It is a well kept secret, even from the reader. I am not often surprised by a story line but this one did surprise me but only in the best way.
Laurel, I loved discovering right along with her the secret.
Easy to listen to.
I like epic stories which in the telling the story reveal some truths of human nature. Stories which have well developed characters that make you feel like you know them. Kate provides these requirements in spades and I can not wait to read more of her stories.
Yes...long but keeps reader engaged! Lots of twists and turns.
When Laurel looks at the picture and finds out who her mother really is.
The initial Peter Pan rehearsal in the attic-when Jimmy thinks he has caught Vivien but finds out what she is really doing.
Yes, but pretty much impossible due to the length.
I was unfamiliar with the author, but I am now looking for other books by the same author. So much better than the so-called bestselling authors who write formulaic novels containing the same plot over and over again.
Yes! To see if I can pick up more clues.
The ending.I had NO IDEA.
This was a fantastic book.
I love really really good suspense...historical fiction... "slice of life"...coming of age books...ok, anything! :)
It grabs you from the first chapter and does not let go till the end...and even then...i'd love a SEQUEL! WOW!
It was so well researched (listen to the author's notes at the end of the novel) that you felt as if this could have been your own grandmother's story. The way Ms. Morton flipped back and forth between the past, present and each of the main characters' back story was so smooth; easy to follow and gripping.
Her tone inflections were so subtle; but just enough that i knew if it was man, woman or child...brilliant narrating!
Vivien. She was a survivor and showed the strength of the human spirit; i'd love to hear even more details of her story. Second, would be sweet Jimmy. I love the way he loved his father and the "women" in his life.
DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!
Caroline Lee does an excellent job narrating. Kate Morton's story was fine, but it aims toward a younger listener. Unlike a few other reviewers, I realized how it must end before I was halfway through the listen.
I love this book with all my heart! Kate Morton became one of my absolute favorite authors this year after reading The Forgotten Garden and The Shifting Fog (also known as The House at Riverton), but this latest novel absolutely cements and guarantees her continued place there. The Secret Keeper blew my mind and it just showed me more of what Kate Morton does so very very well. All the time taken and careful preparations of the plot, scene, characters clearly show, and add up to make this novel a compulsive read filled with vibrant and flawed characters.
I would compare authors rather than books. I think Kate Morton is in the same league as Susanna Kearsley and Kimberley Freeman in my opinion.
I just LOVE Caroline Lee and any character that she perfoms is exceptional!
Hmmmm...Not sure about this one.
Nobody, but nobody can weave a tale like Kate Morton. This book had me totally surprised by the ending, I never saw it coming.
Many authors attempt to moved between present day and a distant time, leaving one a bit confused with the details. This can especially be difficult to follow if there is more than one main character involved. Kate Morton manages to do this in a completely interesting, easy to follow way... and I will follow her from this book to many, many more if she continues to write them.
I've listened to all of her books now except one. All of her books have held my interest and taken me away to a place and a time where I can see and feel exactly what her characters see and feel. This book has been my favorite.
I'd never really thought about how it must have been to have lived through the blitz in England. This book made me feel the fear and opened my eyes to the edge on which people lived during this time. Never has any book, since The English Patient showed me the way war forced people together who in any other time would never have crossed paths. Love, sacrifice, mercy, as well as evil are all a part of everyday life during war. Nothing is taken for granted. Today is all you have. Tomorrow may not come. Life if precious. Death is all around. This book takes you there.
The narrator for this book,has been the same in all the other Kate Morton books I've listened to and she is very, very good. She has a crisp, understandable English accent. The emotion of the story line comes through. She does justice to Kate Morton's intelligent, sensitive, moving tale.
Kate Morton is in a league that very few writers achieve. When I listened to this book I left the reality of my day behind. If you need a good escape and love a good English mystery that is intelligently written I recommend it for you.
Lost for English Words
I loved everything about this book: the story, the unexpected twists and turns, the character descriptions, the setting, the period of history, the writing, the narration ...
I was initially drawn to it because of a personal interest in Great Britain during the Second World War.
I found Ms. Lee's voice very engaging, and her representation of the different characters very adroit.
Yes, had I had the time! Only perhaps it would have been a mistake, like drinking good wine all in one gulp.