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Wolf Lake

(Dave Gurney #5)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,734 ratings  ·  287 reviews
Could a nightmare be used as a murder weapon? That’s the provocative question confronting Gurney in the thrilling new installment in this series of international bestsellers. The former NYPD star homicide detective is called upon to solve a baffling puzzle: Four people who live in different parts of the country and who seem to have little in common, report having had the s ...more
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by Counterpoint
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Diane S ☔
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Is it possible to hypnotize four different men, in different parts of the country, a dream of wolves and a dagger, that will cause them all to commit suicide? This is the case that Jack Hardwick brings to Dave Gurney, a case that will send he and his wife to the Wolf Lodge in the picaresque Adirondacks. A case that unbeknownst to Gurney will invoke some painful memories for his wife, bringing her back to the summers she spent there and the death of a young man.

This series are one in a chain
Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Dave Gurney, is a retired NYPD homicide detective (probably because of Madeleine). They now live on a farm in the Catskills (probably because of Madeleine). It's an idyllic life for Madeleine, but Dave's most pressing problem for today is trying to figure out why a porcupine is walking back and forth on a tree branch. Yeah, Dave's bored.

Dave's pal, Jack Hardwick, asks for help on a case. Again. Usually passive-aggressive Madeleine has a fit because Dave agrees to help. I guess Madeleine doesn't
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
John Verdon is back for another well-grounded and deeply psychological thriller that will keep readers up well into the night, gripping pillow and covers alike. Tired and ready for a break, former NYPD Detective David Gurney and his wife, Madeleine, are preparing to head out for some solitude in snowy, rural Vermont. Days before they are to leave, they receive a somewhat unwanted visitor, Jane Hammond, who seeks Gurney's help to clear her brother's name. Dr. Robert Hammond is a hypnotherapist wh ...more
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Πέμπτο βιβλίο της σειράς και κάπου εδώ το χάσαμε…

Προσωπικά, ότι είχε φτιάξει για 4 βιβλία, το χάλασε εδώ. Ειλικρινά από ένα σημείο και μετά απλά το διάβαζα για να το ολοκληρώσω... Δεν μου αρέσει όταν βάζω κακές βαθμολογίες σε βιβλία (ειδικά σε βιβλία που έχω διαβάσει τα προηγούμενα της σειράς) αλλά πραγματικά ήταν αγγαρεία.

Ενώ είχε μία καλή ιδέα, δεν κατάφερε να με πείσει. Ούτε ο Γκάρνει, ούτε η Μάντλιν, ούτε ο Χάρντγουικ ούτε κανένας από τους χαρακτήρες. Δεν είχε ιδιαίτερη αγωνία και δεν με τρά
Franco  Santos
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El temor crece en la oscuridad. Solo entreabre una puerta y deja que imagine lo que podría haber del otro lado.

¡Al fin apareció el quinto de la serie! Apenas me enteré de que ya estaba disponible, lo empecé a leer. Y como no podía ser de otra manera, lo devoré. Es, al igual que sus predecesores, sumamente adictivo y está lleno de giros y misterios esparcidos tan estratégicamente como solo Verdon puede hacerlo.

Controlaré tus sueños aborda un cuádruple crimen que desafía todo lo que damos como i
Dana Moison
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Retired NYPD detective Dave Gurney solves another intriguing mystery arriving at his doorstep.
This time there are four victims who all had the same nightmare and reported suicidal thoughts before they were found dead. At first, it appears as a suicide, but then how did all of them had the same dream right before their death? The link is a known hypnotist who met with all the victims the days before it happened. But can you really drive a man into suicide? And How four different people dream the
Chrissa Vasileiou
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Η ευχάριστη έκπληξη ήρθε από τον John Verdon στο 5ο βιβλίο του με τις περιπέτειες του συνταξιούχου -στα χαρτιά μόνο,όπως φαίνεται!- ντετέκτιβ Ντέιβιντ Γκάρνεϊ.

Μετά από 4 αμφιλεγόμενα βιβλία (κουραστικά και με περιττό μπλα μπλα για κάποιους) ο Verdon επιχειρεί να ανανεώσει το συγγραφικό του μοτίβο - και τα καταφέρνει. Για πρώτη φορά η δράση εξελίσσεται μακριά από τη μόνιμη βάση του Γκάρνεϊ,το κτήμα του στα προάστια της Νέας Υόρκης. Και μάλιστα το σκηνικό είναι ιδανικό: ένα απομονωμένο πανδοχείο μ
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
For a Verdon that's a Gurney, this one is long. For me, because I particularly like psychological thrillers more than just the standard mystery who-dun-it, the beginning and quite into the core- it was nearly a five. I had hopes it would be. Certainly the tension of the first 150 pages was to the "can't stop reading" levels.

