Nobody, but nobody can weave a tale like Kate Morton. This book had me totally surprised by the ending, I never saw it coming.
Many authors attempt to moved between present day and a distant time, leaving one a bit confused with the details. This can especially be difficult to follow if there is more than one main character involved. Kate Morton manages to do this in a completely interesting, easy to follow way... and I will follow her from this book to many, many more if she continues to write them.
I've listened to all of her books now except one. All of her books have held my interest and taken me away to a place and a time where I can see and feel exactly what her characters see and feel. This book has been my favorite.
I'd never really thought about how it must have been to have lived through the blitz in England. This book made me feel the fear and opened my eyes to the edge on which people lived during this time. Never has any book, since The English Patient showed me the way war forced people together who in any other time would never have crossed paths. Love, sacrifice, mercy, as well as evil are all a part of everyday life during war. Nothing is taken for granted. Today is all you have. Tomorrow may not come. Life if precious. Death is all around. This book takes you there.
The narrator for this book,has been the same in all the other Kate Morton books I've listened to and she is very, very good. She has a crisp, understandable English accent. The emotion of the story line comes through. She does justice to Kate Morton's intelligent, sensitive, moving tale.
Kate Morton is in a league that very few writers achieve. When I listened to this book I left the reality of my day behind. If you need a good escape and love a good English mystery that is intelligently written I recommend it for you.
Lost for English Words
I loved everything about this book: the story, the unexpected twists and turns, the character descriptions, the setting, the period of history, the writing, the narration ...
I was initially drawn to it because of a personal interest in Great Britain during the Second World War.
I found Ms. Lee's voice very engaging, and her representation of the different characters very adroit.
Yes, had I had the time! Only perhaps it would have been a mistake, like drinking good wine all in one gulp.
The mystery in this wonderful story ~ kept me guessing the entire time. I was delighted with the ending!
This was the first of two books that I have downloaded by the same author and narrator. After finishing this one, I immediately bought the second and while I enjoyed them both, this was by far the better of the two. The story unravels slowly and beautifully. I was completely drawn into the story line and time period. Kate Morton's books won't leave you hanging on the cliff at the end of each chapter, but if you are content with one marvelous twist, this is worth your time.
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.