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The Lake House

Lu par : Caroline Lee
Durée : 21 h et 24 min
4 out of 5 stars (8 notations)

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Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented 14-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 son, Theo, has vanished without a trace. What follows is a tragedy that tears the family apart in ways they never imagined, leaving their estate as empty as their broken hearts.

Nearly 60 years later, having enjoyed a long, successful career as an author, Alice is now 80 years old and living in London. Theo’s case has never been solved, though Alice still harbours 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 spellbinding and satisfying.

©2015 Kate Morton (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critiques

"Morton excels at creating absorbing mystery." ( People)
"Morton is the master of the atmospheric old-fashioned novel packed with enough stories to fill all the worn satchels in the Milderhurst attic." ( Bookpage)

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Long and ever the same

I have heard 2 other books from this writer and reader before. And this time it really bothered me that it 's always the same... places, gardens, family and especially daughter relationships, books and a young writer, the structure of the story... How un-inventive !! Here the story also had serious lengths, and the end is just silly. And then the elaborate thoughts of a 10 months old Baby ... that really had me roll my eyes. The safe is the beautiful Reading performance. So - acceptable for when you don’t know any other of the writer‘ s work, but really not more.

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  • Jennifer S
  • 28/12/2018

Enjoyed the writing, but oy vey, this book

This was my first Kate Morton experience. I will say that I like her writing style and the way she layered the story and layered the character developments. However, I was disappointed with this book. I am in the minority of reviewers who found “the twists and turns” to be annoying instead of engrossing. The “twists and turns” were more often than not red herrings/mis-direction — one direction, then another over and over and over again for 18+ hours. The mis-directions honestly read as lazy writing, especially from someone acclaimed to be a great storyteller. Too much supposition, not enough real intrigue. I had to force myself to continue thru to the end. And then the ending!! Ugh. It was so outlandish, yet too tidy and pat — I unwittingly yelled out loud, on the subway, "You've f***ing got to be kidding!"

Because I like her prose and the ways she constructs a story — and many reviewers say her other books are better — I'm going to give Kate Morton one more try.

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  • Maria
  • 30/10/2015

BRAVO!!!!!!!

I am an enormous Kate Morton fan, as well as a devoted Caroline Lee fan. I believe wholeheartedly that The Lake House is the best yet for both women. I listened nearly straight through -- up until the point about 4 hours from the end when I realized I was getting too close to the last words and forced myself to slow it down. I wanted it to last forever! While some puzzle pieces were simple enough to figure out from early on, others were a complete surprise at the end. Caroline Lee was once again brilliant, and narrated the entire book perfectly from start to finish. I couldn't even imagine a Kate Morton book without her voice in my head. The scenes of Cornwall were deliciously descriptive, and made me want to visit. The carefully woven web of the plot was superb, and I felt so incredibly satisfied at the end. All in all, a terrific book! The only downside is that I have to once again wait patiently for the next...

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  • Mel
  • 08/12/2015

The Morton Formula


When I began reading Morton I envisioned some grande dame writing her novels from an aging manor in the English countryside. I was surprised to finally see that this Australian author, that so deftly slips her readers into chapters from history, is about the same age as my own daughter. The Lake House takes place in Cornwall, England between 1930 and about 2003, following the tried and true formula that Morton has used from the beginning of her career: submersive period pieces that neatly tie a past mystery to a moment of intrigue in the future. The mystery here revolves around the abduction of a well-to-do family's (Anthony and Eleanor Edevane) infant son, taken from their estate during a party at their grand estate. The case was retired, never solved.

....Cut to 2003, where a troubled Detective Constable Sadie Sparrow (with secrets of her own), becomes intrigued with the old case and searches out one of the kidnapped infant's sisters. Alice Edevane is a famous mystery/crime writer, advanced in years and very ill. What follows is a complex story that unravels with a surprise around every corner.

Morton never disappoints even though she doesn't stray from her formulaic structure and some *coincidences* are a little hard to swallow. The textured and layered story keeps you too busy to dwell on any awkward contrivances, following along as every detailed is put into place. Her characters are more definitive of central casting than out of central casting, all integral parts of the story, both physically and psychologically drawn. Lake House seemed to have a larger cast involved in the plot than her other books, and felt at times like keeping track of Orange A while juggling Oranges A, B, C, & D.

You may find yourself wondering if you've missed a turn somewhere along the line and wandered passed a landmark you've seen before if you have read her other books; a tiny problem with such formulaic reads by authors with a definitive style. But, it is entertaining and moves quickly, and who doesn't enjoy a little sleuthing in an old English estate with a mysterious past? Recommend to fans of this genre.

