The Lake House

The Lake House

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2015
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451649321
Branch Call Number: FIC MOR
Characteristics: 495 pages ; 24 cm

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AL_JILLK Dec 03, 2017

Wonderful storytelling and atmospheric novel that takes place alternately in the 1930's and 2003 on a magical estate in the Cornish countryside and in London. Eleanor Edevane and police officer Sadie Sparrow's lives intermingle through a 70-year old mystery.

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yorkiebj
Sep 07, 2017

A very intriguing novel! I enjoyed the parallel plot lines between the pre-World War I plot and the later mystery of the post World War II plot. Initially, in my reading, I found it confusing with the introduction of the characters of the two time lines. The flipping back and forth between the characters of the two time lines was a little rocky for me, until I settled into the book. Having said that, as I became more comfortable, I found myself trying to guess the answers to many questions in this mystery. There were some surprises, I did not predict!

JCLColleenO Jul 06, 2017

The novel opens in 1933 with the entire Edevane clan preparing for the annual Midsummer party at their idyllic home, Loeanneth. Sixteen-year-old Alice Edevane is caught up in the magic of her first finished novel and her first crush. Before the night is over, several momentous events occur, including the tragic disappearance of her baby brother, Theo. Decades later, Alice, now a famous crime novelist, is still haunted by the real-life mystery of Theo’s vanishing. What really happened the night of her family’s summer party? Does Alice know more about that night than she pretends? Sadie Sparrow, a London detective on leave because of a botched case, discovers the Edevanes’ abandoned house while staying with her grandfather in Cornwall. She becomes engrossed in the 70-year old case and uses her formidable detective skills to investigate. Will she be the one to finally discover the long unknown fate of Theo Edevane? I love Kate Morton’s writing, and highly recommend two of her other books, The Secret Keeper and The Forgotten Garden.

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EmilyEm
Jul 03, 2017

Policewoman Sadie Sparrow has taken time off following an investigation whose results she doesn’t believe. Visiting her Cornwall grandfather she becomes intrigued by a cold case involving a boy who went missing on Midsummer’s Night in 1933. So goes Kate Morton’s latest adventure, which looks at the boy’s lake house family and their secrets.

Mothers and children are themes that resonate for a number of characters, building to an intriguing climax. I loved Sadie and her grandfather and the Edevanes, especially daughter Alice who grows up to be a mystery writer. Wonderful summer whodunit!

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darladoodles
Jun 17, 2017

This was a beautiful tale which wove the past and present together while giving our main characters answers from the past as well as closure and motivation for moving on. I agree with other reviewers that the loose ends are a bit too neatly tied up in the end, but I do like a tidy ending. 

I also found it difficult to identify a favorite character. They all seemed a bit shady at times perhaps with the exception of Bertie and Peter. Did find this a compelling read for all that and would recommend it to historical fiction fans as well as mystery buffs.

AL_LESLEY Nov 09, 2016

The suspense of this one surpassed even The Secret Keeper! Kate Morton weaves an intriguing tale through the points of view of almost every character! The only thing that ever prevents a Kate Morton book from getting 5 stars from me are the endings. Not that they aren't good but she's so excellent at build up but then right at the end everything becomes too clear too quickly... maybe I'm just sad it's over.

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Zoelexi777
Oct 18, 2016

I absolutely loved this book. This is the first book I've read by Kate Morton and I will be looking for more. The story moves between 1933 and 2003 and digs into family secrets and lies. Great read!

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readerpat
Oct 15, 2016

This is the best book I have read in a long time. Full of family secrets, missing children, PTSD, romance and murder.
It switches back and forth from 1933 to 2004
A surprising ending. I will surely read some more of Kate Mortons books.

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Arthur04
Jul 27, 2016

This book was good and kept held my interest throughout. I did find however that the characters still had much of their memory and young personalities at a very old age, which in real life is not the case. The end in which we find out the outcome of the missing baby fell too "perfectly" in place for it to seem believable.

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jannylegs
Jul 14, 2016

Part mystery, part family saga, overall satisfying as both.

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