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The Lake House

(When the Wind Blows #2)

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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  33,483 ratings  ·  1,178 reviews
The memorable story begun in When the Wind Blows continues in this thrilling novel, and it's one that really soars! Frannie O'Neil, a Colorado veterinarian, knows a terrible secret that will change the history of the world. Kit Harrison, an FBI agent under suspension has seen things that no one in his right mind would believe. A twelve-year-old girl named Max and five othe ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 20th 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published June 9th 2003)
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Will M.
The story continues in the second novel of the duology. The mystery continues and questions will be answered. The flock continues to fight their battles with Dr. Kane and so much more.

It wasn't bad, but it was a huge letdown. The main problem would be the execution of the plot. It wasn't as amazing as it should've been. Romance overpowered the whole novel. The amount was more than it should've been. The main story wasn't tackled because of the vast amount of romance building. The ending felt so
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Michelle
Mar 02, 2009 rated it did not like it
I've never before read such a ridiculous, poorly crafted book with such blatant mistakes. There was bad writing and overblown language, but the huge problems with details in this book were impossible to ignore.

Like the fact that Frannie tells this story as a narrator to an audience, except when there are perspective switches to characters who tell the story in more conventional third person.
- And when there are riflemen shooting at the kids, and they shoot down a plane (with a regular rifle, no
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Lake House (When the Wind Blows, #2), James Patterson
The Lake House tells the story of six extraordinary children, endowed with the power to fly after genetic engineering merged their DNA with that of birds, and who have to fight for their lives against scientists who want to clone them, producing a race of human-bird creatures.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و ششم ماه دسامبر سال 2006 میلادی
عنوان: کلبه ساحلی - کتاب دوم؛ اثر: جیمز پاترسون؛ مترجم: علی فرزادفر؛ تهران، مهرکیش، 1384؛ در 273 ص؛ شابک: 964
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James
Aug 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A book so crap I threw it across the room when I gratefully finished it.

I don't remember the first one, When the Wind Blows, being this bad. If I had I wouldn't have read this, but I'd bought it cheap based on my like of Patterson's Alex Cross series. What is so bad about the Lake House?

Let's start with the title. The protagonists spent their time between the last book and this one in the Lake House, and only visit during the epilogue in this book.
The tagline on the cover 'Don't read it alone i
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Lisa
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed The Lake House by James Patterson i hadn't read him for a long time so decided to go for it.

For me this was a different story to what Patterson usually writes Fantasy which i loved the characters were well read & the plot was good kept me turning the pages .

The ending was really thrilling & could not stop till i finished late last night thoroughly enjoyable will have to read the first in this series to see how it all starts.

I loved Max found her to be strong & determ
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Cardmaker
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
I don't know what possessed me to not look at the author's name before I picked this book up to read. I hate James Patterson's writing. I started reading the book, thought to myself that I didn't like the writing style, got about 100 pages in (struggling to stay with it) and then actually checked to see who the author was. I could have kicked myself. His books are pathetically simplistic. His chapters are all either 2 or 3 pages long. The dialogue is so simple that I doubt there are any words of ...more
Dale
Jun 26, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yikes!

Published in 2003 by Hatchette Audio
Read by Hope Davis and Stephen Lang.
Duration: 7 hours, 35 minutes.


The Lake House is the story of six bird/human hybrids who are created as the result of genetic experiments. They all can fly and all have superhuman strength.

This book is very poorly paced. Great chunks of action happen with shorthand writing and then Patterson spends nearly an hour of the 7 1/2 hour book describing two of the characters' first sexual experiences. The Lake House skips
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Andy
Feb 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
There are strange things going on with this book's ratings here on Goodreads. Only 9% of its readers give it one or two stars. How is that possible?

Look through the reviews and tell me how many four- and five-star ratings you see. Not many. Then look at its ratings on Amazon. Both Goodreads and Amazon use a 5-star rating system, but The Lake House gets a respectable 3.78 here while it gets a dismal 2.3 on Amazon. Sorry, Goodreads, but Amazon has it right. A whopping 52% of readers who've rated i
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Mary Chrapliwy
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Patterson does it again!

