This wasn't too easy to get into, and some of the characters seemed superfluous, but after awhile the story grabbed me and kept me captivated until the end. I even went back and re-read parts just to keep it going a while longer.
I must admit that I did get distracted part way through and stop for a while. But that was also due to my work and not necessarily the book. I really didn't expect the ending at all. Well written and well developed.
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Jim's wife here. When it was chosen as the book kor this month for my book club I thought I'll either love it or hate it, and as it happens I loved it. I have a fascination with the era around the second world war, and with the addition of the mystery of "the Secret" it already had points in its favour, and then when you add well rounded characters, several surprise revelations and an excellent reader, it all adds up to a very enjoyable 19 hours of entertainment. Yes, it is a long book, but it didn't feel long, in fact, it seemed to be over before I knew it.
Props to the reader who managed not only regional accents but making children sound like children, not like automatons or morons as so many readers are want to do, too. All in all, a triumph!
Having read The Lake House, I had high expectations. The Secret Keeper had a similar structure -- mysteries from the past being investigated by an older person looking back, with sections revealing things in real time in multiple time periods -- but it didn't grab me at first. I think I was having trouble liking the character of Dorothy. Things started to click better about a third of the way in, and by the last 2 hours, I was wishing I didn't have to get out of my car! The final plot twist was very unexpected!
The performance, while I really like Caroline Lee a lot, was off-putting to me on several fronts. I get why she was using different dialects but the one she used for the Dorothy and Jimmy in the 1940's just grated on my ear. I hate when people don't pronounce the last "G" on words that end in "ING" and that was constant. It may just be a personal issue, but it did bother me quite a lot. The rest of the performance was good.
Another outstanding example of a wonderful story with rich and complex characters. Ms Morton is a wonderful storyteller. The interweaving of stories between past and present is her hallmark and this one is one of my favorites.