This was my first book by Kate Morton. I purchased this as an audio book because I like the narrator, Caroline Lee. It was very well written and entertaining and I have found a new author whose other books I look forward to reading.
This is my first Kate Morton novel so am glad i chose The Secret Keeper. This well-researched romance mystery moves back and forth from war-time London (1938-1941) to England of 2011. Laurel, now in her sixties, cannot forget a shocking experience when she was sixteen at her family's farm. Fifty years later, with her mother close to dying, she tackles, along with a sibling, the mystery of her mother's earlier life during the Blitz. The story is told in 3rd person through both time periods. Especially important to the storytelling is Caroline Lee's excellent narration, which brings the war, the city, the countryside, the seaside, the farm, and every character alive. Kate Morton has a modern Dickensonian ability to create vivid sceneries and the multi-dimensional people who inhabit them: you want to spend time with these people and care about them. With surprising twists and turns up until the final chapter.
No graphic sex and violence is minimal despite the war theme.
Wonderful book! Keeps you listening and difficult to set down! This book was wonderfully written and Caroline Lee read it perfectly! Definitely looking for more books written by Kate Morton! I could listen to this one again!
It took me a while to get into this book and when I did I figured out the ending.That did not lessen my enjoyment of the book at all as guessing how it would end did not help me figure out how it all happened. It was exciting and sad and made me want to read more Kate Morton books.
The surprises kept coming.
She's a great reader and was good at all of them.
Reader and Listener of books
As with Morton books, the first half was a bit slow. I stuck with it. It was around 2/3 of the way in when I figured out the secret, but I still liked it. It was nice to hear the puzzle pieces coming together.
It rates quite high.
Secrets of A Charmed Life, probably because it was a recent read and another family drama based around the London Blitz. Both are very good stories and bring home the impact of living in a city that is being bombed month after month.
Not sure if I have listened to this performer before but she did a good job. I liked it that I could discern the characters as the story shifted from from one to another. The best part was that her voice projects and records well. Hence, I never struggled to hear it. A pet peeve of mine is the performers who "whisper" or soften their voices for effect. What good is effect if the readers are annoyed because they have to struggle to hear it?
Vivien was the most memorable for me because of her resiliency, generosity, and imagination.
I loved this book. Some reviewers complained about the length and detail but I thought both enhanced the story. It was a complex story but not hard to keep track of for the reader. I was indeed surprised at the end, which doesn't happen all that often. I can only imagine Ms Morton's very complicated story board on this novel. She had a lot of threads to keep track of throughout and did a great job of moving back and forth from one era to another. I was compelled to keep listening as I really wanted to know what happened with these characters.
I binged-listened to this book in about a week's time. I almost squealed in delight at THE plot twist, I love it when I don't see those coming. The author is great, I read one of her books previously but I love this narrator, it brings these stories to a whole new level.