#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview| THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER by Kate Morton (20th September 2018, Atria Books @AtriaBooks)

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.


You can buy THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)


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