The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson

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Reason for Reading:
  • I’m a huge fan of gothic mysteries.

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Summary from GoodReads:

When Eve falls for the secretive, charming Dom, their whirlwind relationship leads them to purchase Les Genevriers, an abandoned house in a rural hamlet in the south of France. As the beautiful Provence summer turns to autumn, Eve finds it impossible to ignore the mysteries that haunt both her lover and the run-down old house, in particular the mysterious disappearance of his beautiful first wife, Rachel. Whilst Eve tries to untangle the secrets surrounding Rachel’s last recorded days, Les Genevriers itself seems to come alive. As strange events begin to occur with frightening regularity, Eve’s voice becomes intertwined with that of Benedicte Lincel, a girl who lived in the house decades before. As the tangled skeins of the house’s history begin to unravel, the tension grows between Dom and Eve. In a page-turning race, Eve must fight to discover the fates of both Benedicte and Rachel, before Les Genevriers’ dark history has a chance to repeat itself.

My Review:

I finished reading this book a few hours ago and I am still battling the chills it brought to life.  Holy smokes, this one blew me away.

I’m a huge fan of Kate Morton, I loved Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and so it was inevitable that I’d pick up The Lantern, gothic romantic mystery? Yes please!

I have to say, I was intrigued enough for the first half of the book to keep reading. I, like Eve, needed to know the secrets.  I was confused by the narrative but quickly got used to it and appreciated that I didn’t have to read long before going back to the other story.

Then, something magical happened.  I started jumping at every little noise, looking over my shoulder at the slightest breeze of air touching it and whimpering with needing to know exactly what was going on.

I’ve read a lot of books with psychological torture, but I have to say  – I think an event in this book about takes the cake.  I won’t say anymore about it, but .. yeah, you’ll know when you read it.

If you love books that just tingle with mystery, sweeping, beautiful descriptions of homes fallen into disrepair and ruin, filled with mystery, ghosts and more then The Lantern is a must-read.


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  1. Your review has convinced me that I must read this book! I love that it’s an enjoyable story that somewhere along the way grabsucks you in, plays with you a little psychologically, absorbing you into the book with a good mystery and then brings you to a staisfactory end while along the way entertaining you with beautiful descriptions and engaging, intriguing characters…what’s not to like?! I adore Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Unfortunately I have yet to read Kate Morton but she’s on my list of authors I must experience.
    Thank you for an enjoyable, convincing review. I’m happy you liked this book so much!

  2. I liked it, but it didn’t wow me the way I wanted it to. For me, I think the problem was the modern day gothic idea. I think I like my gothic to be a bit older than that.

    Great review and I do agree there were some moments, especially some of the things that happened in the past, that gave me the creeps and made me feel for those involved.

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