Daughters of the Lake
written by Jane Riddell
published by Jane Riddell, 2014
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: I did, but it started out rather slow for my taste. I know that characters need to be developed, but it felt a bit sluggish. I found myself wanting to put the book down a few times. However, once the second half of the book started, I really did want to know what happened to the characters. And although I wasn’t totally thrilled with how some of the story ended, it did make sense. There were many ways characters could have crashed and burned Gatsby-style in this novel, but I’m okay with the fact that Riddell didn’t take it that way.
“She couldn’t visualize Lawrence in Paris. Although he appeared athletic and younger in his climbing gear today, he normally looked middle-aged and bland in chinos and checked shirt. No doubt when he glanced in the mirror he saw something different.”
Would I recommend it: Sure.
About the book – from Goodreads: Daughters of the Lake is a contemporary family drama set in Switzerland. Madalena invites her four adult children to celebrate her hotel’s fortieth anniversary, unaware of their tensions and secrets. As the day of the celebration approaches, confused emotions take hold, and the occasion goes badly wrong. Set against a backdrop of mountains and lakes, this is a story of love, betrayal and family conflict.