Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again.
Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks. A shocking secret threatens to emerge; something history has forgotten but Grace never could.
Set as the war-shattered Edwardian summer surrenders to the decadent 20s, The Shifting Fog is a thrilling mystery and a compelling love story.
An alternate title for this novel is The House at Riverton.
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Unfortunately hadn't realized "The Shifting Fog" is the same / alternate title for "The House at Riverton." Great book / wonderful narration but wish Audible had indicated that I had already purchased the same book under an alternate title.
I love long, wandering stories that are well-read. Caroline Lee is wonderful, and the story is very nice. This is my second Kate Morton book, both having been read by Caroline Lee. Even though they are long, it's always sad when they end.
Absolutely. Intriguing storyline that makes you want to keep listening
Any Kate Morton book.
Grace - she held so many secrets. I don't think dinner would make her talk!! Maybe she will talk about the downstair,
Interestingly, The House at Riverton is EXACTLY the same book - just a different title.
I've listened to all of her books on audible and this was my second favorite, though a little more dark than the rest.
I really enjoyed this dramatic story with excellent narration by Caroline Lee. I have recommended it to friends who might enjoy this Downton Abbeyesque story
This is the same story as The House at Riverton, just a different title.
This is a long audio, and it isn't one to listen to in a marathon sitting. It's a story to savor and let the narration take you back to 1920's England
Like some of the other reviews, it took me a couple of tries to get into this book. Jumping back and forth from the past to the present was a little confusing. However, it didn't take long before I was hooked. Great story!
I loved the story within the story. The Shifting Fog tells the story of a Manor House in Essex during WW1 in the early 1920's, told from the perspective of Grace Bradley, a housemaid, now 98 and living in a retirement community in 1999. When Grace finds out that a film is being made of a tragic event at the house - the suicide of a young poet who fought in the war - she recounts her memories leading up to that night, and the part she played in it.
Other books that remind me of The Shifting Fog are The Distant Hours, The Forgotten Garden, Duet, The Winter Sea, and The Secret Keeper.
Caroline Lee brings a depth to the characters and the story that you just wouldn't experience if you read the book rather than listen to it.
I thought Hannah was the most memorable character in this book because she had all the wonderful tragic flaws you end up loving about them.
Takes you on a journey of the differences in the class of early UK life for staff of great houses, an enjoyable soft story. Great narration as well...
This book was ruined for me by the use of an Australian narrator even though the story was set in Britain. The Narrators strong Australian accent was out of place in this novel, I can't think what induced the publishers to make such a choice! Although most Americans (I'm told) can't tell the difference between the two accents, anyone from the UK will find this confusing and distracting. The story was a little slow but enjoyable enough.
I read the reviews about the narrator's accent being Australian instead of British, but I mistakenly thought that wouldn't bother me. I was wrong! Not only is her Australian accent annoyingly inappropriate for the story, it is incredibly grating on the ears, as are her loud inhalations between sentences. No one should need to pause then breathe loudly that frequently. I am only one hour into the book but am honestly not sure if I will be able to finish it - and I almost NEVER stop listening to a book before the end.
Unfortunately, I don't know if the story itself is any good, because I can't concentrate on anything but how awful the narration is.
"Slow in places"
Not quite sure about this one. I enjoyed it but had it not been for a reasonably satisfactory ending I would have only given it 3 stars. It was very slow in places and I didn't quite see the the need for so much of the present time. The whole story was about a previous era. I could have done with much smaller amounts of the present day. All in all an ok listen but couldn't heartily recommend it
The first part of the story set in a large country house was interesting and kept me listening. However once the story moved to London the bordom set in and by the end I really hoped all the characters met an unpleasant painful death.
Grace the maid.
The description of life below stairs pre 1914.
The most boring book I have ever listened to.
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