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Publisher's Summary

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented 14 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 son, Theo, has vanished without a trace. What follows is a tragedy that tears the family apart in ways they never imagined, leaving their estate as empty as their broken hearts.

Nearly 60 years later, having enjoyed a long, successful career as an author, Alice is now 80 years old and living in London. Theo’s case has never been solved, though Alice still harbours 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.

A lush, atmospheric tale of intertwined destinies, this latest novel from a masterful storyteller is spellbinding and satisfying.

©2015 Kate Morton (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Morton excels at creating absorbing mystery." ( People)
"Morton is the master of the atmospheric old-fashioned novel packed with enough stories to fill all the worn satchels in the Milderhurst attic." ( Bookpage)

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Loved it

Although the ending is a little too tidy, the journey there was very pleasant, the characters fully drawn and the setting magical.

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Spellbinding!

The spine-tingling tale keeps the reader mesmerised from start to finish! The overall reading is excellent, but I was a little disappointed at her failure to mimic the different people's voices. Sometimes I found it difficult to know who was supposed to be speaking.

I would recommend Kate Morton's book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery!

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Great story but would love a better narrator

I love Kate Morton's stories and I'm so disappointed they're stuck with a poor narrator. The Australian creeping into the poor attempt at an accent is just too irritating (especially as an Aussie!). I wish they'd choose an English narrator so I could fully enjoy the beautiful writing.

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  • Kay Way
  • 12-19-15

Slow

What did you like best about The Lake House? What did you like least?

Narrator was painful. With bad accents and a south african/australlian accent coming through. Bad essex accent. All over acted so very annoying. Story was slow and laborious and spun out, not sure why so many good reviews. Lots of cliches. Would not read another one of her books.

Would you be willing to try another book from Kate Morton? Why or why not?

No

What aspect of Caroline Lee’s performance might you have changed?

Poor and annoying. Would not listen to another one.

Could you see The Lake House being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Yes could be. Would be better with better accent - actors and much faster.

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  • jane
  • 12-12-15

The narration is a mess (namely the accents)

...which was very distracting. Each character spoke in at least 4 accents, and bad ones. I wish the narrator had chosen to skip the attempts at accents, it would've been much nicer to listen to.

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  • Amanda
  • 11-24-15

Love this!

I love getting lost in the writings of Kate Morton, the this does not disappoint! Read so well by Caroline Lee who captures the personality of each character.

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  • Daina
  • 11-23-15

Boring

Perhaps a book set in Cornwall should have a narrator that can manage a vaguely English accent. Almost as bad as an American trying the Australian accent.
First 1/2 hour made me feel like I was listening to a parent reading to a child.

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  • Lynnette
  • 04-16-17

Another excellent book from Kate Morton -a good story

Kate's books never let me down. It's taken me a few weeks to read this time but I enjoyed picking it up at any stage. I'm sure I must have heard the full range of Caroline's voices by now but she always draws me in and I enjoy each character. A predictable story you might think, you wont be disappointed.

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  • Denise
  • 12-13-15

Enthralling story

I loved the characters and all the twists and turns in the story. Just when you think you know what happened you are sent off in a completely different direction. I could not wait for the next trip in the car to see what happens next.

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  • Sunita
  • 05-29-21

so many twists and turns, amazing story teller

couldn't stop listening. Mind wandered a little with all the descriptive details but actually came to appreciated it to envelope me in the story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-18-21

Enjoyed the story, slightly put off by the narration

I enjoyed the story, some parts were a bit obvious but it was still a good listen. However the narration was a bit off, Caroline Lee’s Australian accent kept creeping in and I found myself listening to her attempts at an accent rather than the story at times. She is a lovely narrator but probably not suitable for this book. But overall I still enjoyed it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-20-20

2nd time round

Second time reading and I loved it even more Kate Morton. Even knowing the outcome of everything didn't dampen my excitement, if anything it enhanced it. I was able to dig in deeper and found myself saying of course and oh yes and how did I miss that the first tine. I am sure I will read TLH again.....now to the Forgotten Garden for the 3rd time, oh how I love that story too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-20

Way too long.

This story was evocative and beautifully written but needed to be about half it's length to work as a thriller for me. It just dragged aimlessly at many points.