The Lake House: A Novel by Kate MortonThe Lake House: A Novel by Kate Morton

The Lake House: A Novel

byKate Morton

Hardcover | October 20, 2015

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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.
Kate Morton was born in South Australia in 1976. She earned a degree in speech and drama from Trinity College London, an English literature degree from the University of Queensland, and a master's degree focusing on tragedy in Victorian literature from the University of Queensland. She also completed a summer Shakespeare course at the ...
Title:The Lake House: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.9 inPublished:October 20, 2015Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1451649320

ISBN - 13:9781451649321

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Took me a year and a half to read I tried to read this during my lunch hours at work and found I couldn't if there was even the slightest bit of noise. I got lost several times in between all of the character and time changes. I usually read books in days; this book took me one and a half years to get into. I finally told myself that if I didn't read it in its entirety that I wasn't allowed to buy myself any more books. I literally had to force myself to read it. Not only was it disorganized through the jumping back and forth between characters and several different time periods, I had solved the mystery long before the ending and was just waiting to hear the details. And the ending was just way too happy... just not believable.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book I have read all Kate Morton's books, and The Lake House has to be her best novel by far! I loved the suspense of the whole story, from start to finish. I highly recommend this book to all readers. By far, one of the best books I have read in a while!!!
Date published: 2016-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional I loved this book and it is one I shall keep!Kate Morton is a brilliant writer and she leaves you rushing around doing all your "household" chores so you can get back to The Lake House!!! For historical and fiction fans this is a magically read!! Put it on your Christmas list as your gift to yourself!! You won't be disappointed!!!
Date published: 2015-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read right up till the end I loved the process of reading this book - unraveling the puzzle bit by bit and enjoying the beautiful writing along the way. Once I got into it, I definitely had trouble putting it down! Only two things I didn't like: one of the twists at the end was so coincidental it was groan-worthy; and there was one clue that I never did figure out. It caught my eye at the time and I thought, hmm, I wonder what that's all about - but its significance is never explained (or it was so subtle that I missed it). Overall, a great read, and a good use of my leisure time!
Date published: 2015-12-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Big Disappointment I wish I would have read more of the 2 star reviews before buying this book as I was totally disappointed. I have only read one of Kate Mortons books in the past and that was The Forgotton Garden and that book was definitely a 5 star read. This book however is so utterly convoluted and disorganized. It jumps between 2003 and 1903 and 1933 and not just between chapters, but between pages. All the while one of the characters is writing a story and that story is part of the other story. This book is so disorganized you never get a chance to fluently enjoy any part of the story or character. Sad I wasted full price money on this one.
Date published: 2015-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another brilliant read from Kate Morton Kate Morton has done it again - her latest release, The Lake House, is an absolutely fantastic read. I was hooked from the opening page... 1933. "Back when it first happened she'd considered confessing, and perhaps, in the beginning, she might have. She'd missed her chance though and now it was too late. Too much had happened: the search parties, the policemen, the articles in the newspapers pleading for information. 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." What happened? Who is speaking? Morton again employs a then and now narrative from 1933 to the current 2003. (I love this format - but it keeps me up very late reading 'just one more chapter'!) One of the main characters is writer Alice Edevane, who pens "crime novels reviewers liked to describe as 'psychologically taut' and 'morally ambiguous whydunits' as much as they were whos or hows." But, the greatest mystery in Alice's life is what happened to her wee brother Theo in 1933. Alice now makes her home in London, but still owns the Edevane family's Cornwall country house, unlived in for over seventy years. Detective Sadie Sparrow is on forced leave from the London force and retreats to her grandfather's home in Cornwall. While on a run, she stumbles across the abandoned estate deep in the woods. Delicious, delicious premise! Morton transports us back to 1933, a time of innocence, a time of stricter social mores, a time where duty and responsibility took precedence, a time where 'things' were kept quiet and secrets were born. Morton's description of the country estate, Loeanneth, the rooms, the halls, the grounds - and the lake house, were vivid and detailed, creating a rich backdrop for the events that take place. And in seventy years, we see the estate through the eyes of Sadie. The grounds seem to echo and exude the memories of the family and its past glory. "Something niggled about this place. An odd feeling had come over her since she'd climbed through the gate, an inexplicable sense of things being not quite right." The characters were just as richly drawn. I had a strong mental image of every character, no matter how minor their role. (I must admit to Alice being my favourite.) And then there's the plotting. Brilliant. The past is slowly revealed in the 1933 chapters, with bits and pieces being added as the book progresses. Morton has the reader thinking one way, then changes direction with each new revelation added. In the present, that same past is being just as slowly uncovered. The reader is lucky enough to be privy to both stories - we know more that Alice and Sadie. Or do we? I was quite sure I could predict where and what the endgame would be - and I'm happy to say I was wrong. Along with the intensely intricate plot Morton has woven, a secondary theme of mothers and motherhood is explored. As Sadie says..."there was nothing as thrilling as unravelling a puzzle, particularly one like this..." The Lake House is absolutely, positively recommended - it's one of my fave reads for 2015.
Date published: 2015-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything I want from historical fiction and contemporary suspense rolled into one! This book is everything I want from historical fiction and contemporary suspense rolled into one story that I couldn't put down. At over 500 pages this is a substantial book and as I was savouring each chapter I didn't want to rush it so it took me some time to get through. I was so involved in the story that I would put it down at night and dream about Loeanneth, the lake house of the title. The Lake House takes place in two time periods, the 1930's and 2003. I'm always a bit concerned when stories alternate between two different timelines and with multiple narrators as it is often disorienting and can be confusing. In this case we get a few chapters in one time and with one narrator before moving to the other and a new narrator. I found this really allowed for a connection with the narrator and gave a depth and richness to the story that let me care about the characters and the outcome of the mysteries. The two timelines are woven together very early on and it becomes clear how they are important to each other and interrelate, although the full extent of this isn't apparent until the end. There are many, many narrators but each of them have a distinct voice and provide a new piece to the puzzle. In the end all the mysteries are explained, all loose ends are tied up and happy endings abound. It is a definite feel good story. Sometimes I just want everything to work out and in this case I was deeply satisfied. I received this book free for review from the publisher but my opinions are my own.
Date published: 2015-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I've read in a while *I received this copy free from Goodreads giveaways.* I loved this book! The story is gripping and I enjoyed the mystery (mysteries, actually) of it. I especially loved Eleanor and Anthony's story. The characters were great and the setting of the story is beautiful. I could easily picture Loeanneth, the house and the grounds. There was only one thing that I didn't like, towards the end, the coincidences kind of became too much to be believable. Especially since Alice, the main character, is very suspicious of coincidences and doesn't like them. This did not, in any way, cause me to like this book less. It's an amazing novel that is so well written, you literally can't put it down.
Date published: 2015-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Morton weaves her magic yet again! Kate Morton is that rare breed of writers for me who totally and utterly has you captivated and hanging on her every word. She weaves the many threads of two stories into a complex and intriguing tapestry of secrets, red herrings and a world which is so vivid and evocative, it’s as if you could step through the cover and see it for yourself. Welcome to Loeanneth, the lake house, home of the Edevane family. A sumptuous home in the gorgeous setting of Cornwall. A beautiful garden and peaceful lake, gardeners toiling in the background and a family enjoying midsummer on the lawn.. The Lake House and its grounds are like a fairytale setting but with a dark mystery at its core. A baby boy disappears from the house and no trace of him is ever found... Many years later and Sadie Sparrow, on 'forced leave from her police work becomes intrigued with the story and of the house (where she knows terrible had happened) The two stories, past and present wove seamlessly together although for me the story of the past was the most absorbing. What did happen that fateful midsummer night? As ever with Kate, you think you know, until the very end when you realise she’s been teasing you with something all along and you’re as lost in that big ramshackle garden as the children in the story. The idea of going back to an old house and discovering its secrets of what happened that fateful day is captivating. Alice in the present day is a mystery to herself and I particularly loved finding all about her in flashbacks to when she was an excited teenager. Oh and Eleanor and Anthony – I gasped when I found out what was going on and the events leading up to that midsummer night. In the present day, Sadie tries to unravel it all but her own story threatens to cloud her judgement. The stories worked very well together and added a real sense of intrigue. I was pulled and pushed in one direction after another – from 1933, back to 1911 and then back to 2003 but never once did I feel lost. The characters stories build and flow seamlessly and I particularly loved the idea that Alice was now a mystery writer and had followed her dreams. Oh to read a Diggory Brent novel now! It’s tricky to review without giving anything away but I totally recommend this for fans of a complex, intricate mystery which will take you on a journey and immerse you in the walls of a utterly captivating Cornish lake house.
Date published: 2015-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kate Morton does it again! Kate Morton has once again given us a wonderful story that ties together two periods in time. The wonderful characters and the mystery woven through make for a riveting read.
Date published: 2015-07-23

