Bingo! The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

It’s bingo Saturday once again – that rolled around fast! The square I’ve filled for this entry is:

A book with a mystery

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Mystery threads itself right the way through this novel so it seemed like the obvious choice for this bingo square. While I read some crime fiction on occasion, mystery has never factored hugely in my reading life. It usually comes to me by way of another genre, as is the case here, via historical fiction.

The Clockmaker’s Daughter is at a whole new level of storytelling, even for Kate. It is a magnificent novel. There are so many words I could use, but then I would just be drivelling, and no one wants that. Kate’s normal mode of storytelling is to use a dual timeline, one voice set in the past, another in the more modern day. With The Clockmaker’s Daughter, she has surpassed this style of dual timeline in favour of using multiple voices, spread over multiple eras; a collection of stories within a story, with a four hundred year old house and a mystery as the connecting web between each person. It’s ambitious, epic in scope, and one of the best novels I have ever read.

Read my full review here


This year I’m playing book bingo with Mrs B’s Book Reviews. On the first and third Saturday of each month, we’ll post our latest entry. We’re not telling each other in advance what we’re currently reading or what square we’ll be filling next; any coincidences are exactly that – and just add to the fun!

Follow our card below if you’d like to join in, and please let us know if you do so we can check out what you’re reading.

Now I’m off to check out what square Mrs B has marked off for this round. See you over there!

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5 thoughts on “Bingo! The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

  1. #Book Bingo 2018: ‘A book written more than 10 years ago’ – The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley

    Choosing books for book bingo has been fun and easy so far and selecting a book for this square was again a piece of cake as I had many books lined up for this category – ‘a book written more than 10 years ago,’ – and the one I went with was The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley – a book that’s been sitting on my unread shelf for way too long and a book some people have raved about. Hmm. The first half was so-so as there was very little going on and nothing really amazing was taking place and THEN… just like that I fell in love with the characters, they were real and fun and quirky and just dreadfully cool.

    The words jumped off the page and came to life in the last 100 pages and whilst the narrative merely plodded along there was almost a softness in the authors writing style, I felt like I was floating on a cloud of marshmallows so serene and gentle was the writing.

    A gorgeous Scottish setting, a bit of romance, paranormal happenings, ghosts, a child psychic and an archeological dig make for a decent read.

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