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The Lake House is a novel by James Patterson, a sequel to When the Wind Blows. When the Wind Blows and The Lake House are adult books and the. In her book The Lake House, author Kate Morton takes three stories about children—a missing child, an abandoned child, and a child given up. The Lake House by Kate Morton - From the New York Times bestselling author of Keeper comes a “moody, suspenseful page-turner” (People, Best Book Pick).
Set in two time frames, s Cornwall and London the plot slowly unfolds and the author introduces two mysteries that need solving. I was totally drawn in by the descriptive and vivid writing and the wonderful images that that the author I loved this book to start with and I hated this book by the end and therefore I found this such a difficult Novel to rate and review. I was totally drawn in by the descriptive and vivid writing and the wonderful images that that the author created.
The characters in this novel are very well developed and likable, I loved the s setting, the period house, set in an enchanted forest, a dysfunctional family with secrets and a mysteries going back 70 years. I was so taken with this novel that I bought the audio as well as the Kindle edition as well and I have to admit I even took this one to work as I just could not pull myself away.
The Narrator was excellent on the audio version although the story did drag a little in places. So what was there to hate about this novel, it was too descriptive and way too drawn out. It was done. It crossed her mind that she should say something before she left this lonely place. The inclination made her feel ashamed. She made her way back quickly through the woods, careful to avoid the boathouse and its memories.
Dawn was breaking as she reached the house; the rain was light. The blackcaps and warblers were waking, and far in the distance a horse whinnied. Reading Group Guide. About The Author. Davin Patterson. Kate Morton. Product Details. Washington Square Press June Length: Related Articles. Excited for the Big New Books of Fall?
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Resources and Downloads. The Lake House Trade Paperback More books from this author: You may also like: Just when the reader gets hold of the story line, it seems to change Is this just me or do other readers feel the same? Engaging complicated and a bit hard to follow, it a page Turner none the less.
Near the end it all came together for me. What do you think? Daniella Just to offer a different perspective to potential readers, I want to add to this discussion that I personally didn't find the plot very complicated …more Just to offer a different perspective to potential readers, I want to add to this discussion that I personally didn't find the plot very complicated or at all difficult to follow. Though I can see how it might be so for some.
I agree about the ending I suspected a few different scenarios along the way, but when the mystery was revealed, I wasn't very surprised. In my opinion, though, if the book has one major flaw, it's that certain coincidences are a bit too "convenient" to be fully believable. Still an enjoyable read. I highly recommend the audiobook!
Is there any news on the title or release date for this one yet? I can't wait to find out more Judith The release date is actually October 20th! See all 48 questions about The Lake House…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 17, Dem rated it liked it.
I loved this book to start with and I hated this book by the end and therefore I found this such a difficult Novel to rate and review. Firstly the setting for the Lake house is amazing and Kate Morton has a wonderful sense of time and place in her novels. Set in two time frames, s Cornwall and London the plot slowly unfolds and the author introduces two mysteries that need solving. I was totally drawn in by the descriptive and vivid writing and the wonderful images that that the author I loved this book to start with and I hated this book by the end and therefore I found this such a difficult Novel to rate and review.
I was totally drawn in by the descriptive and vivid writing and the wonderful images that that the author created. The characters in this novel are very well developed and likable, I loved the s setting, the period house, set in an enchanted forest, a dysfunctional family with secrets and a mysteries going back 70 years. I was so taken with this novel that I bought the audio as well as the Kindle edition as well and I have to admit I even took this one to work as I just could not pull myself away.
The Narrator was excellent on the audio version although the story did drag a little in places. So what was there to hate about this novel, it was too descriptive and way too drawn out. But the biggest disappointment of all was the contrived and fairytale ending It was so bad I wanted to fling my kindle across the room. It felt like the author got bored and just wanted out. There was also a few incidents in the story where you would have to seriously suspend belief.
I always urge people to judge a book for yourself because we all differ on how we react to a story and I am in the minority on this one. I did find this an atmospheric read but not as good as her first couple of novels. View all comments. I had really, really wanted to wait a little closer to the publishing date to read this, but based on all of the great feedback, and my love of her previous novels I couldn't resist. So here I sit having just finished I have enjoyed all of KM's novels but this one will easily go down as my favorite.
As a writer, she has a unique gift of being able to weave past and present stories together in a way that seems I had really, really wanted to wait a little closer to the publishing date to read this, but based on all of the great feedback, and my love of her previous novels I couldn't resist.
As a writer, she has a unique gift of being able to weave past and present stories together in a way that seems effortless. In this, both stories had me captivated from the very beginning.
My only criticism would be that the ending was a bit tidy for my liking, however, even this small fact does not deter me in the least from giving this a strong five star rating. Bravo, Kate! View all 41 comments. Good, but not as good as I expected. Feeling a little underwhelmed right now. This one had been sitting on my Audible shelf for a long time. Even though it has been on the bestseller lists forever, the twenty plus hour length was daunting. Finally, I decided to tackle it.
