Lakebridge Spring has been tagged as Horror fiction, Literary fiction, Literary thriller,
Lovecraftian (Whatever that is!) and Stephen King. I have to be honest I have never read Stephen King and have no idea how this compares to his writing or his genre. I cannot tell you what this book is about or what genre it fits into because I really don’t know. I half read half listened to this book and even though I’m finished I still cannot write a synopsis. The only thing I can tell you, is that apparently the town is cursed especially the ‘counter girls’ and it’s something to do with the Lakebridge!
This book was not an easy read for me! By the end I still hadn’t found the real point of the story and if I’m honest I think it was the following 118 word sentence, with only one comma that lost me when I almost turned blue trying to read it! ‘For that matter, it was not the result of some deranged local hermit who lived in a forest shack somewhere in the vicinity of the bridge and ate venison when he could find it or his own stockpile of homemade maple syrup created from his great-grandfather’s recipe which allowed for a bit of fermentation giving the syrup a little kick when applied to the buttermilk pancakes he would make from boxes of mix he stored in the shed next to the gallon upon gallon of red paint that he would secret out to the Lakebridge every spring just after the thaw and repaint it and coat it to protect it from the up coming year’s wear and weather.’ Yep there are no laws against long sentences and punctuation is an aid to understanding and not respiration but….HELLO 115 words with no pause? Even I can’t speak for that long without drawing breath!
The writing style was definitely not my usual preferred read, it took up too much brain power trying to decipher and TBH a lot of the content was just plain boring slowing the pace drastically. I found the repetitive prose annoying. i.e. The phrase ‘Paul Bennington of the Bennington Sandersons’ was said eight times in one paragraph, twice in one sentence… though there were 71 words in that one sentence!!
It was just too full of waffle with too long sentences and took too long to get to the actual point…. Maybe that was the point! I don’t know, it went way above my head!
So there must be something positive I can say, well the author certainly likes to make sure you know what she is telling you. If she’s talking about a ‘Vectra’ you will not forget it, if she’s talking about ‘the counter girl’ you will not forget …… why?…. Because she will say it over and over and over until it’s imprinted on your brain for ever!…. There are people out there who think this book is fantastic but I just don’t get it, if you’re looking for an easy entertaining read with an interesting and varied vocabulary, keep looking because this is not it!
Copy supplied for review.