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Hot on the heels of The Twin, the undisputed queen of YA thrillers is back with a scary and suspenseful read about a summer camp filled with dark secrets. Esme and Kayla once were campers at Camp Pine Lake. They're excited to be back this year as CITs (counselors in training). Esme loves the little girls in her cabin and thinks it's funny how scared they are of everything-- Hot on the heels of The Twin, the undisputed queen of YA thrillers is back with a scary and suspenseful read about a summer camp filled with dark secrets. Esme and Kayla once were campers at Camp Pine Lake. They're excited to be back this year as CITs (counselors in training). Esme loves the little girls in her cabin and thinks it's funny how scared they are of everything--spiders, the surly head counselor, the dark, boys . . . even swimming in the lake! It reminds her a little of how she and Kayla used to be, once. Before . . . it happened. Because Esme and Kayla did something bad when they were campers. Afterwards, the girls agreed to keep it secret. They've moved on--or so they say--and this summer is going to be great. Two months of sun, s'mores, and flirting with the cute boy counselors. But then they get a note. THE LAKE NEVER FORGETS. And the secret they've kept buried for so many years is about to resurface.


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Hot on the heels of The Twin, the undisputed queen of YA thrillers is back with a scary and suspenseful read about a summer camp filled with dark secrets. Esme and Kayla once were campers at Camp Pine Lake. They're excited to be back this year as CITs (counselors in training). Esme loves the little girls in her cabin and thinks it's funny how scared they are of everything-- Hot on the heels of The Twin, the undisputed queen of YA thrillers is back with a scary and suspenseful read about a summer camp filled with dark secrets. Esme and Kayla once were campers at Camp Pine Lake. They're excited to be back this year as CITs (counselors in training). Esme loves the little girls in her cabin and thinks it's funny how scared they are of everything--spiders, the surly head counselor, the dark, boys . . . even swimming in the lake! It reminds her a little of how she and Kayla used to be, once. Before . . . it happened. Because Esme and Kayla did something bad when they were campers. Afterwards, the girls agreed to keep it secret. They've moved on--or so they say--and this summer is going to be great. Two months of sun, s'mores, and flirting with the cute boy counselors. But then they get a note. THE LAKE NEVER FORGETS. And the secret they've kept buried for so many years is about to resurface.

30 review for The Lake

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Bleak, creepy camp setting meets I know what you did last summer movie storyline provides us intriguing YA thriller premise! And when a skillful thriller author like Ms. Preston on board, you may dive into this promising mystery without thinking any further! Two close friends did something really bad at the same location a few years ago, return back as CTs! The storyline is simple and interesting. Esme, more observant, smart, quiet one as Kayla is more pretentious, social, animated : two best f Bleak, creepy camp setting meets I know what you did last summer movie storyline provides us intriguing YA thriller premise! And when a skillful thriller author like Ms. Preston on board, you may dive into this promising mystery without thinking any further! Two close friends did something really bad at the same location a few years ago, return back as CTs! The storyline is simple and interesting. Esme, more observant, smart, quiet one as Kayla is more pretentious, social, animated : two best friends returned back where everything started, forming new friendships, hanging out with hotties but when they start to get threatening message tell them they knew what they did: alarm bells start to blare! The girls are in danger and somebody is in their close circle is after them! I was so hopeful about this book after reading the blurb, being mesmerized by powerful and eerie cover but unfortunately it was too slow at the beginning and I had hard time to connect with the characters and concentrate on the story. When I reached the middle, things finally got heated but the ending was awkward and dissatisfying. Normally I love the author’s action packed, gripping thrillers but this one was a little mediocre reading for my taste. I didn’t hate it but I was expecting more. I’m giving my solid three mysterious, whodunnit, young adult, dark, creepy lake stars! I keep my hopes high! I’m so sure I’m gonna love the next book of the author more than this one! Special thanks to Netgalley and Random House’s Children/ Delacorte Press for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Review coming soon.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)

    Best friends Esme and Kayla are back at Camp Pine Lake as counselors in training, and Esme is delighted to be back in a place where she loved being a camper. But Esme and Kayla have a secret. The last time they were at Camp Pine Lake, something terrible happened. Something they never told anyone about. But there is one person out there who knows what they did, and they want Esme and Kayla to come clean. They want them to suffer for what they did. They might even want them to die. The lake never Best friends Esme and Kayla are back at Camp Pine Lake as counselors in training, and Esme is delighted to be back in a place where she loved being a camper. But Esme and Kayla have a secret. The last time they were at Camp Pine Lake, something terrible happened. Something they never told anyone about. But there is one person out there who knows what they did, and they want Esme and Kayla to come clean. They want them to suffer for what they did. They might even want them to die. The lake never forgets. I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Random House/Delacorte Press. Trigger warnings: character death (on-page), animal death (on-page), some blood/gore, abduction, fire, guns, severe injury, ableism, gaslighting, threats. I didn’t care for The Cabin, but after The Lost had some minor improvements, I thought I might learn to like Preston’s novels, but no. I’m pretty done with them, and I can’t believe I read this many. The Lake commits one of the biggest sins of a horror novel in being totally, relentlessly boring. It’s hamstrung by its very premise, which is that creepy things are happening at camp–but they can’t be too threatening or dangerous because then they’d send the kids home! Urgh. That prevents anything interesting from happening for 95% of the book. The gaslighting is pedestrian, and even the worst slasher movie probably has more suspense (or at least corny special effects). Just as bad, we’re told right from the beginning who the antagonist is and what their motivation is, and there are no twists whatsoever on that premise. I don’t know Esme well enough to hate her, and she’s just as boring as everything else about this book. Her main personality trait seems to be anxiety and conspiracy theories, and her best friend relationship with Kayla is as underdeveloped and underused as they are in the rest of Preston’s novels. (Since when are best friends just, like, placeholders instead of people we actually know well and trust?) Sad attempts at romance. Sad attempts at making new friends. Sad attempts at gaslighting a bunch of vapid camp counselors. Vaguely offensive/ableist attempts at providing a believable backstory for a villain, who was both abused and disfigured in a fire. Pathetic excuse for a shock ending with no effort to work through any of the issues. It’s like Preston is ripping off all the campy paperback horror novels of the 90s without actually learning anything from their missteps. I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tessa

