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Daughters of the Lake

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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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 317 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
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Larry H
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-first
I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars.

"Some stories, especially peculiar, hidden ones involving murder and mystery, have a way of bubbling to the surface, especially when wrongs need to be righted. They make themselves heard despite efforts to keep them silent. All in the proper time. And now was the proper time."

Kate's life is in total upheaval. Her marriage is over, since she discovered her husband had cheated on her, and as if that weren't enough, they had worked together, so she had no desire to go ba
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Kate Granger returns to her parent's home on Lake Superior upon learning that her husband was having an affair. She hopes to use the time there to think about her life and start over. Unfortunately, one morning along with her father and her father's friend, Johnny, she came across the body of a young woman on the shores of the lake. What is most shocking to Kate, is that she recognizes the woman from dreams she has been having. Not only does she recognize the woman, she somehow knows that there ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
I am so sad to say that I found this one disappointing.

When I saw the cover it was love at first sight and the synopsis was very intriguing. Sadly, that is where my enjoyment ends.

This book is a slow burn. Very slow. I started skimming even before hitting the 20% mark. That is never a good sign. I found because of the slow pace I just couldn't become invested in the *multiple* (too many) characters.

Also, the ending fell completely flat for me. I can suspend disbelief but not to that extent.

Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery, netgalley
A haunted house, a century old mystery, a ghost story, a mysterious creature in the lake, secrets, lies, murder…

A young woman’s body is found on the shore of Lake Superior, holding a dead baby in her arms. Kate Granger whose father has found the body while walking his dog, has seen the dead woman in her dreams before…several times.
The police are baffled. There are no missing persons’ report and they can’t even tell when was the woman murdered.
As Kate’s bizarre dreams continue, she begins her ow
Daughters of the Lake is a gothic, historical fiction mystery blended with your typical ghost story. Kate Granger has been having dreams, or nightmares, about a woman, her child, and her family life, but just tunes it out as fiction. That is, until the woman and her baby are washed up along the shore by their house. Kate is in shock, disbelief even, because it shows that her dreams are in fact premonitions. Kate has been going through a lot lately, with her divorce proceedings about to start, ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
This is an absolutely perfect book to read during this time of year, it’s dark and gothic and heavily involved with the supernatural, it really read like a classic ghost story without the super disturbing horror type elements. If you’re the type of reader who doesn’t like really scary stuff or graphic details then this is for you. The mystery is on the lighter side and while it’s eerie, it’s not terrifying and will most likely not disturb you.

This flips back and forth between the present day and
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book.

I really do like the story, the myth. The author did a great job painting the characters. And maybe understanding the characters so deeply is what ultimately ruined the story for me.
The foreshadowing was too much. The mystery wasn't deep enough. The same flowery cliche descriptors were repeated, sometimes more than once on a page. (Okay, only once did I notice it twice on one page but it really rubbed me the wrong way.)

This book left me feeling like I just rea
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this, from the rich atmosphere to the small town feel, right down to the strong family connections and bonds. And while this wasn't a scary read by any means, it was a bit creepy at times (mostly towards the end) and that was a nice change of pace.

Definitely a good mystery with a paranormal element, a hint of romance and something anyone would enjoy.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
I really like the concept of Daughters of the Lake. It sounded like it was going to be right up my alley, and I was looking forward to a good gothic ghost story.

However, it has been more about the main character's divorce and the history of a hotel than anything else. There are a ton of unnecessary details, and I started skimming pretty early on since it was pages of information on the main character's family history. I was hoping I could connect more with the story in the past (there are alter
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kate Granger is attempting to put her life back in order on the heels of learning that her husband, Kevin, was having an affair. She has quit her job and gone back to her safe place, her parent’s home, in an attempt to heal. This tranquil setting is instantly thrown into chaos when Kate’s father discovers the body of a murdered woman floating in the lake their house backs up to. This mystery woman is wearing a white nightgown that appears to be the definition of vintage. Tucked in the folds of t ...more
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I chose this book from the Amazon Kindle free book for the month! At first I had my doubts, I usually don't go for haunted houses, ghosts, and things like that, but this is quite a detailed and intense novel. I enjoyed reading the way the author had it sectioned chapter by chapter, going from the past (1901) to the current times - and the main character was a suspect in a murder that, she found, was committed 100 years before when a perfectly preserved body of a victorian woman and h ...more
There was something a bit twee about this story that kept if from being as good as her previous books. Still, a quick and spooky read.
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Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
But some stories, especially peculiar, hidden ones involving murder and mystery, have a way of bubbling to the surface, especially when wrongs need to be righted. They make themselves heard despite efforts to keep them silent.

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, connecti
Kevin Dowson
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's a long time since I read a ghost story. I have to say this was certainly different to any previous books I've read fitting that description. It isn't scary and it doesn't involve (much) haunting by malevolent spirits, and certainly wouldn't be called horror by any classification standards.

