Sunday, June 29, 2014

The House Of a Thousand Lanterns by Victoria Holt

The House of a Thousand Lanterns by Victoria HoltI almost gave this 2.5 stars but it probably deserves 3.


For three quarters of the book I was waiting for something to happen. Oh, things happen but not suspenseful things. The most interesting thing was the Chinese lantern festival. That's something I would love to see. But until the very end I wondered if I was even reading a Gothic. Where was the chilling suspense?

and the characters...I just better shut up. No sense in banging imaginary heads together.

This isn't Holt's best. But if you're new to the genre and can read a book without trying to "improve " it in your mind and if don't mind some senseless repetition and rooting for the wrong person then you'll probably enjoy this. But she can do so much better.


SEX: Behind closed doors, mention of mistresses.
VIOLENCE: Not an issue
PARANORMAL ELEMENTS: Brief mention is made of yarrow sticks, cards and tea leaf reading. Also ancestor spirits not being "happy".


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