Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: October 09, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction / Literary Fiction / Mystery
Goodreads Average: 3.85 *as of 11/28/18*
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?
The Clockmaker’s Daughter was my first time reading a book by Kate Morton, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. The plot is multi-faceted and complex, and the prose is simply beautiful.
This is a very complicated book to describe so I am not going to try to give a synopsis. I think reading the one on Goodreads gives you a good idea of what The Clockmaker’s Daughter is about without giving too much away. Like I said though, this is a very complicated book and there are a lot of characters and a lot of time jumps. I was truly blown away by the amount of time Morton spends setting each scene and introducing us to an entire cast of characters. She is very thorough and I have no idea how she kept everything straight while writing this!
I read The Clockmaker’s Daughter with a group and the biggest complaint seemed to be how some of the characters didn’t seem entirely necessary (plus the fact of there being so many) and all the time jumps got to be a bit confusing. If you are not used to a lot of characters it would be a good idea to make yourself a timeline while reading this, and add the characters and bits of what is going on with them. While I was reading I did not do this, but someone in the group did and when I was done it was very helpful for me to go back and read it.
Final Thought: The Clockmaker’s Daughter is an intricately woven story of the past and present coming together, and the ties that bind us. I am so impressed with Morton’s writing and I really can’t wait to read her other books (which I have heard are even better). I would recommend this book to people that love books with lots of characters and moving parts, and watching them all come together for one tied together ending.
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.