I received a free copy for my honest review.
About the Book:
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Hardcover & eBook; 512 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
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.
About the Author:
Kate Morton grew up in the mountains of south-east Queensland and lives now with her husband and young sons in Brisbane. She has degrees in dramatic art and English literature, specializing in nineteenth-century tragedy and contemporary Gothic novels.
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
I think this is my third book by Ms. Morton and I have a couple sitting on my “to read when I get some spare time” shelves. I was very happy to have the opportunity to read The Lake House and I was not disappointed. It’s a story that goes back and forth in time – this does drive me a bit batty in a novel but it mostly works here – as a mystery from the past is explored in the present.
It all begins in 1933 when a young child goes missing at a family’s beloved lake house. That crisis and the War following so closely after cause the Edevanes to abandon the house. It’s only rediscovered in the present when a young woman, a detective finds herself on a leave and she goes to visit her grandfather. As she explores the surrounding countryside she finds the run down lake house and she soon is caught up in its mystery and wanting to solve it.
There were moments where the book moved a bit slowly but overall I was very intrigued by the mystery presented and the story surrounding the house of the title. Ms. Morton knows how to set her scenes so that the reader is caught up in time and place. The characters are well developed and unique. I enjoyed my visit to Cornwall – even for the bad parts.