- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (June 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451649355
- ISBN-13: 978-1451649352
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2,475 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Lake House: A Novel Paperback – June 7, 2016
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"A deliciously compelling mystery." (The Lake House) (Liane Moriarty #1 NYT bestselling author of Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty)
"Morton's moody, suspenseful latest is the perfect page-turner for a chilly night." -- People Magazine The Best Books of the Fall (The Lake House) (People)
"..a rich and almost magical good old-fashioned tale...a fabulous addition to her work...whisks the reader away into another world...The Lake House is the perfect read for cold, dark nights" Ft. Worth Star Telegram (The Lake House) (Ft. Worth Star Telegram)
"Skillful, suspenseful, surprising...a perfect read for ...dark winter evenings...Morton is a master of suspense" The Philadelphia Inquirer (The Lake House) (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
"..a stunning, well-woven mystery that will keep readers hooked through myriad twists and turns. There are secrets within secrets in this story, and every time readers think they've figured it out, something new will be revealed." -- San Diego Book Review (The Lake House) (San Diego Book Review)
"Compelling...Morton's plotting is impeccable, and her finely wrought characters...are as surprised as readers will be by the astonishing conclusion." -- Publisher's Weekly * (The Lake House) (Publisher's Weekly)
"Brilliant...delivers the satisfactions of all her bestsellers since debuting with The House at Riverton...perfect books for just about every reader." -- Library Journal (The Lake House) (Library Journal)
"In the latest from Morton, secrets from the past come to light in the present, a theme that is the author’s specialty…. Missing babies, maternal sacrifice, and secrets, secrets, secrets—Morton offers generous clues, only to peel back deeper layers just when the truth seems close…..not short on heart-wrenching choices and rich characters." -- Booklist (The Lake House) (Booklist)
About the Author
Kate Morton, a native Australian, holds degrees in dramatic art and English literature. She lives with her family in Brisbane, Australia.
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Morton gradually reveals that quite a few of her characters are unhappy and frustrated in ways that are not obvious to the casual observer. A sixteen-year-old aspiring novelist is infatuated with a handsome older man; agonizing memories haunt a shell-shocked and guilt-ridden veteran; a bitter individual awaits an opportunity to take revenge on someone she loathes; a marriage is slowly disintegrating; and an inexplicable disappearance unmoors the residents of Loeanneth.
Kate Morton is a skilled descriptive writer who creates a magical world that is almost too idyllic. Loeanneth is filled with earthly delights, but it is also a place of temptation, transgression, and retribution. We grow to care in particular about Alice, Eleanor, and Sadie, who are all strong, independent, and resilient. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy certain aspects of this intricate story, but "The Lake House" is not an unqualified success. It is too long and rambling, cluttered with an abundance of red herrings and clichés, and concludes with an implausible ending that may impel readers to groan out loud.
The Good: the characters are well developed. The story line is methodical, detailed (at times even a bit too detailed), and carefully plotted, until the very end.
The Bad: The ending leaves something to be desired. It seems to be tossed together and just far too convenient to be believable. This long, drawn out story is so well paced and interesting. After spending hours and hours to finally uncover the mystery; I felt that I had been a bit cheated. Yes, part of the ending is not too contrived, but most of the ending seems like an easy out, for the author. A good mystery (the kind Alice Edevane would write) should drop clever clues along the way and some of the surprises in the end are not ones that could have been guessed at along the way (unless I am really, really dull).
I am a harsher critic to authors whose previous works have been great and Kate Morton’s previous works have been that. If another author had written this, I might have been less irritated by the ending. I know she can do a lot better. She has.
If you have read and enjoyed Kate Morton’s previous works; you might be a bit disappointed by the ending (as I was), but I would still recommend this. If you are not familiar with Kate Morton’s previous work; read this one first.
The Lake House is a chunkster of a novel (weighing in at almost 600 pages) and, while all her novels are longer with tightly knotted storylines going on, The Lake House at times felt longer than it needed to while all her other novels seemed to flow very quickly for me. I admit I'm not the fastest reader around, but I assumed I would be so wrapped up in the story that I would finish it in about a week, no problem. It ended up taking me over two weeks to finish it and while I can say I really enjoyed most of that time spent, I never became so wrapped up in what the characters were experiencing that I couldn't put it down. I spent a vast amount of time slowly reading through the descriptions of the lake house, the Cornwall countryside, beautiful and busy London, etc. because the writing is stunningly beautiful, but then was able to put it aside and pick it up again whenever I had time. The various mysteries surrounding the characters just didn't keep me so enraptured that I was glued to the pages.
That being said, the author did a great job, as usual, of presenting a variety of conflict and mystery for the reader to try and solve, with enough twists and turns that there were still some surprises by the ending. Some of the more secondary mysteries (the secret Sadie Sparrow was keeping about her past for one) were somewhat easy to figure out early on, but all in all Kate Morton's signature style of slowly dropping information, little by little, into the narrative and the character's dialogue kept the facts well hidden until we the reader are meant to learn the full truth of what happened to these characters and why. Having Sadie Sparrow be a detective and Alice Edevane a writer of mysteries was a brilliant move as well as this allowed the reader to follow along as Sadie tried to solve the case of the missing Theo Edevane and Alice try, at first at least, to somewhat muddle the facts and divert Sadie's attention so she wouldn't.
I don't think anyone who picks up a Kate Morton novel could possibly be disappointed in the story they read. Her attention to detail, deliciously descriptive and flourishing writing style and ability to weave together the past and present in remarkable ways is unparalleled in my opinion. She has this ability to transport the reader to the nearly magical worlds the characters inhabit but, at the same time, develop the characters and show how this magical world changes over time given the maturity and wisdom that comes with age and knowledge. If you start your Kate Morton journey with The Lake House be prepared for even more enjoyment when you pick up her other books. Even with this not being my favorite of her novels, I am still a fan girl of hers for life!