This gem of an idea was created by BOOKERTALK , so hop over there to get the full details (including a possible prize) but in brief this is a post about what I am reading to start 2016 off!
My choice is The Lake House by Kate Morton, an author whose books I love with their past to present connections – if you check out my header you will see some of her early books nestling there.
I bought The Lake House on pre-order, something I rarely do, and it was delivered to me in October but I felt that a book this anticipated, it has been over two years since read her last book, The Secret Keeper, that it deserved some dedicated reading time. I’m only a couple of chapters in and reluctantly breaking off to write this post.
It was hard to say what made her so certain, but as she turned to leave . . . she knew in that twist of the gut way a police detective had, that something terrible had happened in that house . . .
A missing child
June 1933, and the Edevane family’s country house, Loeanneth, is polished and gleaming, ready for the much-anticipated Midsummer Eve party. Alice Edevane, sixteen years old and a budding writer, is especially excited. Not only has she worked out the perfect twist for her novel, she’s also fallen helplessly in love with someone she shouldn’t. But by the time midnight strikes and fireworks light up the night skies, the Edevane family will have suffered a loss so great that they leave Loeanneth forever.
An abandoned house
Seventy years later, after a particularly troubling case, Sadie Sparrow is sent on an enforced break from her job with the Metropolitan Police. She retreats to her beloved grandfather’s cottage in Cornwall, but soon finds herself at a loose end. Until one day, Sadie stumbles upon an abandoned house surrounded by overgrown gardens and dense woods, and learns the story of a baby boy who disappeared without a trace.
An unsolved mystery
Meanwhile, in the attic writing room of her elegant Hampstead home, the formidable Alice Edevane, now an old lady, leads a life as neatly plotted as the bestselling detective novels she writes. Until a young police detective starts asking questions about her family’s past, seeking to resurrect the complex tangle of secrets Alice has spent her life trying to escape . . . Amazon
To finish the post of Bookertalk wants a picture of me with my book – I’ve done one of these before and cringed each time you lovely people read the post and it comes up on the side-bar to haunt me, but not being one to shy away from a challenge – here it is!!
The eagle-eyed amongst you will note the orange ribbon that comes with the book – something that makes me happy, books I received as a child were always more special if they included a ribbon bookmark!
Because I’m nosy and have huge book envy I will be visiting Bookertalk’s post to see who else has posted about their first read of this year.