Dead Lake

Dead Lake Keep the door locked A week s visit to the remote Harob Lake cabin couldn t have come at a better time for Sam She s battling artist s block ahead of a major gallery exhibition Staying at Harob Lake i

  • Title: Dead Lake
  • Author: Darcy Coates
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  • Page: 442
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  • Keep the door locked A week s visit to the remote Harob Lake cabin couldn t have come at a better time for Sam She s battling artist s block ahead of a major gallery exhibition Staying at Harob Lake is her final, desperate attempt to paint the collection that could save her floundering career It seems perfect no neighbours, no phone, no distractions But the dream Keep the door locked A week s visit to the remote Harob Lake cabin couldn t have come at a better time for Sam She s battling artist s block ahead of a major gallery exhibition Staying at Harob Lake is her final, desperate attempt to paint the collection that could save her floundering career It seems perfect no neighbours, no phone, no distractions But the dream retreat disintegrates into a nightmare when Sam discovers she s being stalked A tall, strange man stands on the edge of her dock, staring intently into the swirling waters below He starts to follow her He disables her car He destroys her only way to communicate with the outside world And Sam is beginning to suspect he s responsible for the series of disappearances from a nearby hiking trail Stranded at Harob Lake, Sam realises she s become the prey in the hunter s deadliest game

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      Published :2019-09-07T05:40:35+00:00

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  • Darcy Coates

    Darcy Coates is an bestseller and award winning author She loves haunted houses, ancient graveyards, mysteries and suspense and her books reflect all of these passions.She lives on the Central Coast of Australia When she s not writing you can usually find her on a bushwalk, spending all day in the library or researching local urban legends Her favourite author is Stephen King, but she s also a fan of Shirley Jackson, Mark Z Danielewski, Beth Massie and Barbara Michaels.Darcy co habitates with three cats and two humans As much as she would like a fourth cat, she knows that would be treading dangerously close to crazy cat lady territory.Subscribe to her newsletter to be notified of new releases bit 1PeXrpI

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  • Sam is taking a break and trying to catch up on her painting. What better way than to take a week away from the big city and stay in a remote cabin? She goes to the cabin expecting a peaceful week to paint, but what she finds is anything but peaceful. A mysterious man, weird paintings, and strange happenings keep her busy and eventually running for her life. This book was REALLY good. I could not put it down. It was packed with action and was a suspense filled thriller from page one. This cabin [...]


  • 5 cups of tea read.I listened to this on audio book and it was fantastic. I got lost in the story and was not expecting what happened


  • Dead Lake is a suspenseful tale with a visually stunning backdrop. A secluded lakeside cabin on the edge of a large lake nestled deep in a forest hours from any town eases the reader into a false sense of relaxation. Just when you figuratively prop your feet up next to the blazing fireplace, Coates pulls the rug out from under you and immediately causes a spike in your blood pressure.Dead Lake is a beautiful marriage of supernatural to a terrifying scenario that could easily be read on the front [...]


  • You know those characters in horror films who do really, really stupid things? Like going out into the dark woods where they just saw the killer? Like forgetting to lock the door repeatedly? Yeah. That's Sam, the main character in this book. I wanted to like her and be on her side, but she was just so stupid. And her reaction to almost everything (from running into the handsome ranger to finding a corpse) was the same: "Oh!" Don't get me wrong, this book had potential. It was positively oozing a [...]


  • Haha, so the plan yesterday was to see how far I would get and just read the rest the next day, as I was dead tired, and just wanted to read something before sleeping. And then it was 40 minutes later and I had finished the entire book. Oops!This book takes place at the famous Harob Lake/forest/area. Yes, the same Harob from the Once Returned story. And yes, we do see the creature that our MC saw in the Once Returned book. Or at least I think we did. It acted in much the same way as the thing fr [...]


