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Jane, the main character in the story, lives a life built around a traumatic even in her past. She is a drug addict and an alcoholic struggling to better herself but not wanting to move past the accident at the same time. She refuses to grow up. In her thirties, she has the personality of a teenager, she has a bad relationship with her mother and refuses to think that she does anything wrong. As the story goes on she reverts back to drinking and starts hallucinating and that's where the story begins to become confusing and the reader starts to question whether everything outside of her past is a hallucination or if specific parts in the story are her hallucinations.
I enjoyed this story immensely. The author gives enough information to keep you hooked and not enough at the end to make you speculate and want to find out more. I was so curious to know what had happened to her and at the same time I wanted to smack the character silly for refusing to remember her past and acting like a child. The story was very descriptive and the going back and forth between the past and the present was well played so as not to confuse the reader with going back and forth between the different information continuously.
When the author took you back into the past each time, it was like you got to know Jane's friends a little bit better, to see the kind of people they were, presenting it as Jane's memories. It allowed the story to seem more realistic and well developed. The one thing I could say about it, though was that the ending felt rushed. The ending also irritated me, in a good way, if that makes sense. It left me utterly confused and speculative, ready to jump into the rest of the series.
Books of this nature are my favorite as they keep the reader thinking and ultimately wanting more. It gives the reader a sense of excitement. I rate The Dark Lake by Anthea Carson a 4 out of 4 stars because there was just not a moment that I was not captivated and wanting to know what had happened and what was wrong with this woman to make her act like a child. I would recommend this to all of my fellow book lovers because I really think anybody would enjoy this book.
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