Title: The Lantern
Author: Deborah Lawrenson
Narrators: Kristine Ryan & Gerianne Raphael
Genre: Gothic; Fiction
Audio: 10.7 hours
Publisher: Harper Audio
Source: Review copy from publisher
Eve and Dom meet on vacation. They quickly fall in love and move to an old farm – Les Genévriers – in rural France. But pretty soon Eve realizes how little she knows about Dom and his life before her.
Benedicte grew up at Les Genévriers with her sister Marta and her brother Pierre, both long gone from the family farm. When they start to haunt her, Benedicte recalls her story and reveals the secrets of Les Genévriers.
You know how some books grab you from the start and while others slowly pull you in? The Lantern is the latter. While the writing is always superb, the book moves slowly and I wasn’t really sure what to make of it until I was more than halfway through. It was then that I realized I NEEDED to know the mystery. By the end, I had a hard time putting it down.
The Lantern is reminiscent of du Rebecca (and makes no attempt to hide this similarity). It is a gothic story told in modern times with that little-bit-creepy-yet-so-addicting feeling. If you enjoy novels like Rebecca and The Thirteenth Tale, I think you will like this one, although it didn’t quite reach their lofty levels in my estimation.
I think this book would have been a struggle for me in print, but the audio was so lovely that even when the story was slow, I enjoyed listening. Kristine Ryan was phenomenal. Her soft voice perfectly captured Eve with her unique American/English/French accent (even more impressive as it turns out she is simply American). I was also impressed with Gerianne Raphael and thankful for the two different narrators, which clearly distinguished the two separate story lines.