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The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

I love a good book and was so excited to receive an early copy of The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton to read from NetGalley. From the bestselling author of The House at Riverton, The Lake House and The Secret Keeper, Kate Morton brings us her dazzling sixth novel, The Clockmaker’s Daughter.

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

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

The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate MortonIn 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.

I love Kate Morton’s books so I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this since she mentioned she was working on a new book. It really does not disappoint. It has all the elements of a fantastic book – complex characters, a beautiful setting and a fantastic plot. I loved every page.

I loved the characters and how the stories weaved through one another. I admit I didn’t really anticipate how the story was going to go or figure out what happened – which is surely a good sign that the author is a master story teller.

I’m so sad that I’ve finished the book. I always feel a little bereft when I’ve finished a book by Kate Morton as they swallow me up whilst I’m reading them. Don’t let that stop you from picking up The Clockmaker’s Daughter though. It’s a fantastic read which will stay with me for a long time.

Disclosure – I received a digital copy via NetGalley for the purpose of this review. The Clockmaker’s Daughter is published on the 20th September.

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