This was my first Kate Morton book, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Bottomline: Based on this one, I'll check out another. If you're looking for great literature, you'll be disappointed. But if you're looking for a mystery that doesn't follow the traditional mold, then you'll enjoy this. I would call it a beach read, but it's a bit longer than your typical vacation book. The story toggles between WWII, the early 1960s and present day, and between narrators - yet it isn't confusing and the pacing doesn't feel contrived or annoying. This is a story of loss, love, second chances, deception and atonement. The narration seems simplistic at times, but it's easily forgiven if you allow yourself to go with the fun of the mystery.
The mystery unfolds very gradually but not in a laborious way. The English accent and wartime terms add to the mystery.
The first few minutes of the reading where the crime is committed and then the last few minutes where the answer to the mystery is revealed.
The accent was wonderful since the story takes place in wartime England.
Doll in her young years.
I recently had listened to another novel which takes place in England and uses an English reader. The story plodded along and I couldn't wait for it to be finished. When I started listening to The Secret Keeper, I remember thinking "Oh, not another slow English novel" However what a delight to be kept in suspense through this rather long story. I am really sad it is over! The title of the book is excellent--the secret is kept until the end!
A roller coaster of a plot and several memorable characters. I suspect that this was far better as an audiobook than it would have been in print....a teensy shmaltzy, but forgivably so. And while the writing rarely soars, the story of family lost and found, the trauma of the war, and young women forging their lives and identities during the London blitz never lagged. Heroes to cheer, villains to hate, and a satisfying range of grey to provoke deep questions of ethical choices and as the title suggests, when to keep secrets -- and when to release them. I probably logged several thousand miles of flights with this book, and it was a welcome companion. Was sorry to see it end.
If you enjoy Kate Morton's other books, you'll like this one. It follows her standard pattern of flipping back and forth between past and present to uncover the truth of some old secret. I enjoyed it, but I think this plot device is becoming tired for her.
One of the best, one of my favorite.
One of the most memorable moments was the bombing of Dolly's apartment and the result of that event. I got a sense of the horror of the Blitz of London in 1941. This was a moment of a choice that would change lives and carry the story into the present.
One of my favorites was when Laurel makes the connection with the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth Stamp and remembers a visit from a man in 1953 when she was only 8 years old turning cartwheels around her house. This scene was key to letting the reader know what happened to one of the main characters in the 1921 story.
Some Secrets Best Kept
I adored this story. I'm amazed at the author's ability to weave back and forth between generations, to keep me interested in the characters past and present, and to keep the final secret to the very end that fully explains the event at the very beginning of the story. Outstanding writing, engaging story. One of the best.
Maybe. It would have to be a friend that likes to dig in to characters instead of reveling in a lot of action.
Maybe. I had a close relationship withmy mother as well, so I was more patient with parts of the book than I think others might be. Ms. Morton did weave an interesting set of surprises in the book, but it took quite some time to get to them.
The reader was excellent. It's my first time listening to her, but I thought she did a fine job.
I did not read the print version
The story is intriguing.
I had a hard time getting used to the reader's accent. After the first few discs, I became a little more accustomed to her heavy Brittish/Irish accent, but at first it was annoying. The story, however, overcame my annoyance.
Cannot think of a better name, actually
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.