  • "Dead Lake" by Darcy Coates is exactly the type of horror novel I love coming across. Right from the opening sentences, a feeling of dread and suspense starts to build and you just know things are going to get scary. I continued reading later that night in bed, with my husband right next to me, and I was still so creeped out and scared that I had to stop reading until the next day. But no matter how terrifying things got, the author managed to wrap things up in such a way that everything made se [...]


  • Darcy Coates is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Dead Lake has interesting characters and a few really creepy ones. good story.


  • ?I'm having a hard time rating this book. I don't like being disrespectful of any author's work but I found the story to be mundane. It seemed like the author used descriptive words inappropriately, i.e. "basking" when Sam was scared to death! This was just one instance. The writer was using words to fill up the pages. The writer might eventually be an excellent writer but hasn't achieved that status yet.


  • My heart is still racingI received an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. I was drawn in immediately. An easy read. Well developed characters. I could not put it down. A few minor misspelled words, but not a distraction. If you like mysteries with a bit of paranormal added, don't pass this one by.


  • Solid ConceptVery easy read! I liked the concept but there are multiple holes in the storyline. It had the potentiAl to be an excellent book, but the story felt rushed and unfinished.


  • I debated hard about giving this book 2 or 3 stars. On one hand the protagonist made me want to bash my own head in. She did ALL OF THE THINGS one shouldn't do when out on a remote AF cabin. It was insanely frustrating. But the story was shockingly short so there's that. This is my second Darcy Coates book and I don't know if it's her thing but she's really good at building an atmosphere and background. Her descriptions are fantastic. BUT the story is over quickly. It's not a short story but it' [...]


  • Quick read that only kept me interested by the mystery of the creepy man in the woods and the disappearances in the forest. I found the main character to be less than mediocre and I badly wanted to finish the story just to be done with it.


  • Couldn't put it downI read this in a few hours all in one night, literally unable to turn off my kindle and go to sleep. I just discovered Darcy Coates and I'm glad I did. I don't scare easily but the way the tension built up in this story I found myself jumping at any little house sounds and nervous at having to get up out of bed. I felt that Sam was very relatable, her reactions were what I could expect from a real person. She was frightened but also needed to find answers, she did brave thing [...]


  • Fantastically creepy!The talent of the creepy, scary, mysterious world of horror just exudes from this writer's mind! This is no different. A creepy cabin in the woods, a creepier man stalking her, murderous paintings by her hand with no memory of doing most of them. Great story! Great ending!


  • PLOT:Sam, a struggling painter, arrives in her uncle’s wooden cabin, built in the woods surrounding the Harob Lake. This premise is much isolated from any civilian community and there’s only a ranger centre for any emergency services.There were around 5 instances of hiker disappearances in the span of a year. But, Sam wasn’t aware of this dreadful history of the place.From the first day itself, Sam senses being stalked by someone in the dense woods. Gradually, things get worse and Sam enco [...]


  • Okay. So you go to a remote cabin in the woods, with only one way to communicate with the outside world (and that is not your phone but a radio). And you have the idea that you're not alone, that someone you don't know was standing on your dock and you're being watched. You are scared as hell. AND YOU FORGET TO LOCK YOUR DOOR! How stupid are you? Not locking your door at night is asking for trouble.With that of my chest. Dead lake is a great book. Darcy really knows how to capture the right atmo [...]


  • This book is billed as a supernatural thriller, and it definitely fulfills that genre designation. The supernatural elements are nicely understated through most of the story, so you are unclear as to what is real and what isn't. This works well. The pacing of the story is solid, and it has enough disturbing elements that crop up to keep the reader engaged. The one detraction, which appears to be common in Coates' protagonists, is a tendency to do things that the average person would find nonsens [...]


  • Sam is borrowing her uncle's remote cabin for a week to prepare for her upcoming art show. Upon arriving she learns of unexplained disappearances of other tourists spanning a number of years. Initially comfortable, Sam starts to experience odd occurrences - sightings of a strange man at the end of her dock, painting pictures of a scary stranger in her sleep.Though the story was reasonably suspenseful, the main character made me want to bang my head against the wall. Leaving the door unlocked, fa [...]