    ⭐⭐ This was just not my jam. I should probably preface this: Anyone who is working on tag lines for their novels needs to be careful about giving your readers expectations and then not delivering on them. When this author is described as "the undisputed queen of YA thriller" and someone like Karen McManus is under the same publisher — that is kind of a lot to tout, and definitely makes someone like me, who reads a lot of the genre, look at things more critically because I want to be wowed. Becaus ⭐⭐ This was just not my jam. I should probably preface this: Anyone who is working on tag lines for their novels needs to be careful about giving your readers expectations and then not delivering on them. When this author is described as "the undisputed queen of YA thriller" and someone like Karen McManus is under the same publisher — that is kind of a lot to tout, and definitely makes someone like me, who reads a lot of the genre, look at things more critically because I want to be wowed. Because here is me. Disputing. The Lake is indeed a YA thriller as it claims. But it wasn't an easy one to connect to, it was oddly paced, and frankly, I couldn't find a character to connect to. They barely had relationships between themselves, let alone anything for me to cling to as a reader. This honestly made it an odd and stilted experience. Upsetting, as I thought the cover was both eerie and beautiful and set an entirely different tone than the one that is created at the beginning of the book. The limits placed upon the actual danger left any of the potential risings of stakes to fall flat. This ending was truly bizarre. It did not feel like an ending. The "reveal" that is the bread and butter of any good thriller was so intensely disappointing I almost put the book down entirely. (but I have had many a thriller redeem itself at the end, so I pressed on) and instead, I was left completely bereft. I won't leave spoilers here, but all we are left with is implications and half-formed resolutions. My thanks to Delacorte Press and Netgalley for granting me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. It was certainly an interesting ride.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Started off great, got a bit bogged down and silly but I kept reading because I wanted to know what happened and what would happen. Well, I read on and found out, a bit disappointed with the ending.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chrisann

    Holy mother of mercy! What did I just read?!? I love how Scooby-Doo-esque this book is. Is the bad guy that person, or this person? I'm one of those people that have it solved pretty early on in the book, and I was shocked by the antagonist. And the ending?!? I won't spoil anything, but I was NOT expecting that! Best NP book I've read since The Lost. Holy mother of mercy! What did I just read?!? I love how Scooby-Doo-esque this book is. Is the bad guy that person, or this person? I'm one of those people that have it solved pretty early on in the book, and I was shocked by the antagonist. And the ending?!? I won't spoil anything, but I was NOT expecting that! Best NP book I've read since The Lost.

  7. 5 out of 5

    JustAnotherBibliophile

    2.5 Stars - Natasha Preston is the author of one of my favorite thrillers, The Lost. Although I didn’t enjoy her other previous books, I still was hopeful for The Lake. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The Lake follows seventeen year olds, Esme and Kayla, who signed up to be CITs at Camp Pine Lake. But, this isn’t their first time going to summer camp. Eight years ago, the girls did something horrible one night at camp, but managed to keep it a secret. When they arrive for the summer they hoped wo 2.5 Stars - Natasha Preston is the author of one of my favorite thrillers, The Lost. Although I didn’t enjoy her other previous books, I still was hopeful for The Lake. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The Lake follows seventeen year olds, Esme and Kayla, who signed up to be CITs at Camp Pine Lake. But, this isn’t their first time going to summer camp. Eight years ago, the girls did something horrible one night at camp, but managed to keep it a secret. When they arrive for the summer they hoped would be full of second chances, Esme and Kayla start to receive threats and malicious messages. Could someone have figured out what they did at camp when they were kids? Will they let the dark truth out? The premise sounded really intriguing, and I did enjoy the setting. It was fun to read about the canoes, cabins, and campers, along with the summer weather. However, that’s about where my likes for this novel end. To start off, this thriller seems a lot more young and childish that the author’s previous books. The “crushes,” “ghost stories,” “truth or dare,” etc. was cringeworthy. The romance and gossip could have been avoided all together, especially since this is a psychological thriller, And the characters... I don’t tend to care if the characters are flat or boring in thrillers since the genre is plot-focused. But there’s a difference from flat and possessing every intolerable character trait known on earth. Esme and Kayla were extremely annoying, but mostly stupid. I rolled my eyes multiple times at how dumb their decisions were, and how just plain ignorant they were as people. Last but not least, the plot in general. This was extremely unrealistic. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think the events that take place in thrillers in general are usually plausible, but this book was just a smidge away from impossible. So we have this sort of mystery of who did it and why, but those two things are answered less than 25% of the way in. So the whole suspense factor disappears since there’s nothing to solve. And then most importantly, we have the fact that (view spoiler)[some teenager has been stalking these girls for years. In the present she is eighteen or nineteen, but she says she’s been stalking Kayla and Esme for at least three years which means she was still a minor. Her parents just let her run off to a different state to stalk people for multiple years without caring where she was? (hide spoiler)] The ending wasn’t horrible, but it was rushed and sort of just “umm-okay.” Also, can I just mention that this book went from extremely childish and immature to (view spoiler)[half the characters murdered in cold blood.? (hide spoiler)] Yeah sooo, other that the setting and the very start of this book, I would personally not recommend this at all. Maybe if you’re younger and looking for thrillers? But I think older readers will just roll their eyes the whole time. Anyways, I’m sure I’ll still read The Fear (2022) when it’s released, since I don’t think I’ll ever lose the unnecessary optimism I have for Natasha Prestons’s books.

