The Room by the Lake
When Caitlin moved from London to New York, she thought she had left her problems behind: her alcoholic father, her dead mother, the pressure to succeed. But now, down to her last dollar in a foreign city, she is desperately lonely.
Then she meets Jake. Handsome, smart, slightly damaged Jake. He lives off-grid, in a lakeside commune whose members practise regular exercise and frequent group therapy. Before long, Caitlin has settled into her idyllic new home.
It looks like she has found the fresh start she longed for. But, as the commune tightens its grip on her freedom and her sanity, Caitlin realizes too late that she might become lost forever…
Though I finished this book in two days, I wasn’t very impressed by it. The summary intrigued me and I always do enjoy fictional accounts of cults and those ensnared by them but I wanted this book to be different and it wasn’t. It was same old ‘character wants a different life, character gets taken in by a charismatic man, character thinks she’s found her life, character realizes that this is not a good place, character escapes.’
I was waiting for the sense of ominous foreboding that I expected with a book like this and I just didn’t get it. Everything was serene and strange but nothing stood out to me as being a precursor to the bad stuff I knew would be coming. It was fine and then it wasn’t. Everything seemed to happen in like twenty pages which made the journey up to that seem pointless.
It didn’t help that the author went for a huge cliche with the main male bad guy in regards to what he was using his power for. I was disappointed and didn’t really feel anything when he got his comeuppance.
This book was merely all right. A good fast read for when you need something to do but nothing that I’d highly recommend.