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The Lake House is a novel by James Patterson, a sequel to When the Wind Blows. When the Wind Blows and The Lake House are adult books and the. In her book The Lake House, author Kate Morton takes three stories about children—a missing child, an abandoned child, and a child given up. The Lake House by Kate Morton - From the New York Times bestselling author of Keeper comes a “moody, suspenseful page-turner” (People, Best Book Pick).
She lives with her family in London and Australia. The Lake House is the perfect read for cold, dark nights" Ft. There are secrets within secrets in this story, and every time readers think they've figured it out, something new will be revealed.
Morton's plotting is impeccable, and her finely wrought characters Missing babies, maternal sacrifice, and secrets, secrets, secrets—Morton offers generous clues, only to peel back deeper layers just when the truth seems close….. Tell us what you like, so we can send you books you'll love. Sign up and get a free eBook! Trade Paperback. Hardcover eBook. Price may vary by retailer. Add to Cart Add to Cart. About The Book. Rain stippled the surface of the trout stream, drummed relentlessly on the earth beside it.
Too much had happened: There was no one she could tell, no way to fix it, no way they would ever forgive her. The only thing left was to bury the evidence. The bag, with its box inside, was surprisingly heavy and it was a relief to put it down. On hands and knees, she pulled away the camouflage of ferns and branches. The smell of sodden soil was overwhelming, of wood mouse and mushrooms, of other moldering things.
Her father had told her once that generations had walked these woods and been buried deep beneath the heavy earth.
It made him glad, she knew, to think of it that way. He found comfort in the continuity of nature, believing that the stability of the long past had the power to alleviate present troubles. And maybe in some cases it had, but not this time, not these troubles.
She lowered the bag into the hole and for a split second the moon seemed to peer from behind a cloud. Tears threatened as she scooped the dirt back, but she fought them. To cry, here and now, was an indulgence she refused to grant herself. She patted the ground flat, slapped her hands against it, and stomped down hard with her boots until she was out of breath. It was done.
It crossed her mind that she should say something before she left this lonely place. The inclination made her feel ashamed. She made her way back quickly through the woods, careful to avoid the boathouse and its memories.
Dawn was breaking as she reached the house; the rain was light. I found this book easy to, as I always do. It had everything I love about Kate Morton's books, including a perfect mixture between historical fiction and an intriguing crime story.
She writes about topics that simply interest me. I have a thing for old family secrets being revealed and someone delving deep into the past, and she pairs those with sympathetic characters, so of course I end Oh gosh, how I just adore this woman's writing!
I have a thing for old family secrets being revealed and someone delving deep into the past, and she pairs those with sympathetic characters, so of course I ended up majorly enjoying reading this story.
I love how much attention she pays to including even very small details. I appreciate this so much, because it makes everything seem more realistic to me. However , this is definitely not something for everyone! My mum is currently reading the book as well and she is rather annoyed and bored by how Morton takes great time to explain and describe so many little things - to her, it seems like the story isn't moving forward.
So everyone's individual reading likes and dislikes definitely play a big role in if they end up being as enthralled by the author's writing as I am. The ending was a bit too cheesy and obvious for my tastes. However, I'm able to very easily ignore this in favour of my great love for the rest of the book. View all 7 comments. After reading a few Kate Morton novels last year, I found myself enamored with her storytelling and character creation abilities.
I added all of her books to my TBR and included The Lake House on my monthly Book Bucket List on my blog, where followers vote to select one read per month for me -- this won as my June novel and I finished it over 6 days last week.
With a new puppy in the house, reading and book reviewing time is not as easy as usual but I'm determined to meet my June TBR goals. Whil After reading a few Kate Morton novels last year, I found myself enamored with her storytelling and character creation abilities.
While I absolutely adored this book, there were a few times I felt disconnected and disappointed, or that the coincidences were a little too much, but not for too long or in any way to truly bother me. The story focuses on several characters in England mostly during the s to the s, and then current time which is set in the s. In the s, the Edevane family is recuperating from World War 1 where while no one died, the savagery of war has had its toll on relationships.
Alice is the focus, the middle sister who never quite fit in the family and became a mystery writer. When her younger brother disappears, and her two other sisters begin to act oddly, something seems off.
Throw in a battleaxe for a grandmother, a fun but peculiar uncle-type, and some very attentive or non-attentive nannies, there's got to be something bad that happened to the little boy When Alice's book covers some of those true-life situations, people wonder what happened years ago This is a story about missing children, lost children, and kidnapped children What I love about Morton's writing is the imagery and depth you see, hear, and experience.
