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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

A House at the Bottom of a Lake

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐1/2

"Both seventeen. Both afraid. But both saying yes.

It sounded like the perfect first date: canoeing across a chain of lakes, sandwiches and beer in the cooler. But teenagers Amelia and James discover something below the water’s surface that changes their lives forever.

It’s got two stories.

It’s got a garden.

And the front door is open.

It’s a house at the bottom of a lake.

For the teens, there is only one rule: no questions. And yet, how could a place so spectacular come with no price tag? While the duo plays house beneath the waves, one reality remains:

Just because a house is empty, doesn’t mean nobody’s home."


A House at the Bottom of a Lake is a standalone horror novel by Josh Malerman.

This was sure something alright. I think the book cover creeped me out more than this book did. A+ for the terrifying concept but an F for execution.

A someone with thalassophobia, just the cover alone was enough to bother me. Unknown things at the bottom of a body of water are creepy as hell for me but it's too bad my emotional responses to this book didn't move past that.

What I mean is that this book at best was bland and boring and at worst was frustrating. I cannot fathom why their response to finding this house, on their first date no less, would be to try and play house. That's a no-no from me. I was also not here for Amelia and her inner ramblings and obsession with the house. Don't even get me started on the mechanics of them trying to have sex underwater.

If you like horror novels that are kind of strange, try this out.

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