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The Frozen Lake

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  586 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
Fabulous family saga of secrets held through two generations, set against the atmospheric background of the Lake District at Christmas

The year of 1936 is drawing to a close. Winter grips Wetmoreland and causes a rare phenonmenon: the lakes freeze. For two local families, the Richardsons and the Grindleys, this will bring unexpected upheaval, as the frozen lake entices long
Paperback, 487 pages
Published January 3rd 2005 by Harper Collins (first published 2004)
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Jan 07, 2016 Angie rated it really liked it
4 stars...

This is my first book to read by Elizabeth Edmondson, though I have purchased a few others. I look forward to reading those! This is under-titled "A Vintage Mystery" and is a series of sorts (not involving recurring characters though).

The Frozen Lake opens in 1936 in the Lake District of England. It starts a bit slowly as loads of characters get introduced in various locations. All have ties to this area from some part of their lives. The two main families, the Richardsons & the Gr
Jan 29, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
2.5 stars
I love a good juicy family saga and this certainly has drama and intrigue but it is somewhat superficial. There are a lot of characters so we only get snippets from each so perhaps this is why I felt so disconnected from them.
The audio version is very good and I think this increased my enjoyment as the different accents brought the book to life and it is super easy listening.
Mar 28, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Casa do Lago é um livro bastante intrigante em todo o seu enredo!
Retrata a história de uma família numa outra época, com costumes e cultura diferentes, marcados pela rigidez e pelo medo que a matriarca da família incute a todos.
Esta personagem é alvo do ódio de vários membros da família, mas apercebemo-nos que os seus comportamentos controladores têm um objetivo. É que só controlando todos com punho de ferro é que Caroline consegue guardar os seus terríveis segredos! E que segredos são esses.
Diana Barbosa
Ganho num passatempo no blogue Chocolate para a alma :D

3 estrelinhas goodreads que correspondem ao muito bom no meu blogue :)
Andreia Silva
Finalmente um livro semelhante ao que a autora me habituou com "Uma Villa em Itália". Adorei o livro, especialmente as últimas 250 páginas que tive mesmo de ler de seguida porque não dava para parar. O enredo assim o obrigou. Confesso que até meio do livro estava a achar que eram demasiadas personagens para a mesma história, mas depois melhorou e muito e o livro tornou-se viciante. E claro que todas aquelas personagens tiveram direito a longas descrições e histórias de vida, daí o livro até meio ...more
Dec 16, 2011 Heidi rated it it was amazing
All I can say is READ THIS BOOK! It is my favorite read for 2011 and I loved each moment of this one. I hated for it to end. It is an exciting story about two wealthy families in England in the early 1930s. The threat of war hangs over the country but it is winter and the lake has frozen over so everyone flocks to the north to skate. When the estranged children return home, family secrets begin to come out. One secret will shock the family to its core and threaten their very survival.
Francisca Viegas
Achei este livro interessante. Contudo, o final desiludiu-me, uma vez que a resolução da intriga era previsível a partir de metade do livro.
Ana Filipa
May 17, 2012 Ana Filipa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Uma história saborosa, para ser apreciada com calma.
Passada num dos mais catastróficos períodos da história mundial (pré-2ª Guerra Mundial), a vivência entre estas duas famílias suscita cada vez mais a curiosidade do leitor.
Embora no início tenha custado, com o desenrolar dos acontecimentos vamos-lhe tomando o gosto.
Que segredo esconde a matriarca da família Richardson?
O que aconteceu, no passado, à mãe e à irmã de Alix para que esta tente desvendar a verdade oculta?
Apreciei a forma de escrita
Nancy McLaughlin
Great read

