Doesn't Live Up to the First, January 18, 2013

'Lake of Sorrows' Erin Hart

***

I loved the first book in this series, 'Haunted Ground', and so, despite the mixed reviews I bought the second. Unfortunately, the mixed reviews were right. Though there's an interesting premise (two bog bodies found killed the same way, but centuries apart) it's as if the author didn't quite believe in it enough to let it be the center of the story, as the red-headed bog girl/missing modern woman juxtaposition was in 'Haunted Ground'. Instead, as other reviewers have pointed out, this meanders around the back stories of seemingly every minor character (and killing some off) before finally assigning blame in a way that, to avoid spoilers, I'll just say comes off as an afterthought. I wonder if Ms. Hart has picked the wrong genre? She'd write a great Irish village saga that has nothing to do with forensics or bog bodies.

By sarah on 09 November 2013 |