And then it wasn't. Because the Wolf Lake Lodge itself got so ridiculously unusual and Madeleine (Mrs. Dave Gurney) became even more passive aggressive irritating than averag
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Άλλο ένα ωραίο βιβλίο από τον Verdon. Πέρα από τις πρωτότυπες αστυνομικές ιστορίες του, που μου αρέσουν, αυτό που πραγματικά με ξετρελαίνει είναι οι περιγραφές των τοπίων που εξελίσσονται αυτές οι ιστορίες! Έχω κάνει τόσα μαγικά ταξίδια και έχω πλάσει αμέτρητες μαγικές εικόνες στην φαντασία μου με αφορμή τις περιγραφές του.
Marty Fried
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, mystery
This was an unusual mystery for Dave and friends. There were some suicides, and all of the victims had been treated by a noted hypnotherapist, who was coming more and more under scrutiny as a possible cause of these deaths. At first, Dave thought this was an unlikely way to kill someone, but he began wondering after he learned more. It was strange that some of these people would do this, as they didn't seem to be suicidal at all. It's pretty hard to solve a mystery such as this, where there is n ...more
The Pfaeffle Journal (Diane)
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
This is the fifth Dave Gurney book. Other than the fact that a retired NYPD would be drawn into such complex cases is a little far-fetched, the stories are very interesting and well plotted. I like the tension that Verdon has created between Gurney and his wife, this is something one would expect for a couple that is continually drawn back to a life they have given up.

I look forward to the next Dave Gurney book.

This review was originally posted on The Pfaeffle Journal

Aitor Castrillo
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La idea con la que parte la trama es fantástica y Verdon consigue volver a poner contra las cuerdas al determine Gurney, pero la quinta estrella se me cae en un desenlace que esperaba un poco más redondo.

En cualquier caso, lo disfruté muchísimo y estoy deseando leer Arderás en la tormenta.
A Wondrous Bookshelf
Wolf Lake is the latest installment in the Dave Gurney series. This is a novel with a great hook. Imagine four strangers living in four different parts of the country who all apparently committed suicide after having the same nightmare. The one thing these four strangers share in common is that each of the victims prior to their death met with a controversial psychologist, Richard Hammond, at a thousand-dollar-a-night resort. Verdon really weaves a fantastic story even if at times it mixes eleme ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-series
A good enough Dave Gurney mystery.

In that, since it's Dave Gurney, that's enough for me to read it. I love his character - former NYPD homicide detective, retired now and living in upstate New York with his nature- (and chicken-) loving wife, Madeline. Of course, Dave gets into all sorts of predicaments, and in this one, he's trying to sort out who, how or why young men are committing suicide after having the same identical, creepy - with wolves! - dream. The atmospherics are perfection: isolate
Ioanna Bouna
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, my-reviews
Wolf Lake (Dave Gurney #5) by John Verdon

This is the 5th book in a 6 book series

“Wolf Lake is the page-turning new work by a writer hailed by the New York Times as “masterly” — and it furthers the adventures of Dave Gurney, a detective reviewers have compared to Sherlock Holmes”

Another great series. Dave Gurney’s style of writing is easy to enjoy, with action packed dialogue, and varied storylines

Sleuthing at it best with words that beckon you to read on
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Θέλεις να φτιάξεις ένα νόστιμο γεύμα ανάλογο των προτιμήσεων σου. Στην αγορά βλέπεις πολλά ωραία, φρέσκα υλικά. Τα αγοράζεις όλα. Στον πάγκο παρατηρείς πως δεν ταιριάζουν όλα στο πιάτο σου αλλά τα πήρες και δε θέλεις να τα βάλεις στο ψυγείο μήπως ξεχαστούν και σαπίσουν. Ξεκινάς με καλή διάθεση την προετοιμασία και σκέφτεσαι τα μετέπειτα βήματα, αυτό όμως σε κουράζει, νευριάζεις που πρέπει να συνδυάσεις τα υλικά σου, χωρίζοντας τη διαδικασία σε επιμέρους αυτόνομες ενέργειες. Σαν το cake που δε βλ ...more
May Fungi From Yuggoth
Review: WOLF LAKE by John Verdon

