In the Lake of the Woods

In the Lake of the Woods

Book - 1995
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On a lake deep in Minnesota's north woods, John and Kathy Wade are trying to reassemble their lives. John, a rising political star, has just suffered a devastating electoral defeat. Kathy attempts to comfort her husband, but soon it becomes apparent that something is horribly wrong between them, that they have hidden too much from each other. Then one day Kathy vanishes. Their boat is gone-did she drown or is she lost? Or did she flee, disappearing into a new life? As a massive search gets under way, the possibilities multiply in terrifying directions. Uncovering the truth requires an investigation of Wade's life, and gradually we come to see that he is a sorcerer lost inside his own magic, a Houdini capable of escaping everything but the chains of his darkest secret.
Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A : Penguin Books, 1995.
ISBN: 9780140250947
0140250948
Branch Call Number: FIC/O'BRIEN
Characteristics: 303 p. ; 20 cm.

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bdarlingbb
Jan 27, 2017

This was a new author for me and, as I was looking for a good mystery, I was surprised to find myself not only immersed in the mystery at hand that takes place years later, but also in the memories and flashbacks to the Viet Nam War...all based on fact - the My Lai Massacre. The author was there as a soldier shortly after that terrible annihilation of innocents. He knows what our men went through, psychologically, and what drove them to commit such awful carnage, all without dismissing their and their superiors' guilt. A powerful message of the long-lasting effects on such young, unformed men, pushed to their limits, haunted throughout their lives by the orders prescribed to them by war. Powerful and engaging. I will be reading more of Tim O'Brien's work.

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Liber_vermis
May 25, 2016

Winner of the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for 1993.

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empbee
Jan 10, 2015

A sad story of ruined lives; a sad childhood, the horrors of the Vietnam war, misplaced ambitions. Very well written, reads like a mystery.

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mom2niamh
Jan 08, 2014

Have to agree with rural_librarian. I'm not a fan of mysteries, but this book is both well-written and riveting. I often read a book and a few months later can recall whether I enjoyed it or not, but can't really retell the plot details very well. This is one of those rare books that has a very memorable story line. Read it!

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mythoughts
Sep 18, 2012

Good book with an interesting story - characters are believable.

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Earl64
Mar 05, 2011

I could not put this book down!
Great suspense! Excellent writing!

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rural_librarian
Nov 30, 2009

Loved this book. I'm not usually a fan of mysteries or suspensful stories, but this book had me hooked from beginning to end. Tim O'Brien creates such a compelling lead character, I had to race to the finish to find out what happens. I highly recommend anything by Tim O'Brien, and this book is a great introduction to one of America's best fiction writers.

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bigreader69
Mar 25, 2008

This is one of those rare books that one really never forgets. Eerie, suspenseful, haunting.

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Jul 14, 2011

izzyjpj thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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