Book Review: The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson

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The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A modern gothic novel of love, secrets, and murder—set against the lush backdrop of Provence.  When Eve falls for the secretive, charming Dom in Switzerland, their whirlwind relationship leads them to Les Genévriers, an abandoned house set among the fragrant lavender fields of the South of France. Each enchanting day delivers happy discoveries: hidden chambers, secret vaults, a beautiful wrought-iron lantern. Deeply in love and surrounded by music, books, and the heady summer scents of the French countryside, Eve has never felt more alive.

But with autumn’s arrival the days begin to cool, and so, too, does Dom. Though Eve knows he bears the emotional scars of a failed marriage—one he refuses to talk about—his silence arouses suspicion and uncertainty. The more reticent Dom is to explain, the more Eve becomes obsessed with finding answers—and with unravelling the mystery of his absent, beautiful ex-wife, Rachel.

Available to purchase from Waterstones here

A story interweaving a story of a modern couple who are having their own problems, and a narration of a story by one of the previous owners of the house in Provence that they have just brought. There are plenty of secrets – between Dom and Eve, between Marthe and her sister Benedicte. Much of the tension is about Dom being secretive about his previous wife Rachel who has disappeared off the scene. Eve keeps finding indications that Rachel has been in Provence before and Dom’s refusal to talk about it just makes matters worse.

Near the end of the book Eve discovers that she’s pregnant. However, apart from the discovery and a little morning sickness, that’s it. Eve doesnt discuss it with Dom, even when she must have been showing, it doesnt come up in the epilogue etc. which is all a little disappointing. Why mention it in the first place if it wasnt going to go anywhere? Even if it to all end happily?

 

 

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