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The Lake House - Kate Morton

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From the internationally bestselling author of The Shifting Fog & The Secret Keeper

An abandoned house.....

After a particularly troubling case, Sadie Sparrow is sent on an enforced break from her job with the Metropolitan Police and retreats to her beloved grandfather's cottage in Cornwall. There she finds herself at a loose end, until one day she 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.

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. For Eleanor, the annual party has always been one of her treasured traditions, but her middle daughter, Alice, sixteen years old and with literary ambitions, is especially excited. Not only has Alice 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 sky, the Edevane family will have suffered a loss so great they leave Loeanneth and never return.

An unsolved mystery.....

Seventy years later, in the attic writing room of her elegant Hampstead home, the formidable Alice Edevane, 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 and seeking to resurrect the complex tangle of secrets Alice has spent her life trying to escape...

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4.2

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77%

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  • Engaging characters (11)
  • Page-turner (10)
  • Easy to read (9)
  • Well written (8)
  • Deserves multiple readings (5)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

a brilliant read

"We are all victims of our human experience, apt to view the present through the lens of our own past"

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"We are all victims of our human experience, apt to view the present through the lens of our own past"

The Lake House is the fifth novel by Australian author, Kate Morton. DC Sadie Sparrow has had to take leave from the job she loves. She got so deeply involved in a case, following instinct over evidence, that she secretly did something that would get her suspended if her boss knew. A month in Cornwall with her widower grandfather, Bertie, and she's itching to get back to London, where the real action is. But then one day, while running through the woods with the dogs, she stumbles upon an abandoned house by the lake. Bertie's neighbour mentions that this was the site of the tragic disappearance of 11 month old Theo Edevane, a mystery still unsolved after seventy years: Sadie is hooked.

When successful mystery writer A.C. Edevane receives a letter from the young police constable enquiring about her family's past, she fears that the secret she has kept for seventy years is about to be revealed. Alice is sure that when she was sixteen, consumed with fervour for both her writing and a certain unsuitable person, her foolish actions leading up to the Midsummer's Eve party were instrumental in the kidnapping of her baby brother.

Morton sets her novel over two time periods. The events that led up to, and followed on from, the tragedy in the early to mid-twentieth century are narrated by many of the key players: young Alice, her mother, her father, her grandmother, a gardener, a close family friend and even baby Theo; what occurs in 2003 is told by Sadie, Alice and her assistant, Peter. And while the time periods are clearly indicated at the start of the chapters, the style of prose, the descriptions and dialogue also reflect this.

Morton gives the reader an expertly crafted mystery. At first she has the reader wondering about Alice's role in Theo's disappearance, then, with each new revelation, has the reader discarding one theory concerning Theo's fate and postulating another. There are miscommunications, misunderstandings, secrets and misplaced guilt. And while the main mystery involves baby Theo, there are at least three other mysteries to distract the reader. There are twists and red herrings and surprises, and the ending holds a delicious irony. And all this is done with characters that are interesting and beautiful prose that evokes the wonderful setting.

"Those afternoons in the library, breathing the stale sun-warmed dust of a thousand stories (accented by the collective mildew of a hundred years of rising damp), had been enchanted. …. Peter was beset with an almost bodily sense of being back there. His limbs twitched with the memory of being nine years old and lanky as a foal. His mood lifted as he remembered how large, how filled with possibilities, and yet, at once, how safe and navigable the world had seemed when he was shut within those four walls". A brilliant read.
With thanks to TheReadingRoom and Allen&Unwin for this copy to read and review.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Silly and implausible

Kate Morton has a very good command of language, but this book tested my ability to imagine quite that far. I felt like I was taken for a simpleton by the writer - I...Read complete review

Kate Morton has a very good command of language, but this book tested my ability to imagine quite that far. I felt like I was taken for a simpleton by the writer - I could see her laying down crumbs for me to find when I would rather have to search for them. And the twist at the end: truly?

I just need to be a bit more challenged when reading fiction.

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4.0

A Good Read

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Pros

  • Engaging characters
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

Cons

  • Difficult To Follow

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I found it a bit tricky to follow going back & forward in time, but was very enjoyable kept me guessing till the end. Was my first Kate Morton bought another & loved that as well. great Author Will read more of her books

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5.0

An excellent read

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

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  • Not What I Expected

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Kate Morton has excelled with the writing of this book. It is one of her best stories yet.

