I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Lake House
on June 7, 2016 (Paperback)
Pages: 512 pages
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Keeper comes a “moody, suspenseful page-turner” (People, Best Book Pick) filled with mystery and spellbinding secrets.
Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories.
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. He is never found, and the family is torn apart, the house abandoned.
Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as a novelist. 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 Edevane estate—now crumbling and covered with vines. 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 from a masterful storyteller, The Lake House is an enthralling, thoroughly satisfying read.
The story begins in 1933 with 16-year-old lovestruck, aspiring mystery writer Alice Edevane whose life is about to be turned upside down. On the night of the Midsummer Eve party, not only is her life forever changed when an incident occurs, but the event also leaves the family in turmoil so much that, after that night they leave the lake house and move to London never returning, ever.
Fast forward to 2003 where we meet Detective Sade Sparrow of the London Police Department who is forced to take a leave due to her handling of a case involving a young girl abandoned by her mother and the grandmother who is concerned. While on leave, Sadie goes to Cornwall also the location of the lake house, to visit her grandfather Bertie. While there and running her dogs she stumbles on the estate where the lake house is located and the start of another mystery for her begins.
I love how Ms. Morton connects these two events to create an excellent mystery that had me turning the pages to see what, who, and why. I do have to say here that for me the book was bogged down some with unnecessary details, but it didn’t take away from the story.
I liked the seamless way she flips back and forth in time using the different characters point of view to tell the story. This book also appealed to me because I enjoy historical mysteries.
The Lake House by Kate Morton is an excellent book with secrets, lies, love and more that I enjoyed and highly recommend. Buy this book!
Reviewed by: Linda
Kate Morton, a native Australian, holds degrees in dramatic art and English literature. She lives with her family in Brisbane, Australia.