THE LAKE HOUSE by Kate Morton (Audiobook)

The Lake House
THE LAKE HOUSE by Kate Morton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

THE LAKE HOUSE is a lovely story told in alternating time periods, and at its heart, the mystery of a boy who went missing in the 1930s. While on leave from her job, a police detective stumbles upon an abandoned estate in Cornwall, and discovers the 70-year old cold case of Theo Edevane’s disappearance from the house. The story shifts between the present and past, back to 1933 and Theo’s sister Alice’s account of what happened leading up to his disappearance. I enjoyed the book – very descriptive, with well-drawn characters, and a Gothic undertone. The story had some nice twists, though the ending did seem a bit too coincidental. Still, a good book. I had fun trying to figure out the Edevane family secrets.


Audiobook • 21 hrs, 24 mins • Caroline Lee, Narrator

Since this book was nearly 500 pages, I decided to spend an Audible credit so I could switch back and forth reading and listening to it. Fantastic narration by Caroline Lee! She added just the right amount of drama without going over the top. She gave each character a distinct and fitting voice. Very enjoyable!


Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

THE VISITOR by Amanda Stevens

The Visitor (Graveyard Queen, #4)
THE VISITOR by Amanda Stevens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

With this book, I’m happy to say that the Graveyard Queen series is back on track with me. The previous book was ho-hum, but THE VISITOR captures the intrigue and creepy goodness of the first two books in the series. Yay!

This time around, Amelia is hired to restore the puzzling Kroll Cemetery. Hidden away on private property for decades, the dilapidated old graveyard is full of headstones with strange inscriptions. What do they mean, and how do they relate to the tragic history of those buried there?

Amelia is honing her special gifts in this book and learning more about her family history, thanks to a new ghostly presence who’s haunting her. Alas, Devlin (Amelia’s love interest) continued to annoy me, but he didn’t have as big of a presence in this book. Clearly, he has issues that run deep. What is he hiding?

THE VISITOR is an enjoyable Southern Gothic/spooky mystery. Looking forward to the next book!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

JANE STEELE by Lyndsay Faye

Jane Steele
JANE STEELE by Lyndsay Faye
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reader, I murdered him. With a tagline like that, how could I resist? I absolutely loved this book! JANE STEELE is a dark retelling of the Brontë classic, JANE EYRE. Granted, the original was already pretty dark, but JANE STEELE takes it to a whole new level.

Like me, Jane Steele is a huge fan of Jane Eyre, and in many ways her life mirrors that of her favorite character. Only, Miss Steele is a wee bit of a sociopath (hence the tagline), but in the best way possible! When she sees an injustice, she handles it in her own vigilante way.

The story follows Jane from her childhood days at Highgate House, to a dismal boarding school, to the rough streets of Victorian London, and eventually to her return to Highgate House, where Jane has come back to collect her due. Did I mention the body count along the way?

JANE STEELE is a beautifully written book, clever and captivating, with a nice blend of mystery, historical fiction, Gothic romance, suspense, and adventure. Highly recommended.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

THE PROPHET by Amanda Stevens

The Prophet (Graveyard Queen, #3)
THE PROPHET by Amanda Stevens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

THE PROPHET is the third installment in the spooky Graveyard Queen series. This time around, Amelia is back in Charleston and haunted by the ghost of a murdered police officer. He needs answers, and Amelia won’t find any peace until he gets his way. The mystery was good, though the pacing dragged a bit in places.

The second book in this series, THE KINGDOM, was my absolute favorite, and THE PROPHET had a hard time measuring up. I’m kinda done with Amelia pining over John Devlin. He needs to go, so she can get back to restoring cemeteries (the coolest job!) and developing her unique abilities. She needs her confidence back! While I did enjoy the surprising twists revealed at the end, overall I thought this one was just okay.

♦ Check out my thoughts on Book #0.5 >> THE ABANDONED

♣ Check out my thoughts on Book #1 >> THE RESTORER

♠ Check out my thoughts on Book #2 >> THE KINGDOM

A CURIOUS BEGINNING by Deanna Raybourn

A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1)
A CURIOUS BEGINNING by Deanna Raybourn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yes, it was a curious beginning. 🙂 This is the first book I’ve picked up by Deanna Raybourn, and it was an enjoyable read. It’s an intriguing Victorian mystery with an oh-so-unconventional Victorian heroine. Veronica Speedwell is worldly, independent, and free-thinking. She has a scientific mind and would rather travel to exotic locales in search of rare butterflies than settle down with a hubby and kids. Unfortunately, her life is in danger, and she has no idea why.

After an abduction attempt, Veronica flees to London with the help of a mysterious baron who claims to know her deceased mother. He hides her at a friend’s house – a man named Stoker, who I can only describe as a sexy curmudgeon taxidermist, lol. Before the baron can return to spill his secrets to Veronica, he’s murdered. Now she and Stoker are on the run from unknown baddies, and together they have to figure out the who and why before it’s too late.

Overall, I really liked this book. I enjoyed the Gothic atmosphere mixed with plenty of humor from Veronica and Stoker. What a pair! Both were hard-headed know-it-alls, and their banter had me giggling. Good chemistry between them too. It took the mystery a while to get going, but the big reveal was worth it. Looking forward to the next book in the series!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.