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.
©2006 Kate Morton (P)2006 Kate Morton
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.
love the story and the narrator. Perfect combination. hoping there is a sequel... I want to know what has happened to these characters
Having the same name as the book "The House at Riverton". Even though blurb does tell it is the same I didn't see it at time of purchase so I purchased the audio book and the ebook unintentionally. By the time I realized, it was too late to return.
I guess you could figure out the ending up front...but its the journey getting to the end that is pure enjoyment!
Narration by Caroline Lee, nineteen hours of listening.
In preparation for a movie, a film maker is researching the suicide of a poet. This suicide took place at an old mansion/country manor, amongst the early 20th century wealthy. Residents include two rival sisters, witnesses. Research involves interviewing Grace, an aged woman who was once a housemaid. Unbeknownst to the researcher, Grace has knowledge of the event, information known only to her. The story is told in flashbacks as Grace creates audiotapes.
Lots of detail regarding the advent of WWI, the rich and spoiled upper crust of England. In my opinion, the story is longer than necessary. A bit much with regard to fluffy conversations between the sisters, descriptions of gowns, parties, etc., at least for my taste. The story itself gets more intriguing nearer the end of the book, so hang in there.
Narration was problematic for me. For the most part the reading was pretty good. However, the narrator created an annoyingly high-pitched squeal when voicing some of the female characters, and although colorful and appropriate for the character, albeit sometimes child-like, it forced a grumble a number of times.
Grace’s secret isn’t revealed until the last few pages, but you’ll probably figure it out in earlier chapters.
I just discovered Kate Morton books this year. I loved the Forgotten Garden, so I listened to the Secret Keeper, the Shifting Fog was even better than the first two. The reality of not everything has a happy ending, is what keeps me reading her books. Cannot wait for the next one.
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.
Reminded me a bit of Dowtown Abbey with post WWI social changes.
Near top of my preferred historical romances.
The superb narration by Caroline Lee, who transports a reader back in time.
I prefer the alternate title of The House at Riverton
Good character development and historical description enhances this authors fine talents with prose. Top notch for ladies.
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