Saturday, 26 March 2016

Review: The Lake House by Kate Morton

Title: The Lake House
Author: Kate Morton
Publisher: Mantle
Pages: 608
Genres: Mystery, Historical Fiction

The Lake House

A missing child...

June 1933, and the Edevane family's country house, Loeanneth, is polished and gleaming, ready for the much-anticipated Midsummer Eve party. Alice Edevane, sixteen years old and a budding writer, is especially excited. Not only has she worked out the perfect twist for her novel, she's also fallen helplessly in love with someone she shouldn't. But by the time midnight strikes and fireworks light up the night skies, the Edevane family will have suffered a loss so great that they leave Loeanneth forever.

An abandoned house...

Seventy years later, after a particularly troubling case, Sadie Sparrow is sent on an enforced break from her job with the Metropolitan Police. She retreats to her beloved grandfather's cottage in Cornwall but soon finds herself at a loose end. Until one day, Sadie stumbles upon an abandoned house surrounded by overgrown gardens and dense woods, and learns the story of a baby boy who disappeared without a trace.

An unsolved mystery...

Meanwhile, in the attic writing room of her elegant Hampstead home, the formidable Alice Edevane, now an old lady, leads a life as neatly plotted as the bestselling detective novels she writes. Until a young police detective starts asking questions about her family's past, seeking to resurrect the complex tangle of secrets Alice has spent her life trying to escape...
A beautifully written and mysterious story, I could not put this book down. The central theme running throughout this book is of the loss of children. Nearly every character in this book are connected by the experience of a loss of a child in some way.

The Edevane family's seventy year old mystery aches to be solved by the main character Sadie Sparrow. The abandoned estate Loeanneth, nestled by a lake within a forest in Cornwall is the perfect setting. The atmosphere was just fantastic. A family saga and a gothic mystery, there are many threads to this story and a lot of jumps through time from 1911 to 2003. There are a lot of characters that have a role and every character felt distinct, I just found it fascinating to read how everybody's stories converged at the end.

At no point in this book did I feel like the story dragged but I feel like the ending was just too neat and cute for my liking. I also found the story to be predictable at times and I guessed the ending pretty quickly. Despite this, I really enjoyed The Lake House and I would highly recommend it.

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