Kate Morton is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author. She has sold more than 10 million books in 38 countries.
Kate grew up in the mountains of SE Queensland and lives with her husband and young sons in Brisbane. She has degrees in dramatic art and English literature, specialising in 19th century tragedy and contemporary gothic novels. Her elements of mystery are always tightly-wound and expertly plotted.
Forgotten Garden – June 2008
Cassandra is lost, alone and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident ten years ago, feels like she has lost everything dear to her. An unexpected and mysterious bequest from Nell turns Cassandra’s life upside down and ends up challenging everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.
Inheriting a book of dark and intriguing fairy tales written by Eliza Makepeace, the Victorian authoress who disappeared mysteriously in the early twentieth century, Cassandra takes her courage in both hands to follow in the footsteps of Nell on a quest to find out the truth about their history, their family and their past; little knowing that in the process, she will also discover a new life for herself.
The Distant Hours – November 2010
A long lost letter arrives in the post and Edie Burchill finds herself on a journey to Milderhurst Castle, where the Blythe spinsters live and where her mother was billeted 50 years before as a 13 year old child during WWII. The elder Blythe sisters are twins and have spent most of their lives looking after the third and youngest sister, Juniper, who hasn’t been the same since her fiancée jilted her in 1941.
Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother’s past, but there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst. The truth of what happened in ‘the distant hours’ of the past has been waiting a long time for someone to find it.
The Lake House – October 2015
Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, innocent and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories. The mysteries she writes about are no match for the one her family is about to endure.
One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. What follows is a tragedy that tears the family apart in ways they never imagined.
Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as an author. Theo’s case has never been solved, though Alice still harbours a suspicion as to the culprit. Miles away, Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force, is staying at her grandfather’s house in Cornwall. Whilst out walking, she stumbles upon the old estate, now crumbling and covered with vines, clearly abandoned long ago. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that will bring her and Alice together and reveal shocking truths about a past long gone.