Published - 11th March 2015
Publisher - Minnesota Press
Format - Kindle
Synopsis - A disturbing call
from her great aunts Astrid and Jeannette sends seventeen-year-old
Francie far from her new home in New York into a tangle of mysteries.
Ditching an audition in a Manhattan theater, Francie travels to a remote
lake in the northwoods where her aunts’ neighbors are “dropping like
flies” from strange accidents. But are they accidents?
On the shores of Enchantment Lake in the woods of northern
Minnesota, something ominous is afoot, and as Francie begins to
investigate, the mysteries multiply: a poisoned hot dish, a puzzling
confession, eerie noises in the bog, and a legendary treasure that is
said to be under enchantment—or is that under Enchantment, as in under
the lake? At the center of everything is a suddenly booming business in
cabin sales and a road not everyone wants built.
To a somewhat reluctant northwoods Nancy Drew, the intrigue proves
irresistible, especially when it draws her closer to the mysteries at
the heart of her own life: What happened to her father? Who and where is
her mother? Who is she, and where does her heart lie—in the
bustle of New York City or the deep woods of Minnesota? With its
gripping story, romantic spirit, and a sly dash of modern-day trouble
(evil realtors and other invasive species), Enchantment Lake will fascinate readers, providing precisely the charm that Margi Preus’s readers have come to expect.
In total honesty, this book had what I like to call 'Darren Shan Syndrome'. By that I mean that as I was reading it, I really wasn't that impressed but by the end of the book I had been caught hook, line and sinker. I don't get through many books these days but I actually finished this in just 2 sittings.
When I requested it for review, I didn't even read the blurb so I went in completely unaware of what to expect. What I found was a cute little mystery novel with an appealing main character. Francie is young, yet sassy and I love that. She takes it upon herself to go out to the lake where her Aunts live and see if she can uncover the mystery going on there. Enchantment Lake is full of mysteries and secrets. If you can imagine a picturesque little island with weird and wonderful residents then you're already 70% familiar with this book.
It wasn't a particular surprise when the answer was revealed at the end but strangely that didn't seem to take anything away. It definitely wouldn't surprise me if this is part of a series as a lot of the book seemed taken up with getting to know Francie and the people around the lake. Plus after the events of Enchantment Lake, I would really like to know what happened next with the bones, the lake, the Aunts etc. It was just a little cute read really and i'm glad I got the chance to read it.