My rating: 5 of 5 stars
First off, I was wavering between giving this book 4 or 5 stars but at the end of the day, I really enjoyed it so decided to swing in the direction of the higher rating.
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Back to Daughters of the Lake. What a fantastic book to read on a gloomy, autumn night (let’s forget that I read it on a beach in December)!
A woman’s body washes up on the shores of Lake Superior in a small town on the coast. Nobody knows who she is or where she came from. And even more surprising is the body of a baby that washes up with her. Who are these lost souls? What happened to them? Meanwhile, a woman in town begins to have strange dreams, but they feel more like reality. And they may just hold the clues to the mystery woman’s death.
Daughters of the Lake really reminded me of Kate Morton’s The Clockmaker’s Daughter. The story spanned over a century. There were spooky, ghostly elements. There were many generations of characters, all with their own stories to tell. And there was a murder mystery element that fit in perfectly.
At first, I found myself having a hard time getting the characters and their generational lines together in my head. There were a lot of names and they started to get a little jumbled. But eventually, it came together for me and the second half of this book was magnificent. I thought I figured out the big mystery even as the answers were unfolding. And then I was fooled by Wendy Webb’s magnificent storytelling. I loved the way everything came together in the end in such a surprising and unexpected way. She certainly tricked me.
This book is wonderful in a lot of ways. I would recommend to anybody who enjoyed The Clockmaker’s Daughter or who is looking for a spooky ghost story to read on a dark winter night!