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4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  25 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A terrible tragedy sets in motion a vengeful curse that can turn a girl's sixteenth birthday into her death day. The spirit of profound grief and hatred hangs like a fog over Castle Lake until it can exact its horrific retribution. In the haunting style of Stephen King, award-winning author, Thomas Ryerson, ably touches the simple, natural world of rural life in the ninete ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 6th 2008 by Grey Swan Press (first published March 6th 2007)
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Jul 21, 2013 Joseph rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Castle Lake by Thomas Ryerson is a story that covers 70 years of Murdock family and their property around Castle Lake. I jumped right into the book with out reading other reviews or a synopsis of the story. Having read a few of his other books, I came in expecting to find something with a science fiction twist or a futuristic society. However, I found myself somewhere on the east coast of North America in 1821. The story develops at a good pace and nothing seems out of place for the time. The st ...more
Oct 11, 2011 Naomi rated it it was amazing
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First off, I must get something off my chest! Sometimes, Amazon reviewers drive me nuts!! I only thought "blowhards" were reserved for Goodreads..Guess not! Here is a thing, before you can review the book, YOU HAVE TO READ IT!! Had John Samson have read the book, he would have seen that his review was ignorant, uninformed and way off base, and he probably would not have put his name to that ridiculous review. I can't go into why his review was so way off base becaus
Jul 21, 2012 Kerri rated it it was ok
Well, it started off… not bad. Then the "not" slowly faded by the second half. I like the premise, but the writing just seemed to get worse as the book went on. I'm wondering if he got halfway through and realized that he was going to make the page count he guaranteed his publishers. Either that, or he really wanted it to be turned into a movie, so he wrote everything as stage directions. Seriously. Don't know how to make coffee? Learn by reading this book, because I am not exaggerating; it's li ...more
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Mar 20, 2011 Carol Armstrong rated it really liked it
An easy read. Interesting plot. The story in the past was very good. Then, it moved to the present and it was a bit confusing, at first, what generation and relationship the present day characters had to the past one. Yes, it was the same family, but for some reason, I didn't realize the old grandpa was the accused of the past history in the book.
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Feb 13, 2011 Darcy Washburn rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and the storyline was different. The dialogue was choppy but it helped to define the time period and the characters. I would call it more of a "deep" read and less of a "fun" read. It held my attention and I found myself thinking about it even after I finished it. In my eyes that makes if a winner.
Feb 25, 2011 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was fortunate enough to win this book in a good reads giveaway! Thank you good reads!

This book was an enjoyable horror story. It was very creepy and it left my skin feel like it was crawling , which is exactly the point of a good horror story!
Sep 07, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed your book. Thank you Thomas A Ryerson for sending it. Did not know I needed to respond on when I received the book so the date listed is not the right date. I received the book at a much earlier date.
Feb 27, 2011 Cassandra rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. The love of the family and the coming together to ensure the survival of the one that needed protection was endearing. A good quick read that is best savored on a dark and stormy night.
Mar 23, 2011 Silly rated it it was amazing
I won this book from First Reads. This was a very good book. I enjoyed it and will hopefully be reading the sequel soon. Thank you.
Aug 15, 2011 Regina rated it it was amazing
Classic. Ghost story.
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Just after I was born in 1964, my mother incorrectly wrote my name on the birth record as Thomas Author. My father caught the error, and I was named Thomas Arthur after my grandfather.

I was a bright eyed blonde haired youngster, and I always had a vivid imagination. Once I started school in 1969, this vivid imagination handicapped me in an organized class. I was always being distracted by everyth
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