The Lake House
|September 21, 2016||Posted by admin under Historical Fiction, Mystery|
Publication Date: June 2016
NOTE: This review is on an ARC (Advanced Readers Copy)
To say I was excited to receive a desk copy of this book from Simon and Schuster Canada is an understatement. I have read all of Kate Morton’s books and loved every one of them. The Lake House, while not one of my favorites, is still no exception. The story begins in 1933. During a family party on their estate, Alice Edevane’s 11-month-old baby brother, Theo, goes missing. He is never found. The family’s world is turned upside down and is never the same again. Years and years later Alice has become a successful writer. As fate would have it, she meets Sadie–a young detective whose curiosity gets the better of her after stumbling upon the now dilapidated Edevane Estate. Will the long buried mystery surrounding Theo’s disappearance come to light?
This book is very rich in detail. It takes on three female voices: that of Alice, Alice’s mother (Eleanor), and Sadie. Each woman faces their own demons and has experienced their own share of successes and failures. They are all interesting and strong women; but for me, the most likeable of the three is Eleanor. The story bounces back and forth in time and there are many characters introduced throughout. The multiple characters and timeframes are necessary but it makes it a little confusing and I found myself re-reading some parts just to be able to absorb it better and to help make sense of what was unfolding. And it does unfold some pretty interesting and unexpected secrets.
The story was a little slow in the beginning (I read over 100 pages before I really got into the storyline), but it does pick up momentum making the last half of the book both engaging and beguiling. With elements of mystery, romance and family saga, it combined three of my favorite book genres into one thoroughly entertaining read. So why not take this journey with Alice, Eleanor, and Sadie. See how well you can navigate through the clues and the mystery and the suspense. And be prepared to find yourself all consumed and in love with this story and it’s ending.