The Clockmaker's Daughter

The Clockmaker's Daughter

A Novel

Book - 2018 | First Atria Books hardcover edition.
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A rich, spellbinding new novel from the author of The Lake House --the story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadow across generations, set in England from the 1860s until the present day.

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 .
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2018.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451649390
1451649398
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 485 pages : map ; 24 cm

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darladoodles
Sep 29, 2018

What a thrill to preview this new novel by Kate Morton. This new novel is ambitious as it spans the mid-19th century to 2017 featuring a house (Birchwood Manor) and an iconic blue diamond pendant (the Radcliffe Blue). The scope of this book was a bit disorienting at times. There were many POV (including a ghost named "Birdie" -- the book's namesake) and some of those folks had dual timelines when they intersected with others affected by the house and/or the diamond. In classic Kate Morton fashion, the threads are woven back together for us tightly enough to feel closure while remaining a bit loose so the reader does not feel manipulated or coerced.

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Bebesarah
Aug 04, 2018

Publishers send out advance reading copies to the press, to reviewers, etc. It is similar to movie critics that get to preview movies ahead of release. That's why you see reviews or ratings before a book is published or a movie is released.

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paustin0816
Jul 12, 2018

How is there a rating of two stars when the book hasn't even come out yet?

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