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The Lake House

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  102,094 ratings  ·  11,462 reviews
Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure…

One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Ed
Hardcover, 492 pages
Published October 20th 2015 by Atria Books (first published October 2015)
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Daniella Just to offer a different perspective to potential readers, I want to add to this discussion that I personally didn't find the plot very complicated o…moreJust to offer a different perspective to potential readers, I want to add to this discussion that I personally didn't find the plot very complicated or at all difficult to follow. Though I can see how it might be so for some. I agree about the ending... I suspected a few different scenarios along the way, but when the mystery was revealed, I wasn't very surprised. In my opinion, though, if the book has one major flaw, it's that certain coincidences are a bit too "convenient" to be fully believable. Still an enjoyable read. (I highly recommend the audiobook!)(less)

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Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book to start with and I hated this book by the end and therefore I found this such a difficult Novel to rate and review.

Firstly the setting for the Lake house is amazing and Kate Morton has a wonderful sense of time and place in her novels. Set in two time frames, 1930s Cornwall and 2003 London the plot slowly unfolds and the author introduces two mysteries that need solving. I was totally drawn in by the descriptive and vivid writing and the wonderful images that that the author
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I had really, really wanted to wait a little closer to the publishing date to read this, but based on all of the great feedback, and my love of her previous novels I couldn't resist. So here I sit having just finished... let me start off by saying that all expectations I had for this have been exceeded. I have enjoyed all of KM's novels but this one will easily go down as my favorite. As a writer, she has a unique gift of being able to weave past and present stories together in a way that seems ...more
Hmm... Good, but not as good as I expected. Feeling a little underwhelmed right now.

This one had been sitting on my Audible shelf for a long time. Even though it has been on the bestseller lists forever, the twenty plus hour length was daunting. Finally, I decided to tackle it.

The story is told in multiple timeframes -early 1900s, 1930's and 2003- and has multiple stories woven together. The common thread is Sadie Sparrow, a London detective on leave after leaking information to the press about
Cathrine ☯️
May 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I only got through a quarter of it. Just cannot get interested in the story. Jumps back and forth between multiple time periods and characters with long-winded descriptions about everything and everyone. It was like listening to someone trying to tell me a story that cannot stay on track. I liked her other books. Perhaps I'm too impatient and the timing for this one was not right. Reading can be such a subjective endeavor sometimes. ...more
Either I'm now so old, bitter and cynical that I can no longer enjoy harmless fluff, or this wasn't anywhere near as good as Kate Morton's others. Two things are inevitable when authors recycle the same formula: a) you'll compare every detail of each new book to its predecessors, and b) there will come a point when said formula starts to feel tired and past its best. The Lake House just doesn't have the same magically indulgent appeal as the author's previous books, though the ingredients are th ...more
Diane S ☔
Two different story lines decades apart, a young boy missing in the past and a policewoman at odds with her superiors and a woman author, make up this story. As with all Morton novels, very descriptive and atmospheric, maybe too much so. Her novels seem to follow a pattern, but this is a comfort read, one know exactly what one will get. A little suspense, a family tragedy, secrets and at last a dénouement. As for the end, a little to pat, too neatly tied up and ultimately a disappointment.

Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-said
Welcome to Loeanneth

You are in a lush and abundant English garden in Cornwall on a secluded lakeside estate.
You know the kind; the ones that seem naturally resplendent with rhododendron, foxglove, bluebells, boxwood, ivy and creeping phlox.
So beautiful and fragrant it overwhelms your sense of sight and sound and smell.
Perhaps tea will be served by the gateway, just over that knoll,
where you can follow the pathway down to the lake.

Decades ago, in 1933, back at the house, on a midsummer night’
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I tried but I can't like this one as much as every one else does. The story is good, some of the characters are interesting but the author just uses far too many words! I was obliged to skim quite a lot of the text just because she rambled so far from the purpose of the book. And then one complete star off for that awfully contrived ending. Sorry everyone who loved it - it obviously just wasn't for me:( ...more
B the BookAddict
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction

I never review Morton's books. They are just a reading treat, kinda like a piece of reading chocolate. As always, enjoyable but this one was a bit too neatly tied up at the end.
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Lake House by Kate Morton is a 2015 Atria publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

While Kate Morton has written several highly praised novels, I’m embarrassed to admit this is the first of her books I have read. So, I had no idea what to expect when I started reading this one, but I had a feeling I was going to like it.

