Monday, November 05, 2018

Review: The Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb

Title: The Daughters of the Lake
Author: Wendy Webb
Published: November 2018, Lake Union Publishing
Format: ARC Paperback, 294 pages
Source: Publisher

The ghosts of the past come calling in a spellbinding heart-stopper from the “Queen of the Northern Gothic.”
After the end of her marriage, Kate Granger has retreated to her parents’ home on Lake Superior to pull herself together—only to discover the body of a murdered woman washed into the shallows. Tucked in the folds of the woman’s curiously vintage gown is an infant, as cold and at peace as its mother. No one can identify the woman. Except for Kate. She’s seen her before. In her dreams…

One hundred years ago, a love story ended in tragedy, its mysteries left unsolved. It’s time for the lake to give up its secrets. As each mystery unravels, it pulls Kate deeper into the eddy of a haunting folktale that has been handed down in whispers over generations. Now, it’s Kate’s turn to listen.

As the drowned woman reaches out from the grave, Kate reaches back. They must come together, if only in dreams, to right the sinister wrongs of the past.

My thoughts:  I have really become a fan of Wendy Webb's Gothic ghost stories and this one is definitely going down as one of my favorites. I was completely mesmerized by this story - once I started reading it, I had a hard time putting it down.

I loved the way this story was told - alternating between the past and present, moving back and forth so effortlessly. I was equally engaged in both Kate and Addie's stories and couldn't get enough of either of them. The writing is so vivid, I felt that I was right there alongside both of them, viewing the towns. 

The atmosphere that Wendy Webb creates really comes alive. I felt not only a strong sense of place as I was reading but also that sense of foreboding throughout. And even the ghost stories felt real, and I'm not really one for believing in them. As we got towards the end of the book, when all the pieces of the puzzle had just about been revealed, I thought I had it all worked out, only to have everything twisted up, and then twisted up yet again. I was sure I had it all figured out and yet I was so surprised! 

This is the perfect book to cozy up with on a dark, stormy night and just get lost won't regret it!!! 

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