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‘The Room By The Lake’ By Emma Dibdin
The Blog Tour

My thanks go out once again to ‘Head Of Zeus’ publishing, for the opportunity to take part in this Blog Tour.

Many of you will have already seen my initial feature post for this book, although you may not recognise the new cover image, which came with the lovely complimentary paperback edition, so kindly supplied by Communications Executive, Clare Gordon. I shall therefore feature both covers in this post and you can choose which one you like the most, for yourselves.

Image Of The Blog Tour Banner For The Book 'The Room By The Lake' By Emma Dibdin

‘THE ROOM BY THE LAKE’

Alternative Image Of the Paperback Version of The Book 'The Room By The Lake' By Emma DibdinWe are here for each other, and we are nothing without each other.

Caitlin never meant to stay so long. But it’s strange how this place warps time. Out here, in the middle of nowhere, it’s easy to forget about the world outside.

It all happened so fast. She was lonely, broke, about to give up.

Then she met Jake and he took her to his ‘family’: a close-knit community living by the lake.

Each day she says she’ll leave, but each night she’s back around their campfire. Staring into the flames. Reciting in chorus that she’s nothing without them.

But something inside her won’t let go. A whisper that knows this isn’t right. Knows there is danger lurking in that quiet room down by the lake …

Clicking on the title will link you directly to the book’s dedicated Goodreads page, where you can read the early reviews and ratings.

EMMA DIBDIN

Image Of Author Emma DibdinEmma is a lifelong writer and pop culture nerd, and admits to feeling endlessly grateful to have a job that combines both.

 

Since moving to New York from London two years ago, she has spent a lot of time brewing coffee, writing fiction, and covering the ever-broadening selection of Peak TV – all while fighting a one-woman war against the culinary tyranny of cilantro.

Catch up with all Emma’s latest news on her website

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Cover Image Of The Book 'The Room By The Lake' By Emma Dibdin

For my stop on the Blog Tour, ‘Head Of Zeus’ have sent through this extract for me to share, offering you a short insight into the story. Other stops on the tour will be featuring alternative copy, so why not stop by some of them and discover the bigger picture.

I’m disappointed to find out the drive will take barely two hours – in my head, driving from anywhere to anywhere else in the US is an epic undertaking, requiring overnight stays at seedy-yet-atmospheric motels along the way. He promises me the scenic route. But after the view from the Washington Bridge recedes, the motorway stretches out blank and bleak ahead of us, suburban houses dotted dutifully at its edges, and I feel dread. This is flat land, no variation, nothing but road for miles in any direction. What on earth am I doing?

‘Is there a way back from where we’re going? Other than by car?’

‘Let me guess – you don’t drive.’

I can’t work out whether he’s mocking me.

‘No. I never had much reason to learn. Nobody drives in London, and in Oxford I just cycled everywhere. Ever since I’ve been old enough to care, there’s been public transport.’

‘I guess there was public transport where I grew up, but nobody really took the time to find out. If you don’t drive you’re basically dead.’

‘Yikes. That’s comforting.’

He grins, reaching over to squeeze my leg.

‘Already planning your escape route?’

‘Have you heard of the final girl?’

‘What?’

‘The final girl. It’s this device in horror movies, where a group of people gets picked off one by one by the serial killer, or the monster or whatever, until there’s just one girl left alive. Everybody else dies but she survives, and gets out, and tells the story.’

‘Like in Alien?’

‘Yeah, Ripley in Alien, and it happens in Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween… there are others I’m forgetting. The girl in Carrie, who has the grave nightmare right at the end.’

‘That movie messed me up.’

‘Me too. She survives because she’s kind to Carrie – the final girl’s usually like that. She’s innocent, in contrast to her hedonistic friends who do drugs and have sex and die for their sins.’

He smiles at me, raises an eyebrow. ‘Well, the closest town to where we’re going is Forestburgh, but I don’t know what the transport’s like. There’s buses back to New York from Monticello for sure.’ I make a mental note of Monticello, though this whole conversation has put me back at ease and the landscape is opening up around us as we drive, the foliage getting denser. The scenery Jake promised. As sun dapples through the narrow gaps in leaves, I wind down my window and extend my arm sideways into the air, fingers splayed against the forward motion.

From the corner of my eye I can see him looking over at me, but I can’t make out his expression without turning. To do that would be to break the moment, so instead I fill in the gaps for myself. He’s looking at me thinking I’m unlike any girl he’s ever met before, and maybe thinking that he doesn’t want to let me go now he’s found me.

I breathe in deep all the way to my diaphragm, and let the city go.

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Yvonne

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8 comments
    • I am left wondering exactly how I came by this first featured version of cover art, as the only other place it appears, is as a Kindle copy on Amazon and my copy came directly from the publisher and is definitely a paperback, as I am sat here with it in front of me!

      It is definitely not a proof, or ‘not for resale’ copy, so I am none the wiser, only certain that I definitely prefer it to the alternative version.

      I’m glad that you agree with me and thanks for taking the time to stop by and say so 🙂

      PS. I tried to leave a comment on one of your posts, but the ‘leave a comment’ button didn’t seem to work, although it seemed okay last night?

      • My guess would be that it’s a difference between Amazon US and UK. I’m only offered the options of hardcover and paperback (no Kindle), and both show the covered you originally featured.

        • A possible explanation Kelly, although I can see something different when I log into Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com from here!

          I shall never understand all this business about changing a book’s title and / or cover art, depending where in the world you are selling it – far too confusing for my little brain 🙂

  • I like both covers, but might be a bit more partial to the first.

    I love this extract and may well have to get the book. It really sounds good! I live somewhere without public transport, so I can understand where he’s coming from. Most folks drive! But I can also sense her fear of isolation.

    Culinary tyranny of cilantro?? She must be one of those for whom it tastes like soap! 😉

    • I had no idea about cilantro tasting like soap, although in all fairness, I only use the dried herb seeds you find in jars on the supermarket shelf.

      It sounds very much as though Caitlin is British and Jake American, given their different thoughts about the virtues of public transport. Although these days, there are actually places over here, which have no public transport service and some of the villages where there is only a bus service once a week!

      The amount of cars on the roads is what is causing so many of our problems health and pollution wise, but to get us all to change our habits now, is going to take a major disaster, when we might all come to our senses.

      It does seem a little foolish for Caitlin to have got into the car, with what sounds like more or less a complete stranger. She is obviously quite vulnerable and about to be taken advantage of big time, if my reading of the situation in the premise, is anything to go by. This is going to be quite an intense read and quite topical in the press right now over here.

      Great to have you visit, as usual and enjoy your Sunday 🙂

  • This one sounds good and I can easily envision the view from the Washington Bridge as I’ve crossed the bridge many times. I love to vacation by the lake, and this is what that is reminding me of. I wonder about the room though. Especially since in the snippet you shared they are talking about some of my favorite scary films. Enjoy this one!

    • Some of my familt visited New York a couple of years back and decided to walk across the Washington Bridge, so I have seen photos of some of the pretty spectacular views you are talking about.

      We have some quite stunning lakes around by us and whilst the views can be quite stunning and beautiful, much of the accommodation is isolated and not where you want to be if you need help and are in danger, especially when you are not in your own country!

      This one sounds like quite an intense read and probably more than a bit disturbing, but then I don’t think I would have got into the car with Jake in the first place, not really knowing anything about where we were heading!

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