Daughters of the Lake
The ghosts of the past come calling in a spellbinding heart-stopper from the “Queen of the Northern Gothic.” 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.

Daughters of the Lake Details

TitleDaughters of the Lake
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 1st, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
Rating
GenreMystery, Gothic, Fiction, Thriller

Daughters of the Lake Review

  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    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, 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, and now the police force believes that Kate is more involved in this murder than she's letting them believe. While the police and Kate try to investigate how this woman and her child died, generations of mystery and deceit hidden deep in the roots of her family begin to unravel. Kate needs to tap into this woman's life and find out how this woman's life ended in tragedy. It's only until she notices a family photo of hers that she can pinpoint who the woman is—dated over 100 years ago. Daughters of the Lake reminded me of Michael J. Malone's House of Spines, so if you enjoyed that novel, you'll definitely like this story. It's a ghost story, fused with love, tragedy, and mystery. It's a slow burn at it's core, so you will only start uncovering the mystery of this story when you reach the halfway mark. I've read a lot of mysteries in the past year, so I sadly was able to figure out what happened rather quickly, however the writing and mystery is vastly original. In fact, Wendy Webb masterfully immerses you into this atmospheric tale. If you are looking for a slower paced whodunnit that won't keep you up at night, I'd recommend Daughters of the Lake .
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  • Lenny Literary
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 of the woman's murder. I really enjoyed the prose of this story. It was deliciously Fall, and full of mystery and intrigue from the very beginning. The story flips back and forth between Kate in present day, and Addie in the 1900s. We learn the story simultaneously between these flashbacks, what Kate sees in her dreams, and what she discovers along the way. I liked this back and forth way of telling the story because you get a lot more background information.Where this story went off for me was toward the end. I found the entirety a little slow, but it was well written, so I was able to look over that. Unfortunately, there were a lot of holes and things that seemed rushed to make sense after this drawn out build up. I won't give specifics because I do not want to spoil it, but the why of Kate having dreams just seemed too "convenient," and quickly wrapped up. There were other little things that got under my skin because they seemed to be there just to fit the narrative at the end and not really because it made sense character wise. (view spoiler)[ There was no real reason behind Jess cheating on Addie. Especially when she spends all this time building up how much they love each other, and how much they were meant to be. It seemed to be there just to throw more onto him as the killer. (hide spoiler)]Overall, the plot was intriguing and the atmosphere perfect for this time of year. I enjoyed the book, but it did not blow me away. I recommend this book if you are looking for a little mystery with a lot of atmosphere.
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  • Nicole Wagner
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    This was a brilliant, ghostly read. Wendy Webb has crafted a fantastic story that offers gothic chills and a water-tight narrative. I could not put down this page-turner and loved every development in this spine-tingling story.Whilst the synopsis might imply that this is a historical novel, don't let this put you off. Grounded in the present with our protagnoist, Kate, we experience the past through her dreams and visions. Well, more like nightmares for Kate, as she finds herself pulled into a m This was a brilliant, ghostly read. Wendy Webb has crafted a fantastic story that offers gothic chills and a water-tight narrative. I could not put down this page-turner and loved every development in this spine-tingling story.Whilst the synopsis might imply that this is a historical novel, don't let this put you off. Grounded in the present with our protagnoist, Kate, we experience the past through her dreams and visions. Well, more like nightmares for Kate, as she finds herself pulled into a murder mystery that happened at Lake Superior, one hundred years ago. Set back in the early 20th century America, I really enjoyed the snapshots into life of a developing settlement town, where the business boom was just beginning. Contrasting with how the town looks now, Kate finds herself almost trapped between two time periods; at some points in the novel they are intertwined and she, like the readers, can read of both simultaneously.The mysterious fog that comes off of the lake is true of the gothic genre. The creepy atmosphere that Webb creates literally gave me goosebumps, as did the concept that whilst you may think you are alone in a room, if you listen carefully enough, you may hear the ghosts of people who lived a long time ago. A perfect read for October and even more so with Halloween approaching! You can really imagine yourself being surrounded by this enveloping fog: so thick that all senses are numbed down to your sense of hearing because you cannot see anything at all. My goodness, I could easily imagine this being turned into a television drama or film, the descriptions were so vivid.The love story that runs throughout the novel is like the backbone to the plot. Whilst there is a murder mystery to solve and chilling ghosts occupying the pages, readers are also treated to romance with how Kate met her husband, her relationship with Nick, and then also Jess and Addie in the past. It is all very cosy and, coupled with the terrible weather that suddenly descends on the novel, you can't help but want to curl up under a blanket. I do enjoy a bit of romance in a book and the degree that is offered here is just right to dissipate the ghostly chills and add some warmth.The way the two narratives are interlocked in this read is fantastic. It is cleverly written and I really enjoyed how Webb brought together the lives of Kate and Addie. Whilst you are embarking on the journey of discovery with Kate, you, like her, are desperate to find out the real truth. Thus, when the novel sadly drew to a close, the ending that was offered was unexpected yet, still enjoyable. I found that I simply had to read this novel quickly to find out how the narrative developed and I was not disappointed at all. Another new author that I have discovered, I will try and find more by Wendy Webb as this one was so enjoyable. Thumbs up.
