Monday, 4 April 2011

#27 The Lake of Dreams

'Mesmerising and haunting, The Lake of Dreams is a startling story of family secrets and lies, lost love and redemption, and of the many little pieces and puzzles that make up a life. 

'It will enthral readers the world over.'

I found Kim Edwards' second novel compelling from the very first paragraph. I immediately fell in love with her writing style which is delicate and deeply poignant, flowing and never straining for effect. Jodi Picoult describes the novel as 'simply beautiful.' 

The story is told from the point of view of Lucy Jarrett, a young woman who, on reaching a crossroad in her life, is driven back to her home town, which she left more than a decade before.  On returning to her childhood home, she discovers some documents, locked away in a window seat. When Lucy tries to place these, she uncovers a secret surrounding her family history, and determines to find out more...

The setting is so important to the storyline, and Kim Edwards succeeds in capturing a real sense of place. She brings her characters to life, enabling readers to feel akin to them. The storyline is deeply moving and unpredictable, making it a real page turner. This is a truly delightful read, and I strongly advise that you pick up a copy!

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