Published by HarperCollins
ARC given to me by Dawn. I owe her big time.
For once I actually planned out my reading and read Rebecca before I read The Lantern. Making a commitment like that is a pretty big deal for me, since I’m usually a read-whatever-I-feel-like type of reader.
But it was worth it. Kind of like having read Jane Eyre before Rebecca (which was total coincidence on my part, in keeping with my usual reading habits), Rebecca informs The Lantern. All three books are very different, and all are very good on their own, but it’s fun to speculate about how they MIGHT be alike as you are reading along. Because, you know…all three have baddies. Or at least possible baddies. And it’s fun to compare and contrast said (possible) baddies.
If you’re into that.
If not, it’s still a very good book. There’s some beautiful language (again, like Rebecca…very evocative of place) and cool places (hello there, south of France…I think I’m in love with your lavender fields and old farmhouses) and some spooky haps. It makes for a nice fall read.
But then, it would make for a good summer read, too. Or winter. Or even spring.
Overview from B&N:
A modern gothic novel of love, secrets, and murder—set against the lush backdrop of Provence.
“Meeting Dom was the most incredible thing that had ever happened to me.” 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 unraveling the mystery of his absent, beautiful ex-wife, Rachel.
Like its owner, Les Genévriers is also changing. Bright, warm rooms have turned cold and uninviting; shadows now fall unexpectedly; and Eve senses a presence moving through the garden. Is it a ghost from the past or a manifestation of her current troubles with Dom? Can she trust Dom, or could her life be in danger?
Eve does not know that Les Genévriers has been haunted before. Bénédicte Lincel, the house’s former owner, thrived as a young girl within the rich elements of the landscape: the violets hidden in the woodland, the warm wind through the almond trees. She knew the bitter taste of heartbreak and tragedy—long-buried family secrets and evil deeds that, once unearthed, will hold shocking and unexpected consequences for Eve.
Not the bestest of summaries. The narration actually shifts back and forth between Bénédicte and Eve. The first time this happened I was totally confused about who Bénédicte was, and where she came from…but it didn’t take long before I fell into her story. And there are mysteries to puzzle out in both the past (Bénédicte’s story) and the present (Eve’s story (actually, more like Rachel’s story)).
Good times, y’all.