Tuesday, 1 December 2015
The Lake House by Kate Morton
Sadie Frost is on enforced leave from her job as a London Metropolitan police officer and is staying with her beloved grandfather in Cornwall. Whilst out running she comes across an abandoned estate and garden, and becomes intrigued with it's history: the baby boy of a prominent family disappeared during a large Midsummer Eve party in 1933, never to be seen again. The devastated family leave the estate and move to London. Sadie discovers the baby boy's sister is still alive and is a successful mystery writer, who wants nothing to do with Sadie's approaches.
Alice Edavane was 16 years old when her brother disappeared and has been keeping secrets ever since.
The story is engaging with interesting characters and complicated family dynamics plus a few red herrings thrown in to keep the reader guessing. Everything is very neatly tied up at the end (but that's OK, this is not real life!). A great summer escapist read.
Kate Morton is an Australian author who has written five novels including The Forgotten Garden and The Shifting Fog. The Lake House is my favourite.