THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER by Kate Morton
Published; September 20th 2018, Atria Books
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?
I have read one of Kate’s previous books and really enjoyed it so when I had the opportunity to read The Clockmaker’s Daughter I was really excited to get stuck in.
I struggled to get gripped by this book to start with. It jumps between 3 different time zones and each zone has several different characters so it was quite an adjustment to learn who everyone was although once I did I found myself engrossed in where the story was going to go.
It was different to the types of books I usually read. It was completely unpredictable with so many different paths and I found myself eager to discover where they would all lead and what the final outcome would be. I also knew that all the characters would link at some point.
The story was told from lots of different people’s point of views and I found it interesting to see how each event was perceived. I did struggle to really form an opinion of lots of characters, I feel there were just too many to really get an understanding of any which did take away from the enjoyment for me.
I was very satisfied with the ending, I think Kate did a fantastic job of pulling all the threads together and answering all the questions that built up throughout the story. I ended the book happy with the outcome which doesn’t always happen in books that have lots of different characters.
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