The Clockmaker's Daughter - Kate Morton

The Clockmaker's Daughter

By Kate Morton

  • Release Date: 2018-10-09
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 212 Ratings



“An ambitious, compelling historical mystery with a fabulous cast of characters…Kate Morton at her very best.” —Kristin Hannah

A love affair and a mysterious murder cast their shadows across generations in this multilayered and spellbinding novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the “deliciously compelling” (Liane Moriarty) The Lake House.

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.


  • Couldn’t finish this

    By Made up name 69
    I have read several other books by Kate Morton and enjoyed them all. I couldn’t get past the first 100 pages on this one before I had to quit. Too confusing. Couldn’t remember all the names. Just couldn’t do it.
  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

    By DaMamma7
    I so enjoy all of Kate's books - the mystery, the going back and forth in time keep the story interesting. We just moved to a new house (named Thornbury Manor) and it made me ponder the people who lived here before me - even before this house was built. I am looking forward to her next novel.

    By Megantoad
    Oh my gosh, this was so hard to get through! It was about 100 pages too long. I found the story idea interesting and usually enjoy reading books by this author. However, this book went on and on full of "fluff" and circling around avoiding getting to the point. So many unimportant side trips. I literally was able to skip pages & still felt like it was droning on & I hadn't missed a thing of importance. And then the ending was so anticlimactic & abrupt after all the circling around to get there I was left feeling disappointed and annoyed. This was not her best story at all. I'd wait and check it out from the library if you feel you must read it. Perhaps this fulfilled something for the author, but honestly, I felt like it was a book written to satisfy a contract.
  • The Clockmaker’s Daughter

    By KTS177
    I was disappointed in this book as I really liked her earlier works. It skips backwards and forwards in time and can get confusing trying to keep up with the characters and interwoven plot. I also thought it ended abruptly and left several assumptions hanging.
  • The clockmakers dsughter

    By Historical fiction lover
    I have read many of Kate Morton’s novels and was so looking forward to this one...I even preordered it. I was sorely disappointed! The plot jumped around too much and the story line just did not hang together. Also the character development left much to be desired.
  • The clockmakers daughter

    By Sculpey5
    Kate Morton has done it again and I’m not particularly fond of types of ghost stories or supernatural but she has a way of telling her. I’ll stay in her loop til her next book comes out.