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The Lake and the Lost Girl (Paperback)

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This suspenseful novel hooked me from page one and never released its grip on me, nor did my admiration for its literary references, vivid characters, and clever plot, ever waver. Set in Michigan, it tells the story of both Mary, a young and talented poet who lived during the early 20th century, and Lydia, a successful romance writer and the wife of a present-day English professor who has made the study of Mary's poetry his life's work, and unraveling the mystery of Mary’s disappearance, his self-destructive obsession. These women struggle to cope with similar issues: abusive marital relationships, society's expectations of them, and their own demons. Their stories are so artfully intertwined as to skillfully illuminate how the impact of their suffering both changed and didn’t change from Mary’s time to Lydia’s. The lingering allure of this novel for me is in contemplation of the continued struggle of women in our society that it inspired, a struggle that is almost harder to assess the more progress is made. This is a most engaging and thought-provoking novel.

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"Vincenta keeps you turning pages as she takes you on a journey that explores the complexities of marriage and families, professional quests as well as one's deepest, darkest passions."-- Renee Rosen, bestselling author of What the Lady Wants

When her husband's scholarly interest turns to obsession, Lydia Carroll will do whatever it takes to save her family

Local romance author Lydia Carroll only knows one version of the MSW story: her husband's. English professor Frank Carroll has been fixated on the mystery of her disappearance for years, crafting a narrative based on Mary's poetry and journals that insist that Mary lived past that night in 1939.

As Frank's behavior grows more erratic, Lydia sees that his interest in Mary has evolved into an obsession--one that threatens to destroy the family they have built together. Lydia throws herself into the mystery, hoping to solve it and bring peace back to her home. But as Lydia begins investigating, her son takes action with a plan of his that will bring the family to a breaking point and change Lydia's destiny forever.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781492642466
ISBN-10: 1492642460
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: June 6th, 2017
Pages: 368
Language: English