Review: Lost Girl of the Lake

Lost Girl of the LakeLost Girl of the Lake by Joe McKinney
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This novella by Joe MicKinney is a refreshing coming-of-age story with some elements of horror mixed in. I thought his characterization of rural east Texas and race relations during the 50s and 60s was pretty bewitching and with his flair for language, it certainly brought to mind Joe R. Lansdale. Which is a good thing if you ask me. More than the horrific and supernatural elements of this work, I very much enjoyed the reminiscence of days of hormone-throttled youth and how confusing and awkward it all was. The way McKinney details it as part of the protagonist’s story, I certainly mused that the experience of early adolescence is much the same across the generations. If you like character-driven fiction with the bizarre hidden in the layers, this one is for you.

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