1945. The vote in the House of Lords as to who should inherit the Barrington family fortune has ended in a tie. The Lord Chancellor’s deciding vote will cast a long shadow on the lives of Harry Clifton and Giles Barrington. Harry returns to America to promote his latest novel, while his beloved Emma goes in search of the little girl who was found abandoned in her father’s office on the night he was killed. When the General Election is called, Giles Barrington has to defend his seat in the House of Commons and is horrified to discover who the Conservatives select to stand against him. But it is Sebastian Clifton, Harry and Emma’s son, who ultimately influences his uncle’s fate.
In 1957, Sebastian wins a scholarship to Cambridge, and a new generation of the Clifton family march onto the page. After Sebastian is expelled from school, he unwittingly becomes caught up in an international art fraud involving a Rodin statue that is worth far more than the sum it raises at auction. Does he become a millionaire? Does he go to Cambridge? Is his life in danger? Best Kept Secret will answer all these questions, but once again, pose so many more.
©2013 Jeffrey Archer (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
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"The surprises continue"
The story is so beautifully crafted, providing only the information that is needed. But repeatedly, even though one knows the information is provided for a reason, once the reason is revealed, the resolution holds a surprise. In between there are spots of humour, and all kinds of wonderful characters, like Mrs Tibbet. All the time, the background remains true to the 1950s.
Indeed and, therefore, a warning to others: do not start listening when you do not have the time!
Listened to this novel over two days, it was gripping, another cliff hanger ending. Just downloaded the next book, earphones on, poor dogs are being dragged out for another long walk so I can continue listening.
"Twists and turns, but still pretty dull"
The Clifton chronicles are becoming repetitive and boring.
Sure this has more twists and turns than any previously, but I found them dull and predictable.
Very good performance though.
First time user of Audible.....excellent three books and reader but not too good yet at understanding how to use audible
"Really loving this series!!!"
I'm really really enjoying this series and have listened to the first 3 books one after the other and can't stop. About to listen to the 4th because in true Jeffrey archer style there was a HUGE cliffhanger at the end!
"Entertaining at times"
I really enjoyed the 2nd book in this series but found this one tiresome by the end.. . The same old baddy and goody, black and white themes across all the books. Fisher=muttly and whoever the latest main baddy is = dick dastardly. That's pretty standard archer though really so can't complain too much. Story is generally decent light weight entertainment.
"Best series I have listened to."
The Clifton chronicles are the best books I have listened to in a long time, not as riveting as the dragon tattoo trilogy but after each book I can't wait to listen to the next one.
About as compelling to listen to as an omnibus edition of Woman's Hour.
Wait until he had structured ideas for the plot before writing and publication
Very good character enhancement
If it wasn't a mid part of a series I wouldn't have bothered. Some of the dialogue was embarrassingly bad. A lot of the content was just padding out a misdirected plot.
Don't try and stretch the story's credibility with silly plot lines.
"A fantastic set of four un-put-downable books!"
All of the Clifton Chronicles were brilliant - the story is slow to start but builds and deepens all the time. I was hooked and this is not the usual sort of book I would buy. Narration was superb. The best books I have listened to for a long time.
I havent anything I can compare this to.
It hooked me the whole way through and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Consistently good story which built to a fantastic end. I still think about it ages after finishing the last book and cant recommend too highly.
"Couldn't get into it!"
I am sure there are many great things said about this book (I for one loved the first edition to the clifton chronicles) but none of which can be spoken from my lips.
It has been sitting in my library for a while now, and only now could I bring myself to face the sad reality that I had to write a quick review explaining that I didn't get on with it. Considering my previous review for the first book was titled "I have a new love!" I am very surprised at this.
Great first book, but I just couldn't get on with this one, sorry Jeff!
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