The Lantern

The Lantern

eBook - 2011
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Set in the lush countryside of Provence, Deborah Lawrenson's The Lantern is an atmospheric modern gothic tale of love, suspicion, and murder, in the tradition of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. Drawn to a wealthy older man, Eve embarks on a whirlwind romance that soon offers a new life and a new home--Les Genévriers, a charming hamlet amid the fragrant lavender fields of Provence. But Eve finds it impossible to ignore the mysteries that haunt both her lover and the run-down old house. The more reluctant Dom is to tell her about his past, the more she is drawn to it--and to the mysterious disappearance of his beautiful ex-wife. An evocative tale of romantic and psychological suspense, The Lantern masterfully melds past and present, secrets and lies, appearances and disappearances--along with our age-old fear of the dark.
Publisher: New York : Harper, ©2011
ISBN: 9780062049711
Characteristics: 1 online resource (386 pages)


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Jan 09, 2015

"The Lantern" is set in the Luberon region in the south of France and is full of lush descriptions of the area. The narrative alternates between Eve, a woman living in "Les Genevriers" in the modern day, and Benedicte, a woman whose family has lived at "Les Genevriers" and who is unraveling her own story. Eve suspects that there is something mysterious in her lover's history about his ex-wife and is starting to investigate. As doubt and suspicion grow, it becomes more clear that something sinister has happened.

mayfairlady Jul 11, 2012

If you haven't read Rebecca and you enjoy a comtemporary gothic read you'll likely enjoy this one. If you've read Rebecca you may find it irritatingly similar.

melwyk May 01, 2012

I'm glad I read Rebecca first, for there are many nods to that tale in The Lantern. An absent first wife whose presence overshadows this new marriage, a husband who is very tight-lipped about his first relationship, and a big old house where they are isolated from their friends & families...but there's more to this one as well. Including a marvellous setting in the south of France, in a house which has a long history before the arrival of our two characters.

I loved the descriptions of the landscapes, and the scents and colours that seem to permeate the story. I also loved the ghostly elements that add some spooky intrigue. If you don't take the comparisons to Rebecca too seriously, seeing it more as an inspiration, this book stands on its own fairly well.

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Oct 19, 2011

Agree it's nothing as good as Rebecca. But some great descriptions, especially of scents and I did like the interweaving of past and present.

sjmitra Aug 22, 2011

I was ten years old when I read Rebecca for the first time, and it has been one of my favorite books since. My curiosity was naturally piqued when I read that The Lantern is inspired by Rebecca. Unfortunately, The Lantern is not as engrossing nor as memorable. The tension is absent and the characters mostly insipid. I love descriptions of nature and rather enjoyed the slow unfolding of the two plots as Lawrenson devotes pages to lush descriptions of lavendar fields and woods and the French countryside. Lawrenson moves smoothly between present and past, and vice versa. However, Eve's story is predictable and Benedicte's is only slightly more interesting. The book does not live up to the high expectations the comparison with du Maurier's great book raises.


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melwyk May 01, 2012

"What about you -- what do you like to do best of all?"
"I love to read."
"What kind of reading?"

Sometimes you can tell all you need to know about a person just in the way they ask the question: politely, or with genuine curiosity, denoting a fine understanding of all it might reveal -- from a rich inner life to a point of compatibility between strangers. It was also a hard question to answer, its simplicity as lethal as a narrow blade.


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