England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.
Fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to Green Acres for Dorothy’s 90th birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by memories and questions she has not thought about for decades. She decides to find out the truth about the events of that summer day and lay to rest her own feelings of guilt. One photograph, of her mother and a woman Laurel has never met, called Vivian, is her first clue.
The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams, the lengths some people go to fulfill them, and the strange consequences they sometimes have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers and schemers, play-acting, and deception told against a backdrop of events that changed the world.
©2012 Kate Morton (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
The only reason I kept on with this book is that I was doing outside labor and it was better than nothing. I also hate to delete a book I have paid for so I kept on. Then came the actual story.
Why this author had to drag out the first 2/3rds I don't know. Could I say it was worth the time to get to the last 1/3rd? I'm not sure, but it was fascinating. I had no idea of the ending and the ending was so.....great.
Obviously, my review is mixed. Am I glad I read this book? Yes I am. Would I read another by this author? I think I would try one more.
As I got closer to the end, it was more and more interesting. I didn't want to turn it off and I wasn't disappointed.
I rated the story itself as a 4 star but know you are in for a long and draggy beginning and middle.
Avid Audiobook listener. Mostly like historical fiction or contemporary mystery/suspense.
The book starts our very slow and not until you're halfway through do you start to realize the plot is moving. Its not until the last couple of hours did I figure it out and even then had some good surprises. My favorite Kate Morton book so far!
If you like real mystery, meaning not just who, but why and where for you will love this.
The clever mystery is what all Kate Morton's books have. So read them all.she is perfect in all her appearances. Never a false step.
Well by now she is the Kate zmorton voice.although not the main voice.
Although not the voice of the story, mother is the person you remember.
Morton can't write fast enough for me.
This story was amazing. It had such a twist at the end I had to start over and listen to it again keeping in mind what I then knew from the ending. A must listen. The narration was melodic and mesmerizing. 10 stars!
Yes, and I have
Absolutely not predictable. Very well written and read. Couldn't tear myself away from this one. Intriguing until the very end. LOVED IT
I was unable to contain my anxiety to hear the ending. the characters seem utterly too real. I can almost smell the smoke from their cigarettes. I'm hooked. plus I love listening to caroline lee.
There is a mystery but it's also the story of multiple generations, loss of family, loss of love, survival and seeing the multifaceted nature of each person. I loved the character development and the view of life in London amidst the constant blitz.
I live in Charleston, SC, but have lived in a number of other places in different parts of the US. I enjoy listening to audiobooks.
Listening to this book was like putting together a 1000 piece puzzle. I squealed with joy every time a piece fit. Great story and a good listen. I was so happy when I was able to put in the final piece. It all fit!
Kate Morton has a way of captivating the reader's attention from beginning to end. There was never a point where I became bored or uninterested. She has a way of making her characters easily relatable. This story was a heart warming mystery that was absolutely unpredictable. Thank you for the entertainment!
While it might take an hour or two to get enraptured by the story, The Secret Keeper is definitely an entertaining novel.
Told through different perspectives and different times, the sequence of the story aids in unraveling the mysterious life of Dorthy and Vivian.
While the twist is definitely foreshadowed through out the plot, it wasn't glaringly obvious, and I still wanted to finish the novel to make sure my "hunch" was right.
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