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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.
As we are used by now Kate Morton combines the lives of two people searching for closure in some way. The trick works again. In the slowly developing story full of mysteries is a great puzzle hidden and as reader I could happily puzzle along.
I found Sadie a difficult character. Not allowing for one look inside her emotions despite the situation she was in. This made it difficult for me to really connect to her and what did not help at all was the strong presence of Alice. The mystery surround her person and all the interesting stories she was involved with made her the star of the book.
Though at times confusing I did like to hear a few thoughts of the other characters too. It gave the story more body. The changes between the characters were a bit sudden sometimes but it did not disturb the flow.