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A missing child…

June 1933, and the Edevane family’s country house, Loeanneth, is polished and gleaming, ready for the much-anticipated Midsummer Eve party. Alice Edevane, sixteen years old and a budding writer, is especially excited. Not only has she worked out the perfect twist for her novel, she’s also fallen helplessly in love with someone she shouldn’t. But by the time midnight strikes and fireworks light up the night skies, the Edevane family will have suffered a loss so great that they leave Loeanneth forever.

An abandoned house…

Seventy years later, after a particularly troubling case Sadie Sparrow is sent on an enforced break from her job with the Metropolitan Police. Sadie retreats to her beloved grandfather’s cottage in Cornwall but soon finds herself at a loose end. Until one day, she stumbles upon an abandoned house surrounded by overgrown gardens and dense woods, and learns the story of a baby boy who disappeared without a trace.

An unsolved mystery…

Meanwhile, in the attic writing room of her elegant Hampstead home, the formidable Alice Edevane, now an old lady, leads a life as neatly plotted as the bestselling detective novels she writes. Until a young police detective starts asking questions about her family’s past, seeking to resurrect the complex tangle of secrets Alice has spent her life trying to escape…

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– #1 Bestseller Australia –
– #1 Bestseller Canada –
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 – Indie Next Pick Nov, 2015 –


‘Compelling . . . Morton’s plotting is impeccable, and her finely wrought characters . . . are as surprised as readers will be by the astonishing conclusion.’ — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

‘Brilliant . . . delivers the satisfactions of all her bestsellers since debuting with The House at Riverton . . . perfect books for just about every reader.’ — Library Journal

‘Morton’s moody, suspenseful latest is the perfect page-turner for a chilly night.’ — People, The Best Books of the Fall

‘A deliciously compelling mystery.’ — Liane Moriarty, bestselling author of Big Little Lies

‘ . . . rich and almost magical . . . a fabulous addition to her work . . . whisks the reader away into another world. . . . The Lake House is the perfect read for cold, dark nights.’ — Star Telegram (Fort Worth, TX)

‘ . . . featuring the sort of expansive, absorbing, heart-wrenching story that is swiftly becoming the trademark of this Australian author . . . Morton’s elements of mystery are always tightly-wound and expertly plotted. . . . It will transport you to the Cornish countryside, dissolve your trials in the face of others’ and-most of all-make you remember why you love reading so much. It is Kate Morton at her finest.’ — Reader’s Digest

‘Skillful, suspenseful, surprising . . . a perfect read for dark winter evenings. . . . Morton is a master of suspense’ — The Philadelphia Inquirer

‘ . . . a stunning, well-woven mystery that will keep readers hooked through myriad twists and turns. There are secrets within secrets in this story, and every time readers think they’ve figured it out, something new will be revealed.’ — San Diego Book Review

‘In the latest from Morton, secrets from the past come to light in the present, a theme that is the author’s specialty. . . . Missing babies, maternal sacrifice, and secrets, secrets, secrets — Morton offers generous clues, only to peel back deeper layers just when the truth seems close . . . [N]ot short on heart-wrenching choices and rich characters.’ — Booklist