Verdict: A must read for all Kate Morton fans!
The Lake House isn't just for Kate Morton fans. Morton really increased the complexity and fell out of some of her predictable patterns that regular readers could easily figure out in advance during this novel. Overall, she stepped up her game. Anyone who love a fast paced, cold case mystery (although those two seem to be at odds, right?) will not be able to put this novel down.
The novel was extremely long, which makes is hard to summarize succinctly. Overall, the narrative jumps among generations of people during both world wars, the present, and times in between. The narrative focuses on a current detective and a retired detective. It focuses on a mystery writer and a missing baby. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
While there was a subplot or two that I would have loved to read more about, it would have required the almost 600 page tome to reach gigantic proportions, so I'm ok with the possible editing. I know that Morton has never written a sequel, but the main character, Sadie Sparrow, would make an excellent detective for a second novel, in my opinion. I found her to be a fascinating character who would have more to offer.
I think readers will agree that Morton brings numerous plots and subplots together, brilliantly, at the end, in a way that keeps the reader guessing right up until the main character herself pieces it together! It is a long, but brilliant masterpiece that won't waste the time of fiction fans, mystery fans, or Kate Morton fans. In fact, it has to be the best Morton novel to date!
I cannot recommend the novel highly enough, if you like fiction. I couldn't put it down. So, wait until you aren't busy to read it!
Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to review this novel.
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