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In 1925 three children vanish without a trace in Arrowhead Lake. Nearly a century later there are those who still report seeing the children swimming beneath the surface like elusive dolphins. After losing her husband in a violent car crash, Rachel King and her two young sons venture to Arrowhead Lake to heal. When Rachel discovers that Great Woods Timber is planning to c In 1925 three children vanish without a trace in Arrowhead Lake. Nearly a century later there are those who still report seeing the children swimming beneath the surface like elusive dolphins. After losing her husband in a violent car crash, Rachel King and her two young sons venture to Arrowhead Lake to heal. When Rachel discovers that Great Woods Timber is planning to clear-cut this beautiful wilderness she enlists the help of Lilly Bowman and her mysterious father, chief and shaman of the Wabanaki nation. But dark events have been set in motion and Arrowhead Lake is under siege by a sinister force of mercenaries. When Chief Neptune vanishes, Rachel and Lilly call on Seth Ferguson, the local deputy sheriff for help. Together they discover an astonishing truth; a shadowy cabal that will stop at nothing to obtain the secret of Arrowhead Lake, a secret that if unearthed could have far-reaching consequences. When one of Rachel’s sons vanishes in the Lake, she and Lilly embark on a harrowing journey to find him. What they discover is a mind boggling truth that will change their lives forever. *


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In 1925 three children vanish without a trace in Arrowhead Lake. Nearly a century later there are those who still report seeing the children swimming beneath the surface like elusive dolphins. After losing her husband in a violent car crash, Rachel King and her two young sons venture to Arrowhead Lake to heal. When Rachel discovers that Great Woods Timber is planning to c In 1925 three children vanish without a trace in Arrowhead Lake. Nearly a century later there are those who still report seeing the children swimming beneath the surface like elusive dolphins. After losing her husband in a violent car crash, Rachel King and her two young sons venture to Arrowhead Lake to heal. When Rachel discovers that Great Woods Timber is planning to clear-cut this beautiful wilderness she enlists the help of Lilly Bowman and her mysterious father, chief and shaman of the Wabanaki nation. But dark events have been set in motion and Arrowhead Lake is under siege by a sinister force of mercenaries. When Chief Neptune vanishes, Rachel and Lilly call on Seth Ferguson, the local deputy sheriff for help. Together they discover an astonishing truth; a shadowy cabal that will stop at nothing to obtain the secret of Arrowhead Lake, a secret that if unearthed could have far-reaching consequences. When one of Rachel’s sons vanishes in the Lake, she and Lilly embark on a harrowing journey to find him. What they discover is a mind boggling truth that will change their lives forever. *

30 review for The Children in the Lake: A Story You Will Never Forget

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michael Adamchuk

    An interesting novel with several storylines, a beautiful setting and solid characters. It's about love of nature, selfish and greedy corporate interests, respecting the land, ancient beliefs and folklore, love and character. I really think this book should get wider publicity. The primary story is about the Great Woods Timber company wanting to clear strip the lumber around an old family operated lodge and cabin site on Arrowhead Lake, Maine. The locals are aware of an old superstition involvin An interesting novel with several storylines, a beautiful setting and solid characters. It's about love of nature, selfish and greedy corporate interests, respecting the land, ancient beliefs and folklore, love and character. I really think this book should get wider publicity. The primary story is about the Great Woods Timber company wanting to clear strip the lumber around an old family operated lodge and cabin site on Arrowhead Lake, Maine. The locals are aware of an old superstition involving the three children of the original landowner. Part of the legend is steeped in local Indian culture. Local people are getting murdered by some henchmen believed to be hired thugs of the tree company. Rachel King stays in one of the cabins and is threatened. She talks with the lodge owners and finds out about the story of the three children and the original owners, the Hydes. She seeks help from the local deputy, Seth, who is on thin ice because of what he knows about the payoffs to local officials. Lilly, a local Native American is aware of the legend and what the lumber company wants to do. Together, they find out there's more to the story than lumber. With outside help from ‘the children in the lake’ and Sebastian of the Brotherhood of the Order, good prevails.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rhiannon Cornwell

