The Lake House by Kate Morton review
This was the book my online book club picked to read for the month of February. It was the first book club book I’ve read in about a year, so I was pretty excited about it. However, when I started the book, I wondered what I got myself into. LOL
Now, I’ve never read anything by Ms. Morton, so I had no idea what to expect; nor did I even read the book’s description before starting the book. There was a point where I almost gave up and put it aside. Why? If you’ve never heard of this author, you’ll find out really quick that she’s a “winded”-type of writer. The descriptions she gives in this book alone are so detailed down to the type of fabric that the characters are wearing to how the fabric was woven. And no, I’m not making this up. I really thought it would be hard to follow along because you don’t know which detailed description will be important later on, and which she is just rambling on about for no reason other than to try to pain an extremely detailed picture in the reader’s mind.
However, I kept on plugging on with this very long story, and by the time I was about 30% into it, I found myself not being able to put it down.
The story is about a very notable, well-to-do family (according to the locals), but deep down, this family was built upon secret after secret. It mainly follows Alice Edevane who’s living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England. We meet Alice as a bright, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories and then we also know Alice as an 80-something year old woman who is stuck not knowing exactly what happened one midsummer’s eve after a beautiful party her family was throwing. Alice has her *ideas* about what she thinks happened that horrible night, but until she comes in contact with Sadie (a troubled London detective) who becomes interested in the cold case, she’s only left wondering if she had a hand in the disappearance of her little brother Theo who vanished without a trace.
The story goes back and forth from the 1930s to “current” times of 2000s by following many people’s different paths along the way that may or may not have been involved with Theo’s crime. Thanks to Sadie’s curiosity, she starts 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.
I will 100% admit, that I listened to the audio of this book more than I actually read the pages. With the hugely descriptive details, this was the only way I could get through certain parts of the book. But I am glad that I took the time to check it out, because in the end it turned out to be a great story that you should check out!