Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton

 
An old house, an old sketch book, an old murder, an old photograph,  and a lot of mysteries.  Who doesn’t love all of those?



THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER has it all.  



THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER goes back and forth in time looking for clues to connect Elodie’s present-day questions and findings to the time when her mother was alive and how a country manor and other mysteries seem to have a connection to her mother.   She KNOWS there is some connection with everything she finds circling around Birchwood Manor.



Ms. Morton definitely makes you “work” for the clues.  Her writing is beautiful as always, but the story line was difficult to follow.

Each chapter began without the identification of the person talking so the reader has to figure out who has appeared on the scene now.  



I always enjoy Ms. Morton's books because of the gothic atmosphere and marvelous connection between the characters and the story line, but THE CLOCKMAKER'S DAUGHTER had me confused most of the time.  Finding the connections was similar to solving a difficult math problem.



Once the chapter got started and you became interested in the story line, it was over and another thought and character appeared.



I can't say I didn't like the book.  THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER had a skillfully constructed story line, but it wasn't an easy read.
 

Once you were connected, though, it all started to come together in her marvelous Kate Morton style with a brilliant ending.
 

I LOVE her books, her beautiful writing, and her involved story lines so I kept reading because I wanted to find out how it all fit together and what the ending would reveal.  The revelations were marvelous as always.
 

Anyone who loves Kate Morton, who likes to unravel a book's story line, and who can wait until it all comes together will not want to miss reading THE CLOCKMAKER'S DAUGHTER.   4/5

This book was given to me as an ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

18 comments:

  1. Interesting, I do have this book and I can see I am going to need to bring my brain and a pen and paper to keep track!

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    1. You will need all of those. 😍
      Thanks for commenting, Kathryn.

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  2. I've never read her work and it doesn't sound like this is the book to start with.

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    1. Start with THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN.

      Thanks for commenting, Kathy.

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  3. I think I am going to listen to this one. I love her narrator. Great review girl! Just keep them coming!

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    1. Awwww...thanks, recca.

      Let us know how the audio is.

      Thanks for commenting.

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  4. I haven't read any of her books. Have to agree with you on identifying the POV at the start of chapters. Really takes me out of the novel if I have to stop and figure that out. Otherwise it sounds pretty good.

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    1. It was in Kate Morton's marvelous style.

      Thanks for commenting, Mary.

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  5. Your review reflects the views of others I've read about this book. It sounds like perseverance is the key. I've only just started this novel so it's too early for me to form an opinion other than Morton's writing style hasn't changed. She still managed to grab me with her opening chapters.

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    1. She is a fabulous story teller and simply likes a lot of detail and in this case a lot of characters. :)

      ENJOY the book, and thanks for commenting, Yvonne.

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  6. My library doesn't have it yet :( I will most definitely request it!

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    1. ENJOY when you read it.

      Thanks for commenting, Sherry.

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  7. This one appeals to me. I've read two of her older books and I like her writing.

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    1. Her books are always very good.

      This one took a while to get into, but it is worth the wait.

      Thanks for commenting, Laura.

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  8. I'm going to skip this one... Cheers

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    1. :)

      It was tedious, but it did come together in the end.

      Thanks for commenting, Carole.

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  9. I've wondered about this author but haven't yet read anything by her. Thanks for the review, Elizabeth.

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    1. My favorite of hers is THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN!! LOVED IT!!

      Thanks for commenting, Carol.

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