Name: The Lake House
Author: James Patterson
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Thriller
The Lake House is the 2003 sequel to Where The Wind Blows by James Patterson and continues the story of veterinarian Dr. Frannie O’ Neill, FBI agent Thomas ‘Kit’ Brennan and the biologically engineered winged children, Maximum, Ozymandias, Matthew, Icarus, Peter and Wendy.
I bought the book last year when Aldi were doing a Special Buys on paperbacks and I didn’t actually realise it was a sequel until I started reading it. I would also say the book cover was somewhat misleading as it felt like it would be quite a grounded thriller as opposed to sci-fi.
As this is a sequel though you can expect to read some spoilers for the first novel in this review. I haven’t read the first book though but the novel does a good job of filling in the blanks so it works as a standalone.
The story begins with a court case which occurs sometime after the events of the first novel. The six children are depressed and unhappy as they have been forced to return to their biological parents, even though their bird DNA has meant they have formed a bond with each other and Frannie and Kit. Therefore, Frannie and Kit have taken the biological parents to court to win custody of the children which they fail to do.
Meanwhile, we meet Dr. Ethan Kane who works in a sinister Hospital which is an offshoot of the School from the first novel which made the winged children. Here he is trying to create something called “Resurrection” which involves the winged children.
Following the court case, the children are separated and forced to live with their biological parents which causes them to face harassment and bullying from the people around them. The eldest, Maximum or Max we come to realise has heard about the Hospital whilst she was at the School but was told not to talk or she will die. As Ethan Kane comes for the children however them, Frannie and Kit are forced back together to do battle against another sinister foe.
Overall I really enjoyed this dark fantasy/sci-fi novel, which is the first one I read by James Patterson. As stated at the beginning I was expecting a quite grounded thriller which he is well known for so it was interesting to see this diversion into science fiction. However his skill in writing thriller novels make this a very interesting and gripping read.
I really liked all of the six main characters and you can really feel for their pain and anguish at the start of the novel when they are forced to separate and live with their biological parents and you do root for them to get back together during the novel and when they do reunite it is an incredible feeling.
I also felt the blossoming love story between Max and Ozymandias is handled really beautifully and the horrific moment where Ozymandias is killed is very shocking which shows how deeply you come to care for these six characters and the dynamic between them.
Then there is of course the villain, the very handsome but slick and slimy Dr. Ethan Kane who is plotting something which is truely disgusting and horrific. I also like how Patterson doesn’t explicitly describe what is going on at the Hospital and instead teases it throughout the novel which really does make you want to find out more.
The fact he is also killing living humans in order to extend the lives of former presidents, world leaders and the rich and powerful also raises some interesting ethical questions in the reader as the horrific plan comes to life.
If Kane’s plan is successful then you can imagine how the haves and have not’s would be used as sinister pawns and how the rich and powerful will use the poorest in society essentially as commodities or farm animals to extend their own lives. I also found this to be an interesting metaphor for society and the rich using the poor to essentially keep themselves on top.
I think the only negative I do have is that I do wish I had read the books in the right order as I would have preferred to have read certain events occurring in the right order and I think if you do stumble across this book first then the enjoyment of the first book could be affected.
However it is a very enjoyable and interesting sci-fi read and I would recommend giving it a try.