TITLE: The Lake House
AUTHOR: Kate Morton
INFO: Paperback, Fiction, 512 pages
GENRE: Historical Fiction
PUBLISHED: Atria Books, 2015
SOURCE: Received from Publisher for Review
FROM GOODREADS: One of People magazine’s Best Books of Fall—“Morton's moody, suspenseful latest is the perfect page-turner for a chilly night.”
From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Secret Keeper and The Distant Hours, an intricately plotted, spellbinding new novel of heartstopping suspense and uncovered secrets.
Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure…
One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. What follows is a tragedy that tears the family apart in ways they never imagined.
Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as an author. Theo’s case has never been solved, though Alice still harbors a suspicion as to the culprit. Miles away, Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force, is staying at her grandfather’s house in Cornwall. While out walking one day, she stumbles upon the old estate—now crumbling and covered with vines, clearly abandoned long ago. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that will bring her and Alice together and reveal shocking truths about a past long gone...yet more present than ever.
A lush, atmospheric tale of intertwined destinies, this latest novel from a masterful storyteller is an enthralling, thoroughly satisfying read.
MY TAKE: I loved this book! It kept me up all night just so I wouldn't have to put it down. Ms. Morton is a master at keeping the reader guessing from beginning to end. She draws you into the lives of the characters and makes you feel as you are right there in the midst of it all.
She takes us on quite a journey as we start on our adventure with Sadie, a detective who is basically on an unwanted/unplanned leave from her job in London. Her natural curiosity is thrown into overdrive when she accidentally finds The Lake House and all of its mysterious clues just waiting to be discovered, by her.
As the story progresses, we meet Alice who has written a lifetime's worth of mysteries and we find out she has also lived her life hiding in/from one. We also get to see events unfolding through the eyes of Alice's mother, Eleanor and her perspective.
The weaving of different time periods, different perspectives and three different women is seamless. One of the true constants in this story is the house Loeanneth. It is the setting for the main events in the majority of the book.
I enjoyed the ending of the book as it tied up several threads and answered quite a few of the questions I came up with as the story progressed. It was a very satisfying conclusion for me.
Now I just think they need to make a movie of it!
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