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The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson
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Jun 02, 12

bookshelves: 2012-reads, fiction
Read from May 30 to June 02, 2012

The Lantern takes it's inspiration from Rebecca, and there are obvious similarities right from the start. The mysterious, wealthy older man and young nameless woman narrator, an absent first wife, unusual house, and grim discovery. For all that, it's not a modern update of DuMaurier's masterpiece.

Deborah Lawrenson has a way with words. I was absorbed by the lush, gorgeous descriptions. I felt I was in Les Genevriers and Provence. The novel has a dark mood that gets more distorted as it progresses.

The story told in small portions through Benedicte worked better than the current events narrated by Eve. Eve herself is bland and colorless. The back and forth narrative didn't flow as well as I hoped, but did pick up at the conclusion. The mystery was easy to figure out fairly early on in the book.

Overall, the novel has lovely, evocative descriptions, but falters with character development and suspense.

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