The Lantern

Reading like a blend of Daphne du Maurier, Umberto Eco, and Peter Mayle, this overstuffed gothic romp prompts hasty page-turning to discover whether lovers Dom and Eve will make a go of their relationship, and whether they will ever solve the many spooky mysteries of the house in southern France known as The Junipers, where ghosts roam and errant shadows cluster.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…