O'Brien is very creative with the pacing and style in which he writes this book. It really reflects on the high cost of war upon a person. Although it refers to the main character's past in the Vietnam war, the strong references to PTSD and other difficulties are still very much something people can relate to today.
What happens when the secret you've hidden from everyone, even yourself, finally breaks out? This question provides the dramatic premise for Tin O'Brien's brilliant new novel, and it drives a narrative of astonishing force and ressonance.
On a lake, deep in Minnesota's north woods, John and Kathy Wade are trying to be reassemble thier lives. John, a rising political star, has just suffered a devastating electoral defeat. Kathy attempts to comfort her husbnd, but soon it becomes apparent that something is horribly wrong between them, that they have hidden toomuch from each other.
Then one day, Kathy vanishes. Thier boat is gone-did she drown or is she lost? Or did she flee, disappearing into a new life? As a massive search gets under way, the possibilities multiply in terrifying directions. Uncovering the truth requires an investigation of Wade's life.. and gradually we come to see that he is a sorcerer lost inside his own magic, a Houdini capable of escaping the chains of his darkest secret.
As tim O'Brien tells the story of a marriage built on deciet, he vividly illustrates the shifting, sometimes terrifying shape of the human heart. This beautifully crafted novel marks a new level of artistry for one of America's most gifter writers
I absolutely loved this book. I can't believe I missed it when it first came out. I read it from cover to cover in a matter of hours. I am not typically one to enjoy mysteries, but what I liked about this book was that the reader was left to form his/her own conclusions. Beautiful, evocative writing. Plenty of dramatic tension. One of the best books I have read in years.
I enjoyed reading this book very much. Very well written. But what a previous reviewer liked, I did not. I wanted the book to have a definite ending by the author. This one left me hanging, which I did not appreciate. I mean, you read to the end to find out the truth. There is not truth to be found in this novel. But again, very well written.
I wasn't sure about this book at first. It started very slow and I wasn't sure what direction the author was going. Once you get past the setup the book is a great read. It is booth too disturbing to read and to enthralling to put down. I like the open-endedness of the ending No matter which way it truly turned out it is tragic tale of the long lasting effects of war and family dysfunction.
This book lived up to what I'd read about it keeping you guessing, and I love how O'Brien worked in the historical pieces of the story. However, I was disappointed at the ending...and maybe there was no other way it could have wrapped up, but I still felt very let down.
Well-written, interesting format for a mystery, written as a piece of investigative journalism with mock interviews and narrator speculations about what might have happened. Didn't really relate to the characters, but it was an enjoyable novel.
Like The Things They Carried, In the Lake of the Woods is an unforgettable reminder of high cost of war. The book asks the reader to question whether it is possible to ever again become "good" after being involved, even peripherally, in the commission of an immoral act. This heartbreaking, suspenseful, powerful book is particularly relevant to the situation in the world today.