*This is Kate Morton’s latest book, but the first one I read of hers. She has since become a favorite author of mine – her prose is so beautifully done, it’s nearly poetic. I love the dual timeline story structure, the English countryside settings, the mystery. I highly recommend her books!
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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.
“Ruth used to say that if you did the right thing and you’d do it again, the only thing left to do was move forward.”
So much atmosphere, mystery, romance; full of history and secrets. It was a beautiful story and I may have shed a tear or two.
For the first time ever, I think, I figured out every twist and turn the author threw my way – however that didn’t stop me from loving this book.
My only qualm is I feel that it jumped around a bit too much. I love me a good non-linear story, but having had to put this book down many times, I often didn’t have an idea where I was when I picked it back up. There are flashbacks within flashbacks and it jumps from character to character perspectives without much of a transition. But that is me being very nit picky.
All in all I thought it was a beautiful story and I can’t wait to read the other books from this author.
5 out of 5 stars.