I enjoyed the look into the war-time Dorothy... really didn't enjoy Laurel's search that much. I could identify on some level with Dorothy's impetuousness, her desire for a different life... but could never quite figure Laurel out. I'm 2/3 of the way through the book and I am just so bored with everyone.
NO! Caroline Lee is better than this. What's with the occasional slips into an Irish/Welsh brogue?
Hard to say. If I had finished this book, maybe...
I am a HUGE Kate Morton fan, having been introduced to her work in "The House at Riverton". I was a bit disappointed in "The Distant Hours", but eagerly awaited this book. I tried twice to read it - once from my local library and once here from Audible - and I am just not compelled enough by the characters, or perhaps put off by the funny accent Caroline Lee portrays during the war years, that I couldn't get through this one.
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I enjoyed the book very much, Kate Morton really creates wonderful characters and has great ideas for stories, however this one did not hit me as much as the other 3. Is it because the formula is becoming too predictable or was it just my mood? I gave all the other books 4 to 5 stars.
I saw the end coming pretty early on, although I was never quite sure until it was actually revealed. I changed my theories a few times because Morton is crafty and keeps you guessing, yet I kept coming back to same outcome and it turns out I was right.
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First time auther, Kate Morton, an Australian author that went to university in England before settling back in the home country. This is an incredible story, well written with lots of times where you try to figure out what really happened as the story unfolds. The story starts in 1961 with a English family living in the country. It's the youngest childs birthday and the family is celebrating by the creek out back. The kids are playing hide and seek and the 16 year old daughter is hiding in the treehouse. She starts to get down to get the cake knive out of the kitchen when she sees her mother coming to get it. At that moment a worn looking stranger comes around the corner and says, "Hello Dorothy, it's been a long time." She sees fear in her mother's face then her mother takes the cake knive and stabs him through the heart killing him instantly. That's in chapter 1. The rest of the story goes back and forth betwween the years 1941 during the German blitz of London and 2011 with the daughter who witnessed the murder trying to figure out why it happened. The author spins a great story.
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Very good book. The narrator is excellent and I find myself wishing for more of Kate Morton's books.
I absolutely love Kate Morton and that's basically the only reason I stomach this narrator who I find particularly atrocious. I've listened to a fair few of her books now so I feel I'm entitled to say that! The Australian twang of a narrator pretending to do English accents is so appalling to me, even as an Australian (or maybe because of it?) really lets down the side which is such a shame given how incredibly inventive these novels are. The Secret Keeper is one of my favourites, this story has so many twists and turns and all my guesses about the ending were all wrong which is just the way I like it, too many books are predictable these days.
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The story is mildly interesting and might have been a very good book at about half the length. I felt impatient before I was a third of the way through but I downloaded the whispersync and I can read way faster than I can listen so I managed to finish it. Too much verbiage and as a side note there is way too much smoking! I started to wonder if some tobacco company paid Kate Morton for every scene involving cigarettes.
The narrator is excellent but I don’t recommend this book – there are long books on Audible that are a lot better than this one. (“The Potato Factory”, “The Goldfinch”, “The Company” to name three that come to mind.)
This is a fantastic story and mystery. The writing the superb and story engaging. Without giving anything away I'd like to say all is not as it seems. I was on a roller-coaster of emotion the whole way!
This story moved slow but the ending was well worth the wait! This was my first read from Kate Morton and I was pleasantly surprised. I must also commend Caroline Lee on her wonderful job of reading the story as she truly brought the characters to life. I can't wait to get my hands on another book by this marvelous duo.
Wow, how well do you know your parents? Interesting question, right? You may know them through and through, but what about their lives before you?
As her mother lays dying, a daughter searches for answers about her mom’s life in London during the war. She knew there must be secrets after, as a young girl, she witnessed a profound act of violence by her mom, unexplained and not spoken of thereafter. As she unlocks the mysteries one by one, she realizes that maybe they don’t know the sweet and gentle mother as well as they think they do. It’s an interesting journey!
I was amazed by the revelations and enjoyed the historical “London during the blitz” parts of the story. I will say that the latter parts of the book were the more exciting parts for me. I didn’t see this coming! Pick this one up, and let me know what you think.
This is the 2nd book by Kate Morton that I have listened to. Pretty good story...maybe just a tad bit long. Caroline Lee's narration is enjoyable to listen to.