The Lake House by Kate Morton

The Lake HouseThe Lake House: A NovelThe Lake House: A Novel by Kate Morton by Kate Morton

It’s so hard to write about this book without giving spoilers, so this will be very superficial. I loved this book. It’s not one I’d normally read – the kidnapped or missing child is one of my “do not read” triggers – but I trusted Morton (plus it was a book club book), and I am so glad I pushed past my initial hesitation.

As is Morton’s trait, it’s another alternating timeline book, and you get the story from multiple perspectives – including a brief view from the missing baby.

There are layers of mysteries here, and my one real complaint might be that it’s perhaps a bit too tidy in how everything is resolved. It does make it satisfying in many ways as a reader – there were only two real questions I had after finishing the book – but part of me thinks it gets to be a little too ridiculous having so much wrap up in the final chapters. And precisely HOW some of it gets resolved also gets a big “Really?” from me. No specifics because that would be a great big spoiler.

No matter, it was still a compelling read, and a great start to the book club year. It’s one that I highly recommended as a book club book – it provides a lot to discuss.

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Publisher’s Description:
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.

Book Details

Title: The Lake House: A NovelThe Lake House: A Novel by Kate Morton
Author: Kate Morton
Category: Historical Fiction
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

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New on Your Stack (volume 9)

The Lake HouseTanya (The Other Side of the Road) highlighted Kate Morton’s latest The Lake House, and I’m already reading it! I’m slow with it because of the advanced reader format (have to read it on my phone, which I hate doing for long stretches) but so far it’s really engrossing. I also find myself thinking about it when I’m not reading it, which is always a good sign. Hoping to get it wrapped up this week!


Eight Hundred GrapesKate (Mom’s Radius) once again added zero books to my TBR list – this time because none of them are calling to me! I’m actually not disappointed about that at all, as my TBR list is big enough, so anytime I can avoid making it bigger it’s ok with me.

Although it may not remain that way – I am most curious about Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave, so I’m waiting to hear what she has to say about it. It might end up on my list after all.


An Astronaut's Guide to Life on EarthTuija (Read Go Adventure) has two books that have my interest: Daughters of Time is a collection of short stories that are historical fiction, but based on real events – I love that sort of story! Sadly for me, it’s a UK publication and isn’t as easily available, and I’m not sure I want to try and track it down.

What is easily available is An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield. I want to read it soon, as I’m wondering if it would provide a nice nonfiction pairing to our book club pick for November of The Martian. We’ll see if that happens, as I’m running out of time.


When Books Went to WarStacy (Sincerely Stacie) also added two books to my TBR stack (can you see why I didn’t mind not adding any from Kate?) When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning sounds perfect for me – it’s recommended for history and book lovers. And The 52 Lists Project is under consideration for my Christmas list. I think it sounds like it’d be a fun one!


Previously on The Deliberate Reader

Two years ago: Reading Challenge Progress: November
Three years ago: 31 Days of Great Series

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The Secret Keeper

The Secret KeeperThe Secret Keeper: A NovelThe Secret Keeper: A Novel by Kate Morton by Kate Morton

If you’ve read Morton’s books before, you’ll find this fits her pattern. The narrative alternates between contemporary and historical events. There’s a bit of a mystery, and maybe a bit of romance in at least one of the time periods. The main character is appealing, and the descriptions are detailed and even magical at times.

If that sounds like a complaint, it’s not. I’ve enjoyed all of Morton’s books, and don’t mind that she has found a formula that works for her and sticks with it. She can weave a captivating tale and I like trying to guess how all of the pieces fit together.

While it took me ages to finish this book, that’s not because I didn’t enjoy it – I did! It just wasn’t fitting in with the reading mood I was in, and I wouldn’t have picked it when I did except for it being March’s book club pick. It does make a wonderful book club choice – plenty to discuss in a compelling narrative.

Morton’s writing has improved over each of the books I’ve read by her – the pacing is better, and although I still think the overall word count is a bit padded, it’s smooth and easy to read.

Publisher’s Description:
The new novel from the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Distant Hours is a spellbinding mix of mystery, thievery, murder, and enduring love.

During a party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the road and sees her mother speak to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to the family farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by questions she has not thought about for decades. From pre-WWII England through the Blitz, to the fifties and beyond, discover the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined.

The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams, the lengths people go to fulfill them, and the consequences they can have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers, and schemers told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

Book Details

Title: The Secret Keeper: A NovelThe Secret Keeper: A Novel by Kate Morton
Author: Kate Morton
Category: Fiction
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

If you’re interested in Morton, I’ve also reviewed her books The Distant Hours and The Forgotten Garden

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