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  • DRoss
  • 02/08/2019

So Boring

I had to return this book. It wasn’t a mystery. It was just a long boring story. It was very hard to follow.

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  • Marcy Jess
  • 28/04/2019

Slow...

I struggled with this book. The first half was a very slow build and spent a lot of time on back story for the characters. I just couldn't figure out where it was going and what exactly was filler and what was important.
There were a lot of mini "cliffhangers" throughout the book that just made me want to scream "get on with it! " It was like the author wanted to save all the drama up to the last minute. Which she did... and which ended up having the effect of my being able to spot most of the twists before they came. Especially the final twist. Which I not only saw coming, but I also felt buttoned this story up a little too nicely. I am actually a big fan of "Murder She Wrote" for the fun, campy mysteries, but those storylines that are summed up in a half hour should not be drawn out into a 10+hour book.
If it were shorter I think I might have enjoyed the book much more. I did like the setting, the switch back and forth in time period, and the two storylines coming together. It just needed a good dose of editing down and not as many little rabbit holes for the characters to meander down.
Overall I can't say I would recommend it unless you're looking for an easy summer read you can put down and pick up frequently as your interest desires.

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  • Marilyn
  • 26/12/2015

Tedious!

This book dragged on forever! The story could have been good if one half the length. I was so glad when it was finally over! I love listening to Caroline Lee but even she could not endear me to this book. I found myself drifting off over and over and having no idea what had been read for the last 10 minutes. I kept rewinding and relistening for the first half of the book. By the 2nd half, I didn't care enough to rewind. The only reason I kept listening was I had nothing else to do in my commute time and I really did want to know how the story ended. It was just painful getting to the end.

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  • Annie Longley
  • 22/07/2019

Not Morton's Best

2.5 out of 5 Stars

The Lake House is a fair entry on Kate Morton's long list of historical and historically-influenced fiction novels but for me, it is certainly not one of her best. This book hits all the bullet points of the classic Kate Morton novel. Vintage setting? Check. An old mystery and/or death? Check. A child at the center of the crime or story? Check. An old house at the center of everything? Check.

Don’t get me wrong, I like a successful formula as much as the next gal but this one just felt stale. Although this is far from the longest of Morton's books this one has certainly felt the longest to me. I found myself checking how much time was left on this book far more often than I normally do which is not exactly a great thing when thinking about your impressions of a book. The thing is that even though I did feel very impatient throughout the listen I never turned it off, I was still interested enough to finish it and in my case listen to it twice.

If I were to pinpoint the one thing that makes me rank this book below the other Kate Morton novels I've listened to is the focus on Sadie and her storyline. Whenever the focus shifted more to Sadie was when I felt myself losing interest. Sadie is the obligatory Morton modern-day protagonist who steers the retelling of the past events. The issue with Sadie is that her individual story and history didn’t seem to connect with the historical story (always the real draw). It wasn’t very compelling and unlike Elodie in The Clockmaker's Daughter or Cassandra in The Forgotten Garden I just never cared about her or her issues.

The Lake House is not a bad listen, it is just a rather mediocre one compared to the other Morton novels. With the runtime for the audiobook at about 21.5 hours, I can't really recommend it to most people as there are many other better books that require a lot less of a time commitment.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Elle W
  • 01/01/2016

Slow Getting Into, But Then Impossible to Put Down

It took me a while to become invested in this story: partly because the many shifts between various point-of-views and time periods. There's quite a bit of exposition, I felt, in the beginning, also. Necessary information but not necessarily interesting.

Yet it's easy to care about the two central characters, Alice and Sadie, right from the start--they are interesting and likable.. That, along with Caroline Lee's superb narrative style, provided enough incentive to keep listening until things really got good. By mid-way through, the mystery and the plights of the various characters had me hooked. I didn't want to stop listening.

I'll admit, though, mostly because this is what I was in the mood for, I was hoping for a bit more romance. Besides the relationship between Eleanor and Anthony, though, very little of the story is about love or romance. The theme is mainly focused on parental devotion to children/the things a loving parent would do for a child, and the resolution of mysteries. The stories of the multiple characters intertwine perfectly to this end, making this a very satisfying book to read/listen to.

I first found this book because I love Liane Moriarty books and Caroline Lee is the narrator for a couple of them... I'm so glad I did. While this book cannot be precisely compared to Moriarty's style of fiction, there is much about The Lake House that will appeal appeal to Moriarty fans. I'd especially recommend The Lake House to readers who enjoyed The Last Anniversary and The Husband's Secret.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Ruth M. Penson
  • 03/11/2015

A fairy tale for adults

A wonderfully written book with mysteries within mysteries. I could not stop listening, but did not want it to end! 5 stars!

