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The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson
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Nov 27, 2011

it was ok
Read from November 27 to December 05, 2011

Eve falls in love with a charming man and finds herself whisked away to Provence on a whirlwind romance. As time progresses, Dom's secretive nature about his ex wife Rachel threaten to tear their relationship apart. The combination of Dom's strange behavior and the fact that there might be a killer in the community, has Eve questioning how much she really knows Dom. Throw in a few ghosts and a successful perfume maker who vanished several decades earlier and you have the recipe for a great story. WRONG!

I was extremely disappointed in this book. The book was overly descriptive and slowed down the storytelling so much that I started skimming pages for actual dialogue. I read the first 100 pages and then skimmed the rest. The beginning was so confusing, it took a while to realize that the book was actually jumping between two different characters in different points in time. Besides being at the beginning of a new chapter, there was no other indication which character it was following. Because of this confusion, I thought the second character was actually Eve remembering her childhood instead of it actually being the previous owner of the house. The book didn't seem to have a realistic ending. Would a relationship really survive if one parter thought the other was capable of murder? This isn't something that could be easily swept under the rug and a young fragile relationship wouldn't be able to survive it. The other story line about the missing/murdered women was ridiculously explained away. The truth about the ex wife, Rachel, was so ridiculous that Dom actually murdering her would have been a more believable story. The missing perfume maker? Halfway through that story line you already know what happened and have to painfully wait for the book to slowly describe what you already know happened.
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