Everything feels like it's unfolding right before your eyes on a stage. Among the always present gardens, large estates, dysfunctional families, and interconnected historic and modern times, you're carried away into a dreamlike state where you can happily immerse yourself in beauty and lyrical action. Morton also excels at weaving together multiple stories that have both small and large connections you begin to assemble along the path.
At times, it's a bit too connected or coincidental, but truthfully, isn't that part of why we read books? We want to experience something new and different, a shock or a twist So while it can be a bit overdone or over-the-top even in my own writing, I would agree it happens , it also is what truly makes the book spectacular in other ways. It's a story with a start and a finish, so it's going to have very specific reasons for things happening.
In this one, it all felt natural as it could have happened just pushed together too closely in a few occasions. I also struggled a bit in the early pages as there were a few too many characters to keep track of, and with so many women across 4 generations, it was often a confusing in the beginning of a chapter to know which one we were talking about.
It was done purposefully to add intrigue and suspense, which I understand, but sometimes it was a little too much. Other than those concerns, I was very happy with the story. It isn't my favorite Morton, but I find myself still thinking about it days later Morton captures the young heroine trying to solve the past like no other author I know.
She can also brilliantly build the amazing balance in an octogenarian who is torn, but also a bit of a curmudgeon about the past. You feel the indeterminable strength in the woman who can't let go but is desperate for a closure that seems destined to cause more pain. Stunning poetry at times. View all 8 comments. Oct 07, Christina rated it it was amazing. One simply requires an aquaintance with man's dark depths, and the inclination to explore them to their very end.
Besides, haven't we all experienced the desire to kill, if only for a moment? This was my first novel by Kate Morton and it definitely won't be my last. On a summer evening in , eleven month old Theo Edevane vanishes from his crib and is nowhere to be found.
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After months of searc 4. After months of searching with no results, the devastated Edevane family leaves their lakeside estate in Cornwall for London. They will never go back. Seventy years later, Detective Constable Sadie Sparrow is visiting her granddad in Cornwall on a leave from her job.
On a run through the woods, she stumbles upon the once proud Edevane mansion Her natural curiosity is piqued when she learns the story of the baby boy who disappeared from the house without a trace and she decides to seek answers. I wouldn't call this story fast paced by any definition, but in this case it really worked.
The story goes through many different people's perspectives, through many different periods of time. But I never felt lost or confused by this and I really enjoyed all the extra detail it added. Even with all the clues revealed throughout, it really kept me guessing up until the last 60 or so pages and even then I couldn't fully predict the outcome.
I loved how everything connected together in the end. Also worth mentioning, I had a friend on here mention how she was impressed with how authentic Morton made her characters sound they being set in London and the author being Australian and I couldn't agree more. I literally cried a few happy tears during that last chapter: I hope to read more by this author very soon!
View all 22 comments. They are very long, complicated, multi-generational mysteries made up of criminal incidents and unexplained events long past that someone today has become curious about. Each generation and character is fleshed out and recognisable. And there are boatloads of red herrings. Today is , and D.
A mother had apparently disappeared, abandoning her little girl for a week in their flat. Sadie, now unprofessionally close to the grandmother, suspects foul play and has been doggedly pursuing justice at the possible expense of her career. She goes to stay with her widowed grandfather in Cornwall, and while there, she comes upon a lake house, Loeanneth, abandoned for 70 years following a family tragedy where a much-loved baby brother disappeared in the s.
Another child. Another disappearance. Stuck in Cornwall, she starts researching. Meanwhile, Morton introduces the people of Loeanneth. It reminded her of when her father died. Eleanor and her husband had bought back her childhood home, Loeanneth, and her mother, Constance, was reduced to moving back in with them. Constance despised the sound. Today, Alice is in her 80s and is a highly successful mystery writer, full of theories as to what might have happened to her baby brother.
I consider Eleanor the main protagonist, the one who held the family and the story together. She was an active, adventuresome, curious little girl who fell madly in love and married, raised children put up with her cranky mother , and then had to take over and manage her war-damaged husband when he returned from the horrors of WW1.
The streets glistened with dark puddles and a tide of black umbrellas flowed above the human traffic beneath. People moved faster in the rain, their expressions set, their eyes focused, each intent on his or her goal.
There was so much scurrying purpose out there that Eleanor was overcome with weariness. Here, in the warmth of the tearoom, she sat inert like a single piece of flotsam in a sea of determination that threatened to sink her. She had never been good at filling time. She ought to have brought a book with her from Cornwall. She ought to have brought her husband.
