Hotel on Shadow Lake

Suspenseful and compelling, Daniela Tully’s Hotel on Shadow Lake is at once an intricate mystery, an epic romance, and a Gothic family saga.

When Maya was a girl in Germany, her grandmother was everything to her: teller of magical fairy tales, surrogate mother, best friend. Then, shortly after Maya’s sixteenth birthday, her grandmother disappeared without a trace, leaving Maya with only questions to fill the void.

Twenty-seven years later, her grandmother’s body is found in a place she had no connection to: the Montgomery Resort in upstate New York. How did she get there? Why had she come? Desperate for answers, Maya leaves her life in Germany behind and travels to America, where she is drawn to the powerful family that owns the hotel and seemingly the rest of the town.

Soon Maya is unraveling secrets that go back decades, from 1910s New York to 1930s Germany and beyond. But when she begins to find herself spinning her own lies in order to uncover the circumstances surrounding her grandmother’s death, she must decide whether her life and a chance at true love are worth risking for the truth.

“An intricate read-it-in-one-sitting mystery–cum–family saga…this is a story about murder, greed, love (won then lost), and, above all, intrigue.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Tully offers the reader an epic story and emotional intimacy, with rich characters plunged into a mysterious thriller that spans continents and generations. I couldn’t put it down.” —Uli Edel, director of Last Exit to Brooklyn and Body of Evidence

A fascinating tale of what it felt like to be a woman under the Third Reich and of one family’s long hidden secrets.” —Elisabeth Gifford, author of The Sea House

“Daniela Tully has written a captivating romantic thriller that spans decades, continents, generations and a world war. It’s a story of love, tragedy and intrigue that vividly illustrates the unyielding grip that the past holds in shaping the future…and the enduring power of love.” —Lee Goldberg, #1 New York Times bestselling author and the writer/producer of Diagnosis MurderMartial Law and Missing
My Review
I liked this book. The book is spilt into several different time periods featuring different voices. Each section reveals the past and present into what happened to Maya's grandmother. Although, I sadly had trouble connecting to any of the time periods or characters. This is unfortunate as this is the type of book where it is more about the characters' voices. They are the ones that tell the story.

I struggled to find the emotional connection that I hoped for. Yet, I can tell you that if I had found that connection, this book would have really found a good spot in my heart. It has all of the making of being a really good book. It just didn't work with me. This is not to say that another reader won't have a better experience.
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About Daniela Tully

DANIELA TULLY has worked in film and television for decades, including with famed film director Uli Edel. She has been involved in projects such as the critically acclaimed Fair Game, box-office hits Contagion and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, as well as the Oscar-winning The Help. She splits her time between Dubai and New York. Inspired by a real family letter received forty-six years late, Hotel on Shadow Lake is Daniela Tully’s first novel.

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Daniela Tully’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, August 6th: Books & Bindings
Tuesday, August 7th: @ladyofthelibrary
Wednesday, August 8th: Write Read Life
Thursday, August 9th: Laura’s Reviews
Friday, August 10th: Jenn Blogs Books and @jennblogsbooks
Monday, August 13th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Wednesday, August 15th: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, August 16th: @thats_what_she_read
Monday, August 20th: @amberk1120
Tuesday, August 21st: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Thursday, August 23rd: A Chick Who Reads
Friday, August 24th: What is That Book About
Monday, August 27th: bookchickdi
Tuesday, August 28th: Savvy Verse and Wit
Wednesday, August 29th: Girl Who Reads
Thursday, August 30th: @hotcocoareads
Friday, August 31st: Mystery Suspense Reviews
Tuesday, September 4th: Kahakai Kitchen


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