  8. 4 out of 5

    OutlawPoet

    This book felt a little like a throwback to the YA horror/suspense by Richie Tankersley Cusick. I kind of liked the nostalgic feel of it and the innocence of it. Mild cursing at best, no sex, a slight reference to a fake ID to buy alcohol, but that’s about it. Even when some characters are revealed to have done something terrible, it’s…mild. It was just so bloodless. Until… Oddly, in the last 15% or so of the book, we turn from mild YA horror into campy, but illogical slasher horror. I mean…it mak This book felt a little like a throwback to the YA horror/suspense by Richie Tankersley Cusick. I kind of liked the nostalgic feel of it and the innocence of it. Mild cursing at best, no sex, a slight reference to a fake ID to buy alcohol, but that’s about it. Even when some characters are revealed to have done something terrible, it’s…mild. It was just so bloodless. Until… Oddly, in the last 15% or so of the book, we turn from mild YA horror into campy, but illogical slasher horror. I mean…it makes no sense! And the end! It’s like BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM whimper - the end. It all fell apart. I keep going back and forth between 2 and 3 stars. I think that the book is suitable for younger YA fans (even when it starts going BOOM BOOM BOOM), but I think a slightly more mature reader will crave something more. 3 stars as it did keep me reading and I did dig the nostalgic feel of it all. *ARC Provided via Net Galley

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dani Clark - Clark Book Reviews

    I absolutely love Natasha Preston. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. Overall, I really liked the idea of the book as a whole. But for me it sadly wasn't one of my favorites. The book started off strong and I was dying to know the secret! It took a LONG time to eventually figure it it. There were pieces here and there that eventually all fit. The middle of the book had a lull and I wish the secret was a bit MORE. However I liked how everything came together. The characters were defini I absolutely love Natasha Preston. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. Overall, I really liked the idea of the book as a whole. But for me it sadly wasn't one of my favorites. The book started off strong and I was dying to know the secret! It took a LONG time to eventually figure it it. There were pieces here and there that eventually all fit. The middle of the book had a lull and I wish the secret was a bit MORE. However I liked how everything came together. The characters were definitely likable, and I enjoyed having their secrets unravel. Preston is notorious for leaving the ending of her books with a massive 'BUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT???' she didn't disappoint with this one! The ending did seem to have a few plot holes that could be poked but overall I liked how everything was set up and how it eventually concluded. Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ainsley

    The book starts out good and the plot is inruiging. But as it goes on it turns into Esme goes around in circles with her conspiracy theories and accusing random people based on zero evevidence. The only people to ever find any creepy evidence that someone is there are Esme and Olly, although at least 3 more people were involved. As the story went on, you already knew who it was and why, but Esme decided to keep EVERYTHING from EVERYONE, including her best friend (who is completely blind and deni The book starts out good and the plot is inruiging. But as it goes on it turns into Esme goes around in circles with her conspiracy theories and accusing random people based on zero evevidence. The only people to ever find any creepy evidence that someone is there are Esme and Olly, although at least 3 more people were involved. As the story went on, you already knew who it was and why, but Esme decided to keep EVERYTHING from EVERYONE, including her best friend (who is completely blind and denies everything that leads back to this being a real threat). The entire plot is based on Kayla and Esme hiding this huge secret, which really was just an accident that happened when they were 8. It wasn't even a big deal except for the fact that there was collateral damage. They made a blood oath and everything, but they barely did anything. The whole thing is based off Esme's guesses, and you don't find anything out for a fact until the end. Once that happens, everything is way too fast paced and a bunch of people die for no reason. The other characters just fade into the background with no explanation or ending and suddenly we have no idea what happened to them. Overall, the book had a good premise but bad details and endings. It started out kind of slow and ended wayyy too fast. It had a bad ending and the characters were annoying. *Spoilers* The end was crazy. Kayla becomes stupid and goes nuts, Esme back talks someone with a gun and leaves her best friend behind with a murderer. Eventually everyone dies, leaving her with the gun and "no evidence" although Andy has plenty of it to prove it wasn't Esme. This part really made me mad because obviously people knew what was going on, and if they showed the police the initials in the wall and all the evidence pictures the camp director (Andy) took, it would be obvious. Esme could reveal what happened and they could track down Lillian. I mean obviously the whole point was that the only people who knew what really happened died, but it wouldn't be that hard to explain everything. Lillian's DNA is everywhere, there's a cabin in the woods with a dead body that Esme could easily find again, drugged water, two dead deer Lillian killed, creepy notes (some written in her freaking blood!!!), files on the people proving they were lying, and the list goes on and on. The thing that upsets me the most is the fact that it ends with Esme holding the gun and all her friends are dead. Ughhhhhhhhh

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jenni

    When Kayla and Esme return to Camp Pine Lake ten years after they were first campers there, they come to the camp as CITs (counselors in training). But the last time they came to this camp, something terrible happened and they took a blood oath never to discuss it. So when they return to camp what should be six weeks of fun with the young campers takes a scary turn when odd things start happening . Creepy messages appear and the girls start wondering if someone knows about their secret. And who? When Kayla and Esme return to Camp Pine Lake ten years after they were first campers there, they come to the camp as CITs (counselors in training). But the last time they came to this camp, something terrible happened and they took a blood oath never to discuss it. So when they return to camp what should be six weeks of fun with the young campers takes a scary turn when odd things start happening . Creepy messages appear and the girls start wondering if someone knows about their secret. And who? Good story, awful ending, but I think teens will like it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jenni

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. When Kayla and Esme return to Camp Pine Lake ten years after they were first campers there, they come to the camp as CITs (counselors in training). But the last time they came to this camp, something terrible happened and they took a blood oath never to discuss it. So when they return to camp what should be six weeks of fun with the young campers takes a scary turn when odd things start happening . Creepy messages appear and the girls start wondering if someone knows about their secret. And who? When Kayla and Esme return to Camp Pine Lake ten years after they were first campers there, they come to the camp as CITs (counselors in training). But the last time they came to this camp, something terrible happened and they took a blood oath never to discuss it. So when they return to camp what should be six weeks of fun with the young campers takes a scary turn when odd things start happening . Creepy messages appear and the girls start wondering if someone knows about their secret. And who? Good story, awful ending, but I think teens will like it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karen Vasey

