The Lake by Tananarive Due: Review

The Lake

The Lake by Tananarive Due is a short story, super short at 20 pages or so, and part of an anthology titled The Monster’s Corner. I picked The Lake because I wanted to read a spooky story for A More Diverse Universe that would work for Carl’s RIP and Jenn recommended Ms Due. I hadn’t read anything from Tananarive Due so this short work was a place to start and, hey, it’s FREE.

In The Lake, a new teacher comes to the town of Graceville, Florida. Abbie LaFleur has come from Boston to start anew and what better way than to buy an old house on a beautiful lake. What no one tells Abbie is that swimming in the lake is dangerous and not just because of the gators. Abbie has secrets but so does the lake.

I don’t want to give too much away; it’s a short story and a lot of its punch would be lost. At its heart, The Lake is about monsters but are the monsters just humans in disguise? I was impressed at how Tananarive Due is able to manipulate the reader by using Abbie’s point of view. At first, I was sympathetic towards Abbie. People must have really had it out for her, and then…oh…what did you do in Boston, Abbie?

I will definitely read more from Tananarive Due. If not this week, then sometime soon.

DIVERSE

4 comments:

  1. Ever since the first time you mentioned this story, I've been meaning to read it. Hopefully I'll get to it soon. I'm so curious now.

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  2. Ditto what Vasilly said! I am very intrigued. And thanks for reviewing a short story - this is the first review of one I've seen for the challenge :-)

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  3. Eva just recommended Tananarive Due for RIP, so I added her to my list!

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  4. Sounds good! I've been reading to try one of her novels for a long time now. October is the best month for horror!

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