500 pages. There’s no getting around it, this is one long book!
But when I saw The Lake House by Kate Morton as one of the book options in my Hello Book Lover box, I knew I had to select it. I’ve heard wonderful things about this book by so many fellow readers and it had been sitting on my must-read list for far too long.
If you’re one who loves a book that’s so beautifully written it transports you to another time and place, this is for you. The 500 pages are well worth it!
Kate takes you on a journey back in time to Cornwall, England during the town’s biggest evening of the year, Midsummer’s Eve. This is an olden-day mystery where instead of tracking cell phone records and toll booth surveillance videos, the author takes you through handwritten love letters and journals that are used to reveal the character’s deepest and darkest secrets.
During the Midsummer’s Eve party the Edevane family throws once a year, their youngest child goes missing. Only 11-months old, he obviously didn’t walk out of the house alone. So what happened to him? And who was involved? Characters’ lives unfold while stories overlap and intertwine in dozens of ways.
Flash forward a few decades and the case still unsolved, until one day two determined people wind up in the same room.
This isn’t like some of the new thrillers such as The Woman in Cabin 10. Although I fully enjoyed Ruth Ware’s book, it’s wasn’t as focused on describing the scene, but more on the surprise/shock value of something popping up when you least expected it. The Lake House had a much more elegant way of stringing you along, focused more on telling the character’s stories and letting the reader come to their own conclusions.
Kate writes this book so well and so vividly that I could swear by the end of it I was actually at the old estate in Cornwall.
Now I will admit, she probably could have gotten the same point across in about 400 pages, but I promise this book is worth the commitment. Maybe get it on Audible to save time :)
Have you read this book yet? What were your thoughts?