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a digital ARC of this book. The plot summary seems so fun-two best friends return to the camp where they went as children. Something terrible happened when they were campers which they’ve kept hidden, and now someone is back for revenge. Sounds great in theory, but the execution was terrible. The plot meandered for way too long and while the ending was slightly clever the lead up was so lame. Maybe this will land better with the intended age Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a digital ARC of this book. The plot summary seems so fun-two best friends return to the camp where they went as children. Something terrible happened when they were campers which they’ve kept hidden, and now someone is back for revenge. Sounds great in theory, but the execution was terrible. The plot meandered for way too long and while the ending was slightly clever the lead up was so lame. Maybe this will land better with the intended age group it’s meant for, but as an adult reading it was not good.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review. I did not like this :( I’m sorry! I really wanted to. It wasn’t well-written and seemed thrown together and not thought through completely. I will say that I enjoyed the setting and could picture the camp clearly in my mind throughout. Also the “something bad” the main characters keep referring to in their past, like...wasn’t that bad? I just expected more.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ellie M

    3.5 stars, but I always round up if the book hasn't been released yet. Would've been higher if it weren't for the ending. *slight spoiler warning* Esme Randal and Kayla Price are returning to Camp Pine Lake to be CITs, but are haunted by a traumatic event from ten years ago that they blame themselves for. In the beginning, everything seems fine, but it's not long before they start receiving threatening messages and campers begin reporting a mysterious stranger watching them. Esme is sure that the 3.5 stars, but I always round up if the book hasn't been released yet. Would've been higher if it weren't for the ending. *slight spoiler warning* Esme Randal and Kayla Price are returning to Camp Pine Lake to be CITs, but are haunted by a traumatic event from ten years ago that they blame themselves for. In the beginning, everything seems fine, but it's not long before they start receiving threatening messages and campers begin reporting a mysterious stranger watching them. Esme is sure that the other girl who was with them ten years ago wants to get her revenge, but Kayla just wants to enjoy the summer. Until the incidents become too obvious to ignore. I always mention how we need more YA thrillers that take place at summer camps, but the ones I've read have all been pretty disappointing. (The last one I read was Nobody Knows But You, which had the most boring "reveal" of all time.) I was sure that The Lake wasn't going to disappoint, but about halfway through, I started to get extremely suspicious of Kayla herself. She never wanted to go investigate with Esme, she would have access to cabin keys, and obviously, she knew about the secret. I was dreading the moment when it would be revealed that it was her all along, but thankfully that didn't happen. The antagonist was exactly who Esme thought it was, but there are several characters who also look like suspects (mostly Rebekah and Olly,) so it isn't bland or boring at all. The way Esme kept talking about her secret made it sound like she'd murdered someone in cold blood, so I was also disappointed about what it turned out to be. (She and her friends accidentally started a fire, and ran away before they could make sure the last girl was okay. No one died, and no camp property was destroyed.) There's Someone Inside Your House did this as well, with something even milder. I guess I was expecting it to be like in Pretty Little Liars, where the girls pushed another girl off a cliff and killed her. Now, onto the worst: the ENDING. I've heard people say the same things about this author's other books, so I don't know what I was expecting. I know that some people like when the endings are like this, but I am not one. I like to know exactly what happens, with resolution and consequences. We didn't see that here. It essentially ended at a climax. Multiple people are likely dead, Esme is alone and could possibly be killed soon (I won't spoil anything else), and it just ends there. It felt like I was reading a book with several missing chapters. We don't see reactions from the campers or head counselor. I've never seen Natasha Preston write a sequel, but now I REALLY want one. I don't care if I have to wait years. I just want to know how everything is resolved.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    I went into this book pretty blind and came out with my eyes opened to a new-to-me author whose books I want to binge read. The Lake tells the story of Kayla and Esme, two teen girls who are returning to their childhood camp, but this time as counselors. They attended this camp when they were 7 and 8 years old, but never returned because of something horrible that happened. What unfolds as they get reacquainted with the camp is the stuff nightmares are made of. Kayla and Esme vowed never to talk I went into this book pretty blind and came out with my eyes opened to a new-to-me author whose books I want to binge read. The Lake tells the story of Kayla and Esme, two teen girls who are returning to their childhood camp, but this time as counselors. They attended this camp when they were 7 and 8 years old, but never returned because of something horrible that happened. What unfolds as they get reacquainted with the camp is the stuff nightmares are made of. Kayla and Esme vowed never to talk of the horrible thing that happened when they were kids, but it seems that someone else knows their secret and is trying to get them to talk. The mystery person goes sneaking around camp leaving creepy notes, causing damage to the cabins, and flat out scaring the campers and counselors alike. Kayla and Esme are torn on leaving camp, confessing, and trying to confront the creepy camp stalker. What happens is they confess? Will they go to jail? What if they leave? Do they put other counselors and campers at risk? And what if they confront the stalker? Is he out for revenge? Does he want to hurt them? What does he want? And why ten years later? This book had me hooked from pretty early on. I loved that the chapters were short, like 10 pages or less, which I always think makes a book fly by. Each chapter also felt like it was a cliffhanger, which of course made me want to read another one... and another one... and another one... The great thing about YA thrillers is that I get to feel like a detective. I always think I have it figured out, who did what, etc. and I had many theories this time too. One theory was so glaringly obvious it couldn’t possibly have been right. Or could it? I went back and forth on who the camp stalker was so many times that at one point I thought every single character was somehow involved. While I had one theory that was partially right, I was way off on a lot of other things that happened in this story. I couldn’t believe the twists and turns this book took, and I was pretty surprised at the ending. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting to happen, which made it even better in my opinion. You need to pick this one up! It’s a quick read, has plenty of twists and turns, lots of surprises, and just overall a tense and heart pounding tale. 5 stars from me, recommended to anyone who loves fast paced YA thrillers!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Tarzwell

