The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton


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 Review

Another epic sweeping dual time line / time slip novel by the super talented Kate Morton.

I have just finished this book and I already want to read it all over again already, it was that good. I think the first read of books such as this are all about the mystery and finding out how it all ends and the second reading is to digest slowly and soak up the atmosphere and beautiful surroundings the book conjures up.

Set between late 1850’s and early 1860’s, both wars and 2017 with Birchwood Manor, a house brimming with history and secrets, the tie that binds them all.

With such an immense time period there are an array of characters brought into play and it is told from several different view points, 1 of which transpires to be a ghost. I certainly wasn’t expecting that I must admit, but it worked! With historical stories there will always be ghosts but very rarely do they get given their own voice in such a way. She was probably my favourite protagonist from the start.

If you are already a fan of Kate Morton’s work then you are in for a real treat with this one, and if this is your first of her books you’ve read – I highly recommend The House at Riverton and The Forgotten Garden. Both are full of atmosphere and stunning surroundings as beautifully brought to life as The Clockmaker’s Daughter.

The Clockmaker’s Daughter will be published in the UK on 20 Sep 2018 and can be pre-ordered now from

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