|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Jan 2003|
|Number of Pages:||417|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.75|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.5 x 8.25 x 0.9|
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.
- Karen Traynor, Sullivan Free Lib., Chittenango, NY
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When Jane returns to teach at the Heart Lake School, where three friends committed suicide, she encounters more death and pages from a missing journal she kept at the time. A highly touted first novel.
“A GOTHIC AND ELEGANT PAGE-TURNER.”
–The Boston Globe
Twenty years ago, Jane Hudson fled the Heart Lake School for Girls in the Adirondacks after a terrible tragedy. The week before her graduation, in that sheltered wonderland, three lives were taken, all victims of suicide. Only Jane was left to carry the burden of a mystery that has stayed hidden in the depths of Heart Lake for more than two decades. Now Jane has returned to the 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. And young, troubled girls are beginning to die again–as piece by piece the shattering truth slowly floats to the surface.