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.
Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.
Yes I would listen to it again, as not to miss the nuances and some transitions.
I liked Laurel.
No, no extreme reaction, just a good book, that I will reread again.
Worth the credit!
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!!
I've read other books by Kate Morton, so I know she has a formula and she sticks to it with good success. For some reason, I found "The Secret Keeper" quite slow to start out and for the first third of the book I had trouble staying focused on the story and feeling any empathy towards the characters. By the second half, while I knew what the secret was, I was still curious about how the characters had arrived at that point, which signals a riveting story and engaging characters. Ultimately, the book was very enjoyable, not great, not the most fantastic thing I've read this year, but a worthwhile expenditure of my time while walking the dog, spinning and knitting.
Addicted to books, both print and audio-.
This is my first Kate Morton and also first listen to Caroline Lee. Caroline Lee is the best part. What a great narrator! It's a very good story, but I felt it could have been edited to about two-thirds of its length. There is a lot of repetition; the author should trust her readers to grasp the action and emotion of the story without having to hear the same point multiple times. That said, it's a very enjoyable listen and a good payoff at the end.
I have loved all of Kate Morton's books. Initially, this one didn't hold my attention, but because I'd enjoyed all of her prev books I kept listening. I am so very happy I did. Ms. Morton is a master of telling a story within a story. I admit to having great admiration for an author that can sucessfully tell 2 stories, especially when one of the stories is in the past and a protaganist in the now is trying to solve a mystery from the past. This books had some wonderful twists and turns that kept me guessing almost to the end. I didn't always like all of the characters in this book, but felt driven to find out what happened to them. This is a wonderful listen that will keep you engaged! The narrator was ok, her voice was a little too high for my ears, but she did give each character their own distinc voice, and I always like it when a narrator can do that.
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.
really enjoyed this book...first few hours were a little slow...but picked up and never looked back. great story with a great performance...makes mensad for those that read books ;)
Southern heart, soul and spirit! Enjoy a good clean emotional storyline. I have found a new passion in Audible
Another Kate Morton novel that I hate to see end. And of course tears were shed as I said goodbye to each character.
I appreciate the fact that a story can unfold without crude and obscene language. So refreshing and one of the main reasons I enjoy Kate Morton!
There were surprising twists and turns in this story with the ending the most surprising of all. I certainly don't want to give away any of the details so that you will be as surprised as I was. I will be longing for more stories such as this.
Oh and Caroline Lee is the perfect narrator for these stories. I so enjoyed her!
it took me a bit to realize I needed to stop what I was doing and simply listen to a good story. The history, details and character building across time demands attention if you are to appreciate the ending.