Finding Poe by Leigh M. Lane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
With a delightful early-Victorian flair, this story begins with an English noble Lady, following her husband unwillingly to an isolated, abandoned, lighthouse housed on a small island off the New England coast, surrounded by battering waves and rocky shoals. As if Lady Karina had not already suffered enough “adventure” due to her husband’s poor impulse control, once they move into the Lighthouse, he seems to turn into a madman, and Karina turns into a sleepwalker, a woman who loses her direction, is mistaken for a curse and a danger, discovers men digging for buried treasure; and then finds her own husband expects to somehow discover treasure in the long-abandoned, poorly-maintained lighthouse.
This story is particularly delightful for the incredibly fast pace, the non-stop adventures which are Supernatural and paranormal as well as psychologically abnormal; and for the neat way in which examples occur which reference many of the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, who will prove to be a touchstone. Told in first person narrative by Lady Karina, the story delicately weaves in backstory for the main characters in a subtle way, refining the protagonists’ characterisations.
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