I am a fan of Kate Morton. This book is a story of a mother, with a secret to hold, that impacts generations of her family. I would like to reveal the secret, but that wouldn't be fair, and would ruin a major twist in the plot. However, I will say there is a murder, WWII bombing, class-warfare, childhood beliefs about causing deaths, and those things that we would just as soon not know but discover inadvertently. It is also a story of letting go of a parent -- first through the loss of intellectual faculties and then through actual death.
As expected from Morton, the descriptions of characters, places, and experiences is wonderful.
I enjoyed this book and was interested enough to keep wanting to read more. There were a few parts that I thought it started to drag a bit, but those were few and far between. I like the way the author unraveled the story and even though there were several time periods, and several perspectives, it was easy to follow. Sometimes, with audio books, there are so many switches I just wish I could go back a couple of chapters to regroup. This was not the case with "The Secret Keeper".
Yes, I would recommend this book. Very sweet and the perfect amount of suspense and mystery. I loved the character development. Great twists and turns, and she ends the book amazingly perfect! I've listened to only one of Kate Morton's other books, but will be downloading the others.
I never met a Kate Morton book I didn't like. This one was outstanding even for Ms Morton. From the beginning you are blown away and at the very end, blown away again. I don't want to spoil it for anyone so I won't give any details. It is sufficient to say, "order it, you won't be disappointed."
I read the reviews for this book many times and then I finally bought it during a recent sale. I am so glad I did.
It was very easy to follow the shift between current and past. Well done. To write like that and not get it all muddled or not muddling the reader is an accomplishment. I was surprised at the end. I thought something else was going to be "revealed" but that guess was proven wrong shortly before the end so then I really didn't know. This was the kind of book that you want to keep going. Find out how the characters are and what else happened and happens. The narrator did a great job, perfect voice for this story I thought. I took a break from my usual cozy mysteries for this one and I am sure I'm going to go back for more. It was a pleasure to listen to.
Kate Morton's novels are all about secrets, love, and the persistence of the past. Often, there's a complicated relationship between sisters as well. "The Secret Keeper" has these elements and more, involving a young woman's misadventure during WWII and the questions that persist after the woman's teenaged daughter witnesses her mother stabbing a man to death in 1961. Although I did guess the answer to the mystery before all was revealed, I nevertheless found this an engaging and satisfying read. The details of life during the London Blitz seemed convincing and well-researched. The characters were lovingly constructed and very believable. The narrator, whom I believe does all of Kate Morton's novels, does a great job.
With almost 800 books in my library, I am an experienced listener. I appreciate a well written good story. I am pretty critical of trash.
I couldn't finish this book, therefore, not much of a review. I "read" the Secret Garden and it kept me entertained. I think it was the novelty of it. But the format and jumping back and forth did not work for me a second time. I find myself curious enough about the "who done it", but enough to prolong the chattery.
Although only my second Kate Morton book, it is obvious she has a formula … but what a wonderful, involving formula it is!!
I enjoyed The Secret Keeper even better than The Forgotten Garden, though the intergenerational mystery and the going back and forth in time felt familiar. This story focuses on the secrets kept by a mother and one of her daughter’s attempts to unravel these secrets. What kind of person was her mother when she was young? Why did she react the way she did when a mysterious stranger visited the family home one day in the 1960s? The answers to these questions are quite interesting, and Morton keeps a few surprises tucked up her sleeve to reveal at the end—surprises that I found very gratifying and realized I had unconsciously hoped for. If you’re looking for an engrossing, sprawling big fat novel, you’d can’t go wrong with this one. I listened to it on audio, and the narrator (Caroline Lee) was superb. I’ve heard she narrates all of Morton’s books so I’ll be sticking to audio for all my future Morton books.
This is a wonderfully narrated, complex story of family, love,and mystery all rolled into one compelling tale.
I think I liked Jimmy the best of all the characters. He was what we would call a "good person" without being syrupy sweet.
Ms. Lee has a real feel for the characters and conveyed their differences without using annoying accents and "voices".
All of Laurel's interactions with her mother were moving and poignant for me.
Highly recommend this audiobook.
As some of the other reviewers have mentioned, it took me a little while to get caught up in the story. Once I was, I found myself captivated. This is my 3rd Kate Morton book and by far my favorite. Twists and turns abound. A good mystery and a nicely done historical novel.