Lake of Darkness
An Alternate History in which Power, Crime, and the Supernatural Intersect on the South Side of Chicago  During the First World War, on the South Side of Chicago, officer Joe “Flip” Flippity has begun an investigation into a serial decapitationist who is hunting young children. At a time when African American officers are rendered second-class by prejudicial policies, Flip is nonetheless called upon by the mayor of the city—the legendary Big Bill Thompson himself—and a host of powerful city fathers, to thwart this murderer who threatens to destroy the city's reputation as a safe haven for those making the Great Migration north. While searching to catch his killer—and to discover why the most powerful men in Chicago are truly concerned about the murders of poor black refugees—Flip's bloody trail takes him through the South Side’s vice districts (where anything is available for a price), across its most dangerous criminal underbellies, and into a bracing and unexpected world of supernatural horror. As Flip digs deeper in his quest to protect the city’s most vulnerable, he stumbles upon more mysterious murders, confounding psychological puzzles, and terrifying hints of something "other" that may reach across from unknowable distances to guide the hand of a killer. It soon becomes apparent that all is not as it seems, and that mysterious and powerful forces are conspiring to stand in Flip’s way. A combination of detective thriller, cosmic horror, and historical fiction, Lake of Darkness takes us to the deepest and darkest places in Chicago’s very dark history.

Lake of Darkness Details

TitleLake of Darkness
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 5th, 2020
PublisherTalos
ISBN-139781945863509
Rating
GenreHorror, Fantasy