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  • M
    January 1, 1970
    Supernatural With a Deus, Some Horror & Ghost-Possession2.5 stars, bumped to 3 for great writing From the synopsis, I thought this historical and ghostly murder mystery would be a perfect read for me. This well-written book needs to be carefully read to understand the author’s nuanced, intricate and concealed storylines. There are two primary plot lines which eventually merge—one in current time featuring protagonist, Kate Granger, and the other, circa 1900.This book is heavily supernatural— Supernatural With a Deus, Some Horror & Ghost-Possession2.5 stars, bumped to 3 for great writing From the synopsis, I thought this historical and ghostly murder mystery would be a perfect read for me. This well-written book needs to be carefully read to understand the author’s nuanced, intricate and concealed storylines. There are two primary plot lines which eventually merge—one in current time featuring protagonist, Kate Granger, and the other, circa 1900.This book is heavily supernatural—rather than paranormal as I’d expected—with a legendary Deus behind/driving the storyline, plus ghosts reminiscent of horror books. There are malevolent ghosts, and semi-helpful ghosts that do poltergeist tricks. The more important ghosts appear in creepy dream sequences. After re-reading and parsing these dream sections, my initial reaction of creepy stands. Ghosts takeover and control the mind—unconscious, semi-conscious and conscious—of the protagonist, sometimes compelling her body’s actions. This became more disturbing than creepy, especially when the sleeping—or sometimes sleep-walking—protagonist is unaware of time and place. Plus, she’s often unaware of her own identity. I’ve happily read right through these sort of events in horror novels. But here, I carefully read the lengthy “dream sequences” to differentiate head-jumping between Kate and her ghost-possessor. Also, I often stopped reading in order to suss out what the author was attempting to say. This interrupted my reading throughout this book, because there are too many “dreams.” Please keep in mind that I am one of the reviewers in the minority. These are my opinions. Many reviewers loved this book, so you might love it too. NOTE: The Kindle version seems to omit white space between sections, sometimes when there’s a time jump or scene change during “dreams.”
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  • Alfred J. Coscia
    January 1, 1970
    This Is A Great Telling Of A Story And Lake SuperiorI 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- This Is A Great Telling Of A Story And Lake SuperiorI 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-penned novel. Just read it. You will see what I mean. And visit Lake Superior, sometime. I am a Yooper, from the Marquette area, which has a charm of its own. You will truly see why Gitchee Gumee is especially magical, and has been for centuries.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Overall, I liked this story and I read it quickly. I figured things out well before I would've liked to though and there were little things that just didn't feel right. I can't say with certainty that some of the police procedural things were wrong, but they just didn't feel accurate. The rest of the story, I had no issue with. Without giving anything away, I was hoping for more explanation about the detective's reaction to the lead. Seems there was something in his ancestry that groundwork was Overall, I liked this story and I read it quickly. I figured things out well before I would've liked to though and there were little things that just didn't feel right. I can't say with certainty that some of the police procedural things were wrong, but they just didn't feel accurate. The rest of the story, I had no issue with. Without giving anything away, I was hoping for more explanation about the detective's reaction to the lead. Seems there was something in his ancestry that groundwork was starting to be put out for, but nothing came from.In the end, I enjoyed the story, but it wouldn't be one I keep in my collection. I love the way the lake was a character, the way the folklore was made real. It had some of that Alice Hoffman vibe to it.
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  • Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    Kate Granger returns to her childhood home when her marriage falls apart. One morning she hears her dog barking along the beach. As she runs to find out what's wrong, she discovers the body of a young woman who floated out of the lake. This is the same woman Kate has been dreaming about, from her childhood to her death. Her life is being played out like a movie in Kate's mind. She wants Kate to right wrongs that occurred over 100 years previously.Although it's not really a thriller, it's a great Kate Granger returns to her childhood home when her marriage falls apart. One morning she hears her dog barking along the beach. As she runs to find out what's wrong, she discovers the body of a young woman who floated out of the lake. This is the same woman Kate has been dreaming about, from her childhood to her death. Her life is being played out like a movie in Kate's mind. She wants Kate to right wrongs that occurred over 100 years previously.Although it's not really a thriller, it's a great story that reads a lot like a tale from The Twilight Zone. A tale of haunting folk tales passed down from generation to generation, to the daughters of one family.