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Alright, another Natasha Preston book COMPLETED. And like most of the others, this book was read in only 2-3 sittings. First off, this book was a really slow roll; I was waiting for more action throughout most of the book. I wasn’t very fond of any of the characters; none of them had much depth. It was kind of annoying how many times I had to read “no one can ever know what we did” (in different wordings of course). I never fully understood why (despite her claiming to want to protect the camper Alright, another Natasha Preston book COMPLETED. And like most of the others, this book was read in only 2-3 sittings. First off, this book was a really slow roll; I was waiting for more action throughout most of the book. I wasn’t very fond of any of the characters; none of them had much depth. It was kind of annoying how many times I had to read “no one can ever know what we did” (in different wordings of course). I never fully understood why (despite her claiming to want to protect the campers from danger above all) she never told anyone about Lillian! I also didn’t think the secret was worth all the intrigue and the blood oath. I expected her big secret to be a good reveal, but I pieced information together little by little and by the time she revealed to Olly her secret, I knew everything almost and was wanting more from it. Why is the book called The Lake? The book has almost nothing to do with the lake! Also, by the end I didn’t think something was adding up. In the beginning of the book an “Amy” is mentioned being a fellow camper with them who snuck out the night of the fire, who was the one who pushed Lillian. Later when Olly admits he saw everything that night while watching in the forest, he only mentions seeing Lillian, Esme, and Kayla. What’s up with that? Where’s Amy and why didn’t she get punished by Lillian? After that first time she was never mentioned again. But the ending was wild and kept my on the edge of my seat. I’m always expecting a happy ending, and then everyone is dead except for our main character. When am I gonna realize no one is safe in Natasha Prestons books? It reminded me of the ending in The Lost. Most of the main characters died in the ending too:(. And in the twin, the way her sister pinned everything on her? There were parallels in this book I saw too! Crazy, and interesting stuff. This book wasn’t my favorite of hers I don’t think, but still, if I devour most of it in one sitting, she’s doing something right. Praise Natasha Preston!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jalynn (ificouldreadallday)

    Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review. 0.25 stars I did not enjoy reading this at all. The plot was flat, the characters didn't have any depth to them, and the ending didn't make any sense. The writing and characters made this book seem like it was for the younger side of YA, but there are a lot of graphic moments near the end of the book that totally contrast with this. One thing about the ending really bothered me as well. If the Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review. 0.25 stars I did not enjoy reading this at all. The plot was flat, the characters didn't have any depth to them, and the ending didn't make any sense. The writing and characters made this book seem like it was for the younger side of YA, but there are a lot of graphic moments near the end of the book that totally contrast with this. One thing about the ending really bothered me as well. If the police find you with a gun, they can find fingerprints on it and attach it to the correct person, right? I guess not in this universe. It just felt like, instead of tying everything up, the book ended the way it did to sound "edgy" or "cool". The mystery was pretty lame. This book was definitely not for me and felt poorly done. The premise didn't feel totally fleshed out. It was almost as if the idea for the book floated along and was immediately written without thinking about the logistics of everything. There was so much in here that didn't make much sense. (view spoiler)[Why go through all the trouble of watching four people for TEN YEARS and having them come back to the scene of the crime to get revenge. I mean, seems a little pretentious to me. And not at all feasible. (hide spoiler)] The plot of this book was super unbelievable to begin with. This wasn't an easy read either. It was a struggle to get through the 300 or so pages that this book was. The writing was all telling instead of showing. I found myself noticing that there would be sentences telling me what the characters were feeling or doing instead of showing me. It felt really one dimensional. I feel like this book should have been edited more, but, even then, I don't know if editing could have saved how cloudy this plot was and how bland the writing was.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lashyashy84

    *𝐈 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫'𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐩𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐢𝐧 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐧 𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰. 𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨 𝐍𝐞𝐭𝐠𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐀𝐑𝐂. 𝐀𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐦𝐲 𝐨𝐰𝐧* This is the first book that I've read by Natasha Preston. Based on the book description I was very excited to read this because the plot sounds so good. Esme and Kayla have a secret about something bad that happened at camp many years ago when they were merely campers. Now, years later they've return *𝐈 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫'𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐩𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐢𝐧 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐧 𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰. 𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨 𝐍𝐞𝐭𝐠𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐀𝐑𝐂. 𝐀𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐦𝐲 𝐨𝐰𝐧* This is the first book that I've read by Natasha Preston. Based on the book description I was very excited to read this because the plot sounds so good. Esme and Kayla have a secret about something bad that happened at camp many years ago when they were merely campers. Now, years later they've returned to the same camp but are camp counselors in training. They fear that someone knows their secret and may expose it if they don't return to camp... I was very hopeful for this book and feel disappointed. The pacing was way too slow. At some point I stopped counting the chapters while waiting for something interesting to happen. The characters are poorly developed, so I wasn't invested in any of them. I did like the friendship that Esme and Kayla seem to have, but I believe more could have been done to make it believable and maybe relatable. Its always a shame when you don't really care any of the characters when reading a book. It was very annoying to have the character point out multiple times in each chapter that something bad happened in the past that they're keeping a secret. We get it...something bad happened that you don't want anyone to ever find out. That doesn't have to be stated over and over again. I never found out what the secret was because I did not want to force myself to finish reading this book. At some point I even tried skim reading because the story just wasn't holding my interest, but even that became tedious and tiresome. I thought about reading the last few chapters but the characters weren't interesting enough for me to do so. I'm sure other may love this book. It just wasn't doing it for me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    A

