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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,466 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deborah Lawrenson Narrator: Kristine Ryan, Gerianne Raphael Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set in the lush countryside of Provence, Deborah Lawrenson’s The Lantern is an atmospheric modern gothic tale of love, suspicion, and murder, in the tradition of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. Drawn to a wealthy older man, Eve embarks on a whirlwind romance that soon offers a new life and a new home—Les Genévriers, a charming hamlet amid the fragrant lavender fields of Provence. But Eve finds it impossible to ignore the mysteries that haunt both her lover and the run-down old house. The more reluctant Dom is to tell her about his past, the more she is drawn to it—and to the mysterious disappearance of his beautiful ex-wife. An evocative tale of romantic and psychological suspense, The Lantern masterfully melds past and present, secrets and lies, appearances and disappearances—along with our age-old fear of the dark. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A luscious mix of romance and gothic ghost story.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “A smart, gothic bodice ripper that transcends the genre, thanks in part to journalist Lawrenson’s gift for bringing the senses to life.”


  • “Sensuous…Lawrenson’s poetic prose vibrantly conjures up both the beauty of southern France and the ghosts, real or imagined, from different eras.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A modern gothic tale set in the lavender-scented landscape of Provence…Serves up an escapist mix of mystery, romance, and murder.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Offers a vivid escape to an intriguing place…Lawrenson embellishes her merging stores with description of the rich scents surrounding the hamlet: rosemary, ripe figs, and a breath of lavender so fresh that readers might close their eyes and inhale, expecting a faint whiff of the purple-flowering plant.”

    Washington Post

  • Selected for the September 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Noelle | 2/9/2014

    " This book was meh. The "big reveal" of what happened to Rachel was a big let down and a bit of a cop out. And the "big romance", which was the central relationship of the novel, I never saw happen. Probably because the author TOLD us it happened within a few pages and as the reader we're just supposed to go with it: "Meeting Dom was the most incredible thing that had ever happened to me. A classic whirlwind romance.". I would've cared more about what happened to these lovebirds if I'd seen any semblance of a romance between them. As it was, I couldn't understand why she didn't just leave the guy, his big "Rachel secret" and the creepy house and go find a fabulous Frenchman somewhere else in Provence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jen Christiansen | 1/31/2014

    " I loved this book! A little over-descriptive in places, but otherwise I couldn't stop reading. Excellent build-up of mystery and tension throughout. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Denese | 1/27/2014

    " Took reading most of the book before I became interested. Almost gave it up but enjoyed the way the author described scenes. Not really much of a plot but the last 1/4 of book brought the different time frames together. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Shauna | 1/26/2014

    " A very well-thought out story. It was a little like a Mary Higgins Clark story, but I thought it played out much too slowly for my taste. "

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