The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Suicide–or is it murder? An elegant manor house tucked in the English countryside. Upstairs/downstairs romantic characters roaring through the 1920s. The brutal intrusion of war. Star-crossed lovers. An old woman moving in and out of lucidity as she tells her story to a modern day movie maker. This is The House at Riverton. Author Kate Morton deftly takes the reader back to 1920s England as WWI erupts and ravages the people and homes of England. I listened to this through Audible and found it a thoroughly enjoyable way to experience the story weaving in and out of my every day life. I believe Kate Morton is leading the charge in the popular gothic novel revival. She is the new queen of quotable lines in popular fiction and a great role model for aspiring gothic novelists who want nothing to do with vampires (me). As a footnote, I find the similarities too striking between this book and BBC’s Downtown Abbey not to be considered. I hope Kate Morton‘s getting a cut! If you have time, buy the book or listen to the audio version–the mysterious Riverton manor house setting is lush perfection if you love getting lost in time.