About a year and a half ago I reviewed another Kate Morton book, The Forgotten Garden. I have since read The House and Riverton and just recently finished The Distant Hours. Normally I would not expect to like these books but Kate Morton masterfully develops her characters so that you feel like you really know them and are interested in what happens in their lives. They are real people with real (but not absurd) human flaws. Her trademark is her ability to tell multiple stories that connect across decades.
Caroline Lee is the perfect narrator. Her voice brings each character alive and she carries you along on the journey. Kate Morton's books are perfect if you like a long easy moving mystery with deep characters and interesting twists.
Here's the publisher's summary:
Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.
Evacuated from London as a 12-year-old girl, Edie’s mother is chosen by the mysterious Juniper Blythe and taken to live at Milderhurst Castle with the Blythe family: Juniper, her twin sisters, and their father, Raymond.
Fifty years later, as Edie chases the answers to her mother’s riddle. She, too, is drawn to Milderhurst Castle and the eccentric sisters Blythe. Old ladies now, the three still live together, the twins nursing Juniper, whose abandonment by her fiancé in 1941 plunged her into madness.
Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother’s past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst Castle, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected. For the truth of what happened in the distant hours has been waiting a long time for someone to find it....