The Lantern

  • by Deborah Lawrenson
  • Narrated by Kristine Ryan
  • 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A modern gothic novel of love, secrets, and murder - set against thelush 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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

So, So . . .

This book was rated very high by a book reviewer so I was eager to check it out. I was warned that it moved slow but was worth it. I kind of disagree. It was slow with no great revelation for me. I felt like the writer led you to believe there was some great mystery but in the end it wasn't at all. The Lantern wasn't a key factor in the story at all to warrant the title. I didn't feel the chemistry between Eve and Dom. It wasn't "horrible" at all but still won't be on my recommendation list.
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- Keisha

delightful, intriguing

I was told this story was reminiscent of Rebecca, but I found it very rich in detail, characters were believable and well deveoped. I look forward to another novel from this author. narration was pleasing.
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- kcinbloom

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2011
  • Publisher: HarperAudio