The Shifting Fog [also published under the alternate title The House at Riverton]

  • by Kate Morton
  • Narrated by Caroline Lee
  • 18 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again.
Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks. A shocking secret threatens to emerge; something history has forgotten but Grace never could.
Set as the war-shattered Edwardian summer surrenders to the decadent 20s, The Shifting Fog is a thrilling mystery and a compelling love story.
An alternate title for this novel is The House at Riverton.

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Slow in places

Not quite sure about this one. I enjoyed it but had it not been for a reasonably satisfactory ending I would have only given it 3 stars. It was very slow in places and I didn't quite see the the need for so much of the present time. The whole story was about a previous era. I could have done with much smaller amounts of the present day. All in all an ok listen but couldn't heartily recommend it
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- Sharon Frater

Needs editing

What was most disappointing about Kate Morton’s story?

The first part of the story set in a large country house was interesting and kept me listening. However once the story moved to London the bordom set in and by the end I really hoped all the characters met an unpleasant painful death.


Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favourite?

Grace the maid.


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The description of life below stairs pre 1914.


Any additional comments?

The most boring book I have ever listened to.

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- Sue

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-11-2010
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd