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Shadows at Garner Lake Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Shadows at Garner Lake

Luke Downing meets a runaway girl in his native town of Garnerville, New Hampshire, dominates her through the use of drugs, and then offers to set her free if she'll help him blackmail two fishermen who visit nearby Garner Lake each year. Convinced that Downing isn't going to keep his word, the girl agrees to his plan but double crosses him in a shocking way that leads to his downfall.
   When the two fishermen return to the lake with their wives after the girl sabotages Downing's plan, he makes them his prisoners in a remote cabin where he plans to humiliate and torture them before he kills them.
   But when Sheriff Jeff Parker and his girlfriend Molly Hutchison learn of Downing's intentions, they thwart his plans.
This report prepared by Hank Kellner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   crazed lover/family member

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   sinister, like an X-Files Gomer Pyle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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