What a deep, compelling, and riveting mystery! I consumed with avidity. Although this is the fifth in the series, it's the first I've read (although I own the first, THINK OF A NUMBER). Author John Verdon delivers the equivalent of a multitude of locked-room mysteries: not just one, but four suspicious deaths, of seemingly unrelated individuals in different geographic regions. Then the single known connection is a genius, neurotic, paranoid, hypnotherapist. His de
Aylin Koç
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Favori yazarım John Verdon'dan yeni çıkan kitabı Kurt Gölü için Tam Puan!!! Tek kelime ile mükemmeldi. Dozahını çok iyi verdiği heyecan ve sakinleştirici detayları ile satılar hızla eriyor. Umarım bir sonraki kitabı için çok beklemem.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ο αγαπημενος Βερντον. Μου αρεσουν πολυ οι ιστοριες του και οι περιγραφες των τοπων δρασης των μυθιστορημάτων του
Γιώτα Βασιλείου
Η Λίμνη των Λύκων, του John Verdon

Ακόμα μια φορά, ο συγγραφέας παίζει με το δίπτυχο περίπλοκη υπόθεση/απλούστατη απάντηση. Γεμάτο βιβλίο και στιβαρή ιστορία, χωρίς χαλαρές άκρες που αφήνουν ερωτηματικά.

Τι μου άρεσε:

Από πλευράς έκδοσης λάτρεψα τον τίτλο και το εξώφυλλο. Επίσης, η μετάφραση ήταν πάρα πολύ καλή.

Το περιβάλλον στο οποίο εκτυλίσσεται η ιστορία είναι ειδυλλιακό και το ιδανικότερο κατά τη γνώμη μου. Άγρια βουνά, χιόνι, καταιγίδες, μια λίμνη που κουβαλάει κατάρες, δεισιδαιμονίες και πικρ
John Wiltshire
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoy these Dave Gurney books and highly recommend them to anyone who wants to get into superbly written, excellently plotted thrillers. But the novels are also a little like family that comes to visit--you go through the stage of being driven to distraction by annoying traits, only to find yourself actually looking forward to the arrival because you've started to find the irritations funny. I would say I have a love/hate relationship with Dave's wife, Madeline, but there's no love, so ...more
Teodora Naneva
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Няма книга на Джон Вердън, която да ме е разочаровала. Той успява да хване читателя още от първата страница и да засилава напрежението с всяка следваща.
Две неща ми харесват в книгите на Вердън. Едното е страшно интересната последователност и логика на разкриването на престъплението. Винаги успява да нагласи нещата по най-грабващия начин.
Второто нещо, което отличава книгите му, е, разбира се, детектив Дейв Гърни. За разлика от повечето детективи от други криминални романи, той не е самотник-плейб
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amo la serie de Dave Gurney, me parece la saga policial más interesante y original que he leído. Recuerdo que el libro anterior me había parecido un poco fallido, pero en este caso me pareció BRILLANTE.

El caso en cuestión me pareció inteligente y, por momentos, terrorífico porque tiene pasajes que dan miedo. Los personajes me encantan, las conversaciones Hardwick / Gurney son geniales, pero algo que siempre disfruto de estos libros es la relación Dave/Madeleine, y en éste caso ella tiene mucho
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Maybe 4.5 stars. Another great installment in this series. Dave's wife, Madelaine, plays a larger part in this one. Strongly recommended.
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The plot plays out in latest in the latest Dave Gurney thriller at Wolf Lake Lodge, in the remote Adirondacks. It is certainly not without a tantalizing history. Shortly after it became an inn in the early 1900s, wolves devoured its founder on the property. The entire setting screams gothic horror starting with the raving gray man carrying an axe and raving about a hawk that knows evil. The inn itself reinforces this concept with it’s creepy vestige standing in the shadow of two mountains with n ...more
Esma Tezgi
Dec 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Dave Gurney serisi en sevdiğim polisiyelerden biriydi, ilk dört kitabı severek okumuş olunca bu kitabı merakla beklemiştim, tabii çıktığını öğrenince çok sevindim. Kitabı okurken Gurney serisini ve serideki mantığı özlediğimi fark ettim.

Bu kitap serinin diğer kitaplarına yine çok benziyordu, yazar her zamanki kurgu biçimini ve olay örgüsünü benimsemişti, hangi sayfada ne yaşanacağını çok bildiğiniz için bunlara hazırlıklı okuyorsunuz, yazarın bu sorunu acilen çözmesi lazım. Diğer yandan serinin
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Number five in the Dave Guerney series did not disappoint, but I don't think any will affect me like the first, which I thought was absolutely brilliant. Intricate mystery solver, decorated ex-NY state police detective now-retired, takes on the mystery of why four people could commit suicide in the exact same manner after having the exact same frightening dream. The cast of characters is not really large, so solving the mystery isn't hugely difficult if the reader's paying close attention. Good ...more
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JOHN VERDON has held several executive positions with Manhattan advertising firms, but like his protagonist, he recently relocated with his wife to rural upstate New York.

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Dave Gurney (6 books)
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  • Shut Your Eyes Tight (Dave Gurney, #2)
  • Let the Devil Sleep (Dave Gurney, #3)
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