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
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.
The story was engaging. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next!
The end was a fantastic surprise!
I loved the whole family!
I was not able to get into the story. I was hung up by the accent of the narrator.
I was expecting a differrent story with more depth.
I loved this story. This is my favorite since Harry Potter! The author was creative and had a twist at the end that was fantastic! The narrators voice was wonderful!
First time listening to Caroline Le.
Very good story; so refreshing to have a story for women that combines history with the current times. British Literature is a favorite of mine.
I enjoy female literature that's wholesome as well.
Yes I would and have recommended this book. It kept me interested and wanting to get back to listening as soon as I could.
I loved the historical setting and the twists and turns the story took. Just when I thought I had everything figured out, everything would change.
The story was absorbing and the characters interesting.
I've no idea what the narrator was doing. Her accent seemed to change continually, sometimes half way through a sentence. She couldn't control it at all. She sounded posh English, West Indian, Irish, bad Cockney, some kind of generic working class, generic rural etc. This wasn't for specific characters but just all over the place.
Thank goodness the story was strong enough to withstand the narrator's strangeness.
The story has so many twists and turns that just when you think you've figured it out, it takes you around another corner. One of the best books I've read in a while. Love the war-time setting, the threads that span across generations and the many relatable themes.
This was such a rich, warm, engrossing story. I ADORED the twists at the end. SUch a satisfying ending to a wonderfully written book.
Love psychological thrillersPlaywrightTravel Clinical Social Worker
As an American, I enjoyed this story on several levels. It was good to hear about London during the Blitz, told by characters who I cared about and who were also keeping secrets. I felt like I was there, living through the bombings. At first, jumping back and forth from the past to the present was a little disconcerting, but I got used to it and it made the story more interesting. There were tricks and turns in revealing layers of the secrets until the last page,which pleased me as an avid thriller and suspense reader. Caroline Lee is a wonderful narrator. She is emotional when necessary, and her accent is perfect for me to understand. And thanks to Kate Morton for her words. I have even incorporated some of the British vernacular I have learned from this book into my own speech, such as fringe for bangs. I highly recommend the Secret Keeper.
I loved this story. It was so different from anything I had read before. I loved how the story had bits and pieces of history in it which gave me a different perspective on that time period than I had had before. But the author was able to put a twist in the story that I wasn't expecting that kept me thinking about it long after I was finished with the book.
"A TALENTED STORY TELLER!"
I always enjoy Kate Morton's books and especially this one. The story twists its way through different time zones leaving the listener wanting to know more as the story infolds.
The only thing I found strange was the narrator's take on a black country accent but the rest of the story she did a good job.
Would recommend this story however taking all things into account as the story is excellent.
A good story, if more mellow drama than high suspense. However, as pleasant a voice as the performer has, her grasp of English is terrible
Wonderful story as always by this author and beautifully read! Excellent story which has an amazing twist at the end which is both enlightening and gives you a feeling of warmth. I enjoyed each chapter! Beautiful!
"great story, didnt want it to end."
fantastic story, the ending was griping, didnt want it to end.
I would of loved to give it 5 stars but the Narrator let it down massively.
I'm still not sure what accent she was trying to portray but it didnt fit at all. It very nearly put me off carrying on. I am glad I persevered tho as the author does deserve great praise.
"Loved the book!"
The story kept me gripped but I agree with other listeners about the narrator's accents. They were just all over the place! I still enjoyed the book despite this though.
always go for detective books. This was a great listen. I've downloaded the secret garden now here's hoping it's as good.
It was a great plot which had me puzzled till the end. The author has much talent and the narrator puts the story over with conviction and sensitivity. Even after knowing the end of the mystery I re-listened several times for the pure enjoyment of revisiting the characters.
"The secret keeper"
I would recommend this with reservations. I enjoyed the story but I had many problems with the narrator.
I liked the way that although it was set in different time zones it was always easy to follow. The various twists and turns in the story kept me eager to continue even though narrator made me feel like giving up.
I didn't enjoy Caroline Lee's narration. Although she has a nice voice I found her accents very difficult to listen to. Not only were they difficult to place in any particular part of the country but they were inconsistent.
Possibly but I think it might be confusing.
I know Kate Morton is Australian but because the book was set in England it really needed English accents.
"Cannae get over the bad accents in this narration!"
I would, but only if Caroline Lee sticks to her own Aussie accent. She's appallingly bad at doing other accents. I read somewhere else that her accents of the British Isles were "spot on". The person who wrote that must be either deaf or American.
I didn't have a favourite character but I liked the parts about young Dolly best. Unfortunately these are also the parts where the bad accent rears its ugly head :(
The weird accents she used. Totally ruined the listening experience, I kept wondering which accent she was actually trying for, and then I had to rewind just to focus on the story again, instead of on the bad accents.
"Not a good choice"
I have read books by Kate Morton and enjoyed them but would NEVER listen to another narrated by Caroline Lee
Only if it had a different narrator
No. Absolutely not
Annoyance: the story is probably a good one but I have given up after two hours because of the very irritating narrator. Telling an English story with an Australian accent, although faint, was annoying enough, but her attempt at an Irish accent was appalling and gave nothing to the story; in fact, the whole chapter, except for Viviane's voice, was read in an Irish accent.
I wish I had listened to the narrator before I bought the book!
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