Mystery, intrigue, this was a spooky sort of book. Which is somewhat strange since it involves the Latin language and a girl's school. But I guess a bunch of teenage girls could be considered scary.
Jane has been hiding a secret for a long time. A secret
that involved the death of two of her roommates in high school. Now,
returning as a teacher to the same school, the events of that year are
starting to happen again. Is it the curse of the lake? Or something
else that is going on?
Jane is not a strong character. She
waffles a lot and has indecision. So she's definitely imperfect. And
that's fine. It suits her. Although I thought her change of heart at
the end was a bit out of character, but you'll see what I mean when you
read the book. Her students were the typical lot of misbehaving girls.
They all had problems and of course authority figures couldn't help
them with it. Same thing with her friends when they were school aged.
So all of the characterization was pretty authentic and what girls of
their ages would act like.
I solved the mystery about two thirds
of the way into the book. But that didn't lessen the enjoyment.
Instead I then got to sit in anticipation of what was going to happen
and how the characters would find out what I knew. I also had a lot of
flashbacks of Latin class come to my mind while reading this, and at the
very least everyone who reads the book will know how to say "girl" in
Latin when done reading. The writing was just descriptive enough to
really get you involved in the story, but not enough that you got bored
with reading it and the pace didn't move anywhere.
This is a quiet mystery, one that has a lot of clues and won't leave you guessing, but is still a worthy read.
The Lake of Dead Languages