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A House at the Bottom of a Lake

By Josh Malerman
A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman digital book - Fable

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box and Malorie comes a haunting tale of love and mystery, as the date of a lifetime becomes a maddening exploration of the depths of the heart.

“Malerman expertly conjures a fairy tale nostalgia of first love, and we follow along, all too willingly, ignoring the warning signs even as the fear takes hold.”—Lit Reactor
 
The story begins: young lovers, anxious to connect, agree to a first date, thinking outside of the box.
 
At seventeen years old, James and Amelia can feel the rest of their lives beginning. They have got this summer and this summer alone to experience the extraordinary.
 
But they didn’t expect to find it in a house at the bottom of a lake.
 
The house is cold and dark, but it’s also their own.
 
Caution be damned, until being carefree becomes dangerous. For the teens must decide: swim deeper into the house—all the while falling deeper in love?
 
Whatever they do, they will never be able to turn their backs on what they discovered together. And what they learned:
 
Just because a house is empty, doesn’t mean nobody’s home.

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“I'm not really so sure I would classify this as horror. I will admit that I found some parts of this fairly creepy, but those parts were few and far between. Also, that 'creep' really has more to do with my own submechanophobia than anything else. This was a really enjoyable novella, and I found it to be unique and interesting. I would just say that, at least for me, this wasn't exactly a story that I would categorize as 'horror'. I chose to read it on Halloween specifically because I expected it to be really scary and I wanted to be unnerved. I felt a little let down on the fear factor, but very much enjoyed the atmosphere and strangeness of the story. The ending was a bit vague and open-ended. Part of me would like to know more, but the author left it off as he did by design and I appreciate the ambiguity of the conclusion. Overall, I liked it quite a bit, I just didn't find it very scary.”

About Josh Malerman

Josh Malerman is a New York Times bestselling author and one of two singersongwriters for the rock band The High Strung. His debut novel, Bird Box, is the inspiration for the hit Netflix film of the same name. His other novels include Unbury Carol, Inspection, A House at the Bottom of a Lake, and Malorie, the sequel to Bird Box. Malerman lives in Michigan with his fiancée, the artist-musician Allison Laakko.

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