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  • Mistyblue
    January 1, 1970
    I hate ghost stories but loved this book anyway. I don’t normally like ghostly stories, ones with poltergeists and spooks. But, while this story had elements of the supernatural dead and scary scenes, I found myself thinking of the ghosts more as characters than spooks. They’re stories drew me in as much or more than Kate’s. This book is a complete departure from they types of stories I usually love, but it was a page turner and I’d read it again in a heartbeat.
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  • Patricia
    January 1, 1970
    Hard to put down!U love romance and paranormal blended with a dash of history! Found this to be a perfect read. It was difficult not to doors read ahead to find the answers and discover the story and it's ending. Not flamboyantly urban or to crazy. A good love story. I enjoyed it. Hope you will too!
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  • Carmen Scaglione
    January 1, 1970
    Great StoryLoved this book. The story caught me from the first page, and I couldn’t put it down. This was the first book by this author I’ve read, but I have a feeling it won’t be the last.
  • Joyce A. Wendeln
    January 1, 1970
    Best BookThis is the best book of its kind that I have read in a LONG time. It is extraordinary written and you don't need a score card to keep track of the characters. It is relaxing, something you need after a hard day.
  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    Not my typical readI chose this as my first read, somewhat reluctantly.I was very surprised!Well written,great story line and fight mystery.I enjoyed it so much am looking for other books by this author.
  • Bridget
    January 1, 1970
    Lovely mysteryI loved how the flow of the story moved you from past to present. The mystery behind death, and the bodies was fascinating. This was very well written. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a well written mystery.
  • Cheryl Balhouse
    January 1, 1970
    What an extraordinary book!I loved everything about it. The writing is superb, the description of the location vivid and believable, the characters very likable. I absolutely loved the ending. I'll look for more of the author's books to read. Very impressive in every way.
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  • mindy
    January 1, 1970
    ExcellentGot this on first reads, and so very glad I chose this book. What a great story told in an interesting way. Not my usual choice of books, but the story is so good, that it would appeal to anyone.
  • Louise Morris
    January 1, 1970
    As with her other books, its an intensely Gothic story. I loved the way the story twists and turns. It is set on the shores of Lake Superior. Even though its on the Wisconsin edge of the lake, I love the fact that the story is based around one of my home state's lake. (Michigan.) The fact is, there's a lot of tragedy that is attached to Superior, so it lends nicely to this story.
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  • Ginger
    January 1, 1970
    Love this storyWhat a great writing technique, one that makes you feel you are living each word. Can't wait to read another book by this author, this was my first. Highly recommend.
  • kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Gave me goose bumps! A very thrilling read. Going back and forth in time usually would lose my interest in a book. How ever this book captivated me. I read the whole book in one go! Simply could not put it down. Loved Kate's and Simons characters.
  • Linda Defazio
    January 1, 1970
    Spirits of love.I enjoyed reading this book. It showed what was happening 100 years before and how it connected to present happenings. The characters were overlaid with spirits and feelings of the past, righting a wrong.
  • Neeraja Sankaran
    January 1, 1970
    Well written ... for the genre. Sometimes the male characters seemed a bit uni-dimensional, and the (spoiler warning) the villainess of the piece definitely so, but it was an engaging and quick read. Actually think its quite cinematic.. should make for a good film.
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  • Laura DeBlackmere
    January 1, 1970
    A good readFor me, it started slowly, and I was reluctant to continue reading. But it got much better, quickly. It was very entertaining, with a twist at the end I did not see coming. Anyone who likes paranormal mysteries will definitely enjoy this book.
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  • JOHNNIE A CHRISTIAN
    January 1, 1970
    Perfectly creepy without being gross. This was the perfect October read. Creepy without being vulgar or overly descriptive. This author expects the readers to be intelligent enough to use their imaginations to interpret the story. Which makes it even more chilling.
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  • Paul Wheeler
    January 1, 1970
    Great story couldn’t put it downGreat story although predictable in places.This is a book that merges past and present perfectly I couldn’t put it down a real page turner.
  • Mary Alice Tanner
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book.It has everything I like. Good characters, very interesting p!ot, romance, and a ghost or two. Perfect! For me anyway!
  • Hillary
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this book. It's a page turner where you wish the characters were part of your own family.
  • Alayne Emmett
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a good book. I got it from Amazon First Reads and found it chilling but very interesting . I’m going to look for this author again.
  • A'Llyn
    January 1, 1970
    A readable little mystery with a nicely captured sense of place.
  • Nikki Hall
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book from the very first page I was hooked, So much so i found it difficult to put down.
  • Kamie
    January 1, 1970
    I thought the beginning was stronger than the ending but I still enjoyed it.
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