I've read and enjoyed The House at Riverton and The Forgotten Garden by Morton, but The Lake House is my favorite.
Alice Edevane is 16 when her young and beloved brother disappears; decades later, Alice is a respected author in her eighties. What happened to Theo was never discovered, but Alice has her own suspicions.
Sadie Sparrow is on disciplinary leave from the police department, visiting her grandfather in Cornwall. When she stumbles on the deserted Lake House and learns the unsolved story of the missing toddler from the 1930's, Sadie's curiosity is aroused. She has to fill her time during her enforced leave and the unsolved mystery of Theo's disappearance intrigues her.
The secrets and mysteries are layered like an archaeological dig. An answer reveals a question, one connection leads to another.
Morton's writing is often remarkably visual; she excels at creating scenes that are three-dimensional and vivid. Her characters, both major and minor characters, have depth as well. Truth and what people believe to be the truth sometimes mesh, but not always. The version of events that one character believes is not the same as the version another character believes. Information is withheld for a variety of reasons.
Gradually, Morton braids all of the strands together, keeping the reader's thoughts twisting to accommodate new information.
Reader, I loved it. I was immersed in the narrative and the characters from beginning to end.
Read in August. Blog review scheduled for Oct. 5, 2015.
Mystery. Oct. 20, 2015. Print length: 512 pages.