Review | A House at the Bottom of the Lake by Josh Malerman

“What was dark but the absence of light?” 3.75/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: Lakes, wetsuits, graffitis, rafts, indoor pools, floating dresses, green canoes, pepper shakers and open doors.

What a weird little book.

This book was recommended by three Booktubers – yes, Booktube made me do it… again – and all three of them rated it 5 stars. Needless to say, I was intrigued and I wanted to find out why.

This story follows two teenagers that go canoeing at the lake for their first date. Everything is going well until they discover a house at the bottom of the lake. As you can probably tell, it gets pretty creepy from that point on.

Let me start by saying I completely understand why people love this book. It’s a very mysterious book that makes you constantly think about what is going on and why. Not only that but the writing is amazing, the story is very original and inspired and you will probably be terrified the entire time – if you like that, of course. There is something so eerie about this story that it gives you a feeling of constant unsettlement. I wouldn’t say it’s a heavy horror story, but it’s still pretty creepy in my opinion.

I personally don’t love ambiguous stories and unanswered questions drive me nuts, so I don’t think I’m the right audience for this book. But I have to recognize that it’s still amazing. 

You honestly can’t forget a story like this, even if you try.

xoxo, Neide

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