Today's book report is about The Lake House by Kate Morton.
My mother and her book club are big fans of Kate Morton, and she lent me her copy of The Secret Keeper a few years ago. She told me it had "a little sumpin'" which is something my mother would never say in a million years, but there you have it. I loved it because of all the layers and (like Dickens!) all the different threads that finally get woven together at the end.
I read The Forgotten Garden when we tried a blogging book club a couple of years ago. I was a little disappointed, because I loved The Secret Keeper so much and The Forgotten Garden left a lot of the threads dangling.
The Lake House was, in a thoroughly made-up word, 'put-downable.' I think it's one of those stories that looks great plotted on paper, but it doesn't translate easily into a book. Sometimes simple is better. A good portion of the story is given over to description (like the Victorian authors who got paid by the word) and flipping back and forth between the early 1900s and the early 2000s can be confusing. Plot elements are introduced and dropped, and red herrings abound. (For example, shell-shock is introduced early in the story, but not enough credence is given to it so that it comes as somewhat of a surprise later on in the story.) I love a good red herring, but stuff has to be fair to the reader.
But if you need a book that's going to take time to read yet not keep you enthralled (like something you want to read before bed), this might be a good choice. I give it a "C+".
(The Amazon links are so you can read what other folks have said about the novels...they don't pay me anything, though they should give me free books, just because.)