At last, I finished reading Kate Morton’s third book, The Distant Hours! I have been reading this book on and off for quite some time. I’ve read The Forgotten Garden (her second book) and absolutely loved it and then I read The House at Riverton, which I might not have liked as much as the former, but it was just as enjoyable. That made me really excited about her third book, which I expected to be even better than the second book, but it wasn’t…
The story is about a young lady, Edie Burchill, who visited the Milderhurst Castle out of curiosity, 50 years after her mother was evacuated there. What also sparked her curiosity was that her mother received a long lost letter, from one of the sisters who inhabits the castle, much to her upset and refused to speak about it.
Edie’s love for reading and literature started when she read Raymond Blythe’s novel “The true history of the mud man” – the father of the 3 sisters who lives at Milderhurst castle: Twins Saffy and Percy and the younger sister Juniper. Edie finds herself back at the castle, upon Percy’s request to write an introduction for the republication of Raymond’s classic novel and discovers the dark secrets that lies beneath the walls of Milderhurst castle…
To be completely honest, the book did not hook me. The copy I had was 680 pages, and I found the first 150 pages interesting, but from there onwards until about page 480 I felt that the book dragged. During the time that I read this book, I also finished In the Woods, The Other Child and Matilda. It was only in the last 200 pages that I felt the story started to pick up and I became interested in finishing it, just to be disappointed by the ending of the story.
A quote from the book that I loved: “I can’t imagine facing the end of the day without a story to drop into on my way towards sleep”(p587). I am an insomniac, therefore I love to read until I eventually fall asleep as oppose to counting sheep. Reading The Distant Hours was a sure way of putting me to sleep. I am not saying it to be mean; I just found half of the book just so boring.
If you love Kate Morton, do read the book, especially if you already read the first two. If you are not familiar with her work, I suggest you read either of the first two and give this one a skip. For those who loved this book, I apologise for my lukewarm review. We can’t like them all, can we?
Have you read this one? If so, did you like it or did you also find this was not an improvement on her former two books?