Book Review: The Lake House by Kate Morton

August 12, 2016 Book review 10 ★★★★★

Oh happy day! I’ve found a new author to crush on thanks to The Lake House by Kate Morton.  I finally got around to reading a Kate Morton book and I’m in love with her atmospheric settings and fascinating characters.


Book Review: The Lake House by Kate MortonThe Lake House by Kate Morton
Published by Atria Books on October 20th 2015
Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 492
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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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 Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. What follows is a tragedy that tears the family apart in ways they never imagined.

Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as an author. Theo’s case has never been solved, though Alice still harbors a suspicion as to the culprit. Miles away, Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force, is staying at her grandfather’s house in Cornwall.

While out walking one day, she stumbles upon the old estate—now crumbling and covered with vines, clearly abandoned long ago. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that will bring her and Alice together and reveal shocking truths about a past long gone...yet more present than ever.

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My Thoughts on The Lake House by Kate Morton

When an audiobook is over 21 hours long and you still wished it was longer, that’s a good sign! It mesmerised me. It showcased all the elements that make a book great in my eyes. So how many ways did I love it? Well let me count the ways.


1.  Beautiful descriptive writing

Not in a way that slows down the plot or the flow of the book as that’s a pet hate of mine. But the words flow seamlessly and they helped conjure up fab images in my head. I could picture the decrepit old house in Cornwall, gripping tightly to it’s secrets and I could also see the cosy family scenes during the it’s heydays.


2.  Characters I care about

I genuinely loved the characters. They all had wonderfully rich back stories that put meat on their bones and made them really lifelike. My favourite was Alice (whose brother went missing as a baby) as I loved her resilience and her thoughts on writing. However the other female characters – Eleanor (Alice’s mother) and Sadie (a police officer) are equally strong and independent.

“All her life, Alice had been interested in people. She didn’t always like them, she rarely sought their company for reasons of social fulfillment, but she did find them fascinating. And there was nowhere better for seeing people than in the rabbit warrens of the Underground. All of London passed through those tunnels, a steady flow of humanity in its many weird and wonderful forms, and among them Alice slipped like a ghost.”


3.  Twisty Plot

Every time I thought that I knew just where this book was heading, Kate Morton caught the book and shook it all up again. Like a little snowglobe, it all kept changing. At nearly 50%, I thought it was all solved and wondered how there was over 10 hours left.  But I literally didn’t know the half of it!

“It wasn’t so much the discovery of a single clue, as the coming together of many small details. That moment when the sun shifts by a degree and a spider’s web, previously concealed, begins to shine like fine-spun silver. Because suddenly Sadie could see how it all connected and she knew what had happened that night.”


4.  A book about writing

Alice is a best-selling author and I loved her thoughts about the writing process and her observations about plotting a book. So much fun and it gave me a lot to think about too as a reader and as a reviewer.


5.  Old fashioned Saga:

I love books that cover long spans of time as I enjoy building up that connection with the characters. This book covers the time from pre WWI to 2003 and I loved the journey I took with this family and the insights into their complex family dynamics.

“no matter how hard a person ran, no matter how fresh the start they gave themselves, the past had a way of reaching across the years to catch them.”


6.  Mother/Lost Child theme

This theme is hard-hitting and emotional. It got me good and the myriad of ways that the book approached the topic from different angles just made it even more moving.


Overall, I give it a huge thumbs up. I’ve my next Kate Morton book all lined up and I can’t wait to read it.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: five-stars


Who should read The Lake House by Kate Morton?

I’d strongly urge you to go seek out this book if you enjoy dual timeframes, family sagas and lost secrets. I can’t recommend it highly enough.  Fans of authors such as Maeve Binchy and Lucinda Riley.


Talk to Trish: Have you read this one?  Does it sound like something you’d like?



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10 Responses to “Book Review: The Lake House by Kate Morton”

    • trish

      I adored The Forgotten Garden too. But that’s no surprise as The Secret Garden is one of my favourite childhood books and I loved how TFG mirrored it but was also totally unique.

    • Terri M.

      Grace, Kate is the best at the dual timeframes! I have enjoyed every single one of her books.

      Trish, I especially love this statement:
      “Alice is a best-selling author and I loved her thoughts about the writing process and her observations about plotting a book. So much fun and it gave me a lot to think about too as a reader and as a reviewer.”

      As I finished the book, I wondered how the story would have been different if Alice hadn’t tried to observe everything and write everything down. Would she have known the truth sooner or would her innocence of the adult world have lead to the same result?
      Terri M. recently posted…Introducing Scott Tarbet, author | In the Spotlight Interview

  1. Kathryn

    I just have to take this off my shelf and read it! I have now earmarked it at Audible too for a reread in the future. I don’t like Maeve Binchy books for some reason nor over fond of dual timelines but I still am expecting to really like this book!
    Kathryn recently posted…Family Tree. Susan Wiggs

  2. Lola

    It’s always neat to find a new author that you like! I haven’t listened to audiobooks yet, but 21 hours does sound very long. It sure is a good sign if a book is long and you wish it was even longer, definitely a sign of a good book. I haven’t read many books that span such a long time, but it does sound interesting as you see the character change over a longe period of time. I am glad to hear you enjoyed this so much and your review does make me curious about this book. Great review!
    Lola recently posted…My To-Be Read List #24: the winner

  3. Dawn obrien

    ooh, I have this on my tbr list too, I love family sagas and ww settings, must bump it up my pile!

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