Friday, September 30, 2011

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

Published in 2008. 473 pages. Originally published in Australia in 2006 as The Shifting Fog.

This was the September pick for Natalie's Book Club, and I didn't know anything about it before I started reading. I was sucked in from the very first sentence!

Last November I had a nightmare.

Does that remind you of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca? It did me!

I really enjoyed the book club discussion, which we had over lunch at Blue Lemon. Mostly we talked about the ending of the book, about what was foreshadowed, about what was surprising, about how it fit together so well.

One short passage really struck me when I read it, and I've been thinking about it a lot.
While I wasn't certain how I felt about spiritualists, I was certain enough about the type of people who were drawn to them. Only people unhappy in the present seek to know the future.

I'd not read anything by Kate Morton before I read The House at Riverton, but I will certainly be looking for more of her novels!



  1. Thanks for the recommendation. Our book club is always looking for new books to put on the list.

  2. I have this one on my shelf to read. I need to bump it up on my priority list it sounds like.

  3. Canda: I think it's a great book club pick!

    Jennie: Yes, I think you do! :) (BTW I love the title of your blog.)