The Lake House by Kate MortonA missing child.
June 1933, and the Edevane familys 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, shes also fallen helplessly in love with someone she shouldnt have. 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 grandfathers 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 familys past, seeking to resurrect the complex tangle of secrets Alice has spent her life trying to escape.
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This worried her because it would make Daniel — someone she had lots of sex with - her half-brother. Andrews classic that I had originally devoured when I was eleven years old. At the bookstore, I was unable to find the original paperback with the image of a weary-eyed blonde looking out of an attic window. To anyone unfamiliar with the story, the book would appear to be a romance novel, not a story about incest, child abuse, and a host of other eye-popping hot button topics. For example: The ardent couple on the cover is actually supposed to be related - brother and sister. After it was released, Flowers in the Attic was banned by various high schools around the country due to its scandalous subject matter.