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The lake house : a novel
2016
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One of People magazine's Best Books of Fall--"Morton's moody, suspenseful latest is the perfect page-turner for a chilly night."

From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Secret Keeper and The Distant Hours , an intricately plotted, spellbinding new novel of heartstopping suspense and uncovered secrets.

Living on her family's idyllic lakeside estate in 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.

A lush, atmospheric tale of intertwined destinies, this latest novel from a masterful storyteller is an enthralling, thoroughly satisfying read.
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In the latest from Morton, secrets from the past come to light in the present, a theme that is the author's specialty. Alice Edevane is a teenage novelist in love in 1930s Cornwall. Loeanneth (literally, the lake house) is a place made for storytelling, with magical woods and fairy fields, all totally lost on her stern mother, Eleanor. Seventy years later, Sadie Sparrow is visiting her grandfather after getting too close to a case, a no-no for a London detective. Sadie stumbles upon Loeanneth, frozen in time, and throws herself into the mystery of the abandoned house, using her considerable professional skills and a helpful librarian. She tries to involve a native mystery novelist, A. E. Edevane, who has not been back to Cornwall in years. Missing babies, maternal sacrifice, and secrets, secrets, secrets Morton offers generous clues, only to peel back deeper layers just when the truth seems close. There is a procedural element to the story for traditional mystery readers, and it is not short on heart-wrenching choices and rich characters. The ending is a bit neat, but after all Morton puts the characters through, they've earned it.--Maguire, Susan Copyright 2015 Booklist
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