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Storm Lake

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Thirteen-year-old Rachel and her little brother, Jeff, are looking forward to a weekend of canoeing and spending time with their friends up at the family cottage on Storm Lake. But something terrifying has birthed itself from the trees, and the kids find themselves trapped in an isolated marina fighting for their lives.
Published December 16th 2014 by Val Tobin
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Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Storm Lake is a well written short story about the emergence of a new apex predator that wakes up and devours everything and everyone in its path. We witness this carnage through the eyes of a family vacationing at their summer cabin. There are far too few promising female voices in horror. Val Tobin is one of them to watch. She writes Storm Lake with convincing terror and with characters whom I felt for. I would like to see what else she has in store for her unexpecting readers. I give this atr ...more
Max Power
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This a well told enjoyable, pacey little story about something lurking… I always like something lurking. Nice even tension that builds right from the off, simple, descriptive, clear narrative and I have to say entertaining from start to finish. I was tempted to drop a star for what is a way is a compliment so I decided against it and gave 5 full stars instead. The reason is I felt I would have enjoyed more than I got and this book would be better for being longer. That being said that is hardly ...more
Tom Benson
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never been a fan of horror stories in any format, so why then did I try this short story? I recently read a novel by the author and was impressed by her writing, so if I was going to read something like this – it had to be from her.
The tale begins at a leisurely pace, introducing a mother and two children driving out to their remote lakeside retreat in Ontario. Once they arrive at the marina near their hideaway, things start to pick up a pace. There are unexplained disappearances accordin
Lesley Hayes
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This intriguing short story is a good ‘taster’ for what Val Tobin offers in her other books, and definitely caught my interest. The characters are well-drawn – especially the two children – and it brings to life realistically the kind of ‘what-if’ scenario a vivid imagination can paint on a dark and stormy night. Lurking in the shadows of the summer getaway are unknown, unexplained monsters, and the suspense is all in discovering just how far they will go and what it will take for the children t ...more
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
This chilling short story moves along and doesn't miss a beat. I particularly liked the impeccable timing of it - after the opening, where a happy, carefree family is shown going on their lakeside holiday, the sinister element is introduced at the perfect moment, and this sense of timing worked throughout the story. It's an element often overlooked in fiction, but timing has a great deal to do with how well a story works, particularly a short story, and Tobin has it down to a T.

Also of note wer
Alicia Huxtable
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a nice quick read that keeps you interested. Kind of wish it was a longer book though, would be a great novel
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this, the world is well thought out and the characters are real and relatable. There's no shortage of suspense and tension in the well paced mysterious tale. I was actually a little sad to reach the end because I wanted more. ...more
Rhoda D'Ettore
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice eerie story to read while the power is out! :) We had a tornado this week and so I caught up on some reading, and boy am I glad I chose this one. The story opens with a family on it's way to visit a cabin by a lake--the typical "Mom, he has stinky feet" of sibling interactions connects the reader with the characters right away. I could here the "are we there yet" type of annoyances all families face in this situation. Upon arriving at their destination, the family is informed a young child ...more
Erin Penn
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't read horror and did not realize that was what I was getting when I picked up this short story while it was free on Kindle.

That being said the story totally sucked me in the whole way. I curled further and further into a ball while reading it as each of the children's protectors failed. I was scared, terrified, and ready to put a metal room on my house by the end of the forty-one pages.

Then the writer in me started analyzing how the story was built. Classic start of normality so you care
Pam Kesterson
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2
This was a suspenceful short story to clean my pallet between longer reads. I wanted to experience Val Tobin's writing style, so I read this story first and will now read her other books very soon.

I liked the set up of Storm Lake. With the disappearance of so many animals at the resort town, the reader had a clue they needed to buckle up and expect the worst.

Plus, if people are uncomfortable and squeamish about morbid details, Val does a fine job relaying the terror but still lets you sleep at
Ceri Bladen
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a short novella, however, Val Tobin manages to take you along for the ride from the very first page, enough to make me want to finish the story. There is a cliff-hanger at then end, but it would lend itself nicely to a sequel, or equally not.

I won't go into much detail about the characters or plot, as typical of this genre, some are destined to die grizzly deaths and there are things creeping around in the dark, but there was enough information about the 'core' family and their dog that
Jan Riley
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book proves yet again what a skilled writer Val Tobin is. As a parent I was instantly drawn into the story, laughing at the interaction between the brother and sister. It reminded me of many road trips stuck in the back of the car with my own little brother. The weekend promises to be an idyllic getaway but mysterious events soon change it from a welcome break, to a fight for survival. The story starts off quite calmly but as soon as the plot switches to horror, the pace picks up and speeds ...more
Kay Oliver
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written and gripping from start to finish. I got a Stephen King, The Mist vibe from this one and loved it. A small vacation town meets monsters only ever before seen in nightmares where two small kids must find a way to survive.
Patti Richards
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WOW !!!

What a bizarre book, would recommend if you like horror. I couldn't put down. I would have liked the book to be longer. Would recommend.
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Swan Lake

This was a very good story to read in the middle of the night on Halloween. I recommend reading it.
Melanie P. Smith
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Great Start to a Series...
Storm Lake is a great start to a series. The story sucks you in from the very beginning. It had a Poltergeist style intro that gives the reader a false sense of normality: typical family, the proverbial car ride with the kids arguing about stinky feet and are we there yet. The author does a great job of developing characters we can relate to; they might even remind you of your own childhood. The kids are typical siblings — squabbling over silly annoyances at one moment,
P.A. Rudders
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As gruesome a little horror tale as you could ever hope for – loved it!

An intriguing little horror tale that starts off with a simple family car journey on the way to a holiday marina, one that any parent with young and teenage children will be able to identify with amid all the usual sibling squabbles, and ‘are we there yet’ type questions. The sheer normality of the situation and innocence of the children initially lulls the reader into a sense of ease, almost on a par with some Enid Blyton ty
Sharon K. Haught
Mar 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Was not expecting sci fi. Did not enjoy this book at all. Description was not accurate at all.

This was nonsense and gory. I downloaded it looking for a mystery. Very disappointed!
Had there been an option for zero stars, I would have used it.
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great short story. Wish it was longer.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not for me

It was hard to follow and too far fetched. The ending was disappointing. Not the type of book that I enjoyed reading.

May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Creepy, gory short story that keeps you on the edge of your seats. The fear builds with each passing moment. A great start to the story that makes me want to find out what happens next.
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