Read from the Book

The Lake House 1 CORNWALL, AUGUST 1933 The rain was heavy now and the hem of her dress was splattered with mud. She’d have to hide it afterwards; no one could know that she’d been out. Clouds covered the moon, a stroke of luck she didn’t deserve, and she made her way through the thick, black night as quickly as she could. She’d come earlier to dig the hole, but only now, under veil of darkness, would she finish the job. Rain stippled the surface of the trout stream, drummed relentlessly on the earth beside it. Something bolted through the bracken nearby, but she didn’t flinch, didn’t stop. She’d been in and out of the woods all her life and knew the way by heart. Back when it first happened, she’d considered confessing, and perhaps, in the beginning, she might have. She’d missed her chance, though, and now it was too late. Too much had happened: the search parties, the policemen, the articles in the newspapers pleading for information. 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. She reached the place she’d chosen. 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. There. It was done. It crossed her mind that she should say something before she left this lonely place. Something about the death of innocence, the deep remorse that would follow her always; but she didn’t. 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. The lake’s water lapped at its banks and the last of the nightingales called farewell. The blackcaps and warblers were waking, and far in the distance a horse whinnied. She didn’t know it then, but she would never be rid of them, those sounds; they would follow her from this place, this time, invading her dreams and nightmares, reminding her always of what she had done.

Editorial Reviews

"In the latest from Morton, secrets from the past come to light in the present, a theme that is the author’s specialty…. Missing babies, maternal sacrifice, and secrets, secrets, secrets—Morton offers generous clues, only to peel back deeper layers just when the truth seems close…not short on heart-wrenching choices and rich characters." -- Booklist (The Lake House)