I’m a little late in making this post, but being the basic witch that I am I have to share the two books that I read during October that were very on-theme. Much like I listen to Christmas music all year ’round I read scary/mystery books all year ’round, but there’s something about being in the spooky season that makes it more magical. And before I babble too much about my holiday sentiments, I’ll hop right in to the review.
Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb
- When I bought this book, it didn’t have a dust jacket so I didn’t know anything about it except for the first few sentences I read. It’s a testament to the author that the first few sentences were enough to grab and keep my attention. Basically, Kate finds a murdered body washed up on the shore of Lake Superior on her parents’ property, and she’s the only one who can identify her because she has been seeing the dead woman in her dreams. Kate then embarks on a journey that leads her to the truth of her family’s past, but she encounters some supernatural knocks along the way.
- This story surprised me with how good it was. I had never heard of the author and had bought it on a blind whim, but I’m so glad that I did. The plot was unique, and the characters were well written. I love that she showed the actual past and not just people talking about it. I love how the lake was basically a character itself. I love the supernatural elements mixed in with the crime solving police side and that it didn’t get too procedural.
- Webb wrapped the story up nicely and gave it a satisfying ending. I definitely recommend this if you want tension, murder mystery, paranormal activity, and a smidge of romance.
The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side by Agatha Christie
- Agatha Christie has been a long time favorite of mine, but until this book I had only read books from her Poirot series. It speaks to her skills that she can create two series in the same genre and make them different in tone and character yet still mind-turning as you try to solve the mystery. The only reason I didn’t give this 4 stars is because it doesn’t have the humor and pacing that her Poirot series does.
- Mrs. Marple is a lovable character, but I felt like she didn’t have a huge place in this novel which I didn’t like since the series is centered around her and her crime solving abilities. The murder mystery itself was well done, though. Try as I might I didn’t figure it out before they revealed the murderer. And the only character that I didn’t like was her Mrs. Knight who refused to listen and just kept doing what she wanted without regards to Mrs. Marple’s actual needs.
- If you’re a Christie fan, you’ll probably like it like I did, but if you’re a first time reader I suggest something more fast paced or intriguing.