The Lake House; Kate Morton
Atria - Oct-2015
The idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall holds many secrets. The story begins in 1933 with 16 year old Alice Edevane, one of (4) children of Eleanor and Anthony. Alice loves to write stories, she's a sleuth or sorts and as the story begins something mysterious is happening while she is in the woods. Back home Alice's parents are hosting a grand "Midsummer's Eve Party, at Loennaeth, their grand estate. However, as the party is going on something terrible happens. Theo Edevane, infant son of the couple, disappears from his crib and is never found. Devastated the family moves from the house to London, leaving the house vacant for years.
Fast forward to 2003, Sadie Sparrow, a former police detective who is on administrative leave goes to spend some time with her grandfather, Bertie. While exploring the area, she comes upon the long abandoned 'lake house" and can't resist exploring the house's history. She becomes obsessed with what happened to the missing boy.
There are several threads running through this story and through flashbacks, some as far back as 1911, the reader gets a glimpse into the family and their secrets. The author did a great job especially with the characters of Alice, Sadie and Eleanor. Alice, now in her 80's, proves to be a very interesting character, and her talent as a mystery writer over the years makes her character all the more curious. Sadie has her own secrets too, making her great character as well.
There is plenty of suspense, a few twists and even a surprise ending but, for some reason I didn't love this Kate Morton book as much as the others I've read. I felt it was unnecessarily overwritten and plodding at times (lots of unnecessary details), and it required me to suspend belief at times as well. Told from way too many points of view, The Lake House, will appeal to some readers who enjoy historical mysteries and stories with family secrets.