Publication Date: October 20, 2015 Atria Books Hardcover & eBook;
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Publisher via Historical Fiction Book Tours for an honest review
From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Secret Keeper and The Distant Hours, an intricately plotted, spellbinding new novel of heart-stopping 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.
As always seems to happen when I read a book by Kate Morton, I was immediately caught up in story from the first page. Morton begins the novel with a flash of something mysterious and vaguely sinister that happens in Cornwall in 1933 and then goes into the part of the story that takes place in the 1930's and seems to be leading up to that event.
The other story line takes place in 2003 - Sadie Sparrow is on leave from the police force because she got emotionally involved in a case and made some decisions that landed her in trouble. While on leave, she stays with her Grandfather in Cornwall and discovers the abandoned home of the Edevanes and becomes intrigued by the house itself and the mystery that surrounds it.
Alice Edevane has grown up to be a successful mystery writer who is still haunted by the events of the past. Sadie pursues the answers to what happened to Theo Edevane all those years ago, so eventually she must meet with Alice. I loved the way these two women related to each other. They are each intelligent, stubborn, inquisitive women and both are great characters.
I enjoyed The Lake House so much - just as I have enjoyed all the Kate Morton books I have read so far. I loved the way Morton interweaves the various characters and their story lines. There are a couple of good mysteries to solve, but the novel is about more than just the mysteries - it also has a lot to say about the aftermath of war and how it can destroy lives and families even after the fighting is finished. The novel also highlights the very different views each person has on the same event and how these limited views can cause rifts, misunderstandings and turmoil.
I would strongly recommend The Lake House to any reader who enjoys Kate Morton books, historical mysteries, and just lovely atmospheric novels with wonderful characters. The Lake House was a pleasure to read and I think it may be my favorite Kate Morton novel so far.
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Kate Morton has sold over 7.5 million copies in 26 languages, across 38 countries. Her novels include The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours, and The Secret Keeper.
You can find more information about Kate Morton and her books at www.katemorton.com or www.facebook.com/KateMortonAuthor
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