What it is, |I would say, is an excellently written murder-mystery with both historical and supernatural elements. It flits effortlessly between two time periods and two interlinked sets of characters, rev
Lenny Literary
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: spooky
Where to start with this one. The concept of this story intrigued me. Kate has just gone through something traumatic. Her husband cheated on her, and now she is getting a divorce. To top it all off, she has been having these strange dreams of a woman who mysteriously washes up on the shore of Lake Superior just down from where she is. To escape it all, Kate goes to stay at the B&B owned by her family. Things keep happening that Kate can't explain, and she knows she has to get to the bottom o ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Made it 44% and was so bored that I had to stop. I can't pinpoint a single thing why I was so bored with it, but I have some guesses:
-boring writing, absolutely no suspense for a single thing happening and we're talking bodies in lakes.
-I like alternating viewpoints, but this one had no differentiation of any of the women at all. A long heritage of woman after woman after woman and none of them vary.
-Lots and lots and lots of dialect. What is going on? I forget where they are because 8 pages lat
Bri (brinocheeze)
Thank you Lake Union Publishing for a gifted copy of this book

Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb is a gothic mystery thriller, with a jealousy ridden betrayal, a constant battle between lovers and friends, and an adventure of uncovering the truth.

Kate escapes a terrible break-up by running to her parents house and instead is faced with uncovering the truth about a woman who washed up ashore in front of her parents lake house. Kate becomes a suspect in this case. Kate can’t help but feel a c
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully written

A wonderful historical fiction with mystery, tragedy, ghosts of loves and lives lost and ultimately redemtion of a families past that has been hidden for so long. I enjoyed how the story was interwoven with the past and present. The characters were all well placed, I liked them all. A very enjoyable read for me.
Angela Blood
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book had so many characters and time changes it was hard to keep everybody straight. In the beginning, I felt like the story was all over the place and I would suggest adding a family tree diagram to future editions of this book. Also, the author kept using the word "padded" in place of "walked" or any of the hundreds of other verbs in existence and I found it very annoying. I think some information was given away too early which took some of the mystery out of the story. It was an interest ...more
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: November 9th 2018

"But some stories, especially peculiar, hidden ones involving murder and mystery, have a way of bubbling to the surface, especially when wrongs need to be righted."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Mandie (Naughty Book Snitch)
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I liked it. It had a good ghost story that flipped between the late 1800 and early 1900's to present day. Sometimes it was difficult to tell which time period I was reading about because it flipped back and forth so much and without warning. I really liked the daughters of the lake origin story. Overall I enjoyed it and glad to have read it.

Stephanie Marie
I’m conflicted about this one because I absolutely LOVED so much of this story (the more historical chapters telling Addie’s story, the setting and atmosphere, the spirits and the lore of the lake) but the contemporary chapters from Kate’s POV just didn’t quite work for me. With that said, I really really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
Nicole Wagner
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novel has an Alice Hoffman vibe, and it's set on Lake Superior. A wonderful novel with an optimistic view of life, love, and the afterlife. It's one part murder mystery, one part ghost story, and one part cozy romance.
Iryna semi-hiatus (Book and Sword)
Big thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for a digital arc of this book

Oct 17, 2018 marked it as dnf
DNF at about 15%. I really wanted to love this, but got completely thrown out of the story by a scene where Kate is driving to an old house, which suddenly jumps (without any font change or line break) into a scene from the life of the guy who used to live there, and then into a later scene from the life of the guy who used to live there. I thought I'd accidentally skipped some pages. There's another review, that I saw later, suggesting that this is a formatting flaw in the Kindle edition, so YM ...more
Alfred J. Coscia
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This Is A Great Telling Of A Story And Lake Superior

I myself grew up on the shores of Lake Superior, and I can attest to the profound pull and power that the lake has. This book is an excellent testament to the stories that have been told for years about her capricious nature and the consequences good and bad that happen to people.

Wendy Webb has woven a spell-binding tale that I read in one sitting. I had to know what happens next. I find it hard to believe that anyone could not love this well-
Lady Delacour
Wendy Webb's
flare for writing
is so picturesque.
She brought to life
this Mysterious Gothic,
Mystery Thriller.
Listened with TTS.
Clean except for some
very Mild Foul Language.
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book. I enjoy paranormal novels on occasion, and I also like stories that shift back and forth in time, with alternating points of view. When a body washes up on the lake shore by Kate’s parents’ house, Kate becomes a person of interest in the murder. The story quickly becomes even more chilling when the dead lady is found holding a baby. I appreciate the publisher and NetGalley allowing me to be an early reader in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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It was a good story. I figured out the ending about 2/3 of the way through. It had a little bit of myths from Lake Superior (my favorite Great Lake). The characters are likable but predictable. I found the story entertaining and easy to read. It was an Amazon First Reads book and so free.
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