The Lake House by Kate Morton

I’ve read a few of Kate Morton’s books before and always enjoyed them. They always go along similar lines – an incident from 70 to 100 years ago at a grand country house. The woman at the centre of the incident is either still alive or her younger sister or daughter is. A younger woman, her granddaughter or a long-lost great-great niece comes along to investigate, and the whole story flits from the past to the present, falling into place at the end.

And so to The Lake House, which is very much along these lines. A house in Cornwall is abandoned in 1933 after a tragedy hits 16-year-old Alice Edevane’s family. In the present day, a young detective, Sadie Sparrow, is taking a break from work after making a slip-up on a difficult case. Alice Edevane is now an elderly lady, and a successful writer of detective novels. When Sadie stumbles across the house and starts to look into its secrets, will everything Alice has tried to hide come crumbling down?

When I first started reading The Lake House, I wondered whether I still wanted to read this sort of novel. But I soon realised that I did and was hooked. I actually loved this book and read it really quickly, as I had to pick it up at every possible opportunity.

Despite being 600 pages long, the story moves at a good pace. As predicted, it moves from the past to the present – focusing not just on Alice and Sadie, but on Alice’s mother, Eleanor. All three characters have their secrets, which unfold gradually, and there are plenty of twists and turns along the way.

The whole thing comes to a very satisfying conclusion and I must admit to shedding a tear or two.

The Lake House is a great read for anyone who enjoys a gentle mystery and a bit of history. Don’t be put off by the thickness of the book – it’s not a particularly challenging or confusing novel. It comes highly recommended by me!

The Lake House, Book review, Kate Morton

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  1. I was thinking of buying this and now you’ve convinced me. Great review, thank you.

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    • You’re very welcome! I’m sure you will love it 🙂

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  2. I’ve jus finished reading the novel this morning. At first I was going to leave it but didn’t want to leave it unread but then I couldn’t put down.

    It’s the first time I’ve read this authors novel and was totally mesmerised. It truly is a phenomenal read.

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    • That pretty much sums up what I thought about it! I’m glad you kept going with it. Hope you get to read some of her other books now.

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  3. I adored this book, I was surprised how quickly I got through considering the length of the story, thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

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    • It’s fantastic, isn’t it? I got through it remarkably quickly too!

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    • That was another good one! I’m not sure what the genre is really, but they’re very good books for sure!

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  4. I think I should put this on my Christmas wishlist as you’re all raving about it. It sounds great :o)

    #ReadWithMe

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    • It’s definitely worth a read, I’m sure you’d enjoy it!

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  5. I’ve read a couple of Kate Morton’s and always enjoyed them, I’m pretty sure I’ve read this one too as it rings a bell.
    #readwithme

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    • They’re really good! I think there’s probably one I haven’t read, so I need to find it!

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  6. I’ve never heard of this author but this sounds a good read. Will have to look for it.
    #readwithme

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    • She’s really good, definitely worth checking out!

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  7. Love the sound of this book, and it seems to have many fans on here too so will definitely look at getting a copy! #readwithme

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