The Lake of Dead Languages Book Summary and Study Guide

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When Joan returns to Heart Lake Academy after leaving her job in Philadelphia, she finds that even twenty years away from the place where she grew up cannot diminish the sinister, haunting feeling. A place shrouded in mystery and unspoken nightmares, Heart Lake is stull haunted by the murder of three students- Joan's room mates from her senior year. It's when the murders begin to be recreated and Joan begins to recieve ominous messages from persons unknown that the terror sets in, leaving the reader breathless and anxious all the way to the shocking ending that proves time erases nothing but our memories.
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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 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   40% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Murder of certain profession?    -   students/teachers Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   character killed during/after sexing    -   solving long-past murder    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   sinister, like an X-Files Gomer Pyle Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes

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