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
"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)
Narrator was painful. With bad accents and a south african/australlian accent coming through. Bad essex accent. All over acted so very annoying. Story was slow and laborious and spun out, not sure why so many good reviews. Lots of cliches. Would not read another one of her books.
Poor and annoying. Would not listen to another one.
Yes could be. Would be better with better accent - actors and much faster.
...which was very distracting. Each character spoke in at least 4 accents, and bad ones. I wish the narrator had chosen to skip the attempts at accents, it would've been much nicer to listen to.
I love getting lost in the writings of Kate Morton, the this does not disappoint! Read so well by Caroline Lee who captures the personality of each character.
Perhaps a book set in Cornwall should have a narrator that can manage a vaguely English accent. Almost as bad as an American trying the Australian accent.
First 1/2 hour made me feel like I was listening to a parent reading to a child.
The narrator's voice is unpleasant and the inconsistent accents extremely irritating. Did anyone hear this voice before going ahead with the recording?! I believe not. The story is infantile in its plotting and silly parallel stories that resolve in an annoyingly neat way. If only I had downloaded another book or better radio was available on my drive. Just awful
I loved the characters and all the twists and turns in the story. Just when you think you know what happened you are sent off in a completely different direction. I could not wait for the next trip in the car to see what happens next.
I found this to be quite predictable and not as enjoyable as other books I have read from her - it seemed to just follow the same formula and ended up being a bit boring
I loved the building of the story and the little twists and turns. It was a trick to work out the red herrings and the important details. I loved it
Caroline's performance was lovely.
Kate Morton's language and eloquence lends rich hues to a fascinating story that melds old and new mysteries seemingly by coincidence.
The final flashback to the actual events on the night of the kidnapping left me breathless and deeply sympathetic for all involved.
Yes, I have listened to all of her narrations of Kate Morton's entire collection and she is a truly skilled narrator and vocal chameleon.
A tangled web of past secrets help a young detective and an ageing crime writer unravel their own mysteries.
Gripping to the very end.
The spine-tingling tale keeps the reader mesmerised from start to finish! The overall reading is excellent, but I was a little disappointed at her failure to mimic the different people's voices. Sometimes I found it difficult to know who was supposed to be speaking.
I would recommend Kate Morton's book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery!
"Great story but would love a better narrator"
I love Kate Morton's stories and I'm so disappointed they're stuck with a poor narrator. The Australian creeping into the poor attempt at an accent is just too irritating (especially as an Aussie!). I wish they'd choose an English narrator so I could fully enjoy the beautiful writing.
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