    Alright so I literally just finished the book as I’m writing this. And with all due respect, i am going to be completely honest in this review. I have read every book by Natasha Preston and they all have been amazing, but “The Lake” I didn’t really enjoy reading it. *These are my opinions* Why: 1) The storyline was too slow in the beginning. 2) I didn’t really see the big deal of the “secret/plot” I found this whole book quite mediocre. 3) The characters were all quite boring, I felt no connection Alright so I literally just finished the book as I’m writing this. And with all due respect, i am going to be completely honest in this review. I have read every book by Natasha Preston and they all have been amazing, but “The Lake” I didn’t really enjoy reading it. *These are my opinions* Why: 1) The storyline was too slow in the beginning. 2) I didn’t really see the big deal of the “secret/plot” I found this whole book quite mediocre. 3) The characters were all quite boring, I felt no connection or empathy for any single. ( and I usually do when reading Natasha Prestons previous books, but I the character were “bleh” to me) 4) I felt that some things said by the two main characters were quite repetitive, that I was actually getting annoyed when reading some pages. 5) The ending was whatever I guess, (whoever is reading this and you have read any other of Natasha Preston’s book before than you know that she always ends her books without a completely settled/ cliff hanging ending that leaves you thinking “um that it’s, but what happens next, I need more information/ detail”) but um ya, the ending got me like : 🤦🏽‍♀️😤😒 Overall: I didn’t hate the book, I was just expecting more of a mystery/ fast paced thriller book. With more memorial characters. Anyways Though, I still have major respect for this author. She is still an amazing author, cuz I love her past books, but the lake is alright. I still recommend you guys to read it though, because we all have different opinions. I can’t wait till “The Fear” by Natasha Preston to be released in Spring 2022- it sounds like it’s going to be a great read. Let know what y’all taught of the book!! I would love to reas others opinions. 🖤

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    I'd like to give THE LAKE 3.5 stars, but we can't do 1/2 stars, so for now, my rating will sit at 3. I didn't dislike the book, and it held my interest enough that I kept reading and finished in a day. That said, it's an easy read. Not a lot of world-building (it doesn't really need it, author Preston gives enough) and there's a lot of dialogue -- definitely one of the aspects of the book I did really like. So why only 3 stars? I struggled to connect with Esme, the MC. I don't always have to conn I'd like to give THE LAKE 3.5 stars, but we can't do 1/2 stars, so for now, my rating will sit at 3. I didn't dislike the book, and it held my interest enough that I kept reading and finished in a day. That said, it's an easy read. Not a lot of world-building (it doesn't really need it, author Preston gives enough) and there's a lot of dialogue -- definitely one of the aspects of the book I did really like. So why only 3 stars? I struggled to connect with Esme, the MC. I don't always have to connect with the main character, but I do need to care about the MC somewhat, especially in a thriller when it's a life-or-death. At times, more than I liked, I found her to be annoying. I get that we're in her head and she's conflicted, feeling guilty, and scared, but for me, I found her to be all of the place with emotions (yes, I know she's 17) but I think those internal conflicts could have been shown without giving the reader whiplash. That said, I really like the premise of the book. I love a book set at summer camp where the MC, and in this case, her bestie are hiding a deep, dark secret. That's what made me pick up the book. There also were some good red herrings and clues, suspicions thrown, and for a while many characters looked like they could be the baddie. What disappointed me was that the baddie didn't take me by surprise and the ending left me unsatisfied. I read a lot of thrillers and mysteries, and love YA thrillers in particular. I think this is a book I want to read again, and see if it changes my mind about my rating. Just because I had a few issues with it, doesn't mean you shouldn't pick up a copy and give it a read. You should, especially if like a YA thriller/mystery set in a summer camp.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anandi Puritipati

    ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I picked this book up because the cover and the synopsis sounded really enticing and I was itching for a good thriller! However, the moment I opened the ebook and read the first few chapters, I knew this was a bad decision. My first and biggest gripe with this books is that it's very poorly written. The writing is way too juvenile, in my opinion, and doesn't do a good job of either creating a g ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I picked this book up because the cover and the synopsis sounded really enticing and I was itching for a good thriller! However, the moment I opened the ebook and read the first few chapters, I knew this was a bad decision. My first and biggest gripe with this books is that it's very poorly written. The writing is way too juvenile, in my opinion, and doesn't do a good job of either creating a good atmosphere or giving the characters a certain depth. It was just a lot of "this happened, then this happened. Also this happened." It felt like it was devoid of emotion, completely. And that doesn't work well with a thriller. At all!! The characters are also very flat and do a lot of stupid things. They don't feel real at all, and I wasn't rooting for any of them. Also that romance came out of nowhere and existed for the sake of existing and I was not interested in all that heterosexual activity. I was going to rate this book two stars, but that ending make me knock one off. It was so....unfitting? not good? dare I say, stupid, almost?? Like I didn't mind the way the mystrey was set up. It was part of the reason why I kept reading even though I knew this book wasn't it for me. I just kept hoping something decent will happen and then I could rate this book three stars and justufy the time I spent on it. But noooo that ending did not feel developed at all! Also the "mystrey" gets solved pretty early on and from there it's just them trying to find the person who they know the identity of. Which, like, really takes the fun out of it for me. Anyway, try this one if you want to, sure, but I would not recommend it. WASTE OF MY TIMEEEEE

