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Midsummer's Eve, 1933—Loeanneth, the Edevane Family's summer home in Cornwall, is the sparkling center of a lavish party. Hundreds of revelers gather on its grounds, sipping champagne, watching a bonfire burn on the lake, and enjoying the perfect weather. It's a night of enchantment, anticipation, and excitement. A night that will turn tragic when the disappearance of 11-month-old Theo Edevane is discovered. With no body, no ransom note, no clue as to what has happened to the child, the case of the missing baby goes unsolved. Crushed by grief, the Edevanes close up the lake house, never to return.
Cornwall, 2003—After making a career-ending mistake, London detective Sadie Sparrow is forced to take a leave of absence. While cooling her heels at her grandfather's seaside cottage in Cornwall, she stumbles across a once grand, now decaying home. Intrigued by the ruin, Sadie starts asking questions. When she learns about Loeanneth's mysterious history, she becomes obsessed with the Edevanes. Determined to find out what happened to young Theo, she seeks out the boy's remaining family members as well as anyone with connections to Loeanneth.
Alice Edevane, now a well-known mystery writer in her late 80s, holds pieces to the puzzle of what really happened on that summer night back in 1933. But not all. Although she longs to piece it all together, she doesn't want the exposure. Can she trust Sadie Sparrow to find answers? Does Alice really want to know the truths her family has always gone to such pains to hide?
As Sadie comes closer to solving the very cold case, she will make some startling discoveries about the Edevanes, revelations that will lead her to illuminating epiphanies about herself and her own family. If her manic search for answers about Theo Edevane doesn't kill her first.
It's no secret that I'm a huge Kate Morton fan. I've read—and loved—all of her novels. Sure, they're all kind of the same, but I don't care. I adore them. The Lake House, Morton's newest, is no exception. With well-developed characters, intricate plotting, and a compelling mystery, it definitely held my interest. Some of the story's plot surprises did strike me as annoyingly convenient, but I still very much enjoyed this multi-layered family saga, which kept me guessing nonetheless. Morton's skillful storytelling never fails to captivate me, even when I see twists coming, which is why she's quickly become one of my favorite authors. For me, her books are must-read, auto-buy treasures. If you dig absorbing, suspenseful reads about old houses, family secrets, and past/present mysteries, don't miss The Lake House or anything else by the incomparable Kate Morton.
(Readalikes: Reminds me of Kate Morton's other novels, including The Distant Hours; The Forgotten Garden; The House at Riverton; and The Secret Keeper)
If this were a movie, it would be rated:
for language (no F-bombs), violence, and mild sexual content
To the FTC, with love: I received an e-ARC of The Lake House from the generous folks at Atria Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) via those at NetGalley. Thank you!