Jane Hudson never thought she would return to Heart Lake. Her years there as a scholarship girl ended in a double tragedy: the drownings of her two roommates. Now she is back, struggling to adjust to her new life teaching Latin and as a single mother. But the events that haunted her memories for so many years begin to recur in front of her eyes. ...
Jane Hudson never thought she would return to Heart Lake. Her years there as a scholarship girl ended in a double tragedy: the drownings of her two roommates. Now she is back, struggling to adjust to her new life teaching Latin and as a single mother. But the events that haunted her memories for so many years begin to recur in front of her eyes. It seems she alone can see what is happening, and only she will be able to prevent a second catastrophe...Surrounded by the lake that gives the school its name, steeped in history and overflowing with the emotions of teenage girls, Heart Lake guards its past - but cannot keep it hidden.
I attended a private girls' highschool where Latin was a 4 year requirement and I was one of a trio of close friends. This made for great fun in the reading. Interestingly enough, my first name is Deirdre,. So I was really hooked early on. Sadly she dies. So did a lot of other characters, and all of them young, but this is, after all, a murder mystery, so what's a murder or four!.
Certainly well-written...I loved the continued metaphors and allusions to the lake, i.e. "drowning in depression", and other allusions such as the heart/.ceour will bring you back.. (We also took French) I thought this was a red-herring that there might be something supernatural lurking in the plot. Not!
Keeping track of everyone's names...English and Latin, was challenging. Lots of subplots, too. I spotted the love affair between Matt and Lucy early on, but not their true relationship until the end. Therein was the tragedy.
Our school was not a boarding school, and there were, of course, none of those strange happenings in our lives. But the sense of familiarity was intriguing and made for marvelous reading. All three of us read it and are about to critique it in a small book club.
I thought Albie was a stretch as the killer, but on second reading, there were just a few more hints...though not many. A great book for anyone looking for an unusual, out-of-the-ordinary mystery/novel/tragedy that challenges you to really think. The adventures of these three(six) unusual girls who seemed to be interchangeable at first, ..as well as their teachers., kept me on my toes. Names! Names! Names! Take notes!
Perhaps a reader who has not had my background might find the book dark and eerie. In fact, I am sure of that.
All three of us loved it. Just a tad scarey!
Nov 29, 2008
A fun beach read. It is suspensful and I didn't predict the end. (I also don't read this genre very often so I don't have practice figuring them out). Goodman writes in a way that makes the lake one of the characters.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-11-12 Goodman debuts strongly with this intricately plotted and captivating tale of buried secrets. When Jane Hudson returns to her high school alma mater, the Heart Lake School for Girls, as a Latin teacher, tragic events of the past begin to resurface. Twenty years earlier at Heart Lake, roommates Jane, Lucy and Deirdre were inseparable. They studied the classics together under the tutelage of the mesmerizing Helen Chambers, sneaking out for midnight skinny dipping in the lake and meeting Lucy's brother, Matt, in the sheltered woods of the campus. Their clandestine friendship ended in the winter of senior year, amid scandal and suicide. Only Jane knows the truth behind the mystery of Matt and the other girls' deaths and now, two decades later, the secret comes back to haunt her: someone has found her missing journal, written during that tragic time, and begins a macabre re-enactment of the past. When one of Jane's troubled young students is found dead in the frigid waters of Heart Lake, an apparent suicide, the school board suspects Jane is the harmful influence. The dark and shocking secrets of Jane's adolescence, revealed gradually in flashbacks, progressively absorb the reader until the final disquieting denouement. Sexual rites, pagan rituals and forbidden love all come together in this deft exploration of youthful innocence and guilt. Goodman weaves ancient mythology with modern legend into a chilling and evocative story of deception and complicity. (Jan. 2) Forecast: Marketing plans include a major national ad campaign and a five-city author tour. Though a bit less sophisticated than Donna Tartt's The Secret History, the novel will appeal to the same audience. The beautifully spooky cover image of a female figure standing on the surface of a moonlit lake will intrigue browsers. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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