Alice, a successful mystery writer and Sadie Sparrow, a detective visiting her grandfather while on le
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-german
Oh gosh, how I just adore this woman's writing! She could publish her grocery list and I would happily buy it.

I found this book easy to, as I always do. It had everything I love about Kate Morton's books, including a perfect mixture between historical fiction and an intriguing crime story. She writes about topics that simply interest me. I have a thing for old family secrets being revealed and someone delving deep into the past, and she pairs those with sympathetic characters, so of course I end
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading a few Kate Morton novels last year, I found myself enamored with her storytelling and character creation abilities. I added all of her books to my TBR and included The Lake House on my monthly Book Bucket List on my blog, where followers vote to select one read per month for me -- this won as my June novel and I finished it over 6 days last week. With a new puppy in the house, reading and book reviewing time is not as easy as usual but I'm determined to meet my June TBR goals. Whil ...more
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!

" But of course one does not need to have commited murder to write about it. One simply requires an aquaintance with man's dark depths, and the inclination to explore them to their very end. Besides, haven't we all experienced the desire to kill, if only for a moment? "

I loved this. This was my first novel by Kate Morton and it definitely won't be my last.

On a summer evening in 1933, eleven month old Theo Edevane vanishes from his crib and is nowhere to be found. After months of searc
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was really good but I felt like it could have been shorter. I felt like a was rereading. The end felt like the bow was a little too neat.
I always like Kate Morton’s books, and I liked this one too. They are very long, complicated, multi-generational mysteries made up of criminal incidents and unexplained events long past that someone today has become curious about. She doesn’t play favourites. Each generation and character is fleshed out and recognisable. That’s what makes her books so long.

And there are boatloads of red herrings. Every time I’d figured it out and thought—Oh, come on, get on with it already—she’d toss us anoth
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Not as horrific as I thought it was going to be after reading the first chapter, in which a female character is burying something incriminating in the woods. I whipped through this dual (or more) timeline mystery in a couple of days when I found out my book club is meeting to talk about it at the end of this week. :)

The Lake House starts with a tragedy - the disappearance of a one-year-old boy, Theo Edevane, from his crib in the country home of a wealthy English family in 1933 - and examines it
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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I just....

I was so into what I was reading and the way the book went back and forth I forgot to write down page numbers for excerpts accept for one. I can't believe what I just read!



She lowered the bag into the hole and for a split second the moon seemed to peer from behind a cloud. Tears threatened as she scooped the dirt back, but she fought them. To cry, here and now, was an indulgence, she refused to grant herself. She patted the grou
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, netgalley
Kate Morton is one of those authors that are so high up on my list of favorites that I literally hate that I have to wait so long for a new book of hers to come out. Then when her novel does get published my greedy hands takes one and then I'm sad that I've read it, & I have to wait so long for another! She can't win:)

Of course, I loved this novel. Its Kate Morton after all, and she only does supreme excellence in the writing department. She knows how to set the mood, knows her characters, and h
An abandoned house in enchanting Cornwall coupled with a seventy year old cold case of a missing child. Interest piqued? Mine certainly was. Add to that the author is Kate Morton and I knew I was in for a treat. I wasn’t disappointed.

1914. The beloved home of the Edevane family called ‘Loeanneth’ is a magical place of love, laughter and contentment. The mother, Eleanor had been brought up in the house and after marrying her husband, Anthony, he purchased it for her, an astounding gift for the lo
There's a cover and a synopsis!! Oh happy day!!