This is an absorbing mystery with loads of nasty family secrets to distract & horrify. In my opinion, Grandmama is a relative you pray you never encounter in your family or anyone else's!!
Jun 28, 2011 Ruthy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, myown
"Duas mansões inglesas. Um encontro que mudará tudo. O Natal aproxima-se e todos os jornais londrinos falam da extraordinária vaga de frio que congelou os lagos no Norte do país. Deixando-se levar pela nostalgia, a jovem Alix Richardson abandona a cidade e regressa à mansão da família para passar a época festiva na companhia de Edwin, o seu irmão gémeo, e Perdita, a irmã mais nova. Três anos antes, Alix fugira dessa mesma casa, desesperada por se libertar da tirania da sua temível avó. Agora, el ...more
Dec 19, 2012 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es ist Dezember im Jahr 1936. Im Norden Englands frieren die Seen des Lake District zu. Das Eis weckt Erinnerungen an längst vergangene Kindheitstage und lockt Menschen an den See, die sich seit Jahren ferngehalten haben. Für zwei Familien, die am Ufer des gefrorenen Sees leben, wird dieser Winter genauso unvergesslich und dramatisch werden, wie der vor sechzehn Jahre, als der See auch zum Schlittschuhlaufen einlud.

Ein großartiger Familienroman, in dem jede Familie ihre ‚Leichen im Keller‘ hat.
Marjorie Goldman
I really enjoy this author. This is the third book of hers that I read and this is a stand alone but her writing of characters is great. They are books I enjoy reading and hate to finish. I look forward to choosing the next
Apr 16, 2013 Carmelina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
In the first couple of chapters we are introduced to all the characters and you may think what do all these people have in common. But don't get me wrong it isn't slow or boring in the beginning and before you know it you cannot put the book down. For a book with so many characters each one was well fleshed out and necessary to the plot and you grew to have empathy for Jane, wanted to go to bat for Perdita and wondered if Sir Henry had a bsckbone. How I grew to dislike Caroline Richardson and ho ...more
Steve Field
Apr 29, 2016 Steve Field rated it it was ok
Forced to listen to this in the car, my wife's audiobook - an attempt to tell a multi-character saga.

Hardly any of the two dimensional characters are interesting or likeable, and their opinions and clipped dialogue made me wonder whether the author was trying to capture the mood of the day, or she had just drawn them as shallow superficial bit players. Honestly, this was like Enid Blyton for grown-ups with added snobbery and racism.

I'm sure there were plenty of people like this in the 1930's, bu
Apr 29, 2016 JayeL added it
Shelves: own, audio, 2016
This was an interesting book. Definitely full of the famous English "stiff upper lip." I wondered as I began to read whether this book was about anything. I realized that hints were being dropped and I started to understand the picture that the author was trying to paint. I figured out what was going in a way.

I think this was an interesting book. It delves into the causes of World War II in a way that fits in with the story. It talks about the Fascists/Mosleyites which were prevalent in England
Caroline Curran
Aug 16, 2012 Caroline Curran rated it really liked it
I was interested to read that the idea for the book came from a photograph that Elizabeth Edmondson had from the 1930s. I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.
Oct 16, 2014 Tessa rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable mystery by this author, full of intrigue and excitement.
Sarah Schattman
Mar 22, 2016 Sarah Schattman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Snowy intrigue and family secrets

I had a difficult time at first keeping the cast of characters straight. There are quite a few of them and it is enough to make one wish for a list like one gets with a play. There are chapters upon chapters of exposition as new people are introduced to the storyline, but do not be deterred.

When the Grindley and Richardson families reunite for Christmas at their respective estates, more than presents are unwrapped. Nazis, illicit liaisons and dark family secrets
Sara Gonçalves
Oct 28, 2012 Sara Gonçalves rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, bmc
Este livro "olhou" para mim e atraiu a minha atenção pelo seu título. Mas não, não fiquem a pensar o mesmo que eu, este livro não tem nada a haver com o filme "A Casa do Lago" protagonizado pro Sandra Bullock e Keanu Reeves.
Não, este livro é daquelas histórias familiares, cheias de drama e relacionamentos incompreendidos, passado no Natal de 1936. A história ronda as famílias Richardson e Grindley e outras pessoas que estão de visita ao Norte de Inglaterra. Devo dizer que estas duas famílias tê
En su momento lo compré en el E.leclerk en una de mis compras antes de pasar mi temporada de aislamiento en el pueblo, pero supongo que soy una de esas personas que siempre se llevan de vacaciones más libros de los que son capaces de leer (y a las que el ebook les ha dado la vida, o más bien el espacio en la maleta para meter más cosas que libros). Pero el caso es que yo vi, novela victoriana, saga familiar, y ya dije, para la saca, a veces, no atiendo a razones con las compras.

