The mesmerising sixth novel from the bestselling author of The House at Riverton and The Lake House.
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 in rural Oxfordshire. 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 150 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In Kate Morton’s time-jumping novel, the mysterious death of a beautiful young woman in the 1860s reverberates into the 21st century. This moving ghost story shifts between a group of bohemian artists during the Victorian era and a present-day London archivist determined to unravel their fate, exploring themes of ambition and loss. It’s a lengthy tale packed with a Dickensian cast, but Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt’s skillful narration kept us engaged throughout. We especially loved how her precise diction and varied accents kept us from mixing up Morton’s colorful characters.