The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton

The Clockmaker's Daughter

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 ...

Details The Clockmaker's Daughter

TitleThe Clockmaker's Daughter
Release DateSep 20th, 2018
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Mystery

Reviews The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • Paromjit
    Kate Morton writes a beautiful piece of epic interconnected historical fiction, with a strong fantastical element, through the ages, with the focus on the rambling Birchwood Manor by the Thames. In 1862, the owner of the Manor, the gifted artist, Edward Radcliffe, and a group of bohemian artists spend the summer there, hoping to be artistically inspired. However, it all ends in catastrophe as a woman is murdered, plus the orphaned artistic muse, ...
  • Tammy
    The discovery of an old photograph kicks off this account about the inhabitants of a manor house which eventually contains a mannerly prescence. An archivist, archeologist, painter and pick pocket are among the people that pepper this tale. Moving between the late 1850’s, early 1860’s, post WWI, WWII and the summer of 2017, Morton’s plot is typically dense and contains a wide variety of characters with fuzzy familial and tangential relation...
  • James
    Kate Morton is one of my favorite authors, and when The Clockmaker's Daughter came out this year, I was one of the first to jump on NetGalley to get a copy. I was so excited to be awarded the book and added it to my August reading queue. It made for a good alternate style given I'm also running a children's book readathon this month! Although not my favorite of all her novels, it's an enchanting story and covers a lot of beautiful generations wit...
  • Pauline
    The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton is about a murder in the summer of 1862 and in present day a young lady trying to make sense of of the mystery. I enjoy reading this author's books but this story was a little slow for me and didn't have the charm of her previous books. I would like to thank NetGalley and Pan McMillan for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
  • Selena
    I received a free copy of The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton from Goodreads for my honest review.I was so excited to win this book as I love Kate Morton. The Lake House is exquisite. With The Clockmaker's Daughter is a beautifully written ghost story that intertwines different time periods and a lot of different characters. The main character being, the clockmaker's daughter. The house, Birchwood Manor, which is located on the bank of the T...
  • Erin Clemence
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Kate Morton returns with her new novel, “The Clockmaker’s Daughter”. Of course, being Kate Morton, she delights a reader with powerful, descriptive imagery and settings, a creative plot and beautiful language, as she spins a delightful historical tale. In 1862, a group of young people take up residence in “Birchwood M...
  • Donna
    First of all, I want to say that I am a HUGE Kate Morton fan. I have loved pretty much every book she has written, and I have recommended her books to so many people. That said, The Clockmaker's Daughter is a major disappointment. I could barely finish it and only kept going because it was Kate Morton, and I was sure it would get better. It didn't.There are far too many characters to keep track of in this story, and there are at least four or fiv...
  • Nadia
    This is a very challenging book to review. It was brilliant in places, captivating, beautifully written and full of interesting characters, but... it was waaaay too long. The main premise of the book is actually an interesting one, once we finally get to it! There are so many side stories and supporting characters that for more than one third of the book I was convinced I was reading a different story to the one described in the synopsis. The st...
  • Susan
    I'm a big Kate Morton fan, so I've been waiting with bated breath for her newest to come out. I was fortunate to get an early copy (thanks, Netgalley!) of THE CLOCKMAKER'S DAUGHTER, which I enjoyed. Maybe not as much as Morton's others, but I still really liked it.The book has a slightly different format than Morton's other novels, although it's similar in theme and style. Although it has a number of different narrators, the star of this story re...
  • Suzanne
    This is the first Kate Morton book I've read so maybe people who are fans of her previous books will enjoy it more. I'm often drawn to books which move between time periods and like seeing how the different characters end up connected. It's intriguing to see the line stretching across time between people as the result of the actions they take. However, with this book, there were so many characters and so many time periods to keep track of! I read...
  • Lauren Jenkins
    Soooooooo good! ⭐⭐⭐⭐I wish Kate Morton existed in a world set adjacent to us where she operated at 2x speed and we would have new books from her twice as often.The Clockmaker's Daughter is special. The intricacies of the story weave tangled tales that intersect and come together in a very satisfying way. I'm inspired now to go back and re-read all Kate's previous novels. Soooooooo good! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I wish Kate Morton existed...
  • Lorri Steinbacher
