Thursday, April 21, 2016

Book Review: The Lake House by Kate Morton

Series: Standalone
Genre: Historical Fiction
Published by: Atria Books
Publication date: 10/20/2015
ISBN13: 9781451649321
Pages: 492
Format: Hardback
Source: Library


Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estatein 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.

My Thoughts

DC Sadie Sparrow's life is in a shambles following what turned out to be a bad call on her part even though she stuck with what her gut was telling her and that was that something was just wrong with this case. Cops rarely ever go to a journalist for help but Sadie needed to keep this case from being pushed to the back burner which was already starting to happen as the weeks went by and her theories were squashed by the higher-ups and even her own partner so she turned to a journalist, stating that the things is this case are not what they appear to be and what did she get for it, a nice vacation in Cornwall and maybe just maybe she'll get to keep her job. 

Sadie hadn't the easiest life her parents were very strict and so when Sadie finds herself pregnant as a teenager her parents wash their hands of her and she goes to live with her maternal grandparent's who have been estranged from the family for years. Her grandparents are kind and supportive during the pregnancy and even try to talk Sadie into keeping the baby but she doesn't want to burden anyone so she gives the baby up for adoption. Burdening anyone seems to bother Sadie a lot so as soon as she could she became a cop and was independent as possible after that. But giving up your child changes you and can cloud your judgement especially in cases involving abandoned children which leads you to do some really desperate things and Sadie was no exception.

After her failed attempt to make it right by talking to the journalist Sadie hightails it down to Cornwall where her grandfather, Bertie, relocated to after his wife Ruth died. Unable to confide in her grandfather about her big blunder she leads him to believe that she is there on vacation, taking a break from the big city and that horrendous last case she worked on. Instead of mopping around the house Sadie and her grandfather's dogs go for runs in the woods and soon Sadie stumbles upon an overgrown fairytale in the woods. The Edevane estate looks so full of secrets and mystery that Sadie just cannot help herself in snooping around a bit on the estate's grounds; oh and maybe looking in a window or two. Intrigued Sadie set out on an investigation to find out why the house has been abandoned and as she dives deeper into her research she finds that the house holds a secret so full of darkness and sadness that she gets sucked in to the mystery and cannot let it go until she finds out what happened that MidSummer's Eve, the night the Edevane's baby boy Theo disappeared into thin air. 

This story holds many small stories attached to the big story, but missing and abandoned children are recurring themes throughout the whole book, Sadie had to give up a child, the Edevane's child went missing, even the case that got Sadie in trouble revolved around a supposedly abandoned kid. Not just the sadness of these events but the life changing anguish these mothers had to go through connects them to each other through time and space.

Eleanor's Theo (Bertie). 
Sadie's Esther (Charlotte).
Nancy's Maggie.

Nothing creates such a gapping hole in a woman then the loss of their child does. And The Lake House does a superb job of showing the love of a mother for their child even when that means living without them so that they may have a better life, a life that they deserve better then the one that got served to them. Mystery; genuine, safe love; passionate, forbidden love; heart breaking loss; fear; regret; pretty much every human emotion is wrapped up in the 492 pages of this book. Oh and a little warning by the last three chapters I would have some Kleenexes close by if I were you!

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