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.
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'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.
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...
The story of the past ... a past painstakingly researched and communicated to us in such beautiful words and organization. This is a story of being human and how our choices can lead to unintended results. I hated to have it end. This is my favorite Kate Morton story ... Grace is my favorite character to date...and I have read all Kate's stories. I can't wait till a new one is available.
The character of Grace. She was so developed and believable as she told this story. You feel as if you know her and hate to see the story end. Also, how Kate Morton builds the story and tells it. She is a magnificent storyteller. Yes, she is detailed and sets each scene so carefully ... it's why you become so involved with her characters and understand them. I love history, and she gives us historical background so well.
I love the way she reads the story. I like her accents. I could listen to her forever and never get tired of her voice.
Absolutely. I just never have the time to do so.
Read this book ... if you liked Kate Morton's other stories, I think you will love this one.
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.
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