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The House at the Bottom of the Lake



TITLE: The House at the Bottom of the Lake
AUTHOR: Josh Malerman
SYNOPSIS: The story begins: young lovers, anxious to connect, agree to a first date, thinking outside of the box.
At seventeen years old, James and Amelia can feel the rest of their lives beginning. They have got this summer and this summer alone to experience the extraordinary.
But they didn't expect to find it in a house at the bottom of a lake.
The house is cold and dark, but it's also their own.
Caution be damned, until being carefree becomes dangerous. For the teens must decide: swim deeper into the house--all the while falling deeper in love?
Whatever they do, they will never be able to turn their backs on what they discovered together. And what they learned:
Just because a house is empty, doesn't mean nobody's home.
PUBLISHER: Del Ray Books
RATING: ⭐⭐⭐

The House at the Bottom of the Lake is a beautiful love story between James and Amelia. It starts with a first date, a canoe ride on the local lake. After finding a mysterious third lake hidden past a tunnel, the pair find a house, a solid complete house, at the bottom of the lake. WTH? No one had ever mentioned this before. 

So they explore this mystery. They have one rule: Don't ask why or how.

Ok, let's stop here for a second. There is a house. At the bottom of the lake. Complete with furnishings. And I can't ask how or why? I'm not okay with this. This seems like a setup.

So James and Amelia spend their days and often nights at the house under the lake. They become deeper invested in each other and their "home". Their love is gentle and sweet and then there is an awkward sex scene.

*Spoiler*
They have sex in the house at the bottom of the lake. They lose their virginity to each other at the bottom of the lake. Let me tell you where I have an issue with this; virgins do not just stick it in and go to town.  Girls need to be warmed into it or things get very painful. Frankly, men shouldn't write sex scenes where men orgasm and women are left with nothing. I mean he actually spent the time to describe the semen in the water, but Amelia can't get a little cunnilingus? 
*End Spoiler*

Eventually, the house starts acting weird and then fully disappears. Everything would be all wrapped up nicely except, Malerman didn't explain anything. We don't have a creature, or deity, or curse. There is no reason for this house to act this way, and that bothers me.  I need to know *something*. Why is there a pool in the basement? Was that just to serve as a metaphor to show them falling deeper for each other? 

With all these questions left unanswered, I had to give The House at the Bottom of the Lake 3 stars. 

Thank you to Del Rey Books and NetGalley for gifting me a free eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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