    Intriguing story bogged down by stilted writing I stumbled across this book purely by accident but the blurb caught my imagination and within minutes I had downloaded it and was reading. Unfortunately, within 2 pages I knew this was going to be a slog of a read. The story itself is interesting, thrilling and captivating- reminiscent of Koontz or King. It would make for a brilliant screenplay but the writing style was nothing short of atrocious. Over descriptive in unnecessary areas and severely la Intriguing story bogged down by stilted writing I stumbled across this book purely by accident but the blurb caught my imagination and within minutes I had downloaded it and was reading. Unfortunately, within 2 pages I knew this was going to be a slog of a read. The story itself is interesting, thrilling and captivating- reminiscent of Koontz or King. It would make for a brilliant screenplay but the writing style was nothing short of atrocious. Over descriptive in unnecessary areas and severely lacking in others, at times repetitive and preachy. I didnt need to be reminded several times in one paragraph which brother was the older one! The characters are flat and lacking in emotion, there was no connection between them and quite frankly I couldn't have cared less if they all threw themselves in the lake. Characters personalities and motives seemed to change direction multiple times throughout and it felt as if the writer has too many ideas with no idea which direction to take them or how to wrap it up. Would I recommend this book? Maybe, if you're in the mood for a fantastical story and aren't too bothered about cohesion, character depth, grammar or closure. (Only gets 3 stars because I did manage to finish it, and my husband said 2 stars would be unfair)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The plot idea was good - a nice twist to differentiate itself from other books. However, the story became too much like a bad action movie in which the main characters face impossible odds and somehow “win” in the end. For instance, one of the main characters has no experience with weapons and manages to sever her attacker’s femoral artery, this killing him quietly so his comrade would not hear it. In turn, this allowed her friend to shoot the comrade in the back while the main character runs to The plot idea was good - a nice twist to differentiate itself from other books. However, the story became too much like a bad action movie in which the main characters face impossible odds and somehow “win” in the end. For instance, one of the main characters has no experience with weapons and manages to sever her attacker’s femoral artery, this killing him quietly so his comrade would not hear it. In turn, this allowed her friend to shoot the comrade in the back while the main character runs to save her kidnapped son. The dialogue of the characters is sometimes either saccharine or over the top. “If I can find those bastards I’m going to blow them to hell,”... says the man who was harpooned through the shoulder, quickly patched and sewed up by EMTs in an ambulance, and then returns to the action to shoot 2 special forces mercenaries. He manages to kill both mercenaries with a rifle that he shot one-handed. Mm-hmm.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    294 pages 4 stars This is a wonderful book and very easy to read. It was a little wordy in places; some explanations that I felt detracted from the story line. We have some very bad guys – murderers, good guys, a touch of romance, cops, two very strong women and a host of other people. This book is almost an action/thriller, but the extraneous wordiness spoiled that action. The action parts were very well written and exciting. I liked the Native American connection and the supernatural (alien?), a 294 pages 4 stars This is a wonderful book and very easy to read. It was a little wordy in places; some explanations that I felt detracted from the story line. We have some very bad guys – murderers, good guys, a touch of romance, cops, two very strong women and a host of other people. This book is almost an action/thriller, but the extraneous wordiness spoiled that action. The action parts were very well written and exciting. I liked the Native American connection and the supernatural (alien?), allusions. It was not overdone and pretty much left up to the mind of the reader. Very well done, Mr. Hall. I will read another book from this author.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laura L. Jones

    Exciting book This book had a great story line that was very entertaining and kept my interest the whole time. I found myself unable to put it down to live my own life! I fell in love with the characters and I hope the author releases a sequel soon. I will be the first to buy it. Thank you, Mark Hall!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carmen Gatt Baldacchino

    If I had had more than five star I would have used them all. This is not usually my genre but I thought I’d try something new for a change. Thoroughly enjoyed it, just couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Janie Stanley

    Children? Loved the story line and couldn’t put the book down. Every character was well thought out and each brought a unique stance to the story. A nice change from all the dark drama out there.

  8. 4 out of 5

    linda rakestraw

    Loved it I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Kept me going til the very end.I will probably follow the author for more books

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lkw

    Story was good, however, not over-keen on the quality of writing initially. Felt very rushed at the end too. Enjoyed it nonetheless.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kymmy ST

    Captivating Everything about this is captivating. The characters, the setting, the story. It pulls you in and won't let go. An amazing read. Captivating Everything about this is captivating. The characters, the setting, the story. It pulls you in and won't let go. An amazing read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brett

    1st half of book starts out slowly; not fast paced; story doesn’t flow well. 2nd half story gets up to speed.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jeannette

    It was very exciting and interesting in the beginning, but it became kind of weird by the end. I guess I just wasn't expecting that. Very suspenseful for sure. Seems like there will be a sequel. It was very exciting and interesting in the beginning, but it became kind of weird by the end. I guess I just wasn't expecting that. Very suspenseful for sure. Seems like there will be a sequel.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne H. Wetzler

    Who’s In the Water? Interesting mystery about a different sort of problem! There were several mysterious events and problems to solve. Nice read! You will love it!

  14. 4 out of 5

    CarolJ

    An engaging read The story was captivating with enough supernatural elements to delight the reader the whole way through. What a great way to spend a cold, rainy day!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Linda L Houser

    Children in the lake Very suspenseful, sad moments as well as finding old love. Good read all the way around. Great lawman that took the situation in his own hands

  16. 5 out of 5

    Richard Burke

    This book contains elements of a thriller where an evil corporation is trying to pillage a forest for logging and the supernatural where the children of the title are seen swimming below the surface of the adjoining lake. At times I felt the storytelling was a little clunky, but it combined the two genres in a novel and entertaining way.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Fraley

    some people see children swimming in the lake - swimming like dolphins, fast and deep. so fast that they couldn't be real could they? nathan hyde knows the story and shared it with ben and peggy before they bought the property. a tragic story of anger and sadness and death..... some people see children swimming in the lake - swimming like dolphins, fast and deep. so fast that they couldn't be real could they? nathan hyde knows the story and shared it with ben and peggy before they bought the property. a tragic story of anger and sadness and death.....

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Burns

    Great read A lodge, in the country, is being used for something. No one knows what, at the beginning. There's an Indian legend, about the children in the lake, and about the land its self. Lots of action. Great read A lodge, in the country, is being used for something. No one knows what, at the beginning. There's an Indian legend, about the children in the lake, and about the land its self. Lots of action.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary Kashdan

    Supernatural mystery Hall weaves together intriguing story lines of personal loss, greed, cultural dissonance and the supernatural. There are some geological facts dropped in to ground the mystery.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    The Children in the Lake Very interesting and entertaining story about a vacation resort in a Maine forest that is hiding secrets and putting people in danger.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vickie Collins

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Crosby

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jim

  24. 5 out of 5

    Willow Qualls

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ken Cieszykowski

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cary

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Sheets

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Britton

  29. 4 out of 5

    Danny Edwards

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karen Rawlinson

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