The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

About the book

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, ninety-eight, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet’s suicide. Ghosts awaken and old 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.

Reviewed by White Lion, Yateley Reading Group:

Immensely readable page turner – gripping. Really good unexpected ending.

Star rating: ***

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3 thoughts on “The House at Riverton by Kate Morton”

  1. Review by King’s Somborne Reading Group:
    A pleasant read but a little drawn out. We thought Morton had a good hold on the class system of that era. Characters well drawn, some good touches.
    Star rating: ***

  2. Review by Havers Reading Group:
    Good story, good characters and an insight into ‘upstairs donwstairs’ life. The aftermath of the WW1 was portrayed through characters and social events. A few twists for interest.
    Star rating: ****

  3. Review by Alton Library Reading Group
    Eminently readable, an interesting social history perspective, whole characters, emotional connections made, subtle in its revelations and good to keep the twists to the end. All agreed we would read more. Recommended.
    Star rating: ****

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