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The Lake Of Dead Languages

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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.
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From the depths of the past, deadly secrets are unfolding...A gripping story of murder and secrets in the bestselling tradition of Donna Tartt's campus novel The Secret History and BAFTA award-winning film Dead Poet's Society.

Promotional Information

From the depths of the past, deadly secrets are unfolding...A gripping story of murder and secrets in the bestselling tradition of Donna Tartt's campus novel The Secret History and BAFTA award-winning film Dead Poet's Society.

About the Author

Carol Goodman graduated from Vassar College, where she majored in Latin. After teaching Latin for several years, she studied for an MFA in Fiction. Her writing has been published in a number of literary magazines. She currently teaches writing and works as a writer-in-residence. She lives in Long Island, USA.


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. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

In this promising debut, set on the southern edge of the Adirondack Mountains in New York, Jane Hudson returns as a teacher to the private girls' school from which she graduated years earlier. Much has changed but not the legends about the lake on whose shores the school is located. Three large rocks in the lake are said to lure young girls into the water to commit suicide. Shortly after Jane returns, one of the students does attempt suicide, and the old stories begin anew. What is particularly disturbing is that the events seem to be following a pattern, copying the suicides that occurred while Jane was at school. When Jane starts receiving pages from a journal of hers that has been missing for years, she knows that the similarities are not coincidental. Writing teacher Goodman has crafted a page-turner of a mystery that will keep readers enthralled to the end. Those familiar with the region will enjoy her descriptions of the people and the places. Recommended for public libraries with followings for authors like Martha Grimes. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/01.] Karen Traynor, Sullivan Free Lib., Chittenango, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

"Fulfilling... Miss Jean Brodie meets Donna Tartt... A good read, promising much for the future." * Daily Express * " Goodman's New England gothic sets up a chilling atmosphere and a gruesome scenario very nicely indeed." * The Guardian * "a very slinky little spine-chiller whose occasional forays into complete madness don't do too much harm." * Evening Standard * "A gripping, well-written psychological thriller, rich in atmospheric detail." * Family Circle * "A highly charged novel of suspense that will have you riveted to your chair." * Woman & Home *

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