This mystery totally engrossed me. I had just read it's successor, FIVE MINUTES ALONE, and very much enjoyed it. FIVE MINUTES ALONE, I found to be more of a character study, an examination of the ways in which different individuals ( and society) react to events and principles. Exactly where will a "moral" person draw her or his line? Make no.mistake: there was plenty of action (especially the events at and subsequent to.the abandoned institution) but I found CEMETERY LAKE to be much more action-oriented, in fact to be a "thriller," and I couldn't put it aside. The denouement will undoubtedly quease some stomachs, but in the context, it's tres powerful.