This is not a spoiler, just an excellent example of how Morton winds up even then the smallest storylines. Not entirely. Eleanor searched all over before she finally found Seawall. It was expensive, but worth every penny.
And it was. Just and right.
The unrelenting sound of the ocean for the rest of her days had been precisely what Constance deserved. View all 26 comments. Dec 17, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. So, I had no idea what to expect when I started reading this one, but I had a feeling I was going to like it. Alice, a successful mystery writer and Sadie Sparrow, a detective visiting her grandfather while on le The Lake House by Kate Morton is a Atria publication.
Alice, a successful mystery writer and Sadie Sparrow, a detective visiting her grandfather while on leave, have their lives intersect in the most unlikely of ways, but it almost feels like fate is working overtime because the odd circumstances that place them together will unravel years of secrets, lies, guilt, and will ultimately lead to the truth about a seventy year old cold case.
But, his body was never found, and no one was ever charged with a crime. The lake house was abandoned just as it was, nothing moved or packed away, and has stood empty for decades, when Sadie happens upon it. Sadie is in some hot water at work and her partner is trying to keep her from being fired.
So, he suggested she lay low for a while. But, what caused her to make such a huge career blunder, is a distraction from her past. What she uncovers is absolutely astounding…. I love it when a mystery novel is written in a literary prose, and this story certainly has that advantage, but in the beginning the story was sort of disjointed and moved very slowly. The truth is, nothing all that exciting comes to pass until the half way mark, when all that came before begins to take shape.
This is such a compelling story, which goes far beyond the initial mystery that brings Alice and Sadie together. Although there are heartbreaking elements to the tale, the ending is simply perfect. I highly recommend this story to those who love historical mysteries, contemporary fiction, and great story telling.
View all 14 comments. Apr 19, Holly rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kate Morton is one of those authors that are so high up on my list of favorites that I literally hate that I have to wait so long for a new book of hers to come out.
She can't win: Of course, I loved this novel. Its Kate Morton after all, and she only does supreme excellence in the writing department.
She knows how to set the mood, knows her characters, a Kate Morton is one of those authors that are so high up on my list of favorites that I literally hate that I have to wait so long for a new book of hers to come out. She knows how to set the mood, knows her characters, and her grand homes. I know that when I sit down to read her book, I will become lost within its pages. There's nothing to do about it either.
I get completely lost. Isn't that why we read? To get so lost that you forget that there's a world beyond the one in which you hold in your hands? I'm not going to give you a synopsis of The Lake House, you can read that yourself. Just know that there are a lot of secrets within, but that's also something Kate is good at: I wouldn't say this is my favorite of hers. Morton is also that rare author that I have to have copies of her books on my shelf.
View all 13 comments. Sep 13, Tegan marked it as to-read Shelves: There's a cover and a synopsis!! Oh happy day!! Let's go October 22nd!!!
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Melissa Martin's Reading List I just I was so into what I was reading and the way the book went back and forth I forgot to write down page numbers for excerpts accept for one. I can't believe what I just read! Tears threatened as she scooped the dirt back, but she fought them. To cry, here and now, was an indulgence, she refused to grant herself. She patted the ground flat, slapped her hands against it, and stomped down hard with her boots until she was out of breath.
This book went back and forth from the past to the future. There are so many people interconnected! Seventy-years later from the tragedy of the Edevane family losing their little boy, DC Sadie Sparrow comes to Cornwall to visit her grandfather.
She need, or rather was told, to take some time off from a big case she was working on. She decided to see her grandfather who raised her, him and her grandmother, who has passed. One day when Sadie is out running with the dogs she stumbles across.. It still had stuff inside, like everyone just dropped everything and left. Sadie keeps digging to find the story of the house and finds out from her grandpa and the town archives, etc. Sadie finds out one of the daughters was still alive and a very popular author, her name is Alice.
She tries to contact Alice but Alice wants nothing to do with her. She doesn't want to remember the past. She talks a little bit about it with her older sister Deb but everyone has the whole story different.
Everyone in the book are thinking different things and so was I for that matter! They had another sister that had some kind of a mental disability and she was so sweet. Luckily they kept all bad things from her accept for one thing she saw when she was younger.
Alice tells her story from when she's young and things that happened at that time, she also tells her story in the present tense.