Lake of Darkness Review

  • Bandit
    January 1, 1970
    It’s always nice to be the first person to review the book and have genuinely great things to say about it. That’s very much the case here, I really liked this one, so here come the great things I’ve to say about it. First off, this isn’t my first read by the author, ages ago I read and really liked Zombie, Ohio…if you haven’t read it, check it out, a genuinely original take of a (beware of the pun) beaten to death genre. This book is, of course, a completely different beast, but it shares the s It’s always nice to be the first person to review the book and have genuinely great things to say about it. That’s very much the case here, I really liked this one, so here come the great things I’ve to say about it. First off, this isn’t my first read by the author, ages ago I read and really liked Zombie, Ohio…if you haven’t read it, check it out, a genuinely original take of a (beware of the pun) beaten to death genre. This book is, of course, a completely different beast, but it shares the same great writing. So the beast that is this book is all about the dark side of Chicago’s past. Set during WWI in the preprohibition Chicago, this is essentially a detective mystery or to be precise a procedural serial killer suspense mystery thriller. Actually, I don’t normally like procedurals, but this one was just different enough to appease. The main protagonist, a black police officer nicknamed Flip, a serious man despite his moniker, is charged by the city’s mayor to find and bring to justice the person who is killing young black twins. The situation is racially charged, the entire city is, since the great migration from the South and the powers that be wants this resolved quickly, Flip is given a week and 10K to produce a result. And so he sets off to investigate all the shadowy corners of Chicago’s South Side, aided in his quest by a visiting circus’ magician and a local madam. If that sounds campy or hockey at all, be assured it most certainly isn’t. The story is very serious, very bleak and very brutal. It also takes you places you didn’t expect, throwing in not just the genre prerequisite plot twist about the killer, but changing up genres altogether toward the end to include a dark supernatural angle. Personally, I loved the way Kenemore mixed and matched genres, it’s subtle and very effective. In a way, it’s almost a pick your own adventure sort of thing, you can ignore the supernatural aspect and just read this as a crime mystery, you can enjoy this as a supernatural thriller where dark cosmic forces are at play in the windy city, manipulating minds and men or you can get on board with all that Kenemore is putting down for a mixed genre awesomeness that is this book. I’m going for the latter, the kitchen sink cookie of a story…well, if your kitchen sink sprouted tentacles, maybe. Not the city native, more of a Chicagoan (suburb) by choice, the author does a terrific job of bringing the city of a century ago to life, in all its violent complexity. Fans of historical fiction should enjoy this very much, from the excellently atmospheric descriptions to the actual famous and infamous cameos by the men who held the reigns at the time. The narrative is very dynamic, dialogue driven, realistic in all aspects…even somehow the supernatural ones. Great characters, genuinely great characters. I liked them very much. Made for a properly emotionally engaging read. A really, really good read that’s sure to appeal to a variety of readers, provided they enjoy the dark psychological nightmarish realm of things. Recommended. Thanks Netgalley.
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  • Horror DNA
    January 1, 1970
    Scott Kenemore’s Lake of Darkness is one of those books with which I struggled to figure out how much I genuinely enjoyed, although it hooked me in quickly and has admirable elements, I was unsure to what extent the odd blend of genres clicked. It’s an ambitious combination of horror, police procedural and supernatural thriller with racial tension lurking in the background. The procedural part dominates the story and is rather one-paced as the main character attempts to solve a series of grisly Scott Kenemore’s Lake of Darkness is one of those books with which I struggled to figure out how much I genuinely enjoyed, although it hooked me in quickly and has admirable elements, I was unsure to what extent the odd blend of genres clicked. It’s an ambitious combination of horror, police procedural and supernatural thriller with racial tension lurking in the background. The procedural part dominates the story and is rather one-paced as the main character attempts to solve a series of grisly murders after being put in charge of the investigation by the mayor, the powerful ‘Big’ Bill Thompson. The ritualistic murders and the hunt to solve them will undoubtedly remind you of lots of other novels, but this particularly story has an intriguing supernatural twist which is played out quite slowly as lead investigator, policeman Joe ‘Flip’ Flippity, digs into a mystery which gets stranger as it develops.You can read Tony's full review at Horror DNA by clicking here.
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  • Ashley Daviau
    January 1, 1970
    This book had so much potential to become a new favourite but it just ended up falling flat for me. The idea and the concept sounded horrific and incredibly interesting but the story got bogged down by so many unnecessary details that just made it dry and boring and a struggle to get through. I wanted more guts and gore and murder and less cop talk and rambling. I really wanted to love this one because it sounded so great but it just wasn’t the right book for me! *** I received a copy of this bo This book had so much potential to become a new favourite but it just ended up falling flat for me. The idea and the concept sounded horrific and incredibly interesting but the story got bogged down by so many unnecessary details that just made it dry and boring and a struggle to get through. I wanted more guts and gore and murder and less cop talk and rambling. I really wanted to love this one because it sounded so great but it just wasn’t the right book for me! *** I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and this in no way changes or affects my review.***
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  • Lauren Stoolfire
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Lake of Darkness is my first horror novel by Scott Kenemore and it definitely won't be my last. I liked the author's overall style, but I will admit that I was somewhat underwhelmed by the story itself. It's set during WWI on the south side of Chicago during WWI and is a procedural horror thriller with a supernatural element. It sounds really cool and has the potential to be great, but for me it didn't quite manage to live up to a I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Lake of Darkness is my first horror novel by Scott Kenemore and it definitely won't be my last. I liked the author's overall style, but I will admit that I was somewhat underwhelmed by the story itself. It's set during WWI on the south side of Chicago during WWI and is a procedural horror thriller with a supernatural element. It sounds really cool and has the potential to be great, but for me it didn't quite manage to live up to all of it. Like I said before though, I still want to try more from this Kenyon College alum. I'm especially interested in picking up Zombie, Ohio in the future.
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  • Becky Spratford
    January 1, 1970
    Review on Booklist Online and the blog: http://raforall.blogspot.com/2020/06/...3 words that describe this book: historical, cosmic, race/class/power issues Review on Booklist Online and the blog: http://raforall.blogspot.com/2020/06/...3 words that describe this book: historical, cosmic, race/class/power issues
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    The cover of this book caught my eye. I had to know more about it. Horror? Thriller? YES PLEASE!! This book was fantastic!! It kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The story is set in Chicago. Way way back in time but also in an alternate timeline. I did feel transported to a different time while reading. I LOVE when that happens! Ah to get lost in the pages of a book is truly satisfying. Joe “Flip” Flippity is tasked with solving some disturbing crimes being co The cover of this book caught my eye. I had to know more about it. Horror? Thriller? YES PLEASE!! This book was fantastic!! It kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The story is set in Chicago. Way way back in time but also in an alternate timeline. I did feel transported to a different time while reading. I LOVE when that happens! Ah to get lost in the pages of a book is truly satisfying. Joe “Flip” Flippity is tasked with solving some disturbing crimes being committed. He has a long road ahead of him but he meets people along the way and together they set out to find clues. Both the story and characters are well written. I love the no nonsense way about Joe but as you read more, you realize there’s much more going on behind the mask he wears. That goes for most of the characters in the book. I also loved the mystery to some of them. It made me want to read more. There are many twists and turns and I dig that I didn’t see any of them coming. This book did not disappoint! I highly recommend if you’re a fan of a good horror/thriller. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and will be looking for more of his work. I give this 5 stars.
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  • Nicole Bannister
    January 1, 1970
    i enjoyed everything about the book there was nothing i didn't like about the book. i would reread this again in a heartbeat. i would recommend this to anyone. i like the story being told. i also like the concept of the book.
  • Chris Deal
    January 1, 1970
    This was the first or Kenemore's novels that I've read, but will definitely not be the last. I picked it with the promise of cosmic horror but the noir feel suckered me in. A great look at a time of this great city rarely seen. A deeper mystery.
  • Annarella
    January 1, 1970
    A great story that kept me hooked till the end I couldn't put down.Great plot, great characters and great world building.Highly recommended.Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
  • CR
    January 1, 1970
    This was totally epic! I love zombies and this was just incredible. Ravaged Chicago is something that I hope never happens. But man was this crazy!! I think that this is now one of my new favorite authors. This author keeps you turning the pages and I could not put it down.
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  • Monika’s Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    If you’re a Chicago native, you would’ve heard stories about the South Side of Chicago.. such stories don’t start suddenly unless there’s a deep history buried.. i realised it when I read “Lake of Darkness”.. the entire story plot happens in an alternate history.. the author has weaved together aspects of crime, fantasy and history beautifully. There’s something for everyone in this novel. Thrilling!Thank you NetGalley, the author and publisher for reader’s copy of this book. This review is my o If you’re a Chicago native, you would’ve heard stories about the South Side of Chicago.. such stories don’t start suddenly unless there’s a deep history buried.. i realised it when I read “Lake of Darkness”.. the entire story plot happens in an alternate history.. the author has weaved together aspects of crime, fantasy and history beautifully. There’s something for everyone in this novel. Thrilling!Thank you NetGalley, the author and publisher for reader’s copy of this book. This review is my own and is not influenced in any way.
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