Lake of Dead Languages

Lake of Dead Languages

by Carol Goodman
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Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman

In the evocative tradition of Donna Tartt’s first novel, The Secret History, comes this accomplished debut of youthful innocence drowned by dark sins. Twenty years ago, Jane Hudson left the Heart Lake School for Girls in the Adirondacks after a terrible tragedy. Now she has returned to the placid, isolated shores of the lakeside school as a Latin teacher, recently separated and hoping to make a fresh start with her young daughter. But ominous messages from the past dredge up forgotten memories that will become a living nightmare.

Since freshmen year, Jane and her two roommates, Lucy Toller and Deirdre Hall, were inseparable–studying the classics, performing school girl rituals on the lake, and sneaking out after curfew to meet Lucy’s charismatic brother Matt. However, the last winter before graduation, everything changed. For in that sheltered, ice-encrusted wonderland, three lives were taken, all victims of senseless suicide. Only Jane was left to carry the burden of a mystery that has stayed hidden for more than two decades in the dark depths of Heart Lake.

Now pages from Jane’s missing journal, written during that tragic time, have reappeared, revealing shocking, long-buried secrets. And suddenly, young, troubled girls are beginning to die again . . . as piece by piece the shattering truth slowly floats to the surface.

At once compelling, sensuous, and intelligent, The Lake of Dead Languages is an eloquent thriller, an intricate balance of suspense and fine storytelling that proves Carol Goodman is a rare new talent with a brilliant future.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345490919
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/27/2005
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 170,786
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Carol Goodman’s work has appeared in such journals as The Greensboro Review, Literal Latté, The Midwest Quarterly, and Other Voices. After graduation from Vassar College, where she majored in Latin, she taught Latin for several years in Austin, Texas. She then received an M.F.A. in fiction from the New School University, studying under Rick Moody, Francine Prose, David Gates, Amy Hempel, and Peter Carey. Goodman currently teaches writing and works as a writer-in-residence for Teachers & Writers. She lives in Long Island.


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Lake of Dead Languages 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
my absolute favorite book of all time. I am a very avid reader, but this one gets me again and again. countless times I have read it, and it never gets old. I recommend this book to anyone reading this review! great read, you wont regret it.
Beth Spencer More than 1 year ago
Lake of Dead Languages is one of my favotite books. And because it is, I have read all of Carol Goodman's other books and liked them just as much. I would recommend her novels to any of my friends.
emily_reads More than 1 year ago
Of all Carol Goodman's books, this is my favorite. This shape-shifting novel is suspenseful and engaging, while still fitting the hallmarks of a coming-of-age story. If you liked this book, I recommend reading Donna Tartt's The Secret History. It is a more sophisticated, though slower moving, but very intricately woven novel. Follow me on twitter for more books reviews!
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I came across this novel and have since been a huge fan.
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Lny11 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book but I couldn't help but keep questioning the integrity of the main character. The plot was great, if a bit sad, but definitely keeps you reading.
JKtypist More than 1 year ago
A creepy first effort by an author that has several titles available, but is new to me. I really enjoyed parts of the novel while others dragged a bit. Still, the spookiness will make me pick up a second offering from Ms. Goodman when I get the chance.
BookWorm1989BI More than 1 year ago
One of my all time favorite books!!! (:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good character story pliot and good mystery idea and good with myths well writing you will love it i fell for teen and twe ntyyearsold
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Meg Cannon More than 1 year ago
Read this book with my bookclub. Our opinion of the novel was split. A few of us loved it but the majority of the club just thought it was alright. I had a hard time getting into the story, in fact it wasn't until the middle of part two, which is about halfway through the book that I was hooked and actually wanted to keep reading. Overall, the plot was intriguing and dark but the end was a bit predictable.
Imitation More than 1 year ago
I first came across this book when browsing through a site dedicated to reviewing recommended works. From the sample read on this site, I was immediately pulled into the altruistic love Jane received from the two people who would change her life forever. It was too good to pass up, and after purchasing the book it took me little over a day to finish. Even after the deaths of her three friends during her stay at Heart Lake, Jane Hudson returns as a Latin teacher in hopes of starting anew. When the apparent suicides begin happening again, she is forced to face her past and find the connections between the two sets of scandals, as well as the hidden secrets she never expected to discover. It was a mesmerizing read. Carol Goodman has become one of my favorite authors as she flawlessly wove the past and present together into one tantalizing novel you'll find hard to put down. The few imperfections are minor, having to do with the unrealistic reactions the characters sometimes display. However, Goodman's alluring style, written in the perspective of Jane herself, can easily conceal those faults, instead attracting readers to the chilling and jaw-dropping storyline. Once read, it is not a story one is able to forget about with ease.
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