{Book Review} The Fisherman by John Langan


Reviewed by Valerie Dorsey 

My first time reading anything written by John Langan and I am so happy I picked this one! It took me awhile because this is a story, within a story, within a story and it draws you in and won’t let you go. It is one that you savor and enjoy!

The base of this story is grief, loss and the horrifying choice you have to make if given the opportunity to spend more time with a dead loved one! The horror kind of creeps up on you as you get further into the story. The images that are conjured up by his storytelling are so vivid. And it’s been awhile that a book has affected me like this one did! I finished it one morning before work, thought about it  all day while at work and didn’t want to start another book till I got this one out of my system! This is a good one!



In upstate New York, in the woods around Woodstock, Dutchman’s Creek flows out of the Ashokan Reservoir. Steep-banked, fast-moving, it offers the promise of fine fishing, and of something more, a possibility too fantastic to be true. When Abe and Dan, two widowers who have found solace in each other’s company and a shared passion for fishing, hear rumors of the Creek, and what might be found there, the remedy to both their losses, they dismiss it as just another fish story. Soon, though, the men find themselves drawn into a tale as deep and old as the Reservoir. It’s a tale of dark pacts, of long-buried secrets, and of a mysterious figure known as Der Fisher: the Fisherman. It will bring Abe and Dan face to face with all that they have lost, and with the price they must pay to regain it.


Received a BS degree in Marketing from Indiana University 1982. Have worked in the retail business for the last 19yrs. Raised 4 children, 3 have graduated college. I love animals and reading. Reading has become as much a part of my life as eating! If it’s not done a couple times a day, I feel starved!

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