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.
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.