The Lake House

The Lake House

A Novel

Large Print - 2016
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"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"--
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015.
ISBN: 9781628998153
Characteristics: 679 pages ;,23 cm.

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JLMason
Oct 31, 2020

The Lake House deftly weaves two mysteries 70 years apart into a compelling story that is as much about British society between WW1 and WW2 as about the disappearance of a child. Flashbacks from multiple perspectives and different times draw the reader into the family life of the deShiels. Information, secrets, and passions are revealed gradually so that our theory about what happened keeps changing. Intricate plotting, well-drawn characters, and an evocative portrait of Cornwall in the 1930's make this book an enjoyable read.

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Gerry_21
Feb 05, 2020

A brilliant story with lots of twists and turns... and every time you think you have solved the mystery, something else crops up!!
Recommended!

CCPL_Laura Jan 08, 2020

Morton continues with her parallel storylines, surprising characters, shocking family secrets, and – a staple for all of Morton’s works – a gorgeous country manor. Half the journey is discovering how Alice and Sadie’s stories interconnect, and the hidden narratives within impact their journeys. With verbose descriptions of the beautiful setting and the complexities of the characters and their development throughout the novel, fans of Ian McEwan’s Atonement and Jessica Brockmole’s Letters from Skye will devour Morton’s novel.

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cjzondervan
Dec 06, 2019

Interesting read. I felt like the ending was rushed. There could have been so much more to the ending story.

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jr3083
Dec 02, 2019

The book contains every possible big-house and cold-case cliche and at just off 600 pages it certainly is a big baggy monster. There are whole plot lines that could have been omitted without loss, but the twin-narrative structure was well-constructed and sustained across the whole long book. It certainly romped along and drew me in so that I didn't at all mind reading great slabs of it, which is probably the way you'd read it if it were a holiday read. But it's not high literature, and I suspect that much of its appeal is that it is so recognizable and comfortable.

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fsher002
Jul 05, 2019

This is an enjoyable read, a little contrived at the end but it did not ruin my enjoyment. I have read several books by Kate Morton and this is one of the best. She maintains various timelines and her descriptions of places and people are very thought-provoking. Highly recommend.

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weezie1
Jun 29, 2019

I remember reading this a few years ago. Great book!

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mbarney_1
Mar 25, 2019

This book was great, however I couldn't hold myself back and I had to find out what happened to the missing child so I read up to chapter 17 then I skipped ahead and read the last three chapters. I thought the details of the Lake House were nice but my main thought was where did the child go. Worth the read.

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Havanacat
Dec 28, 2018

Plot. The shifts in time periods are expertly done.

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kpgirard
Nov 27, 2018

This one made me cry. Happy tears but tears nonetheless. Nice twist, but as others have said the ending was a little rushed. Still a great book. Highly recommend it.

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Dec 28, 2015

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