In O’Brien’s “In the Lake of the Woods” there is created a viewpoint that the writer is omniscient in which case he describes the story from all viewpoints. The novel is written using stories within the novel to give guidance on parts where the writer thinks the reader could get lost on the way. Of particular interest is the fact that different sections of the book point out to John and Kathy Wades' disappearance meaning that the writer wants to fully guide us as readers. However, the writer tries to encourage readers by giving evidence in bits and different chapters. This means that the narrator wants readers to place themselves in his shoes and gather evidence bit by bit. In addition, he encounters too many mysteries showing that he discovers issues as he writes the book in his own wild thoughts.
The novel is based on guidance as its major viewpoint as can be deciphered from the footnotes given in different sections of the narrative. It has extra information, which could have been left to the imagination of the reader. Furthermore, there is a viewpoint that the author tries to impose his own viewpoints rather than the narratives view point. This is evident where he terms himself as a biographer, a historian among others (O’Brien 21). This information should have not been present in any of this work, as it seems to confuse readers as to who really is the main character. Confusing in that, the narrator and the author all seem to be contributing towards the novels body. Finally, despite the author and the narrator’s confusion over their roles, the footnotes tend to supersede any form of assumption that the paper is written from the narrator’s viewpoint. The footnotes highlight only one thing, that the narrative is written from an omniscient perspective making readers assume that the author is an all-knowing individual.