New York Times best seller Jeffrey Archer continues his beloved Clifton Chronicle series as Harry and Emma finally begin building a happy life - but a dangerous family enemy is about to resurface....
Best Kept Secret opens a moment after the end of The Sins of the Father, with the resolution of the trial and the triumphant marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, finally uniting their family. Harry, now a best-selling novelist; Emma; their son, Sebastian; and orphaned Jessica make a new life for themselves, but all is not as happy and secure as it could be. Emma's brother, Giles, is engaged to a woman who may be more interested in Barrington's fortune and title than in a long and happy marriage. And Sebastian, though he is bright, isn't quite the hard worker that his father was at school, and finds a hard time resisting the temptations that his somewhat unsavory friends provide.
It all comes to a head when a new villain is uncovered, a face from the past with grudges against both Harry and Giles - Fisher, who tortured Harry at school and later took credit for Giles' heroics during the war. Fisher teams up with Giles' now ex-wife to wreak havoc on Giles' latest election as well as meddle with affairs inside Barringtons, while Harry and Emma must deal with a new scheme that Sebastian has unwittingly fallen into with a supposed friend. The drama continues for Harry Clifton and his family, bringing this mesmerizing saga into the 1960s.
©2013 Jeffrey Archer (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
I was frustrated that I had spent the time listeneing to this story
Felt like it was at a level well below the others
Average to fine
The central characters in the book mature and younger entirely plausible characters are introduced brilliantly.
Absolutely. Never quite sure where it was going to go next.
Seamless and engaging. Both very much reading to the Jeffrey Archer intent in the writing.
The landlady of the guest house. Salt of the earth type who would sit and share a newspaper wrapped cod and chips.
Left hanging on the edge of a clifton. Can't wait for the next installment.
Jeffrey Archer could have written a novel to follow the previous two excellent works in the series.
It is hard for me to believe that Jeffrey Archer wrote this book. It has virtually none of the elements that made the original book so captivating. Throughout the first two books, the characters were fully developed, and I cared about them - and what happened to them. In this 3rd installment, the characters are flat and undeveloped.
The plot in the first two installments was complex, and I loved the method employed of telling the story from alternating perspectives. There remains in this third installment, none of the allure of that original technique.
The Giles character - you have to be kidding me! He's really going to forsake all familial ties and a lifelong friendship for this cartoon of a character that has no redeeming qualities except for perhaps a pretty face? Where is the complexity and story telling art in that.?
Someone mentioned previously that Jeffrey should hire someone like Christina from Somerville, MA as a proofreader and critic. I also agree with all the critical points that Christina raised. She did a good job articulating the multitude of flaws with this book.
Unfortunately, I was left with the impression that if the writer of this 3rd installment was indeed Jeffrey Archer, then he has either lost interest and passion for the story, or else... I hate to think that there might be something wrong with him. Was this ghost written?
I pre-ordered this book. I will never do that again. (fool me once...)
In future, I will wait to see what others have to say before another book is purchased from this author.
The narrator (Alex Jennings) is good. But I am several hours into the book, and I have yet to hear a passage from Emilia Fox. I am not rating the narration higher because I really loved the juxtaposition of these two narrators in the previous books. If the intent is to have both narrators for this book, then something is missing. If the intent is just to have one narrator, then consider me spoiled by the previous audiobooks in this series.
Please restore this series to some measure of what the first two installments promised.
Yes. The interactions between the characters keeps the reader focused.
Harry Clifton's ability to grow and improve himself without losing the sense of his roots is compelling.
The courtroom scene dealing with the inheritance of the title
Actually I wanted it to go on forever. When is the next one to be released?
The story is the same style as the previous parts, it seems that author had to split the saga into three books and was in hurry to to finish the story and to chop it at the end, while during the book itself there are repetitive parts from previous books in this series,
I was under the impression that this book was the last in a trilogy. Maybe the "Best Kept Secret" was that this book was not the end of the series. After audibly 'reading' it, I am now under the impression that it was nothing more than a segue into book four, which for some reason seemed much more important to Mr. Archer than book three. There was really no story at all to speak of in this. Although I consider Mr. Archer to be an exceptional writer, I felt this book to be below his usual quality and less than fulfilling. I just hope we don't have to wait too long for him to redeem himself in the next installment!
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I knew all along this was a 5 book series, so I wasn't bent out of shape by the cliffhanger ending as some people were. There were far more frustrating and bad people in this one - bad for bad's sake, but I'm sure they'll get what's coming to them in the final book. That's what happens in Jeffrey Archer books, and that's why I like them. This book seemed like a "set up" book in the series - not a ton of action, but laying the groundwork for the final conclusion. To look at a totally different book in a totally different series, it made me think of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." I was super annoyed with that one when i read it, but it helped to move the greater story along.
I already have ideas about what will happen in the next two. My biggest worry is that Archer might pass before the series has finished being written. He's not that young, and I'd hate to be so invested and have no opportunity of finishing it.
OK, I just can’t help it … I thoroughly enjoy Jeffrey Archer. I have read all three books in this series, and they keep me entertained through each minute of series. Yes, some of the reviews indicated this book was a little slower than others, which is true, but with the job the narrators did, that didn’t make any difference to me. I can say that I was disappointed in the ending … just left you hanging and there were parts during the book that could have been better laid out. But all-in-all I think that Mr. Archer writes a book that keeps your attention, is always a good read and keeps you wanting more.
This is the third book of the Clifton Chronicles. The first book is typical Jeffrey Archer, and is a very strong start. The series languished in the second book. This book is just flat terrible. The characters are flat, and the problems all seem superficial and petty. The plot changed at least three times, and this isn't a very long book. It seems as if Mr. Archer had a number of storyboards done, and just slapped a few together because he had a publishing deadline.
Hopefully the next book gets back to good storytelling, but I'm not sure I will even give it a chance as this series has been on a steady decline.
Everything! I have been a huge fan of Mr. Archer. However,this is sad ending to a great Novel
I refused to continue wasteing any more time listening to ths nonsense. If it had been an unkown autror it never would have been published. Shame on him! .
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