The Clockmaker's Daughter

The Clockmaker's Daughter 5

by Kate Morton

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 12/09/2018

4/5 Rating 5 Reviews
RRP  $32.99 $25.99

Kate Morton's highly acclaimed novels have sold over 11 million copies worldwide and are number one bestsellers around the world.

My real name, no one remembers.
The truth about that summer, no one else knows.

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe's life is in ruins.

Over one hundred and fifty years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items: a sepia photograph of an arresting-looking woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist's sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river.

Why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to Elodie? And who is the beautiful woman in the photograph? Will she ever give up her secrets?

Told by multiple voices across time, The Clockmaker's Daughter is a story of murder, mystery and thievery, of art, love and loss. And flowing through its pages like a river, is the voice of a woman who stands outside time, whose name has been forgotten by history, but who has watched it all unfold: Birdie Bell, the clockmaker's daughter.

Reviewed by Olivia at Angus & Robertson:

Kate Morton is one of Australia’s most treasured storytellers and for good reason, writing beautiful stories that are filled with drama and intrigue. The arrival of a brand new Kate Morton book is always a cause for celebration, and when that book is as good as The Clockmaker’s Daughter it’s a booklover's dream come true.

The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a simply bewitching story full of the mystery and romance that Morton fans have come to know and love. In the summer of 1862, tragedy strikes a group of bohemian artists on a creative retreat at Birchwood Manor in London. The secrets of that sorrowful summer are unearthed over 150 years later by archivist Elodie Winslow, a young woman who is determined to uncover the truth.

Lovers of Morton's previous bestsellers like The Shifting Fog and The Forgotten Garden can rest easy knowing that she has given us another captivating mystery that is impossible to put down. Dreamy prose, lush landscapes, and fascinating characters combine to create a reading experience that is truly like no other in The Clockmaker’s Daughter, a book that I'm sure is going to become a fan favourite.

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Kate Morton grew up in the mountains of south-east Queensland. She has degrees in dramatic art and English literature, specialising in nineteenth- century tragedy and contemporary gothic novels.

Kate Morton's books have sold over 11 million copies worldwide. The Shifting Fog, published internationally as The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours, The Secret Keeper and The Lake House have all been number one bestsellers around the world.

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  • One of my favorite books.

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    Such a good book it was difficult to put it down. Kate Morton is an excellent author who is able to create many stories adding to the whole.

  • In a house on the banks of the Thames...

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    I love Kate Morton’s novels. I have loved all her books so far but the Secret Keeper has that magic above all others for me. The Clockmaker’s Daughter is also a book I’m going to treasure.

    The story of a house with so many secrets within is something Kate excels at, and in this book the house gets various visitors to it over the years who all have a role to play in the overall story. The overall mystery of how a group of artists should come to the house, and one of them end up dead.

    The story to get there was very complex and I admit to getting a bit lost when reading. I read the book twice to be sure I had all the players in place and I did need my notebook as the timeline jumps around a lot more than with her previous books. The central mystery is concentrated at the end of the novel as the entire book show you how all the players came to be in that one spot. That was a magical journey with the house and its creaking walls at the centre, but dare I admit it felt a bit overlong. One thread in particular got a lot of attention and for me wasn’t that vital to the overall plot. Still, it was enjoyable to read of this part of the house’s history but I wanted to read more about the artists and that night. However, I suppose the denouement couldn’t have been longer else it would have lost its surprise value.

    The mystery when solved however was very nicely done and I shrieked a little as to the denouement as it reminded me of a visit I had myself to an old house NO SPOILERS here, but it gave me a shiver as if I’d been in the house Kate writes about.

    The book is a lot more magical than the title sounds. It has nothing to do with clocks, so for readers wondering about old time pieces, grandfather clocks or a clockmaker, then apart from a brief mention (one of the main character’s father was one) clocks don’t feature – but what does feature is a timeless story of a house where time stands still for some and those hands point to some fascinating stories within.

    Kate’s books have got me rummaging in antique shops hoping that there’s going to be a letter which will lead me on an adventure of my own. Lost letters in the mail, snippets of a diary in an old satchel…

    Kate has done it again and I so want to visit that house on the bend of the river…

  • Disappointing

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    Rambled on to much
    Has lost me now, only enjoyed her first 2 books

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