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First time auther, Kate Morton, an Australian author that went to university in England before settling back in the home country. This is an incredible story, well written with lots of times where you try to figure out what really happened as the story unfolds. The story starts in 1961 with a English family living in the country. It's the youngest childs birthday and the family is celebrating by the creek out back. The kids are playing hide and seek and the 16 year old daughter is hiding in the treehouse. She starts to get down to get the cake knive out of the kitchen when she sees her mother coming to get it. At that moment a worn looking stranger comes around the corner and says, "Hello Dorothy, it's been a long time." She sees fear in her mother's face then her mother takes the cake knive and stabs him through the heart killing him instantly. That's in chapter 1. The rest of the story goes back and forth betwween the years 1941 during the German blitz of London and 2011 with the daughter who witnessed the murder trying to figure out why it happened. The author spins a great story.
I absolutely love Kate Morton and that's basically the only reason I stomach this narrator who I find particularly atrocious. I've listened to a fair few of her books now so I feel I'm entitled to say that! The Australian twang of a narrator pretending to do English accents is so appalling to me, even as an Australian (or maybe because of it?) really lets down the side which is such a shame given how incredibly inventive these novels are. The Secret Keeper is one of my favourites, this story has so many twists and turns and all my guesses about the ending were all wrong which is just the way I like it, too many books are predictable these days.
This is a fantastic story and mystery. The writing the superb and story engaging. Without giving anything away I'd like to say all is not as it seems. I was on a roller-coaster of emotion the whole way!
This story moved slow but the ending was well worth the wait! This was my first read from Kate Morton and I was pleasantly surprised. I must also commend Caroline Lee on her wonderful job of reading the story as she truly brought the characters to life. I can't wait to get my hands on another book by this marvelous duo.
Wow, how well do you know your parents? Interesting question, right? You may know them through and through, but what about their lives before you?
As her mother lays dying, a daughter searches for answers about her mom’s life in London during the war. She knew there must be secrets after, as a young girl, she witnessed a profound act of violence by her mom, unexplained and not spoken of thereafter. As she unlocks the mysteries one by one, she realizes that maybe they don’t know the sweet and gentle mother as well as they think they do. It’s an interesting journey!
I was amazed by the revelations and enjoyed the historical “London during the blitz” parts of the story. I will say that the latter parts of the book were the more exciting parts for me. I didn’t see this coming! Pick this one up, and let me know what you think.
This is the 2nd book by Kate Morton that I have listened to. Pretty good story...maybe just a tad bit long. Caroline Lee's narration is enjoyable to listen to.
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!