The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton review

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.


This was my first Kate Morton read. I will definitely be picking up more of her work. This was such a magical read. Kate does a great job keeping you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what happens next.

The characters were well written and so was the atmosphere. I could actual picture myself standing with them as they went on their way throughout the story.

Elodie…oh Elodie. I want her job. She works for a company cataloging historical artifacts. Ugh what a dream job! I really do not have anything bad to say about any of the characters. Even the not so nice ones.

My only complaint is that I had trouble keeping up with the stories sometimes. Kate Morton goes back and forth between past and present and between multiple story lines. Sometimes not staying in order. So it got a bit confusing. Other than that it was an enjoyable read for sure. definitely not a genre I pick up often. It is categorized as Historical Fiction. I always thought of Historical Fiction as a story based off a true event and/or person but fictionalized. As far as I know this isn’t based off any true person or event. I would have just catagorized this as Adult Fiction in my own personal opinion.




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