The Clockmaker's Daughter

A Novel

    • 4.1 • 555 Ratings
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Publisher Description

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Homecoming—“An ambitious, compelling historical mystery with a fabulous cast of characters…Kate Morton at her very best.” —Kristin Hannah

An elaborate tapestry…Morton doesn’t disappoint.” The Washington Post

"Classic English country-house Goth at its finest." New York Post

In the depths of a 19th-century winter, a little girl is abandoned on the streets of Victorian London. She grows up to become in turn a thief, an artist’s muse, and a lover. In the summer of 1862, shortly after her eighteenth birthday, she travels with a group of artists to a beautiful house on a bend of the Upper Thames. Tensions simmer and one hot afternoon a gunshot rings out. A woman is killed, another disappears, and the truth of what happened slips through the cracks of time. It is not until over a century later, when another young woman is drawn to Birchwood Manor, that its secrets are finally revealed.

Told by multiple voices across time, this is an intricately layered, richly atmospheric novel about art and passion, forgiveness and loss, that shows us that sometimes the way forward is through the past.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2018
October 9
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
496
Pages
PUBLISHER
Atria Books
SELLER
Simon & Schuster Digital Sales LLC
SIZE
11.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Thewalkinglady ,

Good but takes some work to follow

This was a difficult book to get “into” - so many time changes and characters that seemed completely independent. I kept with it and when I read the statement by Birdie about jumbled jigsaw pieces from countless puzzles collected over time, I realized that this described the book. The addition of the Chronology of Birchwood Manor at the end of the book finally helped me connect some of the “puzzle” pieces. Not all was resolved at the end of the book, but that was okay - I am happy to make my own ending or … perhaps, there will be a sequel.

PolgaraAZ ,

An amazing and beautifully told story

Once I found myself past chapter 2, it was very difficult to do anything else but read, read, and read some more. So many stories elaborately intertwined, like tracing a rose vine back to the original stalk only to be distracted by yet another pretty flower along the way. This book is full of deep meaning, often forcing moments of personal introspection. It the type of story that lives with you long after you’ve put it down. I loved the character development, the descriptive setting of Birchwood Manor and the back-and-forth sway of jumping from one generation’s era to another and learning how they all tied together. If you didn’t believe in ghosts before, you might after reading this book.

Allie's a Zoolanderfan. ,

Not my first choice

I had a tough time following this plot line

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