Friday, October 21, 2022

Lute by Jennifer Thorne Review

Today Heather recommends a brand new release from TorNightfire and Jennifer Thorne!

Lute by Jennifer Thorne

Wicker Man meets Final Destination in Jennifer Thorne's atmospheric, unsettling folk horror novel about love, duty, and community.

On the idyllic island of Lute, every seventh summer, seven people die. No more, no less.

Lute and its inhabitants are blessed, year after year, with good weather, good health, and good fortune. They live a happy, superior life, untouched by the war that rages all around them. So it’s only fair that every seven years, on the day of the tithe, the island’s gift is honored.

Nina Treadway is new to The Day. A Florida girl by birth, she became a Lady through her marriage to Lord Treadway, whose family has long protected the island. Nina’s heard about The Day, of course. Heard about the horrific tragedies, the lives lost, but she doesn’t believe in it. It's all superstitious nonsense. Stories told to keep newcomers at bay and youngsters in line.

Then The Day begins. And it's a day of nightmares, of grief, of reckoning. But it is also a day of community. Of survival and strength. Of love, at its most pure and untamed. When The Day ends, Nina―and Lute―will never be the same.

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Heather's Review

This is a beautiful island getaway where you can't outrun death.

Only 7 people have to die. No more and no less. It would be my luck though I would be in the 7.

The characters all have a lot of grief and personal baggage. They range from being annoying and really helpless to being awesome and saving lives.

The island does seem cool other than the murdering and death and everyone seems to have a good time. If you are looking for a fun little story where you slowly watch the people lose their minds this is a good one.

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Heather is a contributing reviewer and will be helping out with various projects. Find her online at Goodreads, Twitter as @HSquared_13, and on Instagram as @h.hellion.

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