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.
Going back and forth from one time period to a another time period.
Kate Morton's books are the greatest. I have read most of her books and although they follow a similiar style of writing, this book was exceptional.
I love the sound of her voice. Easily understood, very clear and enjoyable.
When I discovered who was who. If I say anything else it would certainly ruin it for another reader.
I just can't say enough about Kate Morton's style of story telling.
This was a very good listen. It is not really fast paced or thrilling but it kept my interest the whole time. I felt as though I was in the book so it was disappointing when it ended. I loved that the book allows you to see perspectives from all characters sides and the twist was not expected but was a pleasant surprise.
I really loved the twist towards the end. It was not what I was expecting but it made the story more interesting.
YES! I just wanted it to keep going and going...
One of my favorites
Loved getting to know the many characters and the mystery involved.
Where the Laurel sees the picture on the wall. Love how everything is pulled together at the end.
No, the narrator was too slow. Had to speed her up to 1 1/2-2x the normal speed.
It was an interesting storyline, but would have more interesting if she would have mixed in the stories of the 3 main characters, rather than leaving most of Vivian's until the end of the book.
Boring & too slow!
Early on, I considered simply skipping to the end of the book because it was moving too slow--story AND narrator. Resisted the temptation...and the ending (kinda) redeemed the book.
I loved the character development, and the author's ability to tell a story within a story. I enjoyed the twists and turns, and there was a moment in the book, that was so well written, that it shifted the story from interesting to excellent!
Other reviewers and audible's summary tell you what you need to know about the story; unfortunately, the Australian (or kiwi ) reader does appallingly inaccurate UK regional accents, making all the characters who aren't 'posh' sound as if they've stepped out of an Irish sitcom (none of them is Irish )- and to add insult to injury, she performs not only dialogue but much of the narrative in these cod- Irish accents. I almost gave up, but didn't want to waste my money...if you have any ear for British accents, avoid this reader! ( she did the same thing in another book by the author).
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.
My mom has a lovely antique scale, the kind that has two brass pans suspended from a cross piece. To weigh something you add weight to the lighter pan until the two hang perfectly level. The Secret Keeper reminds me of that scale. There is a lynch-pin event that is the center balancing point. Then on one side we have the characters and action in present day England and on the other the characters and action from the past, primarily London during the blitz of WWII . Kate Morton piles the characters and action first on one side, then the other, adding carefully with a steady hand until the reader is about to burst from the suspense of bringing it all into balance. As the present day characters find clues about the past, stories of the past are revealed with intriguing hints of further clues the present day characters should pursue. The past and present are brought into balance in a most satisfying way. Warning: try to reach the second half of the book as you come to a weekend without too many commitments-- you won't want to put it down!