The Lake House by Kate Morton

Spanning seventy years in Cornwall, England, The Lake House is both suspenseful and moody. In 1933, Alice Edevane is a clever teenager living on a gorgeous lakeside estate, and while she loves to make up stories, nothing could prepare her for what is about to happen in her own life.

After a large summer party at her home, her brother disappears without a trace. Sending the family down a path they never anticipated, Theo’s disappearance is never solved. Seventy years later, Sadie Sparrow is a detective living in London. While on leave in Cornwall, she discovers the abandoned lake house and begins investigating the crumbling estate.

The lives of Sadie and Alice are about to intertwine in ways neither of them imagined. Despite the novel ending quite tidily, Kate Morton’s latest novel is far from disappointing. It’s a mystery at its core and the careful plotting keeps the pages turning. Morton creates a richly evocative world you’ll want to get lost in.

If you’ve read and enjoyed any of her previous novels, you are going to love this one. If you’re new to Kate Morton, this is a good place to start. The Lake House is perfect for October’s crisp autumn nights, so this book may be best enjoyed under a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate (or chocolate anything, because chocolate is never a bad idea). Truly, it is perfect to curl up with.

Kate Morton Pairing

Pair this novel* with a sweet or savory stew, this Lemon Chicken Stew is a good option from Foodie Crush. Sadie and her father get a delicious stew as a thank you, and it’s the inspiration behind this pairing (that, and that it’s cold and rainy where I am and I want someone to make me something warm and savory).

I usually stick to spooky reads in October (though technically I read this one in September), but this one is just about perfect for the month. Do you ever find yourself reading seasonally?

*I received a review copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Bonnie

    I can’t wait to dive into this one. I adored The Secret Keeper!

    • Rory O’Connor

      I think this is my new favorite, along with The Forgotten Garden (I’m a sucker for fairy tales).

      • Bonnie

        I had no idea it was fair tale related. The Secret Garden and The Distant Hours are two I have yet to read of hers.

        • Rory O’Connor

          This one isn’t! I was referring to The Forgotten Garden. 🙂

  • Naomi

    I’ve liked all her books so far. Happy to hear this one is just as good (or better!).
    I love the recipes you find!

    • Rory O’Connor

      This one was better than her last, for me.

  • Debbie Stone

    I’ve read seasonally this year, more than ever before! I’ve not read any of Kate Morten’s books. I think I own one tho (My TBR pile is huge).

    • Rory O’Connor

      There is pretty much nothing I love more than curling up with a good book in the fall, so reading seasonally has become one of my favorite pastimes. Rustling leaves, early sunsets, and colder weather just seem to need a good gothic story.

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay’s Library

    I’m all about reading creepy, spooky mysteries, thrillers and gothic novels during the fall! I’m glad you enjoyed this book; I’ve really been looking forward to it! I read “The Secret Keeper” by Kate Morton a couple years ago and absolutely loved it, and I’ve been meaning to read more of her work ever since.

    • Rory O’Connor

      If you liked that one, this one should be a win for you. It has all the best elements of Morton without feeling like a rehash of her previous work.

  • Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves)

    I’ve heard so man good things about this book and have added it to my TBR list. And – that chicken soup looks delicious! So comforting…

    • Rory O’Connor

      It’s not groundbreaking, but there is something so comforting about getting exactly what you expect from an author (in a good way).

  • Kathy

    My copy of The Lake House arrives in the mail tomorrow!! I’m not sure when I’ll get to actually read it, but I’m hoping it will be within the next couple of weeks. That stew looks delicious, but I never should have read this around my dinner time. lol

    • Rory O’Connor

      It’s inspiration for dinner time! I hope you enjoy the book.

  • Lianne @

    Part of me is a bit irked that they changed up the book cover for this one, lol. I loved the previous book covers, pretty uniform and I’ve come to recognise them immediately as her books, but anyway glad to hear this book doesn’t disappoint! Alas, am waiting for it to hit paperback…

    • Rory O’Connor

      I like the cover, but I do enjoy continuity, so I completely understand!

  • mariahelena

    I so want to read this one, but I’m still waiting for a copy from the library.

  • Alice

    I sort of accidentally read seasonally. A Morton book is definitely one for Autumn or Winter, even when it’s set in warmer times.

    I really enjoyed The Lake House, it felt back on form.

  • Catherine

    I didn’t think I was a seasonal reader but lately as Seattle heads into chilly, damp, grey weather I’m reading more scary books than I ever have! And so far, they’ve all been really good.

    I agree on The Lake House- it may be my favorite of Morton’s books and I think it’s a good one for people who haven’t read her before.

    Printed out that soup recipe- lemon and chicken?! Looks like a warm but bright alternative to all the fall veg options out there right now. Yum!

  • Melinda @ The Book Musings

    I really enjoyed it! Been waiting for her to bring out a new book and was definitely not disappointed.

  • Kate

    I just finished this book… I think it’s time Morton and I broke up 🙁

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