The Best Kate Morton Books Ranked by Super Fans

The Best Kate Morton Books Ranked
The Best Kate Morton Books Ranked by Super Fans 9

I’m not sure how I first found Kate Morton, but I know that after reading Distant Hours she immediately became one of my favorite writers. That’s why I knew I had to rank all the Kate Morton books.

With the exception of one book, all of her stories have been 4 or 5 star reads for me! I’m truly such a fan of the way she weaves the unraveling of family secrets in dual narratives set years apart.

Her gothic stories are full of drama, secrets, and gorgeous historical fiction settings. She paints such a vivid picture of every location that I can imagine myself right into the scene. Read on below to find out about one of my absolute favorite authors!

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Who is Kate Morton?

Kate Morton is a best-selling author from Australia. After studying in London, Kate was a theater actress before she settled down to becoming a writer. Her debut novel, The House at Riverton, was one of the bestselling debuts ever in Britain. All six of her published novels have gone on to be New York Times bestsellers.

What are the Kate Morton Books in Order?

  • The House at Riverton (originally published as The Shifting Fog)
  • The Forgotten Garden
  • The Distant Hours
  • The Secret Keeper
  • The Lake House
  • The Clockmaker’s Daughter
  • Homecoming

What is Kate Morton’s New Book?

In April 2023, Kate Morton’s newest book, Homecoming will be released. On Christmas Eve in 1959, a horrible murder was discovered. Now 60 years later, Jess, a journalist is home in Sydney and looking for a story. As Jess explores her roots she finds connections between the murdered family and her own.

Personally, I can’t wait to read this one. It’s one of my most anticipated reads of 2023.

Let’s Rank Some Kate Morton Books

So now, Jackie and I decided to turn our love for Riley Sager’s books into a fun blog post and we thought we should rank these books because we have them all! Surely it would be impossible to decide on rankings we could both agree on. It was actually much easier than we thought

The House at Riverton and more Kate Morton books.

Our Favorite Kate Morton Books with reviews


Forgotten Garden

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

A young girl is abandoned on a ship headed to Australia. When she arrives, the only thing in her possession is a suitcase with some clothes and a book of fairy tales. The dock master and his wife adopt Nell and tell her the story of her arrival in Australia on her 21st birthday. She goes back to England on a quest to find her lost identity.

Unsuccessful, her granddaughter later takes up the search and tried to assemble the pieces of her grandmother’s mystery and unlock the secrets of her past. I adored this family saga story.


The Distant Hours

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton 

A gothic novel about a woman who returns to the castle to question the inhabitants her mother stayed with as a child ward during WWII, in a quest to discover the mysteries of her mother’s past.

I could not put this novel by Kate Morton down. It was so well-written and utterly fascinating to see what happened to children in England during the blitz. We love Kate Morton Books and this pick from books about WWII.


the secret keeper by kate morton

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

I adore Kate Morton. She is one of my absolute favorite authors and The Secret Keeper was Morton at her finest. Her books meld historical fiction, with contemporary fiction and romance with mystery.

This story revolves around a woman trying to uncover why her mother committed a crime almost 50 years prior. Having witnessed her mother, Dorothy, stab a man, Laurel starts to dig around into Dorothy’s past.

Told as a dual narrative, the more we learn about Dorothy’s past, the more questions and secrets arise. Her story is told during WWII and is on our unreliable narrator post! I loved it! 


The Lake House

The Lake House by Kate Morton

Kate Morton’s sweeping novel is set a bit later than Downton Abbey, but the large home and noble family depicted could easily be the Crawleys in the near future. This story takes place in 1933 on the night of a Midsummer Eve party when a child goes missing. 

Devastated by the loss, the Edevane family pack up their country estate and never return. 70 years in the future, a local detective stumbles upon the case and figures out exactly what happened that fateful night. 

As always, Morton’s descriptions transport you into the story and the Edevanes and their estate come alive. This one is on our list of books about Downton Abbey and as lake books go, this one is a must-read.


The House of Riverton and more Kate Morton Books ranked

The House of Riverton by Kate Morton

Kate Morton’s first book was also the last of hers that I read. Like most of Morton’s work, this gothic story revolves around the secrets of a large manor house and the family within.

This particular story is told by Grace, the former housemaid at Riverton and the confidant of the Hartford sisters. Now in her 90s, she is finally willing to share the secrets of a deadly party thrown by the family.


The Clockmaker's daughter and more Kate Morton books ranked

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

This review is painful for me to write. Kate Morton is one of my all-time favorite writers, but I HATED this book. I didn’t even finish it.

The story was too complex – taking place over 3 or maybe 4 different time periods. There were too many characters to keep track of, leading some people in my reading group to keep track by taking notes – no thanks!

I just could not connect with this book. Morton’s writing is still descriptive and strong, but the plot lost me on this one.

Love Historical Fiction? We do too! That’s why we created the Ultimate List of Historical Fiction carefully divided by time period.

So that is our list of Kate Morton Books ranked. Do you agree with our list?