The Lake House

‘…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

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…


Coming soon, I promise!


Lose yourself in the first two chapters of The Lake House.

The Lake House sampler



I love reading groups. Books, friends, sometimes even cake and coffee (or wine, so I’m told. . . ).

Writing is a largely solitary pursuit, but storytelling is not. For me, it’s a joy each time a single reader picks up one of my books and brings its world and characters back to life; the idea that they might then get together with friends and talk the characters and storyline over is a complete delight.

So, here are some discussion points to get you and your group started . . .


Some of these questions contain plot details that you may not wish to know until you’ve finished The Lake House.



Kate on location in Cornwall with PanMacmillan’s Book Break.


“Morton’s plotting is impeccable, and her finely wrought characters, brought together in the end by Sparrow’s investigation, 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.”
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