The Lake House by Kate Morton



Kate Morton



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


The Lake House was one of the best books I read for 2015.  This was a story that kept me riveted to the  book every moment I could break away from whatever I was doing to sit down and pick it up.  I even burned the midnight oil because I lost track of time, I was so lost between the pages.

I loved how Kate Morton was able to take to distinctly captivating stories and entwine them together across time.  Each story held my attention and had me searching the clues with the mystery that she presented and kept unfolding with each turn of the page.

The writing was exquisite.  I could visually see the house and grounds both in the grandeur of the past, as. Alice Edevanne lived and walked the halls with her family.  Then I was also able to see and feel the decay of the same grounds and home and what it had fallen into with Sadie as she comes across the hidden mansion and sets off to discover the mystery of its abandonment.

As Kate takes the reader back and forth between the present and the past, she allows us to discover the unknown story of Alice and her family from several different voices in the family.  At the same time she comes to share the story of this young and vibrant detective who is a force of her own in the present and has a hidden story of her own that she must deal with.

Kate Morton shows a real talent for being able to give depth to her characters.  There is surprising depth in not only the protagonists, but in also the supporting cast.  With each twist and turn of the plot, you never know who or what is going to happen!

I loved The Lake House all the way to THE END, and then it ended too soon.

Kate and The Lake House receive a definite FIVE STAR rating from this reviewer for a book well written and a story well told.  I will be re-reading this one so I can wallow in the details over and over again.

This tome was provided to me at no charge in exchange for a fair and honest review of the author’s work.  Blogging Under the Shade Tree is not associated with the publisher or author.


KATE MORTON grew up in the mountains of south-east Queensland and lives now with her husband and three young sons in Brisbane. She has degrees in dramatic art and English literature, specialising in nineteenth-century tragedy and contemporary gothic novels. Kate harboured dreams of joining the Royal Shakespeare Company until she became sidetracked writing novels, and still feels a pang of longing each time she goes to the theatre and the house lights dim.

Kate used to hide to read when she was small, and still believes that reading should be so pleasurable it feels almost illicit. Her favourite novels are the sort that you can disappear inside, and the thing she most likes hearing from readers is that they stayed up far too late turning pages.

Kate Morton has sold over 10 million copies in 26 languages, across 38 countries. The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours and The Secret Keeper have all been number one bestsellers around the world, and Kate’s fifth novel, The Lake House,

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