Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb #bookreview

After the end of her marriage, Kate Granger has retreated to her parents’ home on Lake Superior to pull herself together—only to discover the body of a murdered woman washed into the shallows. Tucked in the folds of the woman’s curiously vintage gown is an infant, as cold and at peace as its mother. No one can identify the woman. Except for Kate. She’s seen her before. In her dreams…

One hundred years ago, a love story ended in tragedy, its mysteries left unsolved. It’s time for the lake to give up its secrets. As each mystery unravels, it pulls Kate deeper into the eddy of a haunting folktale that has been handed down in whispers over generations. Now, it’s Kate’s turn to listen.

As the drowned woman reaches out from the grave, Kate reaches back. They must come together, if only in dreams, to right the sinister wrongs of the past.

My thoughts on Daughters of the Lake

Daughters of the Lake isn’t my normal type of read. At the same time, it’s the type of book I pick up when I need a bit of a change from my usual crime fiction fare; books with a spooky side sometimes work for me so they are always worth a go.

That was definitely the case with Daughters of the Lake, which I would probably describe as a ghost story, though I’m not sure the description is a perfect fit. It’s also what I would describe as a gentle read. It carried me along nicely, wrapping me up in likeable characters and a wonderful small town where everyone (even the local police officer) was kind and understanding.

Because of this, there wasn’t always a lot of tension (or as much as I would have liked anyway), but that didn’t matter. I was quite happy reading along, lost in the world Wendy Webb had created. I wanted to know what was going to happen to Kate, and the woman who washed up on the shores of the lake 100 years after she went missing.

Is there anything I didn’t like? If I’d been in a different reading mood, I might say the book was a bit too long and a bit too slow so readers need to be prepared for that. Otherwise, though, for people who enjoy a supernatural twist to their stories, I think this will be a winner. Enjoy!

Emma x

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