The Lake House by Kate Morton
Kate Morton is the master of weaving multiple storylines together. In The Lake House, there are multiple stories being told—Sadie is a detective with a secret, Eleanor is a mother with a secret and Alice is a daughter with a secret. Alice and Sadie exist in the present time and Eleanor exists in the past. The stories of these three women share a common theme and are slowly revealed through research and flashbacks.
As a long time fan of Morton’s work, I’m always trying to dissect and figure out what the major secret is in her novels. I nearly had this one figured out before the grand reveal. This was exciting for me as I’m not sure that I’ve been able to do that with any of the other books of hers that I have read. It was rewarding to have figured most of it out. It was the final piece that I didn’t get, but I don’t think there were enough textual clues to have figured it out before the end. As result, that final mystery fell a bit flat.
My favorite part about The Lake House was the insight into Alice’s life as a writer. Because the story revolves around Alice reflecting on her life growing up, the reader is able to witness an author being born. It was quite intriguing to see how the events in Alice’s life, especially the disappearance of her brother, Theo, shaped her as a writer. You’ll have to decide, as you read the book, if her obsession with observing others and writing EVERYTHING down was a positive influence on her life or not.
The Lake House is another wonderful addition to Morton’s body of work. While not my favorite of Morton’s because of the final reveal, I did enjoy Sadie’s journey through time to discover the truth behind Theo disappearance and Alice’s reflections on her life as she discovered the truth about her family—a truth she thought she knew already.
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The Lake HouseAuthor: Kate Morton
Published on: October 20, 2015
Genres: mystery, historical fiction, adult
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