Holy crow! This book is all over the place and your on the edge of your seat when the author almost gives something away! It's like.. It was brilliant!! Usually I don't like that and I got ill a couple of times, but then I was like.. Alice finally decides to talk to DC Sadie because she's getting closer to something, but it is soooo not what Sadie is thinking.
Oh and Sadie also brings in the old cop that was on the case all of those years ago, he was just thrilled to help out too. I was so shocked at the ending, I kept thinking it was this or that and noooooo..
I have no words.. The author really got me on this one and I loved it! I recommend this book to everyone that is thinking about read it, just go right ahead and you read it! I'm telling you, and don't stop, keep going even if someone gets on your nerves!
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View all 23 comments. The novel starts in Cornwall in with 16 year old Alice Edevane in the family country house of Loeanneth and the Midsummer Eve party that affected several lives. Then the story moves to and introduces the reader to Sadie Sparrow, who is on enforced leave from the Metropolitan police after her refusal to let go of a case involving a grandmother, mother and abandoned child.
Sadie feels the mother has not abandoned her baby at all and there is more to the story. Is she right? This is just The novel starts in Cornwall in with 16 year old Alice Edevane in the family country house of Loeanneth and the Midsummer Eve party that affected several lives.
This is just one of the stories and secrets to be unveiled in this novel. I also loved the relationship with her grandfather Bertie who she stays with in Cornwall. In London we then meet the now elderly Alice Edavane, a mystery writer, and her assistant Peter.
Once again secrets abound about what happened to her brother when he was a baby, but Alice knows more than she ever let on. Later in the book there are other time shifts back to London , filling in back story, so it seems the author has a lot of threads to pull together. Initially it took me a little while to settle down to being pulled from one time and place to the other but once I got to know the characters better I was absorbed and went with the flow because you know sooner or later you are going to see how they all connect.
But this is right up there with that one. Every chance I got I was back with Sadie and Alice and co. I recommend this for anyone who loves stories about secrets and families. And of course there is romance thrown in. Well worth reading. Thanks to Goodreads first reads giveaway for my copy to read and review. View all 17 comments. An abandoned house in enchanting Cornwall coupled with a seventy year old cold case of a missing child.
Interest piqued? Mine certainly was. Add to that the author is Kate Morton and I knew I was in for a treat. The mother, Eleanor had been brought up in the house and after marrying her husband, Anthony, he downloadd it for her, an astounding gift for the lo An abandoned house in enchanting Cornwall coupled with a seventy year old cold case of a missing child. The mother, Eleanor had been brought up in the house and after marrying her husband, Anthony, he downloadd it for her, an astounding gift for the love of his life.
In June of a favored baby child, the only son of the Edevane family went missing after an annual house party.
The family adored baby Theo. Every single one of them. Their lives were forever changed as the case was never resolved. It turns out each of the family members carried guilt with them for the rest of their lives. The Edevane Family: Eleanor Edevane their lovely mother.
The war put paid to his aspirations and he came home a changed man with physical problems that prevented him from pursuing his dream of practicing medicine. Deborah, the eldest daughter, beautiful like her mother, charming and clever as well. Married well and had one daughter. She grew up to be a prolific and esteemed mystery novelist.
She never married, nor did she have any children. Clementine, the youngest daughter, a tomboy who grew up to be a pilot in WWII. Outside the family, there were others who lived at the lake house.
Ben Munro was an itinerant gardener employed by the Edevane family. He was a strong and handsome twenty-six year old who attracted the eye of the teenage Alice. Skip ahead seventy years to We meet Sadie, a worldly-wise London policewomen, a loner who is in trouble at work because she has committed the most grievous error of letting information slip to the media about a case. Through the garden she discovers an abandoned house.
With furniture and belongings still intact, it looks as though the occupants had just left one day and never returned. Although she is supposed to be taking a break, she initiates an investigation into what happened at Loeanneth, the lake house. Her investigations lead her to become acquainted with the renowned mystery novelist, A.
Edevane Alice , and her assistant Peter. Escapism with endearing and engaging characters, myriad twists and red herrings, an idyllic setting, romance and mystery, and a satisfying resolution.
This novel will hold great appeal for bibliophiles. Highly recommended! One of my favorites of ! Nov 07, Tabetha rated it it was amazing Shelves: Also, a crime. The key to the perfect novel, Alice had decided, was to revolve the story around a crime's solution, all the while tricking the reader by making it seem she was doing one thing when in fact she was merrily doing another I'm going to write a book about a kidnapping The novel jumps back and forth through time, and provides the points of view and back story of many different members of the Edevane family.
