Hole in the Water

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Doubleday, 1997 - Fiction - 239 pages
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In a novel pulsating with the breathtaking suspense of a thriller and the psychological intensity of our worst nightmares, a woman must decide how far she will go to protect the man she loves in the face of chilling accusations from those who know him best-and her own unsuppressible suspicions.

Chuck, Gretchen, and Gretchen's daughter, Kara, are returning to Chuck's hometown for the reading of his father's will. Recently married, Gretchen convinces herself that her husband's edgy moodiness simply reflects his ambiguous feelings about the father he has been estranged from for years. But the vicious hostility that greets them when they arrive on the desolate island in Lake Superior where Chuck grew up makes Gretchen realize how little she really knows about her husband's past.

The island gossips are quick to fill in some of the gaps, relating tales of Chuck's wild youth, of his confinement in a mental institution, of the ill-gotten money hidden by his father in the family home-and of the mysterious death that drove Chuck from the island so many years ago. Soothed by Chuck's facile explanations of each revelation, Gretchen assures him of her love and loyalty. Then one final crime is revealed-and Gretchen and Kara are propelled on a terrifying flight for their lives."

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Grim first novel, a thriller set on a sunless island on Lake Superior peopled by stunted, duplicitous characters. Chuck left Madeline Island 20 years ago, under a cloud. Had he murdered his wild young ... Read full review

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I read this book, and watched the movie that it so happened to be based on, and the book itself was not that good at all. I have definitely read better, and this book is not worth reading the 240 pages that are inside of it, it's just my opinion. Probably for others they might think otherwise. All and all, it's not worth it reading.


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About the author (1997)

Robert Kearney has published short stories, articles, and essays in numerous periodicals, including Harper's and Playboy. He is also the author of The Warrior Worker, a study of labor and management in South Korea.

He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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