Wow, how well do you know your parents? Interesting question, right? You may know them through and through, but what about their lives before you?
As her mother lays dying, a daughter searches for answers about her mom’s life in London during the war. She knew there must be secrets after, as a young girl, she witnessed a profound act of violence by her mom, unexplained and not spoken of thereafter. As she unlocks the mysteries one by one, she realizes that maybe they don’t know the sweet and gentle mother as well as they think they do. It’s an interesting journey!
I was amazed by the revelations and enjoyed the historical “London during the blitz” parts of the story. I will say that the latter parts of the book were the more exciting parts for me. I didn’t see this coming! Pick this one up, and let me know what you think.
This is the 2nd book by Kate Morton that I have listened to. Pretty good story...maybe just a tad bit long. Caroline Lee's narration is enjoyable to listen to.
This was my first Kate Morton book, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Bottomline: Based on this one, I'll check out another. If you're looking for great literature, you'll be disappointed. But if you're looking for a mystery that doesn't follow the traditional mold, then you'll enjoy this. I would call it a beach read, but it's a bit longer than your typical vacation book. The story toggles between WWII, the early 1960s and present day, and between narrators - yet it isn't confusing and the pacing doesn't feel contrived or annoying. This is a story of loss, love, second chances, deception and atonement. The narration seems simplistic at times, but it's easily forgiven if you allow yourself to go with the fun of the mystery.
The mystery unfolds very gradually but not in a laborious way. The English accent and wartime terms add to the mystery.
The first few minutes of the reading where the crime is committed and then the last few minutes where the answer to the mystery is revealed.
The accent was wonderful since the story takes place in wartime England.
Doll in her young years.
I recently had listened to another novel which takes place in England and uses an English reader. The story plodded along and I couldn't wait for it to be finished. When I started listening to The Secret Keeper, I remember thinking "Oh, not another slow English novel" However what a delight to be kept in suspense through this rather long story. I am really sad it is over! The title of the book is excellent--the secret is kept until the end!
If you enjoy Kate Morton's other books, you'll like this one. It follows her standard pattern of flipping back and forth between past and present to uncover the truth of some old secret. I enjoyed it, but I think this plot device is becoming tired for her.
One of the best, one of my favorite.
One of the most memorable moments was the bombing of Dolly's apartment and the result of that event. I got a sense of the horror of the Blitz of London in 1941. This was a moment of a choice that would change lives and carry the story into the present.
One of my favorites was when Laurel makes the connection with the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth Stamp and remembers a visit from a man in 1953 when she was only 8 years old turning cartwheels around her house. This scene was key to letting the reader know what happened to one of the main characters in the 1921 story.
Some Secrets Best Kept
I adored this story. I'm amazed at the author's ability to weave back and forth between generations, to keep me interested in the characters past and present, and to keep the final secret to the very end that fully explains the event at the very beginning of the story. Outstanding writing, engaging story. One of the best.
Maybe. It would have to be a friend that likes to dig in to characters instead of reveling in a lot of action.
Maybe. I had a close relationship withmy mother as well, so I was more patient with parts of the book than I think others might be. Ms. Morton did weave an interesting set of surprises in the book, but it took quite some time to get to them.
The reader was excellent. It's my first time listening to her, but I thought she did a fine job.
I did not read the print version
The story is intriguing.
I had a hard time getting used to the reader's accent. After the first few discs, I became a little more accustomed to her heavy Brittish/Irish accent, but at first it was annoying. The story, however, overcame my annoyance.
Cannot think of a better name, actually
Could not possibly listen to in one sitting. Very long Story. As the book progressed I found myself listening more and more until I was completely obsessed!
The story is woven in and out of modern times with the focus of characters shifting in unexpected ways. It is basically a mystery that unravels as the story is told. The story shapes slowly, (and happily) in a way that I did not predict. (I love a good surprise!)