The Souls of Lost Lake

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"Wright has proven time and again with her masterful storytelling in exceptionally crafted novels that she is a trailblazer extraordinaire in the niche genre combining horror, intrigue and spirituality."--Booklist starred review

To save the innocent, they must face an insidious evil.

Wren Blythe has long enjoyed living in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, helping her father with ministry at a youth camp. But when a little girl in the area goes missing, an all-out search ensues, reviving the decades-old campfire story of Ava Coons, the murderess who is believed to still roam the forest. Joining the search, Wren stumbles upon the Coonses' cabin ruins and a sinister mystery she is determined to unearth.

In 1930, Ava Coons has spent the last several years carrying the mantle of mystery since the day she emerged from the woods as a thirteen-year-old girl, spattered with blood, dragging a logger's ax. She has accepted she will never remember what happened to her family, whose bodies were never found, and that the people of Tempter's Creek will always blame her for their violent deaths. And after a member of the town is murdered, and another goes missing, rumors spread that Ava's secret is perhaps more malicious than previously imagined.

Two women, separated by time, must confront a wickedness that not only challenges who they are but also threatens their lives, and the lives of those they love.

Jaime Jo Wright captivates with . . .

"Fast pacing, great writing, deep spiritual truths, and just the right amount of spookiness."--BookPage

"Compassion, eerie eloquence, and astounding intensity."--Booklist

"Suspense and spine-tingling moments."--Library Journal

"Rich characterization and intricate plotting."--Colleen Coble, USA Today bestselling author


"The Souls of Lost Lake is an eerie multilayered novel that kept me guessing. Both Ava and Arwen have stories that tugged me closer as a reader and left me wondering what was really happening. This is a novel so atmospheric and gothic that it will delight the most discerning reader as well as those who are fans of Jaime's earlier books. Bottom line: Don't pick up this novel unless you are ready to be drawn deeply into a world so compelling it will be hard to leave. The twists will leave you gasping and deeply satisfied when you reach the magical words 'the end.'"

Cara Putman, award-winning and bestselling author

"The Souls of Lost Lake is a wonderfully layered mystery with a deep sense of place and well-drawn characters. Jaime Jo Wright is one of the best writers out there and an automatic buy for me."

Colleen Coble, USA Today bestselling author of The Inn at Ocean's Edge

"Whenever I need a novel that will cause me to pay attention, to care and to be transfixed by an excitingly unique fictional world, I pick up a novel by Jaime Jo Wright. From the first page of The Souls of Lost Lake, Jaime does not disappoint."

Tricia Goyer, USA Today bestselling author of A Daring Escape

The Author

  1. Jaime Jo Wright

    Jaime Jo Wright

    Jaime Jo Wright is the author of twelve novels, including Christy Award and Daphne du Maurier Award winner The House on Foster Hill and Carol Award winner The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. She's also a four-time Christy Award finalist, as well as...

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"Wright has proven time and again with her masterful storytelling in exceptionally crafted novels that she is a trailblazer extraordinaire in the niche genre combining horror, intrigue, and spirituality. . . . Wright uses her signature sophistication to peel back the layers of horror on the surface to reveal the humanity brought to life in a tale of intoxicating menace, eerie elegance, and satisfying suspense."

Booklist starred review

"Jaime Jo Wright has outdone herself! The Souls of Lost Lake pulled me in deeper than the waters of Lost Lake with a magnificent story that will stay with me long after the last page. . . . I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great mystery . . . One of the rare books I wish I could give more than five stars."

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