Let's go October 22nd!!!
Dale Harcombe
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
The novel starts in Cornwall in 1933 with 16 year old Alice Edevane in the family country house of Loeanneth and the Midsummer Eve party that affected several lives. Then the story moves to 2003 and introduces the reader to Sadie Sparrow, who is on enforced leave from the Metropolitan police after her refusal to let go of a case involving a grandmother, mother and abandoned child. Sadie feels the mother has not abandoned her baby at all and there is more to the story. Is she right? This is just ...more
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"She'd realized recently (an awareness that coincided with her new obsession for Agatha Christie) that what her previous story attempts were missing was a puzzle, a complex, knotty twist of events designed to mislead and bewilder readers. Also, a crime. The key to the perfect novel, Alice had decided, was to revolve the story around a crime's solution, all the while tricking the reader by making it seem she was doing one thing when in fact she was merrily doing another...'I've had a brilliant ...more
Predictable yet enjoyable.

The Lake House was my introduction to Kate Morton's works and it was definitely difficult to put down.

The story shifts between different time periods ranging from the 1930s to 2003—spanning seventy years. Baby Theo Edevane, went missing the night of a party in June 1933 and the case of his disappearance remained unsolved until 2003, when Detective Sadie Sparrow stumbled upon the case and decided to investigate it herself. Almost every member of the Edevane family had a
Diana | Book of Secrets
THE LAKE HOUSE is a lovely story told in alternating time periods, and at its heart, the mystery of a boy who went missing in the 1930s. While on leave from her job, a police detective stumbles upon an abandoned estate in Cornwall, and discovers the 70-year old cold case of Theo Edevane's disappearance from the house. The story shifts between the present and past, back to 1933 and Theo's sister Alice's account of what happened leading up to his disappearance. I enjoyed the book - very descriptiv ...more
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There are some wonderful books where houses become central characters. I can think of Tara in "Gone With The Wind" and "Manderley in "Rebecca." Kate Morton writes great books where the houses are characters and this one is no different. Loeanneth, The Lake House, is so important to this story. It was once a small house on a larger estate but it's certainly not small by current definition. It's a magic place with a private lake and great grounds for picnics and exploring.

In 1933 a couple lived
Sep 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible-cd, 2015
Not my favorite on the way! Stay tuned.

I will start by saying I love Kate Morton's writing. She has the ability to paint a setting and a time in history like very few writers. She is also wonderful at her character development. I can picture the story and each character as the book unfolds.

But...this was not my favorite. I felt like she crammed a bit too much into one story. There were mysteries, and a family full of secrets which eventually are revealed and a heroine who is co
The novel opens in the summer of 1933 with Alice Edevane 16 years old watching the preparations for the family's annual Midsummer Night party. Alice, second daughter of the wealthy Eleanor and Anthony Edevane lived on the beautiful country estate of Loeanneth in Cornwall, revelling in an idyllic life where she was free to explore the woods and the lake. Alice had recently decided she was going to be a writer and had decided to present her first manuscript to her friend, Ben Munro, a handsome you ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

Alice the author and sister of Theo and Sadie the detective.

Would these two women be able to find information about the disappearance 70 years ago of 11-month old Theo ​​if they worked together on this cold case even though the police had not been able to find one clue or to find Theo?

Alice had lived the nightmare of her brother's disappearance, and Sadie wanted to investigate the years-old case after she found the sprawling, abandoned estate of the Edevane family.

I LOVED exploring the estate an
Really lovely. A thoughtful story, with very human characters. The ending felt quite coincidental, but overall, a great story!

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Kate Morton is one of those authors whose settings are so vivid, they make you nostalgic for a similar time or place even when you've never been there. She also draws fully dimensional characters, and along with that comes sadness and failing, and reality of life. Normally I don't enjoy books that drag me into acknowledging harsh realities, but Morton is one author who does it in such a way that I can't help admiring it. This is another wonderfully written book
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KATE MORTON grew up in the mountains of south-east Queensland and now lives with her family in London and Australia. She has degrees in dramatic art and English literature, and harboured dreams of joining the Royal Shakespeare Company until she realised that it was words she loved more than performing. Kate still feels a pang of longing each time she goes to the theatre and the house lights dim.


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