Review: The Shifting Fog by Kate Morton


Originally published as The House at Riverton

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 twenties, The Shifting Fog is a thrilling mystery and a compelling love story

I’m sad to admit that this is the first Kate Morton book that I’ve finished. Not due to lack of interest in the others far from it, but life got in the way and before I knew it, it had been months since I’d listened to them. This, though, I actually finished though I was still incredibly busy. Like all the other books, it quickly drew me into the plot and the characters which were believable. The story was set up in a way that the two timelines were written side by side so you found out what was happening in the modern day when Grace is 98 and has just met Ursula who is making a movie about the events at Riverton.

Ursula is extremely passionate about the movie and despite some artistic licence that she took with the movie she is genuinely interested in learning the truth about it from Grace who decided to record the story of it for her estranged Grandson, in the hopes that it will help him return to them.

Unlike with some mysteries, this kept me guessing to the very end and in the end I actually didn’t guess the ending or many of the events that led up to the ending. I mean I did guess who Ursula was, something I had thought early on but when I found out about something it confirmed my guess long before we actually discovered the truth. It was such a small thing in some ways it didn’t detract from it. I had to keep listening, I had to know what happened.

Definitely worth the read and I really need to get off my backside and read the rest of her novels! Or at least finish the ones I started >.>.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5

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