The Clockmaker’s Daughter

{5/5} “He had painted me at the center of the canvas, my hair flowing in ripples, my eyes direct and my expression as if I had just given a confidence that would not be repeated. And yet, there was something more underlying the image: Edward had captured in this beautiful face — far more beautiful than my own real face — a vulnerability that rendered the whole exquisite.”

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton, published in 2018

Elodie works in an archive, and comes across a sketchbook from 100 years ago. She is stunned to find that she recognizes one of the sketches — a house by a river. It’s the exact setting of a story her mother used to tell her when she was a child. When she finds out the house exists in real life, she decides she must see it.

This book contains the stories of several people who lived in the same house at different times. You will inhabit the past while you’re reading it.

It’s about artists and models, beauty and home, robbery and murder, grief and guilt.

Morton’s previous 2 novels were realistic, but this one verges into fantasy — the title character is a ghost in present day.

One more quotation: “Life… the only truly fair thing about it is the randomness of its unfairness.”

And one more quotation: “Time is a strange and powerful beast. It has a habit of making the impossible possible.”

I’ve read 3 books by Morton. I previously reviewed The Lake House.

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