Quick Take: Rebecca in southern France coupled with the story of the sisters who previously lived in the house
Makes Me Want To: Re-read Rebecca and find a better gothic read
My Thoughts: I really wanted to like this book. The Unabridged Chick raved about it, it was on the Indie Next List for September and sounded like a delicious gothic mystery, so I chose it for the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril challenge. Perhaps my expectations were too high but I was disappointed. Lawrenson does a great job setting the mood, building the suspense and generally setting up the reader for a modern gothic tale. But this mood isn’t sustained.
The modern reveal is close enough to Rebecca, that I expected something like it. I figured out what was happening in the past at the same time I’m sure every other read did. Consequently the last five or 6 chapters of that plot were confirmation and not that interesting. I also really wanted to slap the narrator for being so dense and passive. Clearly I should just finish the Millennium Trilogy already, since I seem to have little patience with literary characters who react to male mistreatment of women with anything less than Lisbeth Salander-style rage and revenge. This is the primary reason I gave up on Jerusalem Maiden as soon as my plane landed and I could buy a new book. I bought The Lantern so all and all, that was not a successful reading excursion.
My book club is discussing The Lantern in November; perhaps I’ll have a greater appreciation for it after our meeting. On the plus side, Peril the Third complete!