My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
Judging by the reviews I’ve read on this book I think it was good that it was the first one by Kate Morton that I read. My sister’s been telling me over and over to read them, (or rather, listen to them on Audible) so eventually I did, and even though it took me pretty long to get through the whole thing, I liked it quite a lot.
I must admit that unlike many others who I’ve seen review this one, I thought the first half of it, if not more even, was pretty slow and boring. I had problems keeping up with the characters, what year it was and who they were talking about for quite a while. There were so many names, and sometimes it would be back when they were kids and then they were grown up and it jumped back and forth a lot and so many different ones that it took me quite a while to figure out who was who, and what part they had in the story, eventually I got a hang of it, and when the clues started to make me come up with my own suspicions I finally started to get a lot more curious about how it would all fit together in the end.
The ending to the mystery was, in my opinion, pretty brilliant. I found myself shouting “What?!” Out loud quite a few times at that final conversation between the characters that would eventually lead to all the answers they were looking for, and when that part was over I was left out of breath. Which is absolutely amazing, I love getting that kind of feeling when I read (listen to) a book.
However. The very end was too perfect to me. I don’t like the fairy tale kind of endings where everything is sweet and sugar. It was a bit too perfect, and the epilogue, together with the confusion I felt in the beginning, is what took this book down to four stars instead of five. I didn’t like it at all, and I think the story would’ve been much better without it.
But it was still a book I’m very happy I got through, and I’m looking forward to download another of Kate Morton’s books to my library in the future.