The Lake House is the follow up to When the Wind Blows, a truly magical tale. The story opens with the inevitable court/custody battle between Kit and Franny and the parents of the winged children. Of course in true Patterson style, there are several layers of subplot and evil doers lurking around every corner. There was one flaw - a confrontation in the story was a little too neatly resolved.

Narrators can make or break an audiobook. I've abandoned them in the past
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Jerry B
Jul 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Fun read, but sequel almost repeat of original...

Like most Patterson novels, this one raced along (on top of his usual short chapters and fast pace) to a relatively satisfying conclusion, although somehow it seemed like the last 15 miles of a 500 mile race were mysteriously eluded. But unlike the author's other efforts, there wasn't much original in this story. Not only is the cast identical (except for the villain) to "When the Wind Blows" (namely, Kit, Frannie, and the six bird-children), but
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Lisa
Feb 01, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Kristen
Apr 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, 2012, mystery
Although this novel took me longer to read, on and off, it's also difficult to classify it under genres. I kept it as mystery, since I didn't read When the Wind Blows, and since Patterson writes mysteries. But it does have sci fi/fantasy elements in it, the mad science appeal of Robin Cook's Mutation and horror elements a tiny bit of Dean Koontz. So it's a combination of this and that. Maybe I should've read When the Wind Blows first. When I do read that book, maybe I can understand it better. T ...more
Miriam Smith
May 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
These are not my favourite of James Patterson novels I find them slightly ridiculous and unbelievable. I normally love all of his novels but this and the others in this series just don't do it for me. Wouldn't recommend.
Steven Brandt (Audiobook-Heaven)
A secret laboratory, euphemistically called The School, has been performing illegal genetic experiments on human embryos. Most of the experiments failed and resulted in gross abominations, but not all of them. Max, Ozimandius, Icharus, Matthew, Peter, and Wendy were created at The School. The D N A of the six children was combined with that of birds, resulting in completely viable half human half avian life forms. In other words, the children have wings, and all the other equipment necessary for ...more
Purvika
Apr 10, 2013 rated it liked it
FBI agent Thomas "Kit" Brennan and veterinarian Frannie O'Neill rescued the six Winged children from the School where they lived in appalling conditions and were the subjects of dangerous experiments. The octet lived together for four months before they were returned to their biological parents but in that time the children, who had bird DNA mixed into their genetic make up, imprinted Kit and Frannie as their parents. Kit and Fran sued for custody and lost but when danger threatened, the childre ...more
Jacki Donnelly
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Well I have read many of James Patterson's novels and am usually a fan of his work. When I chose this book for a quick pre-vacation read I was not expecting the "supernatural" and was really in the mood for a typical mystery Patterson novel. As I began the first chapter of this book it was quite apparent this was not a typical Patterson read. But as a fan I decided to continue reading to see where he took me and where we would end up.

Well, I have to first say apparently this is a sequel to anoth
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Sydney Smith
Sep 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
Deep within the Rocky Mountains, Max and five other “special” kids attempt to be normal. All six children live in separate houses, with different adoptive families. They are running and hiding from sick and twisted people from The Hospital, though only the eldest, Max, is aware of the people searching for them, (she hides it from the other, younger children). The children come to trust two outsiders, Frannie and Kit, and begin to believe that they are only safe with them, at a cabin they refer t ...more
Neil Scott
Jan 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Oh no, I hope this book has not put me off James Patterson forever. I am a huge fan of the Alex Cross series and a fan of fantasy books among others. So, I started off with the series opener, When the wind blows, which I thoroughly enjoyed - birdlike, flying kids running from evil men - whats not to enjoy?
Now, back to The Lake House. As with all Patterson books there are 100 plus chapters, all about 3 short pages long, which makes it a quick and easy read, which is the only reason I decided to f
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Thom Swennes
When I started this book, I found myself checking the cover as I was sure it was Michael Crichton as I was immediately confronted with DNA manipulation and winged cherubs. As the story develops Dean Koontz and Stephen King pick up the pen and plunges the reader into horror. If you add a little medical and surgical insight from Patricia Cromwell your literary meal is complete. The Lake House and its avian twist isn’t like any James Patterson book to date. The chapters are short and the story flow ...more
Krisy
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
More like a 2.5 than a 2

This book was a little better than the first one. I liked the narrator for the audiobook and I feel like I got a better feel for Max and the flock rather than them just being characters that are just there.
I liked this but at the same time I don't feel like this whole story was necessary, I would have been fine with where the first book ended.