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee

    *ARC from Netgalley* I liked so much about this plot, but the execution fell a bit short for me. Maybe it's me, but I rarely seem to like thriller endings?? I would recommend this one to someone wanting to try the genre out, but probably not to someone already into it. (view spoiler)[I LOVE horror/slashers/thrillers where there is no "Last Girl". Stories where the villain doesn't necessarily win, but leaves the protagonist(s) at a disadvantage. Subvert my expectations. Please. Ending the book with *ARC from Netgalley* I liked so much about this plot, but the execution fell a bit short for me. Maybe it's me, but I rarely seem to like thriller endings?? I would recommend this one to someone wanting to try the genre out, but probably not to someone already into it. (view spoiler)[I LOVE horror/slashers/thrillers where there is no "Last Girl". Stories where the villain doesn't necessarily win, but leaves the protagonist(s) at a disadvantage. Subvert my expectations. Please. Ending the book with Esme holding the gun over Kayla, while cops arrive, with all other witnesses dead? Awesome. It leaves things open to interpretation and sparked some ideas in my head. But too much happened within a short time for it to feel...earned? This book spent a lot of time meandering through the plot for that kind of an ending. There were certain points this veered in the direction of a ghost story and/or "Confined Sick (or "Sick") Woman No One Believes" territory, and I really feel like those directions had so much promise, at least compared to the slasher direction it ended with. I know that might be more me wishing this book was something it didn't set out to be (which is unfair to the book, author, and tbh myself as a reader), but I wanted this book to subvert my expectations. This is a nitpick because every camp is different and I only went to daycamp and Girl Scout camp, but it felt like something was off with the whole camp setting and setup. Did Natasha Preston go to summer camp? Are Southern summer camps that different from Northeastern? (Probably) I went into this book expecting a slasher, and I ended the book getting a slasher, so I guess I got what I wanted. I just didn't expect to want something else. (hide spoiler)]

  24. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    2.5 Stars I received a free e-ARC of The Lake thanks to GetUnderlined and Delacorte Press in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are solely my own. I was really excited to read this book. The synopsis sounded so intriguing, and I am a sucker for a good thriller. We follow Esme as she joins her friend Kayla and returns to Camp Pine Lake, this time as counselor trainees instead of campers. Despite the fun she can’t wait to have, Esme is haunted by her past at camp. She and Kayla hav 2.5 Stars I received a free e-ARC of The Lake thanks to GetUnderlined and Delacorte Press in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are solely my own. I was really excited to read this book. The synopsis sounded so intriguing, and I am a sucker for a good thriller. We follow Esme as she joins her friend Kayla and returns to Camp Pine Lake, this time as counselor trainees instead of campers. Despite the fun she can’t wait to have, Esme is haunted by her past at camp. She and Kayla have a buried secret from their time spent there as children. But when someone starts terrorizing the camp, Esme learns that some secrets can’t stay buried forever. This was my first book by Preston and I went into it with high hopes. I’m pretty creeped out by lakes, so a thriller set at a camp on the lake seemed like the perfect read. Unfortunately, the book didn’t live up to my expectations. The characters felt pretty one-dimensional. I didn’t get a good sense of any of them enough for me to relate to any of them. The relationships between them felt forced. It also seemed odd to me because there seemed to be an awful lot of time for the counselors to be off on their own, which makes me wonder who was looking after the campers? The end felt abrupt. I went to turn to the next chapter and…..there wasn’t one. I feel like we had so much build up the entire book, we should have gotten more than what we did for that ending. I wish that we had more twists and turns in the story, too, instead of having the guessing game taken from us near the beginning. Although this book wasn't a hit for me, I will be checking out Preston's other works.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Maddison Hope

    Oh my goodness, this book. This book was literally everything I expect from the thriller genre; twists, turns, and that scared feeling that scares you so much you need a night light to sleep. That’s what The Lake by Natasha Preston brought me, and I loved this book so, so much. Summer camps are a huge part of my life, and reading about it made me miss my camp. Everything felt so nostalgic (the setting, not the whole stalker thing). This book tells the story of Kayla and Esme, two best friends w Oh my goodness, this book. This book was literally everything I expect from the thriller genre; twists, turns, and that scared feeling that scares you so much you need a night light to sleep. That’s what The Lake by Natasha Preston brought me, and I loved this book so, so much. Summer camps are a huge part of my life, and reading about it made me miss my camp. Everything felt so nostalgic (the setting, not the whole stalker thing). This book tells the story of Kayla and Esme, two best friends who did something bad at the very same camp they are returning to, ten years after ‘the incident’. Soon, Camp Pine Lake becomes the victim of some very creepy things. Someone messing with walking trails, people in the woods, creepy notes and vandalism. All the twists and turns this book took were amazing, and after one book, Natasha Preston has wiggles her way into my book shelves, aka my heart. My only problem with this book (hence the four star rating) is the ending. Like really? That seemed way too rushed, and what happens next? Lillian just gets away Scott-free, framing Esme for murdering Kayla, Rebekah, Olly and Jake? I need more answers, but I know that N.P is well known for her cliff hanger, stand alone type books, which is honestly a little more than frustrating. And how did Rebekah get those burns? We never did figure that part out. Overall, I freaking loved the book. If you are looking for a fast-paced mystery/thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat, this is that book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    While the synopsis for this book was so intriguing, I wasn't blown away by the book itself. It had its moments, but overall, I wasn't impressed. For starters, this book was pretty slow-moving. There were secrets that were slowly being revealed about what happened at summer camp years ago, but the things happening in the present time were kinda dull. Things did eventually speed up only to come to an unsatisfying and anticlimatic ending. So pacing in the plot was a big issue for me. Also, as I brief While the synopsis for this book was so intriguing, I wasn't blown away by the book itself. It had its moments, but overall, I wasn't impressed. For starters, this book was pretty slow-moving. There were secrets that were slowly being revealed about what happened at summer camp years ago, but the things happening in the present time were kinda dull. Things did eventually speed up only to come to an unsatisfying and anticlimatic ending. So pacing in the plot was a big issue for me. Also, as I briefly mentioned before, the ending wasn't great. In a mystery/thriller, the ending is so important because that is where everything you've been learning throughout the book finally becomes clear. Well, things become more clear (not completely clear, mind you), but then it just wasn't very interesting. It was such a disappointment to push through this book only to be let down at the end. These were my two main issues with the book, but they were two important issues in my eyes. The whole summer camp, I-know-what-you-did-last-summer trope is one of my favorites so it was sad to see this book tank. I am still interested in reading some of Preston's other books though so this book didn't completely ruin that for me. Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog • Instagram • Twitter

