I bought this book because I'd read another book by Kate Morton, "The Forgotten Garden," & really enjoyed it. Well, The Secret Keeper was no disappointment. Morton's method of going back and forth in time, perspective, and location takes her novel from being merely good, to incredibly fascinating. What's especially interesting about her method is the ability to make the big finale, the big secret, what has happened in the past instead of the present.
In this novel, finding out the secrets of the past is complicated by the fact that the one person who knows the whole story is suffering from Alzheimer's. You will think you've figured it out, then come to a different conclusion, only to find out you were right in the first place! I found all of the characters interesting. Some were definitely more sympathetic than others. Ultimately, this is a novel about childhood notions that never disappear, puppy love, coming of age, family life, parenthood, the difficult transition adult children often make when they becoming their parent's caregivers, and the security one finds in a healthy relationship rather than in wealth and fame.
If you enjoy stories with several layers, complicated characters, and multiple twists & turns, this is a book you will likely appreciate.
Yes, I would consider it. I had both, but then I just plugged my earphones into the Kindle and listened to book.
Jimmy. He sweet and naive and yet I could help want to know what happened to him.
Jimmy because he really had a vision about life and want to live it. You could always feel his quiet, yet unspoken zest for life.
The author did splendid job of slowly revealing the various secrets. Some people may not like the book because I constantly felt that I had the answers. The author’s style is such that I thought I figured it out the big secret, and then I was like maybe not. Sometimes I think that we, readers, are prone to look for big surprise twists. In this book, there are big twists and little twists. The excitement in reading this book is not to solve a mystery per se; rather it is to experience the characters’ lives, and in some ways examine their motivations. The author tells the stories in a deliberate manner that held my interest.
The bottom line is that the author tells stories of several individuals whose lives are inexplicably intertwined. Character by character the story unfolds and all of the characters’ lives are fully resolved for the reader. The story ends with the perspective of the small child from the beginning who is now all grown up. This book is a long relaxing read, but an interesting read. If this was a made for TV movie, it would be a mini-series and not a Sunday night movie.
I am an avid reader and I tend to read suspense or science fiction. I do not care for love stories that are like syrup. This book by Kate Morton was exceptionally wonderful. The plot and characters are so richly woven that I was always looking to hear more of the story. I absolutely loved it and am looking forward to more of her work. The narrator is equally wonderful. She has the most amazing voice and captured the spirit of the characters beautifully. I am grateful for the magical trip into the world of this book. I rarely write reviews but this book was too wonderful to not express the delight I experienced reading it.
Excellent plot combined with superb narration put this book right on my favorites' list. This must be a 're-read!'
As I read this story I kept trying to predict the ending. The ending was a total surprise. It was a story you don't want to stop listening to, especially when you get to the last half.
Some books start slow, but this was ridiculous. I hated the book until the last 2-3 chapters, and only then did I find anything redeeming about the main characters and the story line. If I hadn't been trapped under a sleeping baby I probably would have given up. Despite her rave reviews (and Audible's frequent "you might like this recommendation) I guess I just don't understand the appeal of Kate Morton's writing. I would definitely suggest skipping this book.
Going back and forth from one time period to a another time period.
Kate Morton's books are the greatest. I have read most of her books and although they follow a similiar style of writing, this book was exceptional.
I love the sound of her voice. Easily understood, very clear and enjoyable.
When I discovered who was who. If I say anything else it would certainly ruin it for another reader.
I just can't say enough about Kate Morton's style of story telling.
This was a very good listen. It is not really fast paced or thrilling but it kept my interest the whole time. I felt as though I was in the book so it was disappointing when it ended. I loved that the book allows you to see perspectives from all characters sides and the twist was not expected but was a pleasant surprise.
I really loved the twist towards the end. It was not what I was expecting but it made the story more interesting.
YES! I just wanted it to keep going and going...
One of my favorites
Loved getting to know the many characters and the mystery involved.
Where the Laurel sees the picture on the wall. Love how everything is pulled together at the end.
No, the narrator was too slow. Had to speed her up to 1 1/2-2x the normal speed.
It was an interesting storyline, but would have more interesting if she would have mixed in the stories of the 3 main characters, rather than leaving most of Vivian's until the end of the book.
Boring & too slow!
Early on, I considered simply skipping to the end of the book because it was moving too slow--story AND narrator. Resisted the temptation...and the ending (kinda) redeemed the book.