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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...


A great read (almost) to the end


Ms Norton wrote a cleverly crafted book that intrigued me right from the start.' A cold case goes unsolved for decades until a tenacious detective, Sadie Sparrow, quite literally stumbles on it while on forced vacation in Cornwall, England. Driven by her own demons, she develops a passion for the beautiful, but neglected, house on the lake; and even more so the mysterious characters who have been struggling with a family tragedy for the better part of a century. Ms Norton knows how to weave together a good story and she keeps you guessing right to the end. The only disappointment is the ending itself. It seems almost too good to be true and more than a bit contrived. The characters, which were so properly developed throughout the book, suddenly lose their magic while events are almost forced to a conclusion that tries to be too neat. Apart from that it is a very entertaining read.

Brisbane, Australia


Amazing read!


One of my absolute favourites. Romance, mystery, beautifully written

South Australia


A fantastic read!


I really enjoyed this. I was a bit skeptical prior to reading but once I started I was immediately drawn in by the characters, the imagery and the story line. Couldn't put it down.

Melbourne, Victoria


Another great Kate Morton book


Another great Kate Morton story - can't get enough of her.

Sydney, Au


A Good Read


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



An excellent read


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

Lismore, NSW


Great mystery


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.

Daisy Hill, QLD


growth as a writer


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

fraser coast, qld


Must read


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



Pedestrian prose but excellent plot.


Attractive Cover

Kyogle, NSW


The Lake House

4.3 16


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 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
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3
Edition Number: 1