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Published by Atria Books on October 20, 2015
Source: the publisher
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.
I am taking part in The Lake House Read-A-Thon, hosted by Kate Morton’s Book Club and Simon & Schuster Canada. I was excited to be invited to participate, so let’s jump right into the discussion questions!
- The reveal that Anthony suffered from Shell Shock was a surprise. With Shell Shock being an unknown at the time, do you believe he could have killed baby Theo?
- With modern medicine and psychiatric treatment, Shell Shock is now known at PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). If Anthony had been able to seek treatment, what do you think would have changed in their lives?
- Do you think Sadie’s hunch about Maggie has any truth behind it? What about with the new information Nancy Bailey brought forward?
- Is Alice right to have “researched” Sadie in order to have something to blackmail her with to keep her quiet about baby Theo?
- Moral concerns aside, Eleanor falling in love with Ben seems to come out of nowhere. Are her feelings real, or a manufactured result of her husband’s distance and changes due to Shell Shock? Is she simply grasping at a relationship to make up for what she is missing at home? Or is it possible to love two men both at the same time?