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  • Lacey
  • 30/10/2015

Highly recommended!

Fully developed story that was incredibly well written. A good story, one that will keep your attention and keep you guessing. Caroline Lee's reading was theatrical enough to add to the story without distracting - one of my favorite performances so far in audio books.

This is an audio book I will listen to again.

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  • Georg-Marcus
  • 14/05/2016

Übersetzt heisst es wohl: Haus der Langeweile

das Buch klang am Anfang nicht schlecht, hätte ja 'was sein können......aber, neber der total langweiligen Sprecherin fehlte der Geschichte jede Spannung, Idee und Würze.....am Ende interessiert es den Hörer nicht mehr wer nun was und warum....

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  • Violetta
  • 19/02/2016

If it comes to me, Morton's best novel so far.

A cleverly constructed mistery and a tragic family story; wonderfully read. The way how the investigators fugure out things in the end seems a little artificial to me, but she shall be forgiven, since the story itself is great.

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  • C. B. Kellert
  • 23/08/2016

Sehr schön!

Am Anfang war mir die Stimme ein wenig zu kindisch, aber bereits nach kurzer Zeit gewöhnte ich mich dran und danach fand ich sie angenehm, aber das ist Geschmackssache. Auf jeden Fall liest sie sehr gut vor, gut zu folgen, auch für nicht native speakers. Die Geschichte ist großartig und m.E. die beste, die ich je von Kate Morton gelesen, in diesem Fall gehört habe. Es hat mir so gut gefallen, dass ich mir gleich das nächste Hörbuch von ihr downloaden werde. Es sind erneut verschiedene Handlungsstränge vorhanden, aber immer nachvollziehbar. Ich würde nicht unbedingt sagen, dass es spannend ist, aber man möchte doch wissen, wie es weiter geht... viel Spaß beim Hören.

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  • M. Sireschnick
  • 28/07/2016

Eine fantastische Mischung...

... aus Historienroman und Kriminalgeschichte!
Wieder ein sehr gelungenes Werk von Kate Morton!
Unbedingt lesens- bzw. hörenswert!

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  • Bel
  • 18/03/2016

Going full circle

Welchen drei Worte würden für Sie The Lake House treffend charakterisieren?

Spannend, interessant, liebenswert

Was mochten Sie an der Handlung am liebsten?

Die verschiedenen Perspektiven der einzelnen Charaktere, und dass das Buch nicht gewalttätig ist.

Wie hat Ihnen Caroline Lee als Sprecher gefallen? Warum?

Caroline Lee hat absolut großartig gelesen. Sie hatte die verschiedenen Charaktere sehr gut stimmlich unterschieden, Dialekte gesprochen, war aber trotzdem die ganze Zeit über klar und deutlich zu verstehen. Auch die Emotionen hat sie mit ihrer Stimme rübergebracht, als wäre sie selbst gerade in der Situation die sie vorliest. Einfach fantastisch, ich bin begeistert!

Wenn Sie dieses Hörbuch verfilmen könnten wie würde der Slogan dazu lauten?

Cornwalls Gärten und Geheimnisse

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Es ist definitiv kein Krimi, trotzdem ist es mindestens so spannend wie einer. Es wird auf mehreren Zeitebenen und aus verschiedenen Perspektiven erzählt, aber das wird bei jedem Wechsel angegeben, sodass man immer weiß, zu welcher Zeit und aus wessen Pespektive (und an welchem Ort) man sich gerade befindet.

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  • Kiki
  • 03/08/2018

Schade...

Stinklangweilig... hab nach 3h aufgehört weil ich ständig weggedriftet bin und der Story nicht mehr folgen konnte. hab insgesammt 4x angefangen. jetzt hab ich es aufgegeben...

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 01/06/2017

besser Buch als Hörbuch

Trotz guter Sprecherin könnte man dieses Hörbuch lieber als Buch lesen...Das funktioniert bei dem Erzählstil besser

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  • Katja Krebber
  • 28/08/2016

ungewöhnlich

Viele Handlungsstränge und Themen, die ineinander übergehen. Brillante Ausdrucksweise der Autorin wunderbar gelesen von der Sprecherin.

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  • Danni
  • 08/08/2016

Loved this book!

I so much loved this book. I could hardly stop it. the story is great and it comes all together in the end. The reader does a great job too. The way things are discribed is awesome. You get the feeling to be included. As watching from close by.

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