There are gorgeous settings: Australia, late Victorian London, and a grand English manor in Cornwall. There are dark family secrets, and themes of escape, abandonment, obsession, and the quest to learn the truth about oneself.
As for the mystery, I absolutely loved it in the beginning. Until it became painfully obvious what the truth was, and then it became kind of protracted as we waited for the “final reveal”, which didn’t come as much of a surprise.
I found the Victorian/Edwardian storyline to be the richest and most compelling–and I’m pretty sure Morton enjoyed writing it the best, too. She certainly devoted the most time to it, and it was the most fully developed. The more contemporary storylines were a little more sketchy, a little more cursorily handled. Still enjoyable, but not as much to sink your teeth into.
This was the first book of Kate Morton’s that I’ve read, although she’s been on my reading list for quite some time. I will certainly be checking out her other books now. I’m excited to have “discovered” this author–I always feel a particular affinity for writer-moms (…sensing a trend?).
So tell me–have you read any Kate Morton? What did you think?
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