Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Lake House by Kate Morton

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Obtained from: Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours/Netgalley
Read: November 1, 2015

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.

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I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I picked up Kate Morton’s The Lake House. I’d never read the author before and truth be told, I signed on to tour the book without thinking the decision through. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I didn’t even read the blurb until I was halfway through chapter two. 

I know it sounds like a recipe for disaster. I cringe just reading it, but luck favored me this go round and I ended up really enjoying the story I stumbled into. I had no expectations and I was flying blind when I cracked it open, but I fell for Morton’s writing from the start and couldn’t help getting lost in the narrative she created. 

Strictly speaking, the themes of the novel were a little softer than my usual fare, but I appreciated the situational drama and enjoyed the tension and mystery Morton crafted around her cast. The loss of a child is a devastating concept, but I felt the way Morton portrayed the emotional repercussions of the tragedy on each member of the Edevane  household exceptionally imaginative. The story twists and turns in unexpected ways, but Morton’s ability to convincingly pull the various story lines together is truly astounding. 

Rich in spectacle and suspense, The Lake House proved surprisingly satisfying. A highly recommended read. 

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 She didn’t know it then, but she would never be rid of them, those sounds; they would follow her from this place, this time, invading her dreams and nightmares, reminding her always of what she had done. 
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Monday, October 26
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Thursday, October 29
Review at Book Nerd
Friday, October 30
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Review at A Book Geek
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Review at Bookish
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Review at Flashlight Commentary
Wednesday, November 4
Review at Broken Teepee
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Thursday, November 5
Review at The Lit Bitch
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Friday, November 6
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