Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Lake House by Kate Morton (Book Blog Tour,and Review)

02_The Lake HouseThe Lake House by Kate Morton Publication Date: October 20, 2015 Atria Books
Hardcover & eBook; 512 Pages
 Genre: Historical Fiction

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From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Secret Keeper and The Distant Hours, an intricately plotted, spellbinding new novel of heart-stopping 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.

Alice is 16 when her baby brother Theo- the apple of everyone’s eye – disappears during a huge family party at their lake house in Cornwall. Alice lives with a lifetime of guilt for what she sees as her role in what happened to Baby Theo – as do each of her family members. When we flash forward Alice is in her 80’s and is a famous writer of police novels living in London. Her family entirely gave up their lake house after Theo’s disappearance. We next meet a real London police woman, Sadie Sparrow, who’s hiding out in Cornwall due to crisis with both her work and her personal life. Sadie picks up on the mystery of Theo Edevane from where Alice's story leaves off.

Sadie starts on her research and doesn't give up even when the road to solving this becomes buried and hard. Sadie is an interesting character as she has drive, ambition and a sense of right and wrong. I loved researching this mystery right along side of her.

The story moves back and forth through their early years and the life-altering War; then to Sadie’s current investigations and Alice’s own ruminations on her family. We shift perspective often between Alice to Sadie, but also to several other characters from time to time. I didn't at all find this confusing, Kate is able to tell this story from several points of view without and confusion. That is the the riveting part of her writing in each and every book by her.
"The Lake House" was just another historical fiction novel from an author that always exceeds my expectations with each story she tells. The expertly researched settings, the character development, weaving from one time period to another, all done well. Definitely a five star read from this reviewer.

03_Kate MortonKate Morton grew up in the mountains of south-east Queensland and lives now with her husband and young sons in Brisbane. She has degrees in dramatic art and English literature, specializing in nineteenth-century tragedy and contemporary Gothic novels. Kate Morton has sold over 7.5 million copies in 26 languages, across 38 countries. Her novels include The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours, and The Secret Keeper. You can find more information about Kate Morton and her books at www.katemorton.com or www.facebook.com/KateMortonAuthor

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