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The Clockmaker's Daughter de Kate Morton
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The Clockmaker's Daughter (edição: 2018)

de Kate Morton (Autor)

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"A rich, spellbinding new novel from the author of The Lake House - the story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadows across generations, set in England from the 1860's until the present day"--
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Título:The Clockmaker's Daughter
Autores:Kate Morton (Autor)
Informação:Allen & Unwin (2018)
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I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to reading Kate Morton’s The Clockmaker’s Daughter. After all, I always enjoy her writing and appreciate how finely layered her stories are. Plus, I particularly love the mix of Gothic and historical fiction she brings to each story.

The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a slow burn of a story, one in which the pace exponentially speeds up the further into the story you go. Told between different time periods and differing points of view, the mystery at the heart of the story comes into focus piece by piece. As is often the case in a Kate Morton novel, you will probably be able to predict one plot mystery, but the other will confound you until the very end. Ms. Morton seems to excel at keeping all her cards close to her chest so that you have no choice but to go along for the full ride if you want to see the full answer to the mystery.

The Clockmaker’s Daughter is another strong novel by someone who seems to do nothing but write good, atmospheric historical fiction mysteries. Ms. Morton’s consistently strong characters, her attention to detail, her delicate balancing act between story-telling and story-showing, and the added Gothic touches always appeal to a wide audience, and this one is no different. ( )
  jmchshannon | Oct 9, 2021 |
I don't think I need to explain the story as so many have already read this book. I will tell you what I liked and what stopped me giving it that 5th star.

Morton is a truly gifted writer. She was able to pull me in and keep me interested throughout, even though the pace of the story was a bit slow for me. Also, I just think there was too much going on, too many stories to keep track of, too many "chance" happenings that did not seem likely to happen.

I loved the story behind Birchwood manor and her descriptive writing took me there everyday, laying in the grass watching the Thames roll by. During most of the story the old cliche "If these walls could talk" ran through my mind. I loved the parts about Leonard and Juliet and the entire book could have been about them and I would have been happy.

That being said, I hated Elodie. I think Morton could have written a much
better story leaving this character out. But then, it would have been a different story...that would have been OK by me.

This was my first Kate Morton book, and I am positive I will read her again.
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  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
I am not much of a reader of Historical fiction, especially mysteries, so this book is very much out of my comfort zone. But my friend Ana was going to start it and I decided buddy reading it with with her would be a great experience and good way to try the genre. However, I really have very mixed feelings about this one, so be prepared for an incoherent mess of a review.

This is my first Kate Morton book, so I had no idea what I was getting into, but it was definitely a surprise. The author has a magical way with words – the writing is beautiful, evocative and haunting, the imagery so vivid that I really could visualize it. The story is centred mostly around the English countryside, especially Birchwood Manor, and the setting is truly brought to life. We also get to see the passage of time through the condition of the manor itself and I think that was brilliantly done. However, it’s also the same writing that I had my main gripe with. It’s too descriptive (which is not my thing at all) and that felt quite boring after a while and I skim read a lot towards the end. But that’s probably just my issue and not the book.

I’m usually a fan of multiple timelines and POVs but here it was all a bit too much. The timelines shift back and forth between 1860-70s, WWI, WWII and the present day and it did get tough to keep track of what time period we were in. There are also too many narrators and characters. Just when I thought I was getting to know one character better, their storyline would stop abruptly and they wouldn’t show up again for a long time. This really prevented me from getting invested in anyone.

The one prescient narrator who is the main source of the mystery confused me a lot in the beginning but I got used to it as the book went on. Our present day narrator Elodie was definitely one I didn’t like at all – she just seemed so disinterested in her own wedding and not quite prudent about the protocols at her work, it ruined my perception about her. And then she uses the mystery as an excuse to not deal with her problems. Despite the many characters, most of their arcs are resolved towards the end, but not all. The reveal of the mystery was very very surprising and unexpected, but also slightly anticlimactic after spending almost 500 pages trying to figure it out. We also never get any character development for Elodie which was disappointing.

All in all, I have to say that I was both pleasantly surprised and bored while reading this book. I obviously didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to, but that’s on me. If you are a Kate Morton fan, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it better than I did. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
Lots of fun with many generations and twists and turns. Good for the beach ( )
  scoene | Jul 13, 2021 |
A bit confusing but I found it riveting and it kept me in it. I listened to the audio version (Joanna Froggatt of Downton Abbey fame did a great job), so don't know if the printed version had a timeline or any visuals that would ground a reader in what happens when. I saw one reader characterize this as a "cozy" with which I definitely do not agree, but that's a designation I don't care for anyway. ( )
  flemertown | Jul 10, 2021 |
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