  • Very few scares very little spookiness the writing wasn't as good as the other stories I've read by this author. While I know it's a small thing it's bits like an author telling how her character is climbing a rocky, vine covered, trail and had to stop several times to remove leeches from her legs. Leeches live in water not on mountains. It's things like that which can tear you right out of the story saying "what the heck is she talking about?!" Ticks would have made sense. Leeches just shows a [...]


  • Not as polished as the other books I've read by this author: lots of little logic or continuity errors in the text, and the prose seemed stiffer and more awkward. Is this one of her earlier efforts? Plus the heroine is like a victim in a low-budget horror film: she makes all kind of senseless decisions that no one would make, driven by plot needs rather than character development. Still, there is always a nice little twist in all this author's books, and this one is no exception. Now that I've r [...]


  • This is the third book I have read from this author and as always it was creepy and the setting was beautifuluntil night came. This book had the usual spooky bits where strange things happen at night, then the main character Sam, a distracted painter who is staying at her uncles remote cabin in order to meet a deadline that could launch her career. At first she only realizes she has been painting a strangers face while she is sleeping, but as the story develops she sees a man on the dock by her [...]


  • I enjoyed the storyline and found that I was intrigued by what was going to happen. Some parts seemed to lag, and the interesting parts that were to stand out seemed cut short. Especially the end as the Author seemed to try to fit in too much in too little space and time period. I won't give it away, but she had so much happen in the days following the main storyline. It wasn't realistic and took away from the good story that she had developed. Wish there was more depth in the other characters t [...]


  • I really like the authors writing style. She writes good dialogue, good descriptions of people, and places, and her stories flow smoothly.My one criticism would be that the female characters are either unrealistically brave, or a little stupid. They do things that, in my opinion, anyone with an ounce of common sense wouldn't do on a bet. Deciding to do these things, we also decide not to prepare in any way, or take any sensible precautions.All of her heroines have behaved this way so far.In spit [...]


  • Great bookI always like Darcy's endings to her books.I definitely wouldn't want to be all alone out in the middle of the woods like that! The cabin REALLY needed electricity too! Sam needs to tell her uncle to put electricity in the dang cabin!! Lol I wish the author would have gone into more details earlier in the book about the relationship building between Sam and the Ranger.


  • 3.5 starsI normally don't read anything that even hints at horror, but the reviews of this book made me willing to try it. I heard it wasn't as scary as it seemed. Plus I realized it was only 158 pages. So how scary could it get before it was over, right?Indeed it was a quick read. Somewhat scary, but definitely clean.I liked this book quite a bit. I read this book to fit into the category of "Body of Water" for the Book Nerd Challenge 2018.


  • Another good book from Darcy Coates I really enjoyed this book from Darcy Coates. One of the things I enjoy the most about her books is how none of the stories are the same. She doesn’t follow a set formula or anything. Sometimes the spirits are helpful and sometimes they aren’t. You just don’t know when you start the book.


  • Short read, don't bother It's a very short read, and it shows. It bills itself a "supernatural thriller" and while it does have a few elements, the story spirals into the conclusion that turns decidedly odd. And it leaves a lot of questions about the entire chain of events unanswered. Go read Duma Key instead.


  • Just the read I was looking for!I really loved this one. I had never read a book by this author before but she may be my new go-to for horror novels! My heart was literally racing near the end of the book, and I couldn’t read fast enough. Beautifully written, fast paced, and spooky as heck. Five stars!


  • I felt like this was far too rushed even for a short story. The main character did too many dumb things for me to find any enjoyment in the story at all. I mean, I'm surprised the bitch didn't die on the first page.


  • Not Coates' strongest work, but she gives a nice twist in the end. Extra points for keeping the story only as long as it needed to be. Many authors will pump a novella into a longer tale for market purposes. As always, I enjoyed it. She's really a great horror writer.


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