The Lake House

The Lake House

by Kate Morton

Overview: Living on her familyís idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories.

One midsummerís 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. He is never found, and the family is torn apart, the house abandoned.

Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as a novelist. Miles away, Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force, is staying at her grandfatherís house in Cornwall. While out walking one day, she stumbles upon the old Edevane estateónow crumbling and covered with vines. 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 from a masterful storyteller, The Lake House is an enthralling, thoroughly satisfying read.

Debbie Weiss (05/02/18): Baby Theo disappears one evening while his family is entertaining hundreds of guests at their estate. It is an apparent kidnapping, but there is no ransom note and he is never found. Decades later, Sadie Sparrow, a police officer on leave of absence from work, decides to informally reopen this cold case. There are so many possible suspects and scenarios to explain the missing child. There are many subplots with relationships between family and friends front and center. Sadie, herself, has a story to tell.

At first I was really confused with the switching back and forth between time periods. I was also confused with all the major characters like Theo's sisters Clementine, Alice and Debra. Then there was Eleanore, the mother and Anthony the father and Constance the grandmother. The different subplots helped to move the story along with all their twists and turns.  In the end, everything came together nicely.  I also listened to this book on audible like Faith did and I totally enjoyed it. A fun read (or listen)!
Rating: ****+

Faith Bowers (03/27/18): Kate Morton writes about the early twentieth century England and then combines their mystery with a present day group of characters. I am never sure if I had already read a particular Kate Morton book when I start as they are all similar. I enjoyed this one because it has the mystery of a missing child and It moves along as there are quite a few sub plots to keep us intrigued. The different stories combined are historical elements of WW1 sufferers, parallels with other missing children, another crime scene of a missing person, beautiful scenery of Cornwall at the Lake House and itís history. There is a lot going on as all the characters are well developed and the book is long. I listened to this novel and it s a wonderful audio especially if you have a long commute.
Rating: *****

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