September 2011 Indie Next List
“This mysterious tale will remind you of the Daphne du Maurier classic Rebecca. The Lantern is a tale of suspense and intrigue that takes place both in the present and in the 1940s in the south of France. The beautifully described scenery and chilling situations will keep your eyes glued to the page. I was in suspense until the very end. A fantastic read!”
— Summer Moser, Summer's Stories, Kendallville, IN
In the tradition of Daphne du Mauriers Rebecca, a modern gothic novel rich in atmosphere and suspense, set in the lush countryside of Provence a beguiling story of love, scents, secrets, and murder
Drawn to a confident and artistic wealthy older man she barely knows, bookish Eve recklessly embarks on a whirlwind affair that soon offers a new life and a new homeLes GenÉvriers, a charming yet decaying hamlet nestled amid the fragrant lavender fields of Provence.
But with autumns arrival the days begin to cooland so, too, does Dom. Though Eve knows he bears the emotional scars of a failed marriagewhich he refuses to talk abouthis silence arouses suspicion and uncertainty. And, 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 pastor a manifestation of her current troubles with Dom? Can she trust Domor could her life truly be in danger?
About the Author
Deborah Lawrenson studied English at Cambridge University and worked as a journalist in London. She is married with a daughter and lives in Kent, England. She and her family spend as much time as possible at a crumbling hamlet in Provence, France, the setting for her novel The Lantern and inspiration for The Sea Garden.