Published by Harper on 8/9/2011
Genres: Gothic Mystery
Source: ARC, Publisher
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.
Wow, what to say about The Lantern? It’s a Bestie for sure. It was very suspenseful and captivating and the prose was executed flawlessly. Normally a book with very little conversational tones bores me a bit…I like interaction between characters. A lot of The Lantern takes place in Eve’s head, while she tries to figure out if she is going crazy and if her boyfriend is a murderer. But the lack of character interaction was done really well in The Lantern and I kept turning the pages. The French history of the property and the flowery descriptions of the townsfolk and the land were wonderful. Lawrenson literally painted a picture in my mind and I loved every second of it.
I really can’t go too much into the book without spoiling it, so suffice it to say that it is worth owning in hardback (especially with that beautiful cover!) and the re-readability is high, since I’m sure you’ll discover things you missed the first time around and I would imagine finding them would be like finding a little treasure somewhere you’ve lived a long time. The story-line reminds me of Killing Me Softly by Nicci French, but with a more serious undertone. I simply cannot find one criticism of The Lantern. It was mysterious, a little bit creepy and engrossing and I recommend you read it ASAP!
About The Author
Deborah Lawrenson is a British novelist and sometime journalist. She’s loved Provence ever since she first visited more years ago than she cares to remember. She and her husband have a crumbling house in the Luberon, and it is the setting and inspiration for her new novel The Lantern, published in June 2011 in the UK and August 2011 in the US. Apart from books, this blog is for all things inspired by the South of France. The idea is that by the time The Lantern is published, it will contain an archive of relevant background material and photographs to illustrate the story.
Publish Date: August 2011
This review copy was provided to me by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.