with the infection. An increase in aggressive behavior is apparent after levels of lead, and traces of mercury and copper find human hosts to inhabit. One of those happen to be Chuck, son to Minister Benson who has directed the local church for many years. The descendant has crafted an underlying sinister plan to gain full control over the assemblage using what ever means necessary. As the local contamination feeds on the youth, voices in his head coerce an overthrow of power in the name of religion. As the toxicants reaches its peak, a horrifying conclusion between good and evil takes center stage.
Sara Brooke's passion for scary things as a young reader has transformed into a talent of creativity and writing. These combinations have resulted in her first novel Still Lake, a twisted tale that begins with a bang and evolves into a detailed onslaught of polluted water that worms its way into a fear of chemical sickness and death. Witnessing the environmental threat slowly decay the mind and well being of individuals, Sara turns into a personal tour guide and depicts the decline of mental functions, mood disorders, and schizophrenia as no one else can. The characters are displayed foremost as the balance of good and evil provide a solid background with an addition of elemental hazards. Given the ability to obtain the knowledge that is obscured by the personage creates an uneasiness that gradually crescendos into an unforgettable chilling read. All these components combine an aggressive tension that builds during the storyline. As underlying preparations for the oncoming twists and turns are brilliantly placed throughout the novel, Sara makes sure the reader is buckled in for a white knuckled ride of horror and suspense.
This is completely my opinion of this story. The reason I am giving it a higher review, for all I know, may be that I did not read the story but rather let my text-to-speech feature read it to me. I found the pacing of the story to be very good. I felt like I was reading the "real" story behind news headlines that have coincidentally been prominent lately. One reviewer said there was no science to this. I had to smile at that thinking, tell that to the people in West Virginia unable to drink or bathe in their water recently. Even now there are people that suspect their water crisis is not over. I read a headline just now online that said, "West Virginia water after the spill: 'We do not drink it. My pets do not drink it'". This was posted five hours ago. Radiation is still an issue in the waters surrounding Japan. The science is not the story in this book, the possibility of contaminated water is. Of course tainted water is a potential threat, giving this book a very real and very unsettling feel.
The story is not so much terrifying as in some feigned monster on the way to eat everyone. It is scarier as the monsters are us. With just the slightest push many people these days will become angry and violent. Could something in the water be a catalyst for a town to suddenly go nuts, you betcha. The characters are interesting...enough. I didn't need fifty pages on each, as the town was the main character in my opinion. The antagonist in this case was a single house, but it could have been anything that caused toxic leeching into the lake. The house just made it all the more intriguing.
If you want to know if this story is creepy, just ask yourself what might be running back into the Mississippi next time she floods her shores. The problem is less the flooding as is the contaminants that tag along as the water begins to recede from the old shacks, homes and factories along the shoreline. The book is enough to make me consider bottled water for the rest of my life. I very much enjoyed the tale and recommend it.
One warning on this five-star review however is that we have to be self aware in what we are seeking. If you are looking for extreme horror that makes you leave the lights on at night, or a love story with great sex scenes, neither are here. This is just a really good book that asks the reader to step away from our chemistry books and just imagine....what if?
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Very well written, the story flows smoothly and effortlessly from one disaster to the next...Read more