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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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.
I've listened to all of her books on audible and this was my second favorite, though a little more dark than the rest.
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.
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...
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!
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 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.
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.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
This is an enjoyable listen . . . but doesn't come close to The Secret Keeper and The Forgotten Garden, in my opinion. I got tired listening, but did stick with it until the end. I enjoyed the historical aspect of the WWI era in England, but the book could have been much shorter and been better. The Shifting Fog lacked the magical qualities of Kate Morton's other books and I missed the unfolding mystery of the other two books that I've listened to. The ending didn't leave me nearly as satisfied either.
This book is The House at Riverton. I listened to it in 2012. I kept thinking "this sounds familiar." Audible is such a good place to do business. I'm really surprised that they don't put a warning in the description.
The book is pretty good, but just don't buy both of them.
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