From the author of the bestselling and beloved novel "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" by Kim Edwards, comes a mesmerising story of startling family secrets and lies in the "Sunday Times" bestselling novel "The Lake of Dreams".
The darkest secrets are the ones we hide from ourselves...Ten years ago, traumatized by her father's death, Lucy left her home and her country.
Now, she returns to her family's rambling lakeside home to lay old ghosts to rest.
Sleepless one night, Lucy makes a momentous discovery.
Locked in a moonlit window seat is a collection of family heirlooms - objects whose secrets no one was ever supposed to find.
Piecing together her family's true history, she realises that the story she has always been told was a fiction...Mesmerizing and haunting, "The Lake of Dreams" is a startling story of family secrets and lies, lost love and redemption, and of the many pieces and puzzles that make up a life. "An emotional novel with lyrical touches". ("Sunday Times"). "Beautifully plotted and breathtakingly accomplished". ("Daily Express"). "An absorbing, perceptive and moving tale". ("Daily Mail"). "A powerful saga". ("Good Housekeeping"). "An epic of discovery and deception". ("She"). "A page-turner". ("Red"). Kim Edwards is the author of the bestselling "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" and a collection of short stories, "The Secrets of a Fire King".
Her honours include the Whiting Award and the Nelson Algren Award, as well as the Kentucky Literary Award, a National Magazine Award, and a grant from the NEA.
She is Associate Professor of English at the University of Kentucky.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 16/02/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780670920259
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Review by pj77
The Lake of Dreams is a story of love, loss and redemption that delves into the darkness of one family’s grief stricken past uncovering a history of lies and secrets. When Lucy returns home to the Lake of Dreams she is quickly entangled in uncovering the story of an unknown distant relative and her quest to solve the mysteries of her family’s past takes her on a journey that ultimately allows her to come to terms with her own grief around the passing of her father when she was a child.This was a good read and quite interesting at times when dealing with the topic of women’s suffrage. The plot is strong and the characters are both well developed and believable. Not amazing, but I definitely enjoyed The Lake of Dreams and it was an easy read.
Review by moosenoose
I enjoyed this book a lot more than The Memory Keeps Daughter, something about that book just didn't appeal much to me. I have to agree with others that Lucy managed to achieve rather a lot in her vacation and all the details regarding Rose and Iris seemed to just fall into her lap. I've tried to do my family tree and it is a lot harder than this book makes out. But then I guess that a story spreading over many years wouldn't have worked - that's why it's fiction after all! In addition to this I didn't like the way Lucy led Keegan on and then just brushed it all under the carpet when her boyfriend showed up. But even with all of this 'bad stuff' I still enjoyed the book. I guess I just can't resist a family secret waiting to be unravelled!
Review by kaebs
Really good writing. I just found the story very very boring. Not my thing at all. Basically nothing much happens.