The Clockmaker's Daughter

The Clockmaker's Daughter

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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 charismatic 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. More than 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 a beautiful 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 mysterious, unidentified woman in the photograph? As Elodie pursues these clues, the lives of the many people who have passed through the house are revealed. There is Radcliffe, whose love affair with his model and muse consumes him; his sister Lucy, who opens a school for young ladies; Leonard Gilbert, a soldier and scholar who retreats to Birchwood after World War I to heal and to write a biography of Radcliffe; Juliet, a young widow who takes refuge there with her three small children during the Blitz; and, in the present day, Jack Rolands, who has come from far away to search for lost treasure and who meets Elodie when she eventually arrives at the house. Intricately layered and told by multiple voices across time, this is a kaleidoscopic 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
Branch Call Number: Fiction Mor
Characteristics: 485 pages : illustration ; 24 cm


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Jul 13, 2019

This is a very complex story and you need to be able to concentrate on it while reading. I wasn't at a point where I could do that very well, so I might read it again at a time when life is more calm. I liked this book very much but found it difficult to keep up with all the different story lines and characters as they intertwined.

Jun 12, 2019

I really enjoyed this book. It is complicated as it changes time and point of view multiple times through the story, so you need to be on your toes. Interesting premise.

Jun 03, 2019

I got to Chapter 3, at 12:45 am, page 61 and I just couldn’t do it anymore. The jacket made it sound a lot more interesting but frankly, I had a hard time getting into it. I give up. Maybe some time in the distant future.

May 29, 2019

The story wa s way too long and convoluted. The narrative became tedious with an unsatisfactory ending. Th e author is as good writer, this was too dense a book.

May 24, 2019

Strange writing, couldn’t get me interested.

Apr 18, 2019

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

Apr 16, 2019

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

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!

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.

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