The Lake House

The Lake House

A Novel

Book - 2003
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Out in the world for the first time since escaping horrifying government experiments, six children make their way toward the Lake House in the hope of being reunited with Kit and Frannie, a couple who once saved their lives.

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Six extraordinary children are trying to lead normal lives in the Rocky Mountain countryside. They live in different homes, with different families, but there is something powerful that connects them. Something that puts them in terrible danger. The only time they've ever felt safe was when they were together in the waterfront cabin they call the Lake House. And the only people they've ever trusted are Frannie and Kit, the couple who rescued them from unimaginable evil once before.
When that evil resurfaces, the kids reconnect with Frannie and Kit and set off on an astonishing adventure. They flee to the Lake House, but even that haven may no longer be safe. Dr. Ethan Kane is chief of surgery at Liberty General Hospital, one of the most esteemed hospitals in the nation. It is here that terrible secrets lie, secrets that will change the world for all of us.

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& Taylor

Out in the world for the first time since escaping the government forces of When the Wind Blows, six children make their way toward the Lake House in the hope of being reunited with Kit and Frannie, a couple who once saved their lives. 1,500,000 first printing.

Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 376 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780316603287
0316603287
Branch Call Number: Patt
Additional Contributors: Patterson, James 1947-

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DBRL_KrisA Jan 29, 2017

The single worst book I've read by Patterson. So many ways that this is bad:

- A twelve-year-old girl and a boy of about the same age have sex. But it's ok, because they're bird-people and they mature at a different rate. Also, the girl lays two eggs. No one even knew she was, I don't know, pregnant? Is that what we call it?

- Frannie - the narrator - dies. It's not really a spoiler, because she gets better. I don't even understand this one. She's dead, and suddenly nurses are removing wires and tubes and stuff. Are these the same nurses who were working for the bad guy? And now they're helping revive Frannie?

- The bad guy. Or should I say "guys", because he has 4 or 5 clones who are also maybe robots? And he killed his wife and replaced her with a... robot? who performs oral sex on demand.

- really, the whole biotech angle of the story. Apparently they're able to "shuck" a donor; that is, they remove all the internal organs all in one piece. Like, altogether, all at once. Because science?

- bird people. human/bird hybrids.

- really, the worst part? Not the plot, or the made up science, or the crappy, anticlimactic climax. The worst part is the general writing. Here's a sample:

This was not good! Kit and I rode in the Suburban on a dirt road as far as it would take us, and fast. The damn trail just dead-ended into the mountain face. We were in the middle of nowhere. Smack dab.
Staring at a cold, hard rock face.
Not good at all.
"You could say that this is the end of the road," Kit quipped from his place behind the steering wheel. "Damn it. Damn Max."

There are so many things wrong with the book. And I don't understand why. I know Patterson can write reasonably well; I've read other books by him (alone and in collaboration with other writers) that are entertaining and well-written. But this one is so very bad.

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Eil_1
Jan 12, 2016

My initial reaction in realizing that it centered on flying children was not to read it. However, once I entered the world of the children and the two people who love and protect them against the evil forces who would destroy them, I was completely captivated by the story. Let your imagination fly! Enjoyed it immensely.

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white_wolf_80
Oct 09, 2015

Is the Max in Maximum Ride (the series) the exact same as the in this series. Because I've read all the books in the Maximum Ride series and she never once mentions a guy named Oz (Fang?) and the people Frannie (Dr.Martinez?), Kit (no idea who he could be), or Dr. Ethan Kane (Jeb?)! So confused!!!!!!

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JustJack
Aug 05, 2012

Great follow-up to When the wind blows. Definitely read them together. Another great one by J. Patterson

MJulie4 Apr 23, 2012

A really great story. For the people who did not like it, you need to have an imagination, which Patterson lets run wild in this book!

Krajzel Jan 05, 2012

Interesting story content, well written but not feasible.

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katerys
Aug 25, 2011

(@ jocasey) ......OK? I'll try it, but because of comments & ratings, I won't raise my expectations *too* high. But they still are a little bit high. :)

BRONTE CRONSBERRY Aug 23, 2011

not as good as the first one- they kill too many characters.

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Green_Bat_11
Mar 27, 2011

For a best-selling author, I was very surprised at the quality of the writing. Very simplified. No intensity. None of the dramatic 'scenes' had any intensity at all. Very superficial in depth. The story itself had much potential. Anyway, my 9-year-old is now reading this book. I'll try other books from this author, hopefully written a bit better?

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jocasey
Dec 27, 2010

This is one of the most poorly written books I have ever read/listened to. I can not believe how bad it is. I swear I have old eighth grade papers better written. Besides the bad writing the bad guy is predictable, pathetic and boring. The kids, who are supposed to be geniuses, are idiots. Frannie and Kit and a waste of time.

After the first book, I honestly thought that the second one would be better. The story itself, has potential.

This is supposed to be a bestseller... well, now I KNOW I will be published some day, because this is horrific authorship!

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