The year is 1928. Kate Moore is looking for a way out of the poverty and violence of her childhood. When a chance encounter on a transatlantic ocean liner brings her face-to-face with the handsome heir to a Chicago fortune, she thinks she may have found her escape—as long as she can keep her past concealed.
After exchanging wedding vows, Kate quickly discovers that something isn’t quite right with her husband—or her new family. As Mrs. Matthew Lemont, she must contend with her husband’s disturbing past, his domineering mother, and his overly close sister. Isolated at Lakecrest, the sprawling, secluded Lemont estate, she searches desperately for clues to Matthew’s terrors, which she suspects stem from the mysterious disappearance of his aunt years before. As Kate stumbles deeper into a maze of family secrets, she begins to question everyone’s sanity—especially her own. But just how far will she go to break free of this family’s twisted past?
When I read the summary of what In the Shadow of Lakecrest I knew that I wanted to read and review this book; I was excited when I got it in the mail and learned that I would get to read this book.
I really liked the main female character “Kate.” As I started reading this novel I started to feel like she was rather naïve and too trusting with certain people, I found that I could not relate to her the most and I felt bad for her, but I was frustrated with her at the same time.
By the end of the book I was rather surprised to learn that there was a whole other side to her that I didn’t honestly think she would have. One character that I absolutely hated was “Matthew’s” mother. From the first time I was introduced to her in the story until the end I hated her and could not feel any sympathy or love for that woman. The mother reminded me of some women that I know that I don’t like in my life as well.
I loved the era and the setting that this novel took place in. I thought the author, Elizabeth Blackwell, did an amazing job capturing the essence of the time and making this amazing novel feel like it was an actual incident that happened. I could not put this book down! It kept my attention until the very end and even after for a few days.
I was really surprised at the ending, I honestly thought it would end a completely different way than it did; but I loved it! If anyone loves a good mystery/thriller type book I recommend this one. Out of a 10 I give In the Shadow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell an 8 and Ms. Blackwell as an author a 9. I can’t wait to read more books by her!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Tiffany