Praise for The Distant Hours:

'An enthralling romantic thriller . . . will stun readers' Publisher's Weekly, US. Starred Review

'A moldering old castle... really creepy elderly twins... a long-missing letter: Morton, as usual, deftly mixes all the necessary ingredients for a top-notch romantic thriller.' Entertainment Weekly, US

'A nuanced and exploration of family secrets and betrayal, Morton's latest is captivating.' People Magazine, US

'Featuring a fresh and thrilling gothic mystery, cinematic storytelling, and fully developed characters who possess layers of deliciously surprising secrets, this complex story is developed at a leisurely but compelling pace that keeps readers hooked' -- Library Journal, US. Starred Review.

'The Distant Hours demonstrates a new leap in Morton's authorial choreography. . . [She] sustains an atmosphere of quiet dread rivaling that developed by Sarah Waters in The Little Stranger. . . . A rich treat for fans of historical fiction.' Washington Post

'A dilapidated castle, aristocratic twins, a troubled sister and a series of dark secrets cast a whispery spell in Morton's third book' -- Marie Claire, UK

'An absorbing and haunting read' -- Woman & Home, UK

'A bewitching tale of family secrets and betrayal' -- Good Housekeeping, UK

'A letter points the way to a castle in Kent, which harbors decades of grim secrets, in Morton's latest. . . . [T]here's a rewarding, bittersweet payoff in the author's most gothic tale yet' -- Kirkus

'Morton is the master of the atmospheric old-fashioned novel packed with enough stories to fill all the worn satchels in the Milderhurst attic. The Distant Hours is saturated with the sights and sounds of country life during wartime, Blitz-torn London and the ghostly passageways of the decaying castle. Fans of Morton and new readers alike will be delighted to uncover the truth of what happened in the 'distant hours' of the past.' -- Bookpage

'In this, her third book, Morton writes in her usual engaging style, taking the reader to the heart of the Blythe family, so that from wartime evacuations through to the machinations of modern-day publishing, you live through every twist and turn.' -- Waterstones Books Quarterly

'A page-turner of mystery and suspense.' -- ASOS magazine

'[An] enchanting mystery . . . a bewitching brew encompassing illicit affairs, madness and concealed crime, that builds in intensity as the story twists and turns to a satisfying conclusion' -- Who Weekly

'Kate Morton's stunning new novel will not disappoint' -- Best Magazine

'Kate Morton's clever and compelling new novel is yet more evidence of her place in both the bestseller charts and the hearts of her readers. In this atmospheric and evocative tale of a daughter's journey into her mother's past, a long-lost letter leads Edie Burchill to Milderhurst Castle in Kent and a forgotten world... An intriguing and beautifully observed story.' -- Lancashire Evening Post

 

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