Title: The Lake House
Author: Kate Morton
Published in English: 2015
Dansk titel: Lake House
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2016
Finished Reading: March 2020
Genre: Historical & Historical Fiction
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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.
This was my first Kate Morton book but I am sure I will try out one more of hers soon. It took some time getting into the groove, it was a bit heavier than what I am used to reading, and therefore it took some time, getting into the setting of the book, and the constant change in time and character.
The descriptive and vivid writing drew me in. She paints a picture, a wonderful image of the time and place, especially when we’re in the 30’s and earlier. The characters in this novel are well developed and most of them, likeable. They are very different from each other in a good way!
It’s not that I don’t like the book, because I thought some of it was amazing! However, it was too descriptive to a point where it felt like it was to draw it out. It had a slot start, and frankly, I was super bored, but then it turned to the better, however, it ended with a letdown. To me it felt like the author, like me, was bored and just wanted to quit. It didn’t come as a surprise how it ended, but it was indeed underwhelming at best.
I didn’t really feel emotionally invested in the story, for the entirety of the read, which was about fifteen hours or so, I never felt excited, anxious or sad, and it just felt flat.