From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Secret Keeper and The Distant Hours, an intricately plotted, spellbinding new novel of heartstopping suspense and uncovered secrets.
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.
To celebrate the release of The Lake House by Kate Morton, Simon & Schuster Canada is kicking off a Read-A-Thon Blog tour! For the next three weeks you can read-along with four amazing bloggers (ahem!) as we each present a portion of the book with discussion questions and posts. I’ll post my review of the book once our book club discussion is completed.
Want to discuss the book? Feel free to leave your comments here, or please join the discussion over at GoodReads here.
Questions for Chapters 1 – 9
- In the first few chapters of the book, we are introduced to the importance of families and how one action can change a family forever. Sadie finds security with her grandparents, while Alice has all sense of safety removed with the loss of her brother. This far into the novel, how are the characters of Sadie, Alice and even Eleanor influenced by their families?
- Both Sadie and Alice have developed careers that tie in to crime – Sadie as a police officer and Alice as a crime novelist. In what ways do their respective careers help to develop the mystery within the first nine chapters of the book?
- The Lake House is really two family stories connected by time and location. Loeanneth holds both in its bricks, as it has been left abandoned more than once, and brought back to life, first by Eleanor, then by Alice and finally by Sadie with her investigations. What effect does the cycle of the house have on the narrative?
- Although it is early in the narrative, it is clear that Sadie, Alice and Eleanor are all haunted by the actions of their past. Can you really escape the past, or will history always find a way to come around and repeat itself somehow?
The Lake House is now available from Simon & Schuster Canada. A copy was provided by the publisher for the purpose of this read along and in exchange for an honest review. It is available for purchase from your favourite online, bricks & mortar or indie bookseller. ISBN: 9781451649321, 512 pages.