Review: Lake Thirteen by Greg Herren

It seemed like a good idea at the time…

Every summer three families take a trip together—this year it’s to a remote resort in the mountains of upstate New York. Scotty, a teenager who’s just come out, is nervous about how his friends will react to him. A late night visit to an old nearby cemetery seems like a great idea to the bored teens, but the old cemetery holds dark secrets hidden for almost a century—secrets that might have been better left undisturbed.

And what originally seemed like a boring week in the mountains gradually becomes a nightmare of terror for the teens and their families…

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Publication date: August 20, 2013.

This book was intense and scary from start to finish. I love horror movies, and they rarely scare me aside from a jump or two, but I almost couldn’t go on reading when Scotty and his friends were exploring the cemetery. I was that afraid of what they were going to find.

The overall story was great, although it wasn’t hard to guess the outcome once a few pieces of the puzzle were revealed. I liked that Carson and Rachel Wolfe’s father was involved in the production of a ghost hunting show. I love watching those! It was mentioned that Carson had worked on the show, too, and I’d love to read a book with that setting. Maybe a sequel with Carson and/or Rachel as the main characters?

There were a few moments, as in horror movies, where I wanted to scream at the group, “No! What are you doing? Don’t be stupid!” such as when they, knowing something strange was happening, split up and when Scotty kept taking a shortcut through the woods — the same woods where he had heard an unknown voice and felt extremely uncomfortable earlier – but without those moments, there wouldn’t be much of a story.

One thing I really like about this book is that it isn’t a romance. Scotty doesn’t meet a guy on his trip and fall in love. He already has a boyfriend back home, and that’s a big part of the story even though we never actually meet Marc. If this had been about a straight guy (or girl), I think it would have taken the traditional romance route. Not only would that have changed the story, it would have detracted from it. This book doesn’t need that.

This is the first of Greg Herren’s books that I’ve read, but I’m definitely going to look for more.


  1. Thanks for pointing out this book to me. It sounds great! I’m nervous to read it because I get scared pretty easy, but I also loved getting scared, so this one sounds like it will do the trick! Great review 🙂
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