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Under the Lake Mass Market Paperback – May 5, 1999

4.2 out of 5 stars 351 customer reviews

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The Edgar Award-winning author of Chiefs (basis of a TV miniseries) and the bestselling Deep Lie now offers a highly readable if somewhat overheated thriller-cum-gothic that includes murder, drug smuggling, faith healing, hallucinations, revenants and incest. A one-time ace reporter rents a cabin in a backwoods Georgia town, then stumbles upon and determines to solve the town mystery, which involves a seemingly affable sheriff, an autocratic town father and an incest-ridden family whose once-prosperous farm now lies under a lake. He joins forces with a plucky female reporter bent on proving that the sheriff is "dirty," and there's never a dull moment as the story surges toward its exciting climax. The conclusion is a little too far-fetchedbut by that time readers have had more than their money's worth. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates.
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"A blockbuster certain to keep you turning the pages long into

the night."

-- -- Macon Telegraph and News

"A marvelous book. . . . One of the best I've read in a long,

long time."

-- -- Andrew Greeley

"Another gem. . . . A book to read and get chills from on even

the hottest day!"

-- -- San Diego Union

"His most compelling and page-turning work yet!"

-- -- Chapel Hill News

"Never a dull moment as the story surges toward its exciting

climax."

-- -- Publishers Weekly,/I>

"Part detective story, part ghost story, part Southern gothic. . . .

It scared the living hell out of me!"

-- -- Stephen King

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarTorch (May 5, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061014176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061014178
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,495,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 23, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Wow! Wow! Wow! I've read several of Stuart Woods' novels before, all from the Stone Barrington series. I've enjoyed all of those so much, I wasn't sure I'd like something other than a Stone B. story. What an amazing surprise this was. I haven't been so engrossed in a story in ages. At times, I had to force myself to put this book down. The characters were engaging and the intertwined plots were quite simply mesmerizing. Once you start reading, you'll be hooked straight through to the unexpected ending. Stuart Woods is an expert storyteller.
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By A Customer on October 17, 1999
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I must say it was a page turner... though the quote of Steven King saying it was scary as hell I don't agree with. It was scary... to a point and well written and you really couldn't put it down. But it wasn't on you can't read late at night. But don't let that put your hopes down! It is really one of the greatest books I've read! Its one of those books where the character doesn't know what has happened til the end. And the best part is that you are put in the characters position! Not one of those books where you know but they don't... You don't know either which really makes it a great book. Read it, like it, review it, read it again! This has really brought to my attention a new author to read.
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This is the first Stuart Woods book I've read and I'm very pleased!! Under The Lake has it all, suspense, action, adventure, humor, and a little romance!!! This book is entertaining from beginning to end, with a big twist at the end that blew me away!!!!!! This is a book that I would recommend if you are a suspense/mystery/horror fan. You want be disappointed with this one!!!!
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Two things about this book: (1) It was published in 1986 or thereabouts, long before Mr. Woods began writing his series featuring Stone Barrington and other characters. (2) It is (as I remember from almost 30 years ago) a first-class thriller. This was the first Stuart Woods book I read, and it prompted me to become a dedicated Woods fan. I enjoy Mr. Woods' books still, but I think he worked much harder on these early books than on his current three-a-year books, and it showed him to be a craftsman of the first order.
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This was another great novel by Stuart Woods. I started out listening to the Stone Barrington novels on disc and finished them all with enjoyment. Then I started on Woods' other novels and was delighted to find they're excellent...every one of them has been a wonderful ride. This particular novel is quite good with well-developed characters and great settings. From an interview with Woods, the novel was developed from a friend's true experience with a seance...that gives you an idea of the type of story this involves. Excellent...I'd recommend it...a mixture of mystery and Stephen King thriller. You'll love it!
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. The ending willturn you upside down. Books don't normally scare me, but I have neverbeen more nervous to turn the lights out when I read this book.
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I recently finished Under the Lake by Stuart Woods. I was so disappointed. I knew that this is one of his older books, so I am willing to give him some leeway...but oh my...what a disappointment. The story line was somewhat interesting, but he characters were so unbelievable. Running from a drug dealing crooked cop and you take a nap??? Seeing ghosts in your house and you aren't even concerned??? Every woman you meet ends in a sexual conquest??? Researching a possible mass murder, complete with incest and dirty cops and you are torn by your responsibility to write about a Chicken Franchise owner??? Please...was this a mystery or a comedy. I recently bought three other books by Stuart Woods but I'm afraid to even start them.
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Although Woods has a broader range of book subjects and plots than many "mystery" writers, this one was not nearly as good as most of his works. It is well-written, albeit spooky and weird (which some will enjoy). However, my major complaint is the ending -- it fizzled and left me frustrated. My advice: skip it.
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