Throwback Thursday: 29 April 2021

This month I’m looking back at my review of The House at Riverton by Kate Morton, which I first posted in August 2007. I loved this book.

These are the first two paragraphs:

It’s with a sense of loss that I finished reading The House at Riverton. I felt as though I’d now lost contact with the characters and the worlds they inhabit. I say worlds because this novel is split into two time zones, so widely different in all aspects that they could be separate worlds.

The novel opens in 1999 (reminiscent of Du Maurier’s Rebecca) with Grace’s dream of the night in 1924 when Robbie Hunter, a poet, committed suicide at Riverton Manor. Grace’s memories are revived after Ursula, an American film director who is making a film of the suicide had asked for her help as the only person involved who was still alive.

Click here to read my full review

Kate Morton is an Australian author, who has written six novels. The House at Riverton and The Secret Keeper are two of my favourite books. The six books are as follows (with links to my posts):

The House at Riverton (2006)
     aka The Shifting Fog
The Forgotten Garden (2008)
The Distant Hours (2010)
The Secret Keeper (2012)
The Lake House (2015)
The Clockmaker’s Daughter (2018)

The next Throwback Thursday post is scheduled for 3 June, 2021.

5 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: 29 April 2021

  1. I picked this up while staying in my parents house one year. But I’m afraid I couldn’t get past the first chapter. So,etching about her writing style just didn’t work for me.


  2. This is such an interesting premise, Margaret! I can see why you were drawn to it. The characters sound interesting, too. The whole idea of this meme is great, too – looking back at earlier reviews and blog posts. It show you where you’ve been, so to speak.


  3. I haven’t read The house at Riverton yet, but The Secret Keeper is definitely one of my favorites too. I know I want to read The house at Riverton now!

    Thanks for sharing your review, it’s so much fun to visit the old reviews again.

    Hope you are well otherwise!

    Elza Reads


  4. I have read three of Kate Morton’s books – I loved The Forgotten Garden, but didn’t like The Distant Hours or The Clockmaker’s Daughter as much. I do have a copy of The Secret Keeper which I haven’t read yet, so I’m pleased to hear that’s one of your favourites.


  5. I’ve only read her Clockmaker’s Daughter and to be honest… I wasn’t really all that impressed. But then again, ghost stories aren’t really my thing. I guess she’s not an author for me… no matter! Glad you like her books.


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