Review | A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman

Hello, fellow readers! It has been way too long since my last review. I think I just needed a little bit of a break in September, but now I am trying to catch up on the books I have read recently. I had a Kindle Unlimited trial subscription until recently, so I read several books on there in September. I found A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman and decided to give it a try.


Description: Teenagers Jake and Amelia discover a mysterious house on their first date. The house is at the bottom of a lake, and the teens become fascinated and obsessed with exploring the house. They buy scuba gear and begin visiting the house daily, but soon mysterious things begin to happen as they explore the house.

What I Liked: .The concept of this book was really interesting, but that is pretty much the only positive thing I can say. I like that the book was short because this story did not need to be longer than 150 pages.

What I Didn’t Like: This book wasted an opportunity to be really special. Unfortunately, most of the book focuses on the trials of young love and the house is just the setting for these two teens to discover each other and begin to fall in love. There was not enough focus on the house and how or why it is at the bottom of the lake. The book is marketed as horror, but it is definitely not a horror book!

Final Thoughts: I gave this novella a generous two star rating. I may have to give up on Malerman’s books. I loved Bird Box, but I DNF’d Inspection earlier this year. This book lacked purpose for me and I was very disappointed that it was not truly a horror book.

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