The story is told in multiple timeframes -early s, 's and and has multiple stories woven together. The common thread is Sadie Sparrow, a London detective on leave after leaking information to the press about Hmm The common thread is Sadie Sparrow, a London detective on leave after leaking information to the press about a case she'd been working on.
Sadie goes to stay with her grandfather at his home in the country to get away from the city and clear her head. While staying with her grandfather, she stumbles upon another unsolved case from 70 years earlier. The case has some similarities to the case that she'd been working on recently and Sadie begins investigating the cold case to keep her busy. Soon, she is completely absorbed by the disappearance of a young boy from the lake house seventy years earlier.
As the story progresses, multiple leads are explored and snuffed out. Glimpses of the lives of the boy's family members are provided as letters and other insights are revealed.
Alice, the boy's sister, is an esteemed writer and offers many insights into the events surrounding his disappearance. Although there was a love story or two along the way, they took a backseat to the mystery surrounding the crimes. Since I am primarily a romance reader, I craved a stronger love story that was more central to the story.
That never happened because it just wasn't that type of story. Therefore, I never really connected with this story. I never felt emotionally invested in the story. In over twenty hours, I never felt excited, anxious, sad or much of anything.
The entire story just felt "flat" to me. I never cared one way or the other about the characters. If it weren't for my compulsive need to finish every book I start, I probably would have DNF'd this one. I knew it wasn't my cup of tea and it seemed to drag on forever. I was surprised with the ending, but not necessarily satisfied. I think I expected more. After all of those hours, I was left thinking "That's it? Underwhelmed is probably the best descriptor of my feelings after finishing this book.
Despite all of my gripes, I did think the story was well-written. If mysteries were my thing, I probably would have really enjoyed this one. However, any story without a strong, central romance isn't going to appeal much to me. So, this is probably a case of "it's not you, it's me". View all 29 comments. I only got through a quarter of it. Just cannot get interested in the story. Jumps back and forth between multiple time periods and characters with long-winded descriptions about everything and everyone.
It was like listening to someone trying to tell me a story that cannot stay on track. I liked her other books. Perhaps I'm too impatient and the timing for this one was not right.
Reading can be such a subjective endeavor sometimes. View all 35 comments. Either I'm now so old, bitter and cynical that I can no longer enjoy harmless fluff, or this wasn't anywhere near as good as Kate Morton's others.
Two things are inevitable when authors recycle the same formula: The Lake House just doesn't have the same magically indulgent appeal as the author's previous books, though the ingredients are th Either I'm now so old, bitter and cynical that I can no longer enjoy harmless fluff, or this wasn't anywhere near as good as Kate Morton's others. The Lake House just doesn't have the same magically indulgent appeal as the author's previous books, though the ingredients are there: There's nothing strictly wrong with the story, I just found it dragging at points which seemed at odds with how compelling previous Morton books have been.
But it's as cleverly plotted as ever, with cliffhangers galore, and I admit I wouldn't have wanted to give up without knowing how it all ended. View all 24 comments. Two different story lines decades apart, a young boy missing in the past and a policewoman at odds with her superiors and a woman author, make up this story. As with all Morton novels, very descriptive and atmospheric, maybe too much so. Her novels seem to follow a pattern, but this is a comfort read, one know exactly what one will get.
As for the end, a little to pat, too neatly tied up and ultimately a disappointment. Welcome to Loeanneth You are in a lush and abundant English garden in Cornwall on a secluded lakeside estate. You know the kind; the ones that seem naturally resplendent with rhododendron, foxglove, bluebells, boxwood, ivy and creeping phlox. So beautiful and fragrant it overwhelms your sense of sight and sound and smell. Perhaps tea will be served by the gateway, just over that knoll, where you can follow the pathway down to the lake.
The local constabulary pour over the estate, but Theo is never found and his disappearance never explained. Suspicions in which she herself feels culpable. We will meet her twice.
She is intrigued by the unsolved mystery. She is certain things are not as they seem That something far more sinister is afoot. She is alone in her certainty, And eager, desperate even, to reclaim her post. One case that she cannot rid from her mind and another that she is not allowed to pursue. As promised we meet Alice again in , as a bright, innocent and precocious 16 year old, with a penchant for writing mystery stories, months before that fateful mid summers eve.
A time when Ben was still at Loeanneth, a time of dreams and misplaced certainties. Kate Morton serves up an atmospheric tale of family secrets and intertwining destinies, revolving around three mysteries. Told from the perspective of our vacationing detective and the Edevane family members that were present on the night that Theo vanished; their stories and memories weaving back and forth in time.
What really happened to Theo? With myriad twists and turns Morton ties up all the loose ends and brings this tale to a satisfying, if somewhat too tidy conclusion, that leaves me wondering if we wont be hearing more from Sadie Sparrow. I for one would love to visit Loeanneth again! View all 18 comments. I never review Morton's books.
They are just a reading treat, kinda like a piece of reading chocolate. As always, enjoyable but this one was a bit too neatly tied up at the end. View all 12 comments. Jan 07, Phrynne rated it it was ok. I tried but I can't like this one as much as every one else does.
