Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (Oct. 9 2018)
Synopsis: 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?
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Are you a fan of time-spanning novels told through multiple perspectives? Then this is the book for you! Kate Morton is amazing at doing something that so many other authors do, but somehow making it slightly different that it becomes here own and I feel like THE CLOCKMAKERS DAUGHTER did just that.
Told through alternating perspectives – one set in the 1800s and one in the present day – the novel takes you on a journey to uncover the mysteries of one fateful summer. This book will leave you guessing with every page turned, and when you think you have it all figured out, Morton throws a surprise twist that changes the game! The plot was outstanding and the real driving force behind the book; the beginning is a little slow, but push through because it is so worth it. The characters are also really strong and completely likeable.
This book has a strong literary undertone that can be seen only if analyzed, which would make this a great book club read, as well as a great everyday read. I love that the literary undertone is subtle and only existent if you look for it, which makes this book highly enjoyable to those just looking for a casual but enticing read.
While I would suggest this book for all Kate Morton fans, I would also suggest to any reader who enjoys a multi-perspective story, a historical story and/or a mystery – really this book is for everyone! This is one of Kate Morton’s best!
* I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Simon & Schuster Canada *