    Due out in October, this hits all the Morton sweet spots: mouldering Victorian mansion, a story that shifts back and forth in time, secrets and lies, a mystery that unspools with gorgeous prose and unforgettable characters. Add to that formula a brooding, brilliant artist (in the 1860's) and a young archivist about to enter into an ill-advised marriage and you have the perfect summer read for historical fiction fans. Highly recommended.
  • Paula Sealey
    What a wonderful story! This book held me captive with its involving plot, richly described settings and wonderful characters. I can only guess at the amount of work Kate Morton put into this story, which deftly brings a myriad of characters together to solve the mystery of what happened at Birchwood Manor some 150 years ago. It is not a quick read by any means. With different settings and time leaps you do need to stay on the ball, but I loved i...
  • Erika Robuck
    A 'book hangover' is a condition resulting in an inability to begin a new book because one is so absorbed by the last. THE CLOCKMAKER'S DAUGHTER has given me a terrible case, and I don't see an end in sight.Kate Morton is the master of the multi-period mystery. Every time I pick up one of her novels, I'm eager to see if she'll be able to weave her magic, and every time she succeeds. Morton knows her characters so intimately, the reader is safe in...
  • Sam
    Unnecessarily long and ended rather abruptly. I had an arc of this book so am questioning whether it was complete? The different strands of stories didn't connect well. This book just wasn't up to the author's usual standard.
  • MaryannC.Book Fiend
    Review to come closer to publication date.
  • Halle
    It pains me to only give 3 stars to a Kate Morton book (really it's more of a 3.5). She is one of my favorite authors and can always be counted on for an absorbing read, but this one jumped around into different timelines with different characters and I found it to be a bit scattered. It's Kate Morton, so I still kept turning those pages, but it's probably my least favorite of her books.
  • Liviu
    This is a hard novel to review as on the one hand it has the most beautiful prose of the author's novels while on the other hand it is the least "Kate Norton" like book in terms of execution, so I greatly enjoyed it in itself as a wonderful fantasy with both contemporary and historical sections (didn't count but I estimate about half the book is narrated by a ghost - as it is fairly obvious after the first few pages that the title character is su...
  • Leigh Kramer
    I’ve been a huge Kate Morton fan ever since I discovered The Distant Hours several years ago. I quickly read the two novels before that and then have waited not so patiently for every release since so when I got the opportunity to read her newest, I was over the moon. And this may be where my high expectations got me in to trouble. The Clockmaker’s Daughter is structured so differently from Morton’s other work and I’m curious what led to ...
  • Hannelore Cheney
    Thank you NetGalley and Atria Books for the eARC.What a wonderful read this book is. Kate Morton has done it again!The main protagonist is Birchwood Manor, an ancient house that has cast a spell on the many characters in this book. The time span is from WWI to 2017 and is written almost like short stories which come together at the stunning ending...I did not see that coming! One of the main voices is from a ghost, the actual Clockmaker's Daughte...
  • Rhonda Ruff
    While this story started out slow for me it turned out to be a good one! I love when you read a story where someone goes back to figure out what happened in the past! I was lucky enough to win this from goodreads! So glad a did !
  • Tracett
    Oh Kate Morton, what happened? Did your editor quit while this book was in mid-production? Did you just get tired of rewrites and give up? There is a very good story buried in this mish-mosh of time jumps and multitudes of characters. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of yours, I've read every book. I even lugged one of your books home to Oregon from England when you weren't yet published in USA. I love a book that has more than one timeline, but...
  • Nikola
    You can also find this review on my book blog. If you haven’t heard of Kate Morton then what you need to do is: Open a new tab in your browser -> type in: -> in the search box type: Kate Morton -> voilla you can now investigate every book of hers and see which one you like the best and pick it up ASAP. I’m sure most people have heard of Kate Morton but this is written to save a life in case someone hasn’t. You can imagine my ...
  • Reyes
    ARC kindly provided by Pan MacMillan via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!This is my fourth Kate Morton book, and just by reading the first chapter I could totally tell that this was a Kate Morton book. I took this to be a good thing at first, as I had loved her style in her previous works, but unfortunately it also meant that this was almost a carbon copy of her other stories: the themes, the structure, the writing itself… as...
  • Theresa Smith Writes
    Magnificent. Review to come...
  • I v a n a 🌙
    Wow... frankly one of the best books I’ve ever read. Probably due to the insane plot, as we all know on this Goodreads account Ivana loves a brilliant plot, and this one definitely is sure to enthrall! Also, the way it handles time is so unique and definitely a key reason I enjoyed it so much! The combination of modern, post war, and Victorian and the way they contrasted against each other was just fascinating! Also, very Dickensian coincidenta...