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5.0

Great mystery

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from Daisy Hill, QLD

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      Comments about The Lake House:

      I love Kate Morton books. They keep me spell bound in the story and waiting to know what happens next. Captivating story set over several decades with several plot twists and turns. I love that the characters are relatable and flawed. Like her other books this one didn't disappoint.

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      5.0

      growth as a writer

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        I love Kate Morton as much as the next person, this book it probably her best by far. If you go back and read her first novel you are able to see the progression of her writing

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        5.0

        Must read

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            Another fantastic read from a great Australian writer. A puzzle to solve with wonderful characters.

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            3.0

            Pedestrian prose but excellent plot.

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            from Kyogle, NSW

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            • Easy Reading
            • Easy To Read
            • Engaging characters
            • Page-Turner

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            • Disappointing

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            Attractive Cover

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            5.0

            I would buy this book again

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            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Easy To Read
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            • Loved It
            • Page-Turner
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            Great book

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            4.0

            Not what I expected at all

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            • Engaging characters
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              Comments about The Lake House:

              I thought this was a book on which the film was based but it's not. It is so much more and I'm certainly not disappointed. Am not even half way through so hope it's all as good as it is so far.

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              Silly and implausible

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              Comments about The Lake House:

              Kate Morton has a very good command of language, but this book tested my ability to imagine quite that far. I felt like I was taken for a simpleton by the writer - I could see her laying down crumbs for me to find when I would rather have to search for them. And the twist at the end: truly?

              I just need to be a bit more challenged when reading fiction.

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              5.0

              Kate Morton never fails to please

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              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Easy To Read
              • Engaging characters
              • Page-Turner
              • Sorry When The Book Ended
              • Well Written

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                Comments about The Lake House:

                I have read all of Kate Morton's books and she never fails to please. Likeable characters, a good plot, a few twists in the story and a see-sawing between past and present are the usual style of her writing. My suggestion is to grab a coffee, find a quiet place in your house (or go to the park) and lose yourself in her book.

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                Kate Morton

                Kate Morton was born in South Australia and, as a child, moved with her family many times before they settled, finally, on Tamborine Mountain in south-east Queensland. There she attended a tiny country school and spent much of her childhood inventing and playing games of make-believe with her two sisters.

                Kate fell avidly in love with books very early. Her favourites were those by Enid Blyton. It was a love deeply felt, for it is still mysteries and secrets that dance around the edges of Kate’s mind, keeping her awake deep into the night, turning or typing pages.

                When she finished school, Kate studied and earned a Licentiate in Speech and Drama from Trinity College London. After an ill-fated attempt to do something sensible and obtain an Arts/Law degree, she went on to complete a summer Shakespeare course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and for some time believed her future lay in theatre.

                Until one day she realised that it wasn’t performing she was in love with. It was words and stories.

                Kate began writing in earnest and completed two full-length manuscripts (which lie deep and determinedly within a bottom drawer) before settling finally into the story that would become The House at Riverton (The Shifting Fog). Meanwhile, Kate graduated from the University of Queensland with First Class Honours in English Literature and took up a scholarship to complete a Masters degree focusing on tragedy in Victorian literature.

                The House at Riverton was a Sunday Times #1 bestseller in the UK in 2007 and a New York Times bestseller in 2008. The Shifting Fog won General Fiction Book of the Year at the 2007 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA), and The House at Riverton was nominated for Most Popular Book at the British Book Awards in 2008.

                Her second book, The Forgotten Garden, was a #1 bestseller in Australia and Spain, and a Sunday Times #1 bestseller in the UK in 2008. It won General Fiction Book of the Year at the 2009 Australian Book Industry Awards and was an Amazon Best of the Month pick and a New York Times bestseller in 2009.

                The Distant Hours was an international bestseller in 2010 and won General Fiction Book of the Year at the 2011 ABIAs.

                The Secret Keeper was a New York Times bestseller and has won a number of other awards and accolades including the 2013? ABIA for General Fiction Book of the Year and The Courier-Mail’s People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year.

                The Lake House, published in 2015, was a New York Times bestseller and a #1 bestseller in Canada and Australia. It will be published around the world in 2016.

                Kate’s books are published in 39 countries and in 32 languages. She currently lives in London with her family and continues to write the sorts of books she can disappear inside.

                Visit Kate Morton's Booktopia Author Page


                ISBN: 9781742376516
                ISBN-10: 1742376517
                Audience: General
                Format: Paperback
                Language: English
                Number Of Pages: 608
                Published: 1st November 2015
                Publisher: Allen & Unwin
                Country of Publication: AU
                Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3
                Edition Number: 1