The Shifting Fog – Kate Morton

After falling in love with Kate Morton earlier last year with The Lake House and then solidifying the obsession with The Secret Keeper I added The Shifting Fog to the collection. It may have sat there for a good 6 months on my shelf, but I finally picked it up recently and rekindled that love. The Shifting Fog, published as The House at Riverton internationally, is Kate Morton’s first novel and in my opinion she started off with a bang. The Shifting Fog is, as always, cross generational with perspectives told from the 1920’s when society sisters Hannah and Emmeline witness the suicide of a young but notorious poet and from Grace, a servant in the household, in the present day as an older lady in a nursing home. The infamous events of that night back in 1924 are being adapted to the screen and Grace is sought out for her inside information as the only surviving witness from that night. Slowly the mystery from that night is revealed across the five hundred plus pages.


I have to be honest, every novel by Morton I have devoured within two days maximum. Her stories are so intriguing that I can’t put them down and often only do so if I absolutely must. Morton has a talent for transporting you to these different times and places and putting you in the shoes of each of her characters. Not many authors boast the same talent that she clearly has. This particular story had me on the edge of my seat, coming up with wild theories trying to guess what might happen. I really enjoyed the interactions between the two sisters and their maid. Hannah and Emmeline are polar opposites, both as intriguing as each other. Grace plays the role of a maid in those days perfectly and her insight is fascinating. All the peripheral characters were rich and complimented the plot well.


If you love a whimsical mystery then this book is for you. IF you like a realistic mystery this may not be for you. The pieces of Morton’s puzzles always fit together perfectly, if not pragmatically, but they leave you scrambling to see if you can solve it first. Despite having read two of Morton’s novels already I still failed at trying to predict the outcome and it certainly did not disappoint. I highly recommend all of her works so far and urge you to pick up The Shifting Fog (or even The Lake House). I give the Shifting Fog four notebooks full of Robbie’s poetry.


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