Instead, I predicted most of the ending correctly. With myriad twists and turns Morton ties up all the loose ends and brings this tale to a satisfying, if somewhat too tidy conclusion, that leaves me wondering if we wont be hearing more from Sadie Sparrow. We want to experience something new and different, a shock or a twist. Sparrow locates the now-elderly Alice, a celebrated mystery writer in London, who hands over the keys to the estate so Theo's case can be reopened. The story shifts between the present and past, back to 1933 and Theo's sister Alice's account of what happened leading up to his disappearance. Sparrow seeks refuge with her grandfather in Cornwall.
Or could you see yourself making similar decisions? They also have the same dog. I received this from Net Galley. I wanted to like it more. You know the kind; the ones that seem naturally resplendent with rhododendron, foxglove, bluebells, boxwood, ivy and creeping phlox. She patted the ground flat, slapped her hands against it, and stomped down hard with her boots until she was out of breath.
Fifty years before, a group of teenage friends promised each other never to leave their idyllic lakeside town. That's never a bad feeling to have at the end of a book. Then the story moves to 2003 and introduces the reader to Sadie Sparrow, who is on enforced leave from the Metropolitan police after her refusal to let go of a case involving a grandmother, mother and abandoned child. I think it has to do with Keanu Reeves, since he was the first guy I ever had a crush on lol. The author poses the often complex question of what moral obligation each character has to another within their particular stories. There, Frannie notices that Max has been in her room all morning.
At loose ends, Sadie investigates this cold case, developing several theories. What parts of the novel were key to your enjoyment of the story? So interesting to get a peek at the history behind it! In 1989 and 1991 , Bill and Ted move through time with a time machine. Her friends never forgave her, except for Molly. And there are boatloads of red herrings. I also loved Heather and Victoria's friendship. It was like listening to someone trying to tell me a story that cannot stay on track. Feeling a little underwhelmed right now.
I have only a few complaints which have prevented me from assigning a five star rating. What I thought was weird was when Daniel was introduced and he was not someone who grew up in Nagog which sounds like a cough syrup, btw. They are very long, complicated, multi-generational mysteries made up of criminal incidents and unexplained events long past that someone today has become curious about. Add to that the author is Kate Morton and I knew I was in for a treat. I felt the numerous details helped create a deep connection with the characters, creating more empathy for their actions.
Just know that there are a lot of secrets within, but that's also something Kate is good at: family secrets. As a writer, she has a unique gift of being able to weave past and present stories together in a way that seems effortless. By then, Alice Edevane, the second of the sisters, reigns as an octogenarian author of best-selling mysteries and Sadie Sparrow, a young detective, has been relieved of duty for overzealousness. This shot of Alex as he cooks in the kitchen is a prime example. The two people come to love each other, and this process involves the movie's second impossibility. We were the only parents they knew and could love. Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as an author.
For Eleanor Edevane, motherhood is the fulfillment of her life. Now she has come home, intent on making peace with her demons, even if her former friends shut her out. But when Anthony goes to war, he returns shell-shocked and prone to unpredictable outbursts. To get so lost that you forget that there's a world beyond the one in which you hold in your hands? This book was received from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. 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. Unfortunately, though, even with this novel being an easy read that was fun in parts, I was disappointed in the end.
I would recommend this book to others if you are looking for an easy beach read and like friendship stories. She goes to stay with her widowed grandfather in Cornwall, and while there, she comes upon a lake house, Loeanneth, abandoned for 70 years following a family tragedy where a much-loved baby brother disappeared in the 1930s. His limbs twitched with the memory of being nine years old and lanky as a foal. To continue shopping at Indigo. A small lake community with long time now elderly residents gets a new young homeowner. The story shifts between the present and past, back to 1933 and Theo's sister Alice's account of what happened leading up to his disappearance.
The war put paid to his aspirations and he came home a changed man with physical problems that prevented him from pursuing his dream of practicing medicine. I consider Eleanor the main protagonist, the one who held the family and the story together. It proved to be the perfect setting: naturally serene and romantic, with the surrounding texture and terrain Agresti had in mind. You can find more information about Kate Morton and her books at or or follow at. Have you read other novels in which a house features within the text as vital and alive, almost as if it is another character in its own right? Already Harding shows that the history of Groß Glienicke is bound up with social changes in modern Germany and in particular those in Berlin, whose population exploded in the years before the First World War.