I reviewed Victoria Lustbader's Stone Creek for the June 1 issue of Library Journal. The review appears below, reprinted with permission.
Lustbader, Victoria. Stone Creek. Harper: HarperCollins. Jun. 2008. c.384p. ISBN 978-0-06-136921-6. pap. $13.95. F
Lustbader's second novel (after Hidden) is a story of troubled lives and misunderstandings in which everyone is looking for love. Danny Malloy, father to five-year-old Caleb, misses his dead wife. Paul and Lily Spencer are a wealthy couple whose marriage suddenly hits a snag when they find they're unable to have children. Lily escapes to the couple's country home for the summer, needing someone to love—and finds herself on a collision course with Danny and Caleb. Lustbader, whose husband is thriller writer Eric Van Lustbader, shows promise with this effort, and her characters are certainly interesting. However, Lustbader tries too hard to present everyone's point of view; the narrative's third-person present tense only distances readers from the story. Additionally, there is not enough action to move the narrative along, and the combination of tension and introspection makes the writing feel cold at times. An optional purchase for large public libraries only. [Eric Van Lustbader's new thriller, First Daughter, publishes in August.—Ed.]—Lesa Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ
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