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
I think Jerry, the brother. He was so interesting.
Not laugh or cry, but I did think about it and what the characters were up to when I wasn't listening to it.
Great book that gives you glimpses of the past, and the tale of the unwinding mystery kept me hooked until the end.
Caroline Lee is an excellent narrator and Kate Morton does an great job of transporting the reader to the time and place. I really felt like I was there.
I love Kate Morton's stories. Each one is my favorite.
I bought this book in a sale, because it sounded interesting and it was LONG (more hours of "free" listening.), even though I was unfamiliar with the author.
The story begins in 1961 with 16yo Laurel witnessing a strange crime, and then skips from there to 2011, and back to 1941, weaving all the background, and the "dectective work" that goes into Laurel finally figuring out what happened and why.
On one level, it's a mystery, on another a romance, and in some places, it is just a story (it drags a little in some places). At times you'll think you've got it all figured out, but there are several key pieces that don't really fall into place till the last minute. It's a really well-crafted story.
Overall, this is just a really good story, that kept my interest till the end. I used my next credit to buy another Kate Morton book, and hope to find it as good as this one.
Secret Keeper is the most satisfying novel I've listened to in memory. All the loose ends that don't make sense come together with the final explanation and everything falls into place. It is beautifully narrated as well. This is a 5 star book.
The story itself was a little slow going, but once you get into it, you can't let go. I don't normally write reviews of books but this one took me by surprise and left me wanting more. I am now hooked on Kate Morton's stories and Caroline Lee is an incredible orator. I can't wait to read another of their books.
I couldn't possibly pick just one character, they were so intertwined that I have to say I loved them all.
I don't want to give the story away. Suffice it to say that when the story unfolded, I was both surprised and delighted at the turn the story took.
I listen to books mostly at night to relax. This book though, kept me wanting to listen to more. I ended up going to bed early to listen to the book to help relax me and put me to sleep and instead, I stayed up late listening to it!
Great Book. Will listen to many more of her books and just love the sound of Caroline Lee's voice. Couldn't have picked a better orator.
Having not read the print version I don't know.
I would try another one, the story was entertaining.
The bomb scene
When is a secret best left a secret?
I enjoyed this story. As I said it was a little predictable but I enjoyed it. I liked the scenes moving between the mother and daughters lives and the way that the sisters interacted. It was very well read with distinguishable characters.
Yes, you just fall in love with all the characters’ and don't want it to end, what a sweet sweet story.
Her voice is such a pleasure to listen too its like music to the ears.
I had no favorite character I loved Dolly, Jimmy and Vivian
I think it was very compelling in audio.
The realistic representation of the Blitz destroying the cafe.
The characters were easily discernible from each other.
When the daughter realized the truth about her mother it was truly a moving moment.
I kept finding other work to do so I wouldn't have to stop listening!
The atomsphere of the plot with her accent.
Really enjoyed this book. The Caroline Lee really uses her voice to suck you into the story. I like the way Kate Morton writes, she gets you all involved with one character and then switched to new one in the next chapter.
Mystery that affects two generations
This is the second book I've listened to from Kate Morton, and if the third one is overly long like this one, it will be my last
She lingers over every word, making the book at least 50% longer than it needed to be. Thank goodness for the ability to speed up the voice - although I had to listen to the last half of the book as if it was read by Alvin and the Chipmunks, it was the only way I would be able to finish it. I was going crazy listening to word - pause - word - pause - word....
I spent far too long with these people as it was.
Maybe I've lost the ability to be surprised, but I figured out the "big mystery" about half way through.
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