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.
Kate Morton will not disappoint you. A wonderful story right up to the very last sentence. The narrator is fantastic as well.
The Secret Keeper kept my attention piqued the whole way through. I adored the characters and found the fascinating and riveting. Excellent and engaging narration.
Probably not. Caroline Lee was fine.
The pattern of descriptive text with no actual plot activity droned on an on in this book. It could have been condensed down to the essential story and I would have liked it quite a bit better.
The scene in which the bomb changed the whole story, that was brilliant.
It was hard to stick with it because so many parts were boring. I would probably have to say no, as it wasted so much of my precious listening time.
This may be my personal bias, but I really resent authors who fill their stories with so much descriptive verbage as to elongate the length of the book.
the story was very disjointed and was hard to follow. I was not able to finish listening to the book due to the foul language. Reader beware