It still flips between 1st person in Franny's POV and third person for everything else, which really just kept throwing me out of t
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Joy
Oct 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
"Six extraordinary children are trying to lead normal lives in the Rocky Mountain countryside. They live in different homes, with different families, but there is something powerful that connects them. Something that puts them in terrible danger. The only time they've ever felt safe was when they were together in the waterfront cabin they call the Lake House. And the only people they've ever trusted are Frannie and Kit, the couple who rescued them from unimaginable evil once before." When that e ...more
Andrea Mongold
it was a fast read, sometimes the switch between how it was narrated was hard to adjust to. subject was OK.
Blue
Mar 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Intro: Overly dramatic, esp music; too obvious 'this is a psychopath but let me show you'; repeatedly states 'bodies' and changes it to 'donors' (I got that the first time) as if readers want drama and mystery but need hand-holding to pick up even obvious details.

I am pretty sure in book 1 the upper-body has only wing-arms, not wings and arms as in this book.

This book opens on a court case of Frannie attempting to get custody of the children because she feels they are unhappy - but why they are
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Jordan Trimiew
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked reading this book!

FBI agent Kit Harrison and veterinarian Frannie O’Neill are seen fighting for the custody of their six genetically inclined children. Even though Frannie and Kit aren’t the biological parents, they have a closer bond to these children and consider themselves their “real” parents. After the trial, the judge decides that the children should be reunited with their biological parents because Frannie and Kit aren’t married and could not be accountable for the responsi
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Sarah
Aug 01, 2009 rated it did not like it
It seems that a lot of James Patterson's books are either hit or miss with me. This was another one that seemed too far-fetched for me. I got about halfway through it before I decided I wasn't going to bother wasting anymore time on it. It seemed pretty good from reading the synopsis of it, but then when I read it the synopsis was truthful and all but it left out a good deal of the real storyline, for example that the kids in the book are half human, half bird. It also states in the beginning of ...more
Arni Vidar Bjorgvinsson
When I read When The Wind Blows, I discovered a whole new side to James Patterson's writing, and I must say it was a delightful thing to read. This sequel, however, sadly falls more than a little short of the first book.

Well, the first half of the book was fine. Gory and sexy and dramatic and suspenseful as it should be, but when it came to the ends of the plot threads, I felt like Patterson just completely lost interest, or was simply out of ideas. The first plot ending is hurried and leaves yo
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Greg
Oct 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
I wasn't terribly thrilled with "Lake House" as I was reading it, but when I got to the end, I started flipping back through to see if I had accidentally skipped some pages, or if my copy had a printing error. Patterson completely skipped the action he was building up to. On one page, the characters are preparing to escape their confinement, on the next, everything is over. Not even any explanation of how they got out, or what the bad guys were doing. I kind of feel like saying I was cheated wit ...more
Jc
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The story "The Lake House" is very good book. It is very intriguing throughout the book. You start to care about the kids and the troubles they have to deal with and the drama of being a kid growing up and the extra stress that ensues because they are very special. When Max the other kids taken away from Kit and Dr. O'Neill in the beginning of the book and they are given to their parents their trouble only grows and makes things harder for everyone. This is a very good book and I would recommend ...more
Hannah
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was similar to the first one but this book got me so surprised and shocked. The book has so many unexpected moments especially around the end, I definitely recommend this book and the first one if you like suspenseful books.
Sue
May 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is a bestseller? Ugh. Bad. Off the charts bad. Cardboard characters. One dimensional villain. Oh, and 12 year-olds having sex? No thanks.
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