Alice, Theo's sister, was 16 when he vanished and continues to blame herself, still searches for answers. She is now a successful mystery writer, and when a young female detective finds the abandoned ruins of the estate, and begins to dredge up old skeletons, so to speak, Alice is forced to think of the past, and to remember Every night was a gift, when I was finally able to open this book, and was able to step back in time to the 's, or to the more recent past of ; this intricately layered mystery kept me analyzing and guessing the many clues provided until the very end, when all is ultimately revealed.
The story has so many great elements, including love, romance, loyalty, post traumatic stress shell-shock , loyalty, the power of denial, the mistakes of our youth, and more. Although not always fast paced, this was more of a slow burn, uncovering and peeling back clues and layers.
I felt the numerous details helped create a deep connection with the characters, creating more empathy for their actions. A last parting quote from Alice: That moment when the sun shifts by a degree and a spider's web, previously concealed, begins to shine like fine-spun silver View all 25 comments. Oct 02, Book of Secrets rated it really liked it.
While on leave from her job, a police detective stumbles upon an abandoned estate in Cornwall, and discovers the year old cold case of Theo Edevane's disappearance from the house.
The story shifts between the present and past, back to and Theo's sister Alice's account of what happened leading up to his disappearance. I enjoyed the book - very descriptive, with well-drawn characters, and a Gothic undertone. The story had some nice twists, though the ending did seem a bit too coincidental. Still, a good book. I had fun trying to figure out the Edevane family secrets. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
There are some wonderful books where houses become central characters. Loeanneth, The Lake House, is so important to this story. It was once a small house on a larger estate but it's certainly not small by current definition. It's a magic place with a private lake and great grounds for picnics and exploring.
In a couple lived There are some wonderful books where houses become central characters. In a couple lived there with their three daughters Deborah, Alice and Clemmie and their 11 month old son, Theo. They live an idyllic life that shoes are only put on to go to town. These are children adored by their parents, Eleanor and Anthony. Their grandmother, Constance, and family friend, Mr. Llewellyn, also lived with them along with all the sundry employees needed to keep the estate running smoothly.
Life is great until a large midsummer party takes place. Theo disappears and no one ever discovered him. The family closes the door on The Lake House and leaves everything just as it is. They move to London and the girls grow up. Alice becomes a famous author, think Agatha Christie, and Deborah becomes the wife of a famous politician.
Eleanor makes a visit once a year to the house but after she dies and leaves the house to Alice, no one comes near it. Seventy years later, Sadie Sparrow is put on disciplinary leave from the London police department.
She visits her grandfather in his new house in Cornwall and stumbles across Loeanneth and learns the story of the missing boy and the cold, cold case. Needing something to occupy herself, she starts to investigate. The book has so many layers and so many secrets that it's like an onion. The layers keep being peeled away and everything you thought you knew is gone in a poof of smoke. Things keep being revealed and you can barely put the book down because you just have to know what's going to happen next.
It keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. This is one of my favorite books of and I just couldn't recommend it more highly. Clean off your calendar, curl up and enjoy the read. I received this from Net Galley.
Nov 05, Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews rated it it was amazing Shelves: Alice the author and sister of Theo and Sadie the detective.
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Would these two women be able to find information about the disappearance 70 years ago of month old Theo if they worked together on this cold case even though the police had not been able to find one clue or to find Theo?
Alice had lived the nightmare of her brother's disappearance, and Sadie wanted to investigate the years-old case after she found the sprawling, abandoned estate of the Edevane family.
I LOVED exploring the estate and finding the clues of the case with Sadie and finding things that were left by the family. I would have loved to live on the estate as well as to be a part of the investigating. Morton's wonderful, creative writing skills, marvelous story lines, and descriptions that get better each time you turn the page and that put you right at the scene or definitely wanting to be there with the characters.
Morton knows how to keep her readers interested and not want the book to end. Morton's trademark along with marvelous, surprise endings. You will love it!! View all 6 comments. Not my favorite Morton Stay tuned. I will start by saying I love Kate Morton's writing.Unable to let the intriguing story rest, Sadie begins to research the event and comes into contact with Alice Edevane, successful mystery author, the middle child of the Edevane tragedy, and current owner of the property.
Upset, she goes to Oz for comfort. I recommend this book to everyone that is thinking about read it, just go right ahead and you read it! There was also a few incidents in the story where you would have to seriously suspend belief. Usually I don't like that and I got ill a couple of times, but then I was like..
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