Monday, October 5, 2015

Review: The Lake House by Kate Morton

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.

Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Atria Books
Hardcover & eBook; 512 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
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There is no doubt in my mind that when a new Kate Morton book comes out I will be reading it.  I will go all fan girl here and say that since reading The Forgotten Garden  I have devoured every book she has written.  The Secret Keeper is my favorite to date and I was a little nervous when I heard she had penned a new one - could she really top this one?  Having this kind of attention from readers I think adds pressure to the authors subsequence work.  I went into The Lake House not even reading the synopsis, other than knowing it was about the disappearance of a toddler.

Was I disappointed? Not in the least.  Did Kate Morton live up to her reputation?  Of course she did and then some.  It is going to be really difficult not to say too much for fear of spoiling anything for anyone.  This was such a ride I would love everyone to enjoy it like I did.

Now I could sit here and tell you that this book weaves back and forth in time, we meet Alice in 1933 and Sadie in 2013.  I could say that this story spans through both World Wars and that there are other POV's besides those two.  But I am not going to tell you that for fear that it will scare you off.  But I will say that this book flowed so smoothly that I didn't even notice any jagged jumping but rather enjoyed the chance to get into the minds of those involved in the life of Alice.  That aspect enhanced the story and showed the authors ability to create a plot that was entertaining and mesmerizing at the same time.  To feel the emotional pain and genuinely care about the characters had my reading pace slow down the closer I got to the end, I didn't want to turn that last page.

No stone is left unturned here.  As things were unveiled a phrase or though is brought to mind from the beginning of the book which would contradict the turn of events, but no worries as Morton takes care of that leaving no hanging pieces here.

This is a book about promises, commitment to each other no matter what and following your gut instinct.  As much as I loved The Secret Keeper, The Lake House continues to show what a talented author Kate Morton is. 


03_Kate MortonKate 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.

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