  27. 4 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 1.5 STARS STOP READING IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. I’m spoiling the plot to save you the trouble of wasting your time and money. I had such high hopes for THE LAKE, but I’ve never liked Natasha Preston’s story execution. What I wanted to be a fast-paced, heart-thumping read was a slow book with a ridiculous ending. Ten years ago, at age eight, Esme and her best friend Kayla started a bonfire at camp that got out of hand and burned another little girl, Lillian. Now, everyone reading th 1.5 STARS STOP READING IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. I’m spoiling the plot to save you the trouble of wasting your time and money. I had such high hopes for THE LAKE, but I’ve never liked Natasha Preston’s story execution. What I wanted to be a fast-paced, heart-thumping read was a slow book with a ridiculous ending. Ten years ago, at age eight, Esme and her best friend Kayla started a bonfire at camp that got out of hand and burned another little girl, Lillian. Now, everyone reading this book has been eight years old at some point and for THE LAKE to work, I would have had to buy into the idea these children did something so horrible it caused another little girl to not only blame those girls, but harbor homicidal ideation and set a plan into fruition a decade later. No, just no. Did I mention that I REALLY wanted to love this book? I love camp stories. Esme is an okay enough narrator, not particularly honest or forthright, good with the kids, an okay friend to Kayla. I never got a real feel for Kayla or what made her relationship with Esme so special. Preston does a fairly good job throwing in some red herrings. THE ENDING SPOILERS Lillian kills a bunch of people including Kayla, runs away and leaves Esme holding the gun, then the book stops. It. Just. Stops. I didn’t hate reading THE LAKE which is why I rounded up to two stars. I hated the ending and reason for the murders. I wonder if Preston ended so abruptly to set up a sequel, but with so many characters dead I doubt it. Skip this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lissa

    In this creepy thriller, two high school seniors return to the summer camp of their youth as counselors, only to have their biggest secret threaten the safety of the entire campground. I was so intrigued by the premise of this book, and I wanted to love it, but I was severely disappointed. The majority of the book is cringy dialogue that grinds from one sentence to the next, with whiny characters and an increasingly dull, repetitive plot. The ending is also entirely unsatisfying, ridiculous, and In this creepy thriller, two high school seniors return to the summer camp of their youth as counselors, only to have their biggest secret threaten the safety of the entire campground. I was so intrigued by the premise of this book, and I wanted to love it, but I was severely disappointed. The majority of the book is cringy dialogue that grinds from one sentence to the next, with whiny characters and an increasingly dull, repetitive plot. The ending is also entirely unsatisfying, ridiculous, and resolves almost none of the plot. The writing is reminiscent of fanfiction which, while easy to read, is shockingly underwhelming in a book by a New York Times bestselling author. There are also numerous spelling and continuity issues that I was able to pick up on my first read through that I'm shocked were missed by the editors. Words such as "super sweet" being shoved together multiple times as one word, "supersweet," and characters making impossible movements: "Andy leaps up to unlock the door as Olly returns. It's locked again straightaway. Olly comes into the room holding three cups of coffee. They're stacked on top of each other and his chin is resting on the top one. Andy jumps up and helps him." (pg. 274). Overall, I wouldn't recommend this book unless you want an incredibly easy read with little plot, nuance, or character development. The concept is fantastic, but the execution just falls flat for me.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have noted some one and two star reviews for this book, so I was really weary of reading it. I have also tried other books by Natasha Preston and was left wanting more. If you can suspend your disbelief, this is actually a pretty good thriller. Issues that I saw...... The reason behind the girls going back to the, camp as staff , is never really delved into enough. We know they went there as youngsters, but that's pretty all we find out and then when we do get a fairly good idea, towards the end I have noted some one and two star reviews for this book, so I was really weary of reading it. I have also tried other books by Natasha Preston and was left wanting more. If you can suspend your disbelief, this is actually a pretty good thriller. Issues that I saw...... The reason behind the girls going back to the, camp as staff , is never really delved into enough. We know they went there as youngsters, but that's pretty all we find out and then when we do get a fairly good idea, towards the end of the book, of why they went back - it gets lost in the action. If Preston had simply added a few paragraphs upfront, we would have been able to better "get" why these two girls went back to a place that mainly represented pain for them. The relationship betwee Esme and Kayla is completely bogus. From page 1 and through the whole book, I never get a feeling of warmth and caring between these two. Kayla is more of the "mean" girl, but not quite and somehow Esme and Kayla never seem to meld together as BFF. I also had an issue with the relationship with Olly - one minute he is okay, then mad, then ok again. If I had to say character development is not Preston's strong suit. THE THINGS I LOVED There is a true feeling of whodunit throughout a substantial chunk of the book and the writing and settings are creepy good. I could have gone on 100 more pages on who was creeping around the camp when the kids were asleep. LOVED this! The plot was great.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    Thank you so much to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own. A short explanation of the plot (with no spoilers): Esme and her best friend Kayla decide to be councilors in training (CITs) at a summer camp that they went to as kids. However, they are scared to return because of something they did at camp when they were campers there. Things seem to be going okay. The girls make friends, fl Thank you so much to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own. A short explanation of the plot (with no spoilers): Esme and her best friend Kayla decide to be councilors in training (CITs) at a summer camp that they went to as kids. However, they are scared to return because of something they did at camp when they were campers there. Things seem to be going okay. The girls make friends, flirt with boys, and enjoy leading the campers. However, things start to get more complicated. The girls start to receive random messages like “The lake knows what you did” and “You’ve been very bad girls”. Esme and Kayla start to fear that someone might want them to leave camp or might want to expose them. My Opinion: Sadly, I DNFed the book at 30%. I DNFed the book because I thought it was really boring. The book also felt very slow paced and I wasn’t a fan of the writing. The book might have gotten better as it went on but after reading 100 pages I knew this book wasn't for me. I am usually a huge fan of thrillers and mysterys and want to know what happens next. However, this book lost my interest.

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