Synopsis: 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.
Title: The Lake House
Author: Kate Morton
Genre: Fiction / Adult / Suspense / Mystery
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: October 5, 2015
Format: Kindle edition
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
FTC Disclosure: I received an ARC copy of this book from Atria Books via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are mine.
Morton’s plotting is impeccable, and her finely wrought characters, brought together in the end by Sparrow’s investigation, are as surprised as readers will be by the astonishing conclusion. ~ Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Opening a Kate Morton book is the equivalent of saying goodbye to household chores and cooking. You will be immersed from the beginning to the end (in this case 512 pages worth of days) by Kate’s usual exceptional use of language, finely tuned plotting interweaving past with present, and her character development.
In the instant book, Sparrow became my partner in investigation. So much so I kept wanting to tell her where to turn and what to look for next, knowing full well I had no ability to alter the plot or outcome of the story. What I’m trying to say is I was fully engaged with Sparrow as she moved from Point A to Point B and so on.
As a masterful storyteller, Kate Morton mesmerizes her reader with scenes beyond description, even when describing layers of dust collected over multiple decades. My mind wants to get inside the author’s to see what dictionary or thesaurus she uses to come up with such unique turns of phrase.
If you have read any of Kate Morton’s books, you know what I’m referring to in the above review. To share more would give away too much.
If you are a Kate Morton fan, I need say no more. If, however, you have never read a Kate Morton novel, it is time you at least test the waters. Any one of them will do, but this happens to be the one I’m reviewing today. There are several to choose from should you want to take a look at others.
Meet the Author: KATE MORTON grew up in the mountains of south-east Queensland and lives now with her husband and three young sons in Brisbane. She has degrees in dramatic art and English literature, specialising in nineteenth-century tragedy and contemporary gothic novels. Kate harboured dreams of joining the Royal Shakespeare Company until she became sidetracked writing novels, and still feels a pang of longing each time she goes to the theatre and the house lights dim.
Kate used to hide to read when she was small, and still believes that reading should be so pleasurable it feels almost illicit. Her favourite novels are the sort that you can disappear inside, and the thing she most likes hearing from readers is that they stayed up far too late turning pages.
Kate Morton has sold over 10 million copies in 26 languages, across 38 countries. The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours and The Secret Keeper have all been number one bestsellers around the world, and Kate’s fifth novel, The Lake House, will be published in October 2015.
You can find more information about Kate Morton and her books at http://www.katemorton.com or http://www.facebook.com/KateMortonAuthor or follow at instagram.com/katemortonauthor/.