Just as in a jigsaw puzzle, each piece has a special place of its own and some very specific ones are special. But like a puzzle, regarding this tale, those puzzle pieces take on a new and wholly different meaning, when the last piece is placed and it all makes sense, forming a single beautiful new picture that was not actually imagined.
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This book took a long time to get to the biggest revelations, but when they come, you'll be gasping for breath. A masterfully told tale of wartime adventure, dashed hopes, and second chances. And another fabulous performance by this narrator!
I enjoyed the story and in particular the narrator, Caroline Lee however I have listened to two other Kate Morton books and found this one to be very similar, so much so I could predict a lot of the story. If you are a big Kate Morton fan then you will probably love it. For me however the formula of a big secret a long time ago that a current day child has to investigate and unravel is a little warn.
I have become a big Kate Morton fan over the past few years but this was definitely not her best work. The storyline just wasn't as compelling as usual and the characters were rather predictable. I usually really enjoy Caroline Lee's narration, but as a native Brit, I do find her attempts at local accents to be less than credible.
Interesting plot with too many unneccessary details but little intrigue. Numerous personal stories which made it difficult for a reader to develop an indepth relationship with any one character. Shifting between time periods was too frequent and left things hanging often. Could have been a much better book if trimmed of fluff and told more succinctly from fewer viewpoints with a twist at the ending.
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It has been so long since I've fallen in love with a book, but this one took me there from the first page. This book is about a woman and her sisters preparing to be with their mother at the mother's death. Having had this experience not too long ago myself, it took me back to that beautiful, conflicted, loving time. Also, somehow this author captured that often lingering wish... to have known one's mother when she was a young girl. Time and distance just cannot break the bond between a mother and a daughter. I've given this book to a number of friends and they have much the same reaction. We've talked about it again and again, and I know I'll be reading this book again and again. (I bought a hard copy as well. That's how good this one is.) And the narration is so perfect. Perfect.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
This story is extraordinary on many levels . . . the backdrop of the war in England in 1941, the extreme "class" differences of the "haves" and the "have nots", even during war times. It saddened me, but didn't surprise me. The lengths that people will go for "appearances", and what they cover up. Oh, my . . . Kate Morton is a master story teller, keeping the listener absolutely hooked, weaving in the stuff that our souls feed on . . . truth, family loyalty, love . . . and stripping away the veneer of pretense, self indulgence, and greed. And the secrets are DEEP . . . I never figured them out . . . never had a clue . . . what a GREAT book!!!
Kate Morton has a unique way of telling stories from the past,and the present, that excites me as it develops mystery, clues , and answers, all at the same time. So many friends and reviewers said that the ending was shocking. Being a real mystery lover, I did figure out the 'surprise' very shortly into the book. But interestingly enough, I think that Kate Morton's writing is so exquisite, that confirming my suspicions a little more with each chapter, actually greatly added to my joy while reading this book. Every time something happened, my first thought was of how cleaver this story was unfolding!!
The basic plot was simple enough. A young girl witnessed the shocking episode of her mother killing a man who showed up at their home. It was ruled self-defense, and the child was asked to keep this event a secret from her siblings. Sixty years later, as all the siblings gather for their Mom's 90th birthday, and final days of her life, questions and new answers are discovered. Love, friendship, WW1 War time bombings in England, and families broken apart all added to the fascinating truth of 'the secret'.
Kate Morton never fails to please!!
Am a fervent Kate Morton fan. Loved The Forgotten Garden, was entranced with The House at Riverton (aka Shifting Fog) and the Distant Hours, but the Secret Keeper has become my favorite. The narration by Caroline Lee was as cozy and comfortable as ever. Her voice bringing the various eras to life in vivid color, at times black and white. She would be a charm reading anyone to a calm and peaceful sleep. But during the day, when I listened, she kept me totally enthralled with the myriad of twists and turns of the story.
Morton's ability to draw the listener reader to empathy, even affection for all her characters flawed, all so human, and to disgust with her duplicitous cads, is amazing. Know this is weird, but narrator Caroline Lee did yelling and whispers really well. Been listening to books since the 80's and that's surprisingly important! Look forward to Kate Morton's next novel.
Loved this one, which I got based on the synopsis alone, as I usually wait for listener reviews to come out.
It is a great story, which is what a novel is all about, right? But well told in different eras of time with an interesting plot twist at the end.