Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Lake House by Kate Morton

What They Say.....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.

What I Say.....Rosamunde Pilcher started my love affair with English war novels when I read the Shell Seekers, but Kate Morton quickly became one of my go to authors.  These two women make me wish I was born in a different time, and on a different continent.  Going to Cornwall is on my bucket list just to see the place of my favorite novels.

So when I got an ARC of The Lake House from NetGalley and Atria Books, I was over the moon!  It jumped right to the front of my reading queue.  

As usual, Kate Morton does not disappoint.  Sadie Sparrow is a young detective on a forced leave from the police department, for becoming too involved in a case of a young mother abandoning her daughter.  Sadie stays with her beloved grandfather, and starts exploring the area in an effort to keep her mind off of her troubles. 

She comes across an abandoned country house, and falls quickly into the local mystery surrounding a small boy who disappeared 60 plus years ago.

I always love how Morton's books go back and forth in time, giving equal weight to everyone's storyline.  This is one of the things this author does best, and make her books so unique.

As Sadie gets closer to solving the mystery of Theo's disappearance, those around her are forced to confront the secrets that they have kept from each other over theirs, all of them harboring guilty feelings for their parts in the loss of their baby brother.

My only real complaint about Kate Morton's books is that she doesn't write faster!  It's been three years since The Secret Keeper, it's super frustrating to have to wait!  This is definitely a first world problem!

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