“Life was like that, doors of possibility constantly opening and closing as one blindly made one’s way through.”
– Kate Morton, The Lake House
The morning after the Edevane’s exclusive Midsummer Eve party in Cornwall in 1933, their youngest child, Theo, is nowhere to be found. After months of futile searching, the family pack up and leave their beautiful country home, never to return. Until, in 2003, a young female police officer stumbles into the lost gardens surrounding the abandoned house and determines to find out what happened.
There are some authors in this world that I cannot wait to snuggle up on the couch and get lost in the stories they tell. Kate Morton is one of those authors and The Lake House is an exceptional story. She has a way with words that lull the reader into an eternal twilight; The Lake House captures my trio of place, tone and mood perfectly!
When Sadie Sparrow is sent on enforced leave from work she finds herself at her grandfathers house in Cornwell. While out running one day, she comes across an overgrown and abandoned house that she discovers is at the centre of a 70-year-old cold case. Unable to resist, Sadie begins researching the Edevane family and tries to piece together the secrets of one fateful night. Her search leads to Alice Edevane, no longer a 16 year old girl with the perfect twist for her novel, but an old lady with 49 best selling crime books to her name. Alice is forced to face the events of her childhood and finally learns the truth her family members tried so hard to hide.
As usual, Kate Morton has seamlessly blended the lives of the characters spanning 70 years. Morton is gifted with a gentle persuasion that allows the reader to get so happily lost in the story that they forget Morton is manipulating them into seeing the story exactly as she wishes. I pride myself on being able to see where a story is going but I have a hard time seeing past where Morton wants me to go. As a lover of crime, I am usually fighting the writer, looking for clues and trying to piece the story together before the author does however Morton’s writing is so exquisite that I allow myself the pleasure of being swept away. I cannot fault this book; I love the characters, especially their complexity and the realness that oozes from every page. I love the whimsical setting and the magic of childhood she creates. Past and present weave together but the voices of each character hold their own. For me, The Lake House is escapism at its best!
AUTHOR: Kate Morton
PUBLISHER: Allen and Unwin
PUB DATE: October 2015
Thank you to Allen and Unwin for sending me a reading copy in exchange for an honest review!