The story is good, some of the characters are interesting but the author just uses far too many words! I was obliged to skim quite a lot of the text just because she rambled so far from the purpose of the book. And then one complete star off for that awfully contrived ending. Sorry everyone who loved it - it obviously just wasn't for me: View all 30 comments. Nov 18, Anne rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oh gosh, how I just adore this woman's writing! She could publish her grocery list and I would happily download it.
I found this book easy to, as I always do. It had everything I love about Kate Morton's books, including a perfect mixture between historical fiction and an intriguing crime story. She writes about topics that simply interest me. I have a thing for old family secrets being revealed and someone delving deep into the past, and she pairs those with sympathetic characters, so of course I end Oh gosh, how I just adore this woman's writing!
I have a thing for old family secrets being revealed and someone delving deep into the past, and she pairs those with sympathetic characters, so of course I ended up majorly enjoying reading this story. I love how much attention she pays to including even very small details. I appreciate this so much, because it makes everything seem more realistic to me. However , this is definitely not something for everyone! My mum is currently reading the book as well and she is rather annoyed and bored by how Morton takes great time to explain and describe so many little things - to her, it seems like the story isn't moving forward.
So everyone's individual reading likes and dislikes definitely play a big role in if they end up being as enthralled by the author's writing as I am.
The ending was a bit too cheesy and obvious for my tastes. However, I'm able to very easily ignore this in favour of my great love for the rest of the book. View all 7 comments. After reading a few Kate Morton novels last year, I found myself enamored with her storytelling and character creation abilities.
I added all of her books to my TBR and included The Lake House on my monthly Book Bucket List on my blog, where followers vote to select one read per month for me -- this won as my June novel and I finished it over 6 days last week. With a new puppy in the house, reading and book reviewing time is not as easy as usual but I'm determined to meet my June TBR goals. Whil After reading a few Kate Morton novels last year, I found myself enamored with her storytelling and character creation abilities.
While I absolutely adored this book, there were a few times I felt disconnected and disappointed, or that the coincidences were a little too much, but not for too long or in any way to truly bother me.
The story focuses on several characters in England mostly during the s to the s, and then current time which is set in the s. In the s, the Edevane family is recuperating from World War 1 where while no one died, the savagery of war has had its toll on relationships. Alice is the focus, the middle sister who never quite fit in the family and became a mystery writer.
When her younger brother disappears, and her two other sisters begin to act oddly, something seems off. Throw in a battleaxe for a grandmother, a fun but peculiar uncle-type, and some very attentive or non-attentive nannies, there's got to be something bad that happened to the little boy When Alice's book covers some of those true-life situations, people wonder what happened years ago This is a story about missing children, lost children, and kidnapped children What I love about Morton's writing is the imagery and depth you see, hear, and experience.
Everything feels like it's unfolding right before your eyes on a stage. Among the always present gardens, large estates, dysfunctional families, and interconnected historic and modern times, you're carried away into a dreamlike state where you can happily immerse yourself in beauty and lyrical action.
Morton also excels at weaving together multiple stories that have both small and large connections you begin to assemble along the path. At times, it's a bit too connected or coincidental, but truthfully, isn't that part of why we read books?
We want to experience something new and different, a shock or a twist So while it can be a bit overdone or over-the-top even in my own writing, I would agree it happens , it also is what truly makes the book spectacular in other ways.
It's a story with a start and a finish, so it's going to have very specific reasons for things happening. In this one, it all felt natural as it could have happened just pushed together too closely in a few occasions.
I also struggled a bit in the early pages as there were a few too many characters to keep track of, and with so many women across 4 generations, it was often a confusing in the beginning of a chapter to know which one we were talking about.
It was done purposefully to add intrigue and suspense, which I understand, but sometimes it was a little too much. Other than those concerns, I was very happy with the story. It isn't my favorite Morton, but I find myself still thinking about it days later Morton captures the young heroine trying to solve the past like no other author I know. She can also brilliantly build the amazing balance in an octogenarian who is torn, but also a bit of a curmudgeon about the past.
You feel the indeterminable strength in the woman who can't let go but is desperate for a closure that seems destined to cause more pain. Stunning poetry at times. View all 8 comments. Oct 07, Christina rated it it was amazing. One simply requires an aquaintance with man's dark depths, and the inclination to explore them to their very end. Besides, haven't we all experienced the desire to kill, if only for a moment?
This was my first novel by Kate Morton and it definitely won't be my last. On a summer evening in , eleven month old Theo Edevane vanishes from his crib and is nowhere to be found. After months of searc 4. After months of searching with no results, the devastated Edevane family leaves their lakeside estate in Cornwall for London. They will never go back.
Seventy years later, Detective Constable Sadie Sparrow is visiting her granddad in Cornwall on a leave from her job. On a run through the woods, she stumbles upon the once proud Edevane mansion Her natural curiosity is piqued when she learns the story of the baby boy who disappeared from the house without a trace and she decides to seek answers.
I wouldn't call this story fast paced by any definition, but in this case it really worked.