I thought it started a bit slow and the story going back-and-forth and time of the two women's lives through me at first. However the more you get into the story the more it grips you. It is riddled with all sorts of emotions and has a lot of twists and turns, some I never saw coming! Well worth listening to the narrator does a wonderful job.
This was a great story with characters you could both relate to and care about. Told in stages, this story kept me wanting to keep listening the entire time. While the mystery was the driving force of the story, it wasn't necessarily the most important part. Relationships and choices are common threads woven throughout this tale, causing readers to examine parallels between characters and themselves. It wasn't one of those mysteries where you get to the end and you think, "How was I supposed to figure that out?" Kate Morton lead the readers to put the pieces together while the characters were still searching for clues. Lovely story of love, loss, and discovery.
Kate Morton is now one of my favorite authors, after having listened to The Forgotten Garden, and now this intriguing book. I really appreciate Caroline Lee, whose voice suits both of these books' characters. My favorite part may be in the last few chapters when some things come clear, after cleverly placed clues just earlier. The technique she employs in jumping forward and back through decades is one I enjoy and which keeps me ever alert and anticipating what the newest chapter will reveal about the characters.
I also enjoy the little clues she gives that make one try to connect the dots within and between generations. Delightful book; didn't want it to end. Now on to search for one of her others, read by Lee.
I was expecting great things from Kate Morton's The Secret Keeper ... Unfortunately, I was sadly disappointed. I've enjoyed Ms. Morton's style of storytelling in previous books. This story was too convoluted and too long. Some of the most interesting plot points weren't fully developed and others carried too much import.
Just as in a jigsaw puzzle, each piece has a special place of its own and some very specific ones are special. But like a puzzle, regarding this tale, those puzzle pieces take on a new and wholly different meaning, when the last piece is placed and it all makes sense, forming a single beautiful new picture that was not actually imagined.
The Secret Keeper is approximately twenty hours of listening, read by Caroline Lee. This is not a spoiler; this information is conveyed by the author within the first chapter. The story begins with a teenaged girl, Laurel, witnessing a murder committed by her mother in the early 1960s. Jump forward to 2011, and Laurel is middle aged and her mother is dying. Time to find out what happened all those years ago, and why her mother was driven to this heinous act. Laurel begins to research, beginning with an old photograph of two young women, one of these women is her mother.
About half of the story takes place in WWII London during the Blitz, a bit in the 1960s, and the rest in 2011. In my opinion, the book bogs down in the middle when the author jumps to the back story of a main character, to her youth in Australia. This section had my mind wandering, and I didn’t bother to re-wind, just let it go forward. Ultimately, it seems whatever the author wished to convey in this section was superfluous, i.e., apparently the information wasn’t important to the story. I don’t think I missed anything.
You’ll learn a bit regarding WWII lives in London during bombing raids; rich details of the past traverse the pages. A terrific ending, well worth the credits.
Narration by Caroline Lee was clean, a well produced reading. Well worth the Audible credits. Enjoy!
I'm not a literary person, just someone looking for an interesting book to listen to during the lazy days of summer. I just stumbled upon this by accident, and now have become an instant fan of Kate Morton. The book was everything I was looking for...and more! I have no hesitation in recommending you also pick up this book!
Very rewarding and engaging story, with richly drawn historical depth. Characters have dimension, the storyline is fresh and includes surprise; the phraseology is artistic; the acting skills of the reader bring it brilliantly to life. My first all-around 5-star rating in my year as an Audible listener. Great find.
I really got into reading this book after chapter 25. Before that I felt it was overly descriptive and difficult to stay intrigued. after chapter 25 everything came together and I understood why the author needed to be so descriptive. I started to read the actual book had to switch to the audio version to finish. I loved the performance and the storytelling.