Desde mi punto de
Aug 27, 2012 Adriana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stand-alone
Okay, so ill be totally honest with you, the book has its flaws, the book was going so well up until the last 50 pages or so where it started to get a bit soap opera-ish and she used the fairytale godmother card.

The story takes place in england in 1936, where after a long time all the members (or at least the ones that survive) of both the richardson's and gindly's family come together to celebrate christmas, and let me tell you is there drama.
The great thing about the book are the variaty of c
Apr 05, 2013 Tita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus, livros-2013
No início senti-me confusa com tanta personagem, já que praticamente cada capítulo temos a "apresentação" de uma nova personagem e de personagens que se relacionam entre si. E são muitas, afinal de contas temos duas famílias, e mais um pequeno grupo de amigos.
Desde logo percebemos que há segredos por desvendar, e ao longo do livro vamos tendo peças que nos permitem ir desvendando o que a matriarca da família tenda esconder.
Apesar da carga relativamente pesada dos segredos, foi uma leitura agradá
Jan 02, 2016 Sandra rated it liked it
I usually like Elizabeth Edmondson novels, but if you read this one, start a list of who is in each of the two families. There are so many characters with similar names that it does get confusing at times. You might want to do two family trees and a list of other players, unrelated.

This one was not her best, but you really hate who you are suppose to hate and, while you can't really love the others because they are so... well English. You can't help but like them, however... you certainly can't
Tania Martins
Depois de ter lido esta autora anteriormente e não ter ficado muito fã, decidi dar uma nova oportunidade a autora e sinceramente continuo sem me apaixonar pelos livros dela, não sei bem explicar porque, apesar da sinopse interessante acaba por defraudar as expectativas...

A primeira parte achei secante e com tantas personagens que se torna completamente confuso, demasiado confusão para um enredo tão pequeno, conhecemos as personagens principais e o local onde se desenrola a ação propriamente dita
Ginger Robinson
Jan 15, 2016 Ginger Robinson rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
A bit confusing at times.

I really have enjoyed other Edmondson books and this one is not a disappointment. However, I really wish I had made a family tree or chart in the beginning because it is difficult to keep the characters straight. Seems she introduces some characters with little description and later you can't remember where they fit. With E-books it is really difficult to look back to other chapters to figure this out. My advice start making notes as the characters are introduced.
Lori Kent
Jan 16, 2016 Lori Kent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A captivating story

This was slightly slow at first as the multitude of characters were developed. But the setting in the snowy north for the holidays were intriguing enough to keep me reading. Then I found myself totally involved as the story unfolded as the author is very gifted at painting a fascinating story . It's a great read
Nov 02, 2015 Lina rated it liked it
It was a very good read. However, the plot was rather predictable and the subject-matter unpleasant at moments (child rape). That's why I'm definitely not going to go back to that book and deleted it from my Kindle. I'm more into escapist reading and other books by Elizabeth Edmondson deliver.
Katherine Hayward
Dec 29, 2015 Katherine Hayward rated it really liked it
This is the first Elizabeth Edmondson novel I have read. I bought it for 99p on Amazon. I was drawn in by the title and even more by the interesting plot. I wanted a good winter read and this does not disappoint! I'll definitely be reading more by this author and have already seen other novels by her I like the sound of.
Kathy Moberg
I love Elizabeth Edmondson's mystery series, but this stand-alone just isn't my cup of tea. I decided to bail out and not finish reading it, so I won't give it a rating. Who knows -- if I stuck with it a bit longer, I might be hooked. The writing is fine. The characterizations are fine.
Jenny Stewart
Mar 16, 2016 Jenny Stewart rated it really liked it
This novel ended up to be quite gripping, but was a slow starter for me. I had a difficult time keeping all the characters straight, and found the opening chapters to be plodding and uninteresting. Overall though, it earned four stars.
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Born in Chile, and educated in Calcutta and London before going to Oxford University, Elizabeth Edmondson now divides her time between the countryside north of Rome and the spires of Oxford. She is married to an art historian and has two children.

I write historical mysteries about love, marriage families and friendship, where the loyalties, feuds, secrets and betrayals of the past cast long shadow
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