I love Kate Morton and have awaited eagerly the publication of her newest book, The Lake House. I had the publication date penciled onto my calendar so that I could access the book as soon as possible. Sometimes when you are so excited about a particular book, your heart can break because it’s not nearly as good as you’d hoped.
I’m happy to say that wasn’t the case with The Lake House. It was everything I’d hoped for, a wonderful book.
Morton’s books are as delicious as eating cold, sweet watermelon on a hot summer day. They are always intricately told stories that take the reader to places they’d like to visit with people with whom they would like to spend time.
The Lake House actually tells several stories in one book. In fact, it’s hard to give the plot because the story comes from many directions. But I’ll try.
Alice Edevane is a 16-year-old girl, part of a loving family living in Cornwall, England. She intends to be a writer, and in fact keeps a book of her writings. She is smart and romantic and full of life. The story begins on the day that her family is giving a big summer party. Afterwards, it is discovered that her brother, a precocious 11-month-old toddler, is missing, and it appears it can only have been by someone in the family.
Decades later, Sadie Sparrow, a detective in the London police force, is forced to take a leave of absence following her apparent mishandling of a case on which she was working. She decides to visit her grandfather in Cornwall. She learns about this decades-old unsolved missing child case. In an effort to prevent boredom, she begins looking into things.
What follows is an interesting and compelling story involving a myriad of family and friends. Sadie eventually meets Alice Edevane who is now a successful septuagenarian writer living in London, and together, they begin to get answers to questions that have been left unanswered for many years.
I loved the characters in this book, and found the story to be interesting. As an avid mystery reader, I am rarely surprised by endings. I admit this one kept me wondering. The author dropped hints throughout, but the hints led the reader nowhere.
The Lake House is a satisfying read that I highly recommend. I hope Morton doesn’t keep me waiting as long for her next book!