The ghosts of the past come calling in a spellbinding heart-stopper from the “Queen of the Northern Gothic.”
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.
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Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb This book is about a woman named Kate Granger. She has been having dreams for weeks now, and the same woman appears in each one. She has recently moved back in with her parents after she discovered that her husband was cheating on her. Her parents’ home is on Lake Superior, and one day a woman’s body washes up on the shore. The dead woman is also holding a baby in her arms. Her vintage clothing stands out, as it appears to be a night dress one would have worn 100 years ago. And you guessed it, I am sure - this is the woman who has been haunting Kate’s dreams. She is desperate to find the link between herself and this woman. As she tries to unravel the mystery, things get strange for her. Kate goes to visit her cousin Simon at an old family estate that he and his partner have renovated to be a bed & Breakfast. While there, an old photo is discovered. In the picture, the woman, Addie and her husband Jess are having a picnic with Kate and Simon’s great- grandparents. She knows now that this woman is intertwined with her family’s past somehow, and dives even deeper into the quandry. She begins to search her family’s history to determine what that link might be. The more she discovers, the more eerie and fascinating things become, Kate feels compelled to solve the query. This gothic tale is a told while switching back and forth in time and uses the voices of both women to the story. It is thrilling, and suspenseful. I was pulled in by this book and found myself lost in the story and mystery. It was a bit predictable, but very interesting nonetheless. Webb’s writing is flawless. Her descriptions, of the characters and settings seem so real. This novel is full of mystery, intrigue, and suspense. There is also a bit of romance. I won’t reveal more as I don’t want to give spoilers, but this was a very enjoyable read. The writing, plot, and character development is spot on. I give this book a 4.5/5, only because of the predictability throughout the story. I would purchase a print copy for myself and would also recommend it to a friend. This eARC was given to me by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own. This review, of portions thereof, will be posted (when able) to Amazon, Goodreads, B&N, Litsy, Pinterest, Kobo, FB, BAM, and my own blog. Unfortunately, I am able to provide all links as I am using my phone.
Loved the book!! I fell in love with Wendy Webb's books after reading "The Tale of Halcyon Crane" and always look forward when a new book comes out. This book definitely didn't disappoint. The book was full of ghosts and set on Lake Superior, as usual. The book alternated between Kate in present time and Addie in the past(the 1900s.) My favorite parts were reading about Addie and her family and the gifts the women in the family possessed. I loved the characters, writing style and story line. Although, I found the budding romance between Addie and Jess a little creepy. She was only thirteen when he was eighteen. Five years isn't a big deal, except when you are middle school aged and he is in college. The question I had was why is Celeste so mad about Kate being in the house, when Simon has lived there for so many years. Kate and Simon are related, they have the same grandmother, so why wasn't Celeste angry with Simon??? The mystery begins when a woman washes ashore with a baby in her arms. No one knows who she is except for Kate. How does Kate explain to the police that she recognizes the woman from her dreams? From there Kate decides to stay with her cousin Simon at Harrison's House, an upscale bed-and-breakfast. The house used to belong to their great-grandfather. Kate tries to find out the identity of the mystery woman and at the same time catches the eye of the handsome Detective Nick Stone. He owns a cute corgi named Queenie, how can anyone resist a corgi??? Kate eventually discovers the mystery behind the woman in her dreams and learns about secrets that have been kept hidden about her family. I loved the ending when everything was finally revealed. Loved all the ghosts roaming around the the third floor of the house. Although I didn't find it much of a mystery about what Kate discovered about herself with all her visions. Why did Addie wait so long to get the truth about her death revealed? I definitely recommend the book especially if you are a fan of Wendy Webb's previous books or enjoy mysteries full of ghosts. Plus there's a corgi!!! Thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and the author, Wendy Webb, for a free electronic ARC of this novel.
This book has two timelines, at the turn of the 20th century and the present. I have to say that as much as I enjoyed this book, it was reading about the past that kept me turning pages. This is a beautifully written story and in each of the time periods visited, connections are discovered that intertwine. I found myself trying to figure out some of the connections and was delighted to learn of ones that I had not expected. There are two main characters in this novel and they each brought depth and variation to the story. While it does take a little bit of time to get used to, the author manages to maneuver them all effortlessly. Behind the characters, is the gorgeous backdrop of the landscape and house, which is brought vividly to life. The recurring theme of abandonment or loss in some form is prevalent. There are plenty of real life struggles and some of the tragedies pull at your heart strings. I found it hard to put it down and read the whole thing in a couple sittings. There's some mystery, romance, heartbreak, and more. If you enjoy beautifully written, heartfelt, epic sagas add this one to your wish list, Wendy Webb is a creative and gifted storyteller.
From the very first page, this book drew me in. Webb's writing is immersive, whimsical, but chilling. This unexpected mystery/historical fiction/magically-inclined book took me by surprise, then took me on one heck of a ride. Kate Granger is dealing with breaking up with her husband when she finds a dead woman, a dead infant in her arms, on the lakeshore in front of her house. A woman she's been dreaming about for weeks now. This discovery, and the subsequent mystery of who this woman is, sends Kate on a journey to find her connection to this woman. One of the best parts of this book, in my opinion, is the omniscient narrator. I haven't read from an omniscient perspective in so long, and the way Webb weaves the stories of Kate, the mysterious woman, and the people surrounding them is beautiful. I also love how, through the narrator, the reader dives into the backstories and histories of so many fascinating characters. The characters in this book are another one of Webb's strengths. Kate is such a wonderful character--smart, spunky, determined, yet unsure at times--and I loved figuring out the mystery with her. I also loved how Webb dove into the head of the mysterious woman; her story was just as interesting to me as was Kate's. Being able to see the thoughts through Simon's, Kate's cousin, head, as well as many other characters, was a fun twist. And the mystery! I couldn't put this book down because I just had to know how everything connected! There are so many twists and turns. Webb's foreshadowing is wonderful, and I never guessed the ending (though I could have--the clues were woven in so wonderfully!) I found the magical elements of the book very interesting as well, though I feel they took a little oomph away form the ending. Despite that, I loved how folklore surrounding Lake Superior was integral, and, because of it, this book felt very different from what I was expecting. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend this to anyone who likes fast, mysterious reads, vivid characters, whimsical prose, and a little mysticism.