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The Lantern

A Novel

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 13, 2011 – Dom, an erudite English musician, and an aspiring translator he calls "Eve" meet in a maze, fall in love, and decamp to Les Gen vriers (the Junipers), a hamlet in Provence, at the start of Lawrenson's extravagant new novel. Eve is immediately intrigued by the misnamed French house, constructed in 1887; "there is only one low-spreading juniper, hardly noble enough to warrant such recognition." Les Gen vriers is rich with antiques and hidden rooms, and also seems to be haunted. Eve is distressed when Dom refuses to talk about his ex-wife, who has gone missing, and becomes increasingly determined to investigate the disappearance. As summer slides into fall, a new narrative gracefully emerges with the discovery of audio recordings made by B n dicte Lincel, a resident of Les Gen vriers in the early 20th century. The recordings reveal a woman haunted by past tragedies and further deepen the mystery of the house. Lawrenson expertly manages suspense and intrigue throughout and breathes great, detailed life into her lush French countryside setting, making one wonder why this, her sixth novel, is the first to be published in the U.S.

Customer Reviews

The lantern

Although a little convoluted, this was a really good read and I look forward to more novels from this author.

The Lantern

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.

The Lantern
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Aug 09, 2011
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 400 Pages
  • Language: English
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