The Lake House by Kate Morton


Reviewed by Katy Zignego (Library Staff)

Kate Morton is one of my all-time favorites, so of course I was anticipating her newest offering. Like her previous books, The Lake House is a combination of a modern and a historical storyline, with family drama taking center stage. There are quite a few writers working in a similar style right now–Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train comes to mind–but Morton is the reigning queen of the genre.

The basic plot concerns a London detective, delightfully named Sadie Sparrow, who is taking a leave of absence after a difficult case. While visiting her grandfather in Cornwall, she stumbles across an empty old house beside a lake. The mystery of the house–and the family that left it in tragedy in the summer of 1933–draws her in. Sadie (and the reader) gradually unearth the truth about what happened to the Edevane family, culminating in a twist of epic proportions at the very end of the book.

Some might charge that Morton’s novels are formulaic, and there is definitely truth in the accusation. But so, too, is every mystery novel in the world. The fact that there is (almost) always a murder, a detective, and a solution doesn’t detract from the enjoyment. That’s the way I feel about Kate Morton’s particular style. Just because you know what’s coming doesn’t mean you won’t thoroughly enjoy the ride.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC MORTON)

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