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Review: The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

I was given a free copy of the ebook from Netgalley in exchange for a review

Synopsis from Netgalley:

From the bestselling author of The House at Riverton and The Secret Keeper, Kate Morton brings us her dazzling sixth novel, The Clockmaker’s Daughter.

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?

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.

My thoughts

I love reading books by Kate Morton, I’ve enjoyed all her other books. Her stories are always compelling and written with an amazing style that brings the scenes alive. There’s usually two stories that are connected somehow and there’s always a mystery to unravel and I love them.

This book was similar, the style is faultless as ever. I was intrigued from the first page and quickly grew to like the characters of Elodie and Birdie.

I’ve always enjoyed how the author tells us multiple stories from different viewpoints but I think there were more viewpoints than usual. And I didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d enjoyed the previous books by Kate Morton, I’m sad to say. There were too many characters given a voice and I found it hard to remember who they were, some of their stories were engaging and all  were connected in some way but they sometimes repeated the same information and I did wonder if the stories were neccessary to the plot.

In the end I did not feel that Elodie’s story was continued, although her future was implied and I did not feel like I’d spent enough time with her.

I think I would’ve enjoyed this more if it was only in the viewpoint of Elodie and Birdie rather than various other characters’ story being told. Despite my thoughts on this book I will still read more by Kate Morton in the future.

This is of course my opinion and I do wonder whether my enjoyment of this book was affected by my busyness of late and maybe I wasn’t in the mood for this type of book. 😦

This book will be published September 20th 

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