The Blonde Bookworm: The Lake House by Kate Morton -- Review

The Lake House by Kate Morton -- Review

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Title: The Lake House
Author: Kate Morton
Pages: 593
Published: October 20th 2015 by Atria Books


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.

A lush, atmospheric tale of intertwined destinies, this latest novel from a masterful storyteller is an enthralling, thoroughly satisfying read.


The Lake House is the first Kate Morton book I've picked up and I LOVED it. Coming in right under 600 pages, it can be a little intimidating to some (me included), but don't let the page count scare you away. I fell head first into this book and couldn't put it down, and when I did put it down... I couldn't stop thinking about it. 

The story follows several characters across three generations. Each of the characters are somehow tied to the Lake House, and each of them have their own secrets to hide. I loved the intense detail and depth that Morton gave to each of the leading women. She often flipped back and forth between the past and present as well as jumping between several points of view. 

The story is told slowly with immense details, and Morton reveals little clues here and there until the reader is able to draw their own conclusions. I loved how at the beginning of the book I had no idea how it was going to end, but as it the story went on I was able to put some of the pieces together. There were so many different theories, twist, turns, and surprises throughout the story and they all lead to the most perfectly formulated ending. Everything falls together so neatly that I had to just sit and take it all in when I finished. 

I am so glad I picked up this novel. Morton is a fantastic writer and I will be sure to read more of her work. If you are interested in mystery novels with lots of curve balls, a little romance, a clear cut ending then I would highly recommend this book to you. 

Rating 4/5

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Atria Books | Simon & Schuster. 


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