The Clockmaker's Daughter: A Novel (Paperback)
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
“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.
— Washington Post
"Classic English country-house Goth at its finest."
— New York Post, Required Reading column
“The Clockmaker’s Daughter is an ambitious, complex, compelling historical mystery with a fabulous cast of characters. This is Kate Morton at her very best.”
— Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author
"Morton leisurely layers Gothic details with classic romantic suspense, shifting between past and present, spinning involving stories within stories."
— Minneapolis Star Tribune
"...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
"A leisurely and meditative read, with lush settings, meticulous period detail, and slowly unfurling enigmas."
— Kirkus Reviews
"[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
"Like the house itself, the novel contains hidden corners and unexpected twists...Fans of Morton's atmospheric novels will find much to enjoy here."
— Shelf Awareness