Book Review: Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb

Title: Daughters of the Lake
Author: Wendy Webb
Released: November 01, 2018
Series: N/A
Rating: ★★★★☆

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 her dreams…

One hundred years ago, a love story ended in tragedy, its mysteries left unsolved. It’s time for the lake to give up its secrets. As each mystery unravels, it pulls Kate deeper into the eddy of a haunting folktale that has been handed down in whispers over generations. Now, it’s Kate’s turn to listen.

As the drowned woman reaches out from the grave, Kate reaches back. They must come together, if only in dreams, to right the sinister wrongs of the past.

Please keep in mind that this review contains spoilers for the entire book. Read with caution. If you click the “Read More”, it is under the assumption that you either don’t care about spoilers or you’ve already read the book.

This was my book from Amazon’s Kindle Choice for October 2018.

I’ll start out by saying that I really enjoyed the writer’s flow and character descriptions. I really enjoyed that I could potentially have the characters’ pasts within my fingertips and read in an instant how they could possibly react at a later point in time. However, that in itself could be considered a bit annoying because, at first, the author seemed to want to describe everyone.

For example, the policeman who arrives at the scene when they first find the body is explained in heavy detail how close he was to the family by wasting an entire paragraph or two about his past with Kate’s father. That was honestly a little much – I could already get the sense that the cop knew Kate’s father since they were boys and he watched Kate grow up by how they acted in the present. Some characters don’t need their entire histories spelled out for me unless it’s that relevant. And in this certain cop’s position, he really wasn’t except for his name being mentioned in passing.

Thankfully, the problem stops eventually and I was able to focus more into the story and the mystery itself. There were some parts that I got confused on but I was honestly pretty engrossed with the story itself.

I liked that it switched between Kate’s point of view and Addie’s point of view but, perhaps it’s because Kate experienced it or maybe Addie wanted it to be true or even the author especially, but the images of true love after a simple touch kind of threw me for a loop. It felt somewhat out of place for the powers that they both supposedly had – being more in tune with the lake and their dreams.

The talk about true love between Addie and Jess (only for Jess to cheat on her) didn’t seem too real especially when he went off to college. It was clear he was only thinking with his crotch when he saw Addie again when he arrived home and immediately had gotten married. When Kate talked about how “loved” Addie must’ve felt with Jess – why did the author have to set a subplot about his cheating? It really takes away the mystery when I had thought the other women did – especially when it was stressed in almost every mention of the other woman how “unstable” she was – kill Addie.

There was some clever misdirection in the part of the author that made us think who was thought to be the matriarch of the family was the one who killed her – even her husband believed it.

However, even when the mystery was solved, it felt that the author had a certain quota to fill and she had to finish it off with an extra point of exorcism. Did I think that Kate was in any danger? Not really. I thought she was more in danger when the effects of her freezing in the lake and her suddenly becoming one with the lake.

By the time she was possessed, I really just wanted the book to end. And speaking of which, I wished that Simon wasn’t so stereotypically gay. A lot of times, I just rolled my eyes and I actually hoped that there wouldn’t be a subplot of his boyfriend cheating since it seemed everyone else’s husbands (that wasn’t Jess or in the story’s present) were cheating on their significant others.

Speaking of which, I would’ve enjoyed the blossoming story between Nick and Kate more if it wasn’t so forced. The beginning parts were fine but it felt that the author had to give Kate a happy ending (as if putting her great-grandmother to rest and clearing up the mystery didn’t) with a tangible man and “we have to pair everyone off!”.

I wish I could appreciate the actual reveal of who killed Addie a bit more but there wasn’t much drama behind it. I wish people cared about Sally being missing, for as “unstable” as she was, she still had friends and family. Only for her to be cast aside as an unnerving spirit whose body was never discovered and everyone else lived happily ever after. I’m not asking for Sally to be redeemed in any way – what she did was pretty heinous but it would’ve been nice that even though the lake spirit took justice in its own hands, Sally was still a human who lived and had her own life.

Nevertheless, I really did enjoy this story a great deal. When I first got it, I couldn’t put it down until I had to force myself. Would I re-read this again? Possibly, but that might be months from now when I’ve forgotten most of the details.

About Lily

A fujoshi who won't shut up about anime, manga, video games, BJDs, nendoroids, and anime conventions. She apparently can't stop writing either.

Posted on October 27, 2018, in ★★★★☆ – 4 Stars, Book Reviews, Book Series, Oneshots and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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