Author Spotlight – Kate Morton
Morton has enjoyed international success with her novels, and it’s no wonder why. Each one is filled with complex characters, family secrets, beautiful scenery, and a big mystery. She gently unravels these mysteries with clever use of a dual perspective, one in the past and one in the present; and there is always a big, unexpected twist.
Here are the novels that she has masterfully crafted thus far –
The House at Riverton
Morton’s debut novel is about the 1924 suicide of a young poet at Riverton and Grace Bradley, a former housemaid, who knows the truth. When Grace is visited in 1999 by a young director who is creating a film about the poet’s life, old memories that Grace pushed back begin to resurface and the secrets she has kept hidden threaten to emerge.
This Sunday Times #1 bestseller will keep you hooked until the devastating end.
The Forgotten Garden
On her twenty-first birthday Nell O’Connor discovers a secret – she was abandoned as a child on an Australian port. Decades later she tries to search for the truth but never finds the answers she seeks. Upon her death, Nell leaves her granddaughter Cassandra an unexpected inheritance which prompts her to uncover the truth once and for all.
This is probably my favourite of Morton’s books so far, partly because it was the first I read and also because of the element fairytales play in the story. It’s easy to be immersed in the rich and magical plot that Morton has created in The Forgotten Garden.
The Distant Hours
Thirteen-year-old Meredith is evacuated to Milderhurst Castle to live with the Blythe sisters during the war. Many years later, a long-lost letter turns up on her doormat from the castle. Upon seeing her mother’s reaction, her daughter, Edie, begins to suspect there is more to the story than her mother is telling her. Edie is also drawn to Milderhurst Castle and so sets about to unravel her mother’s past. However, there are other secrets hidden in the castle walls and Edie is about to learn more than she ever expected to.
This is more gothic and eerie than Morton’s other novels but no less enjoyable.
The Secret Keeper
It’s 1961 and sixteen-year-old Laurel is dreaming of a bright future in London. However, Laurel then witnesses something so shocking it changes everything. Now, in 2011, Laurel is still haunted by the mystery and memory of what she saw that fateful day and returns home to piece it all together. Her search leads her to the story of how Dorothy, Vivien and Jimmy are brought together and then separated in wartime London. This novel shifts between the 1930s, 1960s and present day, weaving together a story of mysteries and secrets.
This is such an evocative tale that centres around desires, loyalty, love, murder and wartime secrets. As always, Morton keeps you thoroughly engaged in the story with realistic and complex characters.
The Lake House
In 1933 the Edevane family prepare for their Midsummer Eve party at their country home, Loeanneth. Devastatingly, by midnight their baby boy disappears without a trace and they leave Loeanneth never to return. Seventy years later, Metropolitan Police detective Sadie Sparrow visits her grandfather in Cornwall and discovers the abandoned house and its story. Intrigued, Sadie sets out to find out what really happened and untangles a web of secrets Alice Edevane has been trying to escape.
I recommend that, if you haven’t already, you should read one of Kate Morton’s novels and allow yourself to be captivated in the stories she creates.
The Lake House, Kate Morton’s newest novel, is available in the UK from 22 October 2015.