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Set in the lush countryside of Provence, Deborah Lawrenson’s The Lantern is an atmospheric modern gothic tale of love, suspicion, and murder, in the tradition of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. Drawn to a wealthy older man, Eve embarks on a whirlwind romance that soon offers a new life and a new home—Les Genévriers, a charming hamlet amid the fragrant lavender fields of Provence. But Eve finds it impossible to ignore the mysteries that haunt both her lover and the run-down old house. The more reluctant Dom is to tell her about his past, the more she is drawn to it—and to the mysterious disappearance of his beautiful ex-wife. An evocative tale of romantic and psychological suspense, The Lantern masterfully melds past and present, secrets and lies, appearances and disappearances—along with our age-old fear of the dark.
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Although a little convoluted, this was a really good read and I look forward to more novels from this author.
Great plot. Overly desciptive. I have never seen so many adjectives. She could have saved herself a hundred pages.
A decent first novel
Okay this is a fairly good book. The plot tends to meander and the historical switchbacks of home owners is vaguely confusing at the outset. If you love the area of Provence where the story is set and are familiar with the locations, it's a fun read. If you are not, I think you'd be bored. It took me quite a while to read the book, and I am a fast and voracious reader. Recommended with reservations as noted.