The Lake House: A Novel (Paperback)

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Set on a lushly gardened estate in Cornwall England, surrounded by woods, bordered by the lake, near the sea, how much more perfect a setting for such a beautiful house could you find?  We see The Lake House in two time frames, its glory days around WWI and in 2003 when it is abandoned and neglected. 

Owned by the Edevene family, The Lake House is home to Eleanor and Anthony, a handsome and devoted couple, and their three daughters, Deborah, Alice, and Clementine.  In 1933 Alice was a bright sixteen year old, spending her time writing stories in her journal.  Every year a Midsummer Night Party was held on the estate, a huge occasion with bonfires, fireworks, gondola rides on the lake, music, and feasting.  This year the party was expected to be especially joyous.  The Edevenes had a young son, Theo, a jolly, beautiful baby adored by the whole family.  Instead Theo would vanish without a trace and the fairy tale idyll of the loving family at The Lake House would end. 

In 2003 Sadie Sparrow is a cop with a few secrets of her own.  She has broken a cardinal rule, becoming way too emotionally involved in the case of an abandoned little girl.  Sent on a forced leave, she takes refuge with her Grandfather in Cornwall. Being with her Grandfather is a comfort but Sadie loves being a cop, she is a good detective and is terribly upset about her current situation.  While out on a run with her Grandfather’s two boisterous Labrador retrievers, she discovers The Lake House and becomes obsessed with uncovering its secrets.  Alice Edevane is in her 80’s and about to publish her 50th mystery novel.  Alice is not at all certain she wants those secrets uncovered.  

Kate Morton writes stories to be enjoyed.  They are populated by likeable characters, they include moving glimpses of historic events, and the settings are lush.  If there is to be murder or mayhem, it will mostly happen off screen.  She allows her readers to sink comfortably into the story and enjoy their hours with her characters.  There is such humanity and compassion in her stories.  For instance when Sadie is sitting in her Grandfather’s cottage, she has a moment with one of his dogs: “Ramsay had honored her by coming to sit upon her feet and she reached down to scratch beneath his chin”.  Now that is just how I feel about spending time with my animals! 

— Deon Stonehouse

November 2015 Indie Next List

“The Lake House explores an unsolved kidnapping that occurred between the World Wars at an isolated country house in England. Morton here continues to do all the things she does so well: weaving together a multi-generational family story from numerous perspectives; showcasing different facets of the same events; and bringing a wonderfully complex plot together in a kaleidoscopic web of uncovered secrets, past and present. With delightful characters, fascinating settings, and a captivating mystery, Morton draws us into a world we're sorry to leave. Highly recommended!”
— Carol Schneck Varner (M), Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI


From the New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Keeper comes a “moody, suspenseful page-turner” (People, Best Book Pick) filled with mystery and spellbinding secrets.

Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories.

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. He is never found, and the family is torn apart, the house abandoned.

Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as a novelist. 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 Edevane estate—now crumbling and covered with vines. 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 from a masterful storyteller, The Lake House is an enthralling, thoroughly satisfying read.

About the Author

Kate Morton is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours, The Secret Keeper, The Lake House, and The Clockmaker’s Daughter. Her books are published in 34 languages and have been #1 bestsellers worldwide. She is a native Australian, holds degrees in dramatic art and English literature. She lives with her family in London and Australia.

Praise For…

"A deliciously compelling mystery." (The Lake House) -- Liane Moriarty, bestselling author of Big Little Lies

— Liane Moriarty

"Morton's moody, suspenseful latest is the perfect page-turner for a chilly night." -- People Magazine The Best Books of the Fall (The Lake House)
— People

"..a rich and almost magical good old-fashioned tale...a fabulous addition to her work...whisks the reader away into another world...The Lake House is the perfect read for cold, dark nights" Ft. Worth Star Telegram (The Lake House)
— Ft. Worth Star Telegram

"Skillful, suspenseful, surprising...a perfect read for ...dark winter evenings...Morton is a master of suspense" The Philadelphia Inquirer (The Lake House)
— The Philadelphia Inquirer

"..a stunning, well-woven mystery that will keep readers hooked through myriad twists and turns. There are secrets within secrets in this story, and every time readers think they've figured it out, something new will be revealed." -- San Diego Book Review (The Lake House)
— San Diego Book Review

"Compelling...Morton's plotting is impeccable, and her finely wrought characters...are as surprised as readers will be by the astonishing conclusion." -- Publisher's Weekly * (The Lake House)
— Publisher's Weekly

"Brilliant...delivers the satisfactions of all her bestsellers since debuting with The House at Riverton...perfect books for just about every reader." -- Library Journal (The Lake House)
— Library Journal

"In the latest from Morton, secrets from the past come to light in the present, a theme that is the author’s specialty…. Missing babies, maternal sacrifice, and secrets, secrets, secrets—Morton offers generous clues, only to peel back deeper layers just when the truth seems close…..not short on heart-wrenching choices and rich characters." -- Booklist (The Lake House)
— Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9781451649352
ISBN-10: 1451649355
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication Date: June 7th, 2016
Pages: 512
Language: English