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The Lake House by Kate Morton - Paperback - First Washington Square Press Paperback Edition - 2015 - from Paper Time Machines and Biblio.com

The Lake House: A Novel - author of "The Secret Keeper"

by Kate Morton

Condition: Very Good-


Light but noticeable wear to paper cover. The spine/backbone is not creased, but there is a crease mark on the Front Cover where the book had been opened. Inside, the pages are free from marks, writing and stains.

  • Bookseller: Paper Time Machines US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 4394
  • Title: The Lake House
  • Author: Kate Morton
  • Format/binding:Paperback / Soft Cover
  • Book condition: Used - Very Good-
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First Washington Square Press Paperback Edition
  • Binding: Paperback
  • ISBN 10:1451649355
  • ISBN 13:9781451649352
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press / Atria
  • Place: New York, New York, U.S.A..
  • Date published: 2015
  • Keywords: Child Disappearance, Murder Mystery, Detectives, Investigations
  • Bookseller catalogs: Fiction - Mysteries; Women Authors; Fiction - Thriller & Suspense;
  • Size: 494 Pages


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On Nov 3 2015, CloggieDownunder said:
  "“We are all victims of our human experience, apt to view the present through the lens of our own past”



The Lake House is the fifth novel by Australian author, Kate Morton. DC Sadie Sparrow has had to take leave from the job she loves. She got so deeply involved in a case, following instinct over evidence, that she secretly did something that would get her suspended if her boss knew. A month in Cornwall with her widower grandfather, Bertie, and she’s itching to get back to London, where the real action is. But then one day, while running through the woods with the dogs, she stumbles upon an abandoned house by the lake. Bertie’s neighbour mentions that this was the site of the tragic disappearance of 11 month old Theo Edevane, a mystery still unsolved after seventy years: Sadie is hooked.



When successful mystery writer A.C. Edevane receives a letter from the young police constable enquiring about her family’s past, she fears that the secret she has kept for seventy years is about to be revealed. Alice is sure that when she was sixteen, consumed with fervour for both her writing and a certain unsuitable person, her foolish actions leading up to the Midsummer’s Eve party were instrumental in the kidnapping of her baby brother.



Morton sets her novel over two time periods. The events that led up to, and followed on from, the tragedy in the early to mid-twentieth century are narrated by many of the key players: young Alice, her mother, her father, her grandmother, a gardener, a close family friend and even baby Theo; what occurs in 2003 is told by Sadie, Alice and her assistant, Peter. And while the time periods are clearly indicated at the start of the chapters, the style of prose, the descriptions and dialogue also reflect this.



Morton gives the reader an expertly crafted mystery. At first she has the reader wondering about Alice’s role in Theo’s disappearance, then, with each new revelation, has the reader discarding one theory concerning Theo’s fate and postulating another. There are miscommunications, misunderstandings, secrets and misplaced guilt. And while the main mystery involves baby Theo, there are at least three other mysteries to distract the reader. There are twists and red herrings and surprises, and the ending holds a delicious irony. And all this is done with characters that are interesting and beautiful prose that evokes the wonderful setting.



“Those afternoons in the library, breathing the stale sun-warmed dust of a thousand stories (accented by the collective mildew of a hundred years of rising damp), had been enchanted. …. Peter was beset with an almost bodily sense of being back there. His limbs twitched with the memory of being nine years old and lanky as a foal. His mood lifted as he remembered how large, how filled with possibilities, and yet, at once, how safe and navigable the world had seemed when he was shut within those four walls”. A brilliant read.

With thanks to TheReadingRoom and Allen&Unwin; for this copy to read and review.

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