The Clockmaker's Daughter: A Novel (Hardcover)
October 2018 Indie Next List
“The Clockmaker's Daughter has a beautiful collection of characters that each endure loss and love tinged by the poetry of art. Their stories intertwine them all to each other in the most unexpected ways. Each character's story wraps you up in their lives--their hopes and dreams, their families, and their fateful ends--until you're swiftly but gently slapped in the face with their connection to the other characters and how it affects the overall mystery. I couldn't put this book down. The Clockmaker's Daughter left me falling through time until the very end.”
— Erica Watkins, Green Apple Books on the Park, San Francisco, CA
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“An ambitious, compelling historical mystery with a fabulous cast of characters…Kate Morton at her very best.” —Kristin Hannah
“An elaborate tapestry…Morton doesn’t disappoint.” —The Washington Post
"Classic English country-house Goth at its finest." —New York Post
In the depths of a 19th-century winter, a little girl is abandoned on the streets of Victorian London. She grows up to become in turn a thief, an artist’s muse, and a lover. In the summer of 1862, shortly after her eighteenth birthday, she travels with a group of artists to a beautiful house on a bend of the Upper Thames. Tensions simmer and one hot afternoon a gunshot rings out. A woman is killed, another disappears, and the truth of what happened slips through the cracks of time. It is not until over a century later, when another young woman is drawn to Birchwood Manor, that its secrets are finally revealed.
Told by multiple voices across time, this is an intricately layered, richly atmospheric novel about art and passion, forgiveness and loss, that shows us that sometimes the way forward is through the past.
About the Author
Kate Morton is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours, The Secret Keeper, The Lake House, and The Clockmaker’s Daughter. Her books are published in 34 languages and have been #1 bestsellers worldwide. She is a native Australian, holds degrees in dramatic art and English literature. She lives with her family in London and Australia.
"The stories, brilliantly told by Morton, offer musings on art, betrayal, and the ways in which real lives and real places can evolve over time into the stuff of legends."
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"[Morton's] most ambitious work yet...Morton proves once again that history is not a straight line but an intricate, infinite web."
"Morton does again what she’s done so well in international best sellers from The House at Riverton to The Lake House."
— Library Journal
Praise for The Lake House
"A deliciously compelling mystery."
— Liane Moriarty
"Morton's moody, suspenseful latest is the perfect page-turner for a chilly night."
"A rich and almost magical good old-fashioned tale...a fabulous addition to her work...whisks the reader away into another world...The Lake House is the perfect read for cold, dark nights."
— Ft. Worth Star Telegram
"Skillful, suspenseful, surprising...a perfect read for ...dark winter evenings...Morton is a master of suspense."
— The Philadelphia Inquirer
"..a stunning, well-woven mystery that will keep readers hooked through myriad twists and turns. There are secrets within secrets in this story, and every time readers think they've figured it out, something new will be revealed."
— San Diego Book Review
"Compelling...Morton's plotting is impeccable, and her finely wrought characters...are as surprised as readers will be by the astonishing conclusion."
— Publisher's Weekly
"Brilliant...delivers the satisfactions of all her bestsellers since debuting with The House at Riverton...perfect books for just about every reader."
— Library Journal
"In the latest from Morton, secrets from the past come to light in the present, a theme that is the author’s specialty…. Missing babies, maternal sacrifice, and secrets, secrets, secrets—Morton offers generous clues, only to peel back deeper layers just when the truth seems close…..not short on heart-wrenching choices and rich characters."