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!)
I'll admit, with some stories I feel the need to look up their endings on Wikipedia or some other site before I've finished the book because I just have to know the ending NOW.
I felt that keenly with the Secret Keeper. I will say that a little less than half-way through this Novel, I lost my ability to finish it. I was unsatisfied, I found none of the characters sympathetic enough to listen to, and our main character to be a huge annoyance. I looked up the ending, which I will not tell you, and finding out that spoiler gave me the ability to finish the book. In fact, when I found out the ending, I absolutely loved the book! I find it a really great read, I love the characters and their struggles. I find the lives they live really interesting, and the journey of discovery really enjoyable as I beckon on the characters, hastening them joyfully to the last chapter.
That's the only thing that keeps me from giving this story a 5/5, the fact that the middle of the book was too unbearable to get through without knowing the ending.
I won't tell you anymore, and maybe you, dear reader, will have a stronger convection than I. But I will say this, if you can make it to the end of this book, you will be justly rewarded.
This book is great! The story unfolds through Laurel the daughter of Dorothy, who is trying to uncover her mother’s past; now, that she lay in her dying bed with brief recollection of her past. Including how she killed a man and no one spoke of it ever again. The plot thickens with Vivian being the key to the past and 30 years later the story unravels opening the secrets of the past in a developing shocker. Laurel's mother has hid a secret identity. Oh my, what a great story with all the twist and turn. Nice read.
Laurel, the daughter was my favorite character. She is a famous actress who downplays her famous persona, but is not afraid to dig and dig until she gets to the bottom of the story.
I would have to say Dorothy was my favorite performance because Ms. Lee made her sound bratty, a little crazy, and annoying just as the books describes her.
Yes, when it is revealed that Vivian dismissed Dorothy in fear of her husband beating her for having friends. Also, the moment when Vivian meets with Jimmy and he notices a bruise and shows concern. It’s nice because this is where you realize the characters are quite fond of each other.
I was left a little confused as to why and How Jimmy survived and why he couldnt be with Vivian.
I loved the beginning of this book and really, really loved the end (it will surprise you -- I guarantee it). The middle was a bit draggy and I kept thinking that it was WAY longer than it needed to be. But overall this was an enjoyable story with beautiful writing that was well performed. And did I mention the ending will surprise you? Find out for yourself.
Unpeeling an onion
The bombing in Dolly's boarding house
Falling in love with her husband
When my real life began
Complex tale which at times required patient listening, but eventually wove her life together.
Yes....it is a wonderful story.
Vivian, she was very kind and generous.
Vivian; read the above as to why
Such an enchanting book. Truly makes me want to visit London one day!
It took me a while to get really interested in this story but what the heck, give it a chance. I'm glad I did because the story began to twist and turn so I had to constantly revise my ideas about what was going on. The last part was quite a shock but I should have seen it coming. I realize now there were clues that I wondered about but didn't connect. This is a very interesting story. I also like the structure, the cutting back and forth between the mother's story in 1941 and the daughter's search for that story in 2011. I'm glad I kept listening to this book and I know I'm going to think about it for a long while.
I have just finished listening to The Secret Keeper and immediately came to write this review. I spent a credit for this book as it was one of many included in a special offering Audible was making at the time. I had read no previous books by Kate Morton so I was not familiar with any of her previous books, or with her as an author.
I got this book because the reviews seemed good and I thought that the narrator would be pleasant enough when I listened to the "sample." I liked the fact that it was a fairly long book, so I thought it would be a good value for my credit even if it wasn't one of my favorite listens.
I was absolutely captivated by everything...the characters are fleshed out, vibrant and most of all human in their strengths and flaws, the story is replete with mystery, loss, thievery and murder, and the narrator is one of the best I have heard. This is such a beautifully woven tale of life, love, tragedy and happiness that kept my attention throughout. The timeline of the story shifts seamlessly between the London blitz, the 1960's and 2011, without being overdone or confusing. More than once I thought that I had figured out the "secret(s)," only to find out that I had been foiled and needed to keep listening. Only at the very end did all of the pieces come together (with no unanswered questions in my mind, I might add!).
My whim to purchase this book led me to a new author and narrator that I will look for with future purchases. Kate Morton made me fall in love with her and her characters Jimmy, Vivian and Dorothy. This novel will linger pleasantly with me for some time...until I pick it up and listen to the story again, as I can assure you I will.
“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” ― Voltaire
I started listening to this book after listening to The Forgotten Garden and absolutely loving the style of Kate Morton, as performed by Caroline Lee.
This book is quite different from what I had expected, although to be fair, how can one's expectations to be set by a two paragraph synopsis? Although I found the book to be starting slow, before I knew it, I was completely wrapped up in the lives of the characters. At a certain point, I did become a little depressed over all of the scheming of the protagonist, Dolly, and how she was tearing lives apart with her "games." Ultimately, I still could not pull myself away from the book, so I saw it through to the end, and I am so happy I did.
The book is definitely worth a read/listen!
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It has been so long since I've fallen in love with a book, but this one took me there from the first page. This book is about a woman and her sisters preparing to be with their mother at the mother's death. Having had this experience not too long ago myself, it took me back to that beautiful, conflicted, loving time. Also, somehow this author captured that often lingering wish... to have known one's mother when she was a young girl. Time and distance just cannot break the bond between a mother and a daughter. I've given this book to a number of friends and they have much the same reaction. We've talked about it again and again, and I know I'll be reading this book again and again. (I bought a hard copy as well. That's how good this one is.) And the narration is so perfect. Perfect.