The Clockmaker's Daughter

The Clockmaker's Daughter

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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 shadows across generations, set in England from the 1860's 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."--
Summer, 1862. A group of young artists led by Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. Their plan: spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. By the end of their stay, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Radcliffe'' 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 woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist's sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river. -- adapted from publisher info
Published: New York :, Atria Books,, 2018.
Edition: First Atria books hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781451649390
1451649398
Branch Call Number: F MOR
Characteristics: 485 pages :,map ;,24 cm

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matcat44
May 24, 2019

Strange writing, couldn’t get me interested.

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Dearone011970
Apr 18, 2019

Very disappointed in this book.
First book ever that I couldn't wait to get over with it.

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jiggyq
Apr 16, 2019

i just couldnt get into it ... not engrossing as i thought

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Llaureys66
Apr 11, 2019

This was a terrific ghost story. I don't usually read novels about the paranormal but this was very well done. It reminded me of Lovely Bones a bit. It also has suspense and mystery. It's a bit complicated in its multigenerational plot line but well worth reading.

mazinwhistler Apr 04, 2019

Kate Morton is a fabulous writer - her most recent novel re-establishes this once more. This books is a page turner taking you into another world with twists and turns, drawing you into her fabulous characters and keeping you guessing until the very end! A very worthwhile read!

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Bookworm2228
Apr 04, 2019

3 stars. I love Kate Mortons' books and really looked forward to reading this one, but found it a really tough slog to get through it. I really wanted to love this book but I found it very confusing. Too many characters, too difficult to figure out who was speaking at different times, too convoluted. I read it right to the end and still don't know who shot Edward's fiancee or why...did I miss something somewhere? There were chapters that were lovely and lyrical and I'd think that I was getting a grasp on what was going on and then I'd turn the page and it was like I was reading a different book by a different author. I gave this book 3 stars because I love the author and because of the chapters that I enjoyed. I wish I could have given a better review.

I loved this book - going through different time periods and just when you think you have figured it all out...you haven't! I hope she will have a sequel

I am a huge fan of Kate Morton's writing. She has such a lovely command of the English language that you simply cannot read the paragraphs quickly or you miss the wonderful phrases and descriptions. I will however admit to dragging once I got to the middle of this very long story. I found I had to flip back to the front of the story to re-acquaint myself with a character as the chapters switch between different characters and time frames that all centre around Birchwood Manor. For those familiar with Ms. Morton's other novels, this story also revolves around London after the wars and the secrets held within a home. I loved how the story tied up the mysteries with childlike innocence but think I need to re-read to catch some of the loose threads that I missed.

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Liselara
Mar 04, 2019

I'm about 100 pages into this book and I came to the feedback page to see if it's just me or if others are finding this novel tedious. It should be noted that Kate Morton is, hands down, one of my favorite authors. I'd pick up anything off of hers off the shelf in any bookstore without even reading the description on the back. But this one! I don't even know who I am reading half the time: the gal in 2017 or the other one in the 1800's. I don't have an inkling of the plot or storyline. I was a little stunned when I was 456 in line for this book back in November and then got it on February 28. Now I think I understand what happened; most likely like me, readers closed it and returned it to the library. So for the 482 people on the wait list, no worries. - This book is a combo of the 1944 movie "Laura", "Oliver Twist", and the "Ghost and Mrs. Muir".

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AmyTaylor2018
Feb 27, 2019

I gave up half way through the book. Very dry and just could not get into it.

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