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The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson
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Nov 02, 2011

bookshelves: started-couldn-t-get-into-it, thriller, mystery, dark, chick-lit

This book WANTS to be a Daphne du Maurier novel like "Rebecca"... but it wants it so desperately, that it overreaches.

I just couldn't get past the mechanism of having 2 different voices - one "modern", one past... Because it's almost impossible to figure out who the past voice is until well into the book. And because the 2nd voice has been introduced to us in third-person, and the narrative for that 2nd voice goes back and forth between third person and 1st person for so long...

The "devices" of the book just don't keep me reading: multiple narratives (past and present) and switching voices every other chapter. Each chapter is, maybe, 5-10 pages long. The mystery isn't much of a mystery. And there seems to be excessive cruelty.

I literally began reading every-other-chapter to keep with the same "voice" until I skimmed my way through the book. And then I realized that I really wasn't that interested or invested and that I truly didn't care. So I pulled a Dorothy Parker, threw the book across the room, and decided not to read any more.

Sorry... just didn't do it for me.
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11/01/2011 page 60
15.0% "Confusing book... I can't quite figure out who the 2nd narrator is - she talks of ghosts, too. How does any of this fit in with the modern day story and Benedicte, who is obviously the ghost in the modern day story? Is Benedicte the 2nd narrator? Hoping it makes some sense soon, because the book isn't really drawing me in."

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