I'd give this book 3 3/4 stars. I rounded it to four because I reserve 3 stars for books I would generally not recommend. I've read several other books by Kate Morton and really felt they were better than this one because they kept me guessing all (or at least most) of the way. This was still a good book by Morton, and had her usual haunting and "gothic" elements, wonderful descriptiveness, and depth to the characters. But I just didn't get the same level of mystery and suspense as I would come to expect from her novels. I pretty much had the mystery or secrets figured out early on -- not precisely, but close enough. So, while it was a good story and I would probably still recommend it to Kate Morton fans who want to read more from her, I would recommend her other books first. Also, I agree with some of the other reviewers regarding the narrator. While she was talented and enjoyable to listen to, it was definitely strange that they chose an Australian woman to narrate a book told from the perspective of British characters. Did they think that we Americans can't tell the difference between the various accents?
Caroline Lee has done a great job with each of the books by Kate Morton that she has performed. She brings Ms. Morton's characters to life.
I really enjoy the movement between time periods that Ms. Morton uses to tell her stories.
The beginning of this book confused me a bit because it starts out talking about a screen play called "The Shifting Fog". At first I thought there was a huge screw up with the recording. This isn't normally the my type of book, however the story was nice, interesting and the narrator did an amazing job on all the various accents.
If you enjoy historical romances you will like this book. The story is told from the point of view of a house maid who served the family for many years and is now nearing death. She is telling her tale to a movie writer The story provides a look behind the scenes of the old English manor. It is well written with a great deal of detail.
I bought this book thinking it was in the crime/thriller genre. It turns out to be much more of a drama/historical drama. Maybe it isn't necessarily a bad storyline but it is very slow paced and long.
Kate Morton's books require effort of the listener– know this going in. Fortunately this one didn't require a map of the grounds of a mansion to dispel confusion as with 'Forgotten Garden'.
A great story and a great listen for fans of the genre. Fans of 'Downton Abbey' will love picturing the faces of the cast as they listen. The head valet is a dead ringer for Carson, and the maid Kate is basically Daisy. There's even a Violet. It's amazing how closely the novel resembles DA, although it was written prior to when the show first aired.
Fans of Ian McEwan's 'Atonement' will either love it or be annoyed that she borrowed so heavily from it. I am on the fence there.
Sure, but not until i finish the next two Kate Morton books.
Hanna, I can relate.
Her voice compliments all of these stories. As usual, she delivers Kate's words in the most addictive way leaving you listening for hours. They would not be same without Caroline.
Family, Mystery, Love, Faith & History
Just a well done story with all a lot of heart and soul poured into it. I cant wait to read the next one. Downloading it as I write this.
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This one is Number one on my list
When Grace Dies
Any one the loves the era that this book is written you will love it. Caroline does a fantastic job.
Wonderful characters, totally believable and just enough intrigue to keep one guessing without too much hard work keeping up with the plot. Beautifully narrated.
The way Florence was woven into the ending. Very unexpected and a delicious surprise.
Be a fly on the wall of a story about some interesting characters fated to a life of tragedy. This story is Downton Abbey meets The Great Gatsby. If you like Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights or the Thirteenth Tale, you will enjoy Kate Morton's books.
Absolutely not! I quit about two thirds of the way in. The little girl voice of the reader imbued all the characters with personalities I could not endure. I found listening to her most tedious. I finally quit and just read the book (which I enjoyed)
I do enjoy Kate Morton as an author, but I find I can read far more quickly than I can listen. The only circumstances under which I might try another audio book would be if I were taking a long road trip by myself. AND I would want a more credible reader.