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
This is a wonderful read. I changed my thoughts of the ending several times and never guessed the correct one. Loved all the twists.
Kate Morton is one of my favorite authors, so I eagerly await each new publication. This novel is another great read.
I really did enjoy this book. Although it seemed to take a while to really draw me in, probably until the 2nd of the 3 parts. But once it grabbed me I was hooked and was actually really bummed when the book ended. This is one of those books that needs a 2nd listen, now that you know all of the characters. Very good, great story and I would recommend it to a friend, as long as it was someone who had the patience to allow the story to develop.
The characters' motivations were beautifully laid-out. I found this book to be highly intelligent and insightful. I loved the author's ability to switch voices and tell the story from several perspectives. I only wish I might craft an amazing work of literature like this one day.
I got so attached to the characters and while I thought I knew the ending well beforehand, I was not as clever as I thought. I love books that surprise and take readers new places. Gorgeous writing. Beautiful performance, too.
I wished I had it in paper, too, so I could read when listening was inappropriate. I got SO much done while listening to this story. I cleaned like nobody's business just so I could justify my continuing to listen while my sweet family was home. :)
Truly one my favorite Audible book ever. I have listened to many. This one takes the prize. I do tend to like this author. I just noticed I have two other books of hers but I hadn't made the connection until today. Some literature translates beautifully to the spoken word; that is certainly the case with this book. Magical, beautiful, I miss the characters.
Audio Books make people better drivers! I’m never in a hurry to get where I need to go because I would rather be in Tudor England, listening to a good historical fictional novel. Or I could be somewhere far away with dragons and magic, listening to fantasy. When that is too much drama, I love keeping up with fashion and girl talk with one of my favorite “chick lit” novels.
Enjoyable, Twists, Memorable
I enjoyed all the characters in this book, and I loved how much each character developed as the book reveals its secrets.
Awesome performance, loved listening to this book.
"You may never know all your family secrets." I think it would make a great movie.
This is the first Kate Morton book I have read, but I have already downloaded my next. The story was engaging; it really kept you guessing until the end. The back drop of war time and the history details inserted into the story were interesting. Perfect for readers who love a good story and want to feel like they are learning something about the past.
Tell us about yourself! I Love to listen to books on my long hour commute to work. It helps the drive be more bearable.
I usually do not listen to books more than once, I like the suspense of not knowing however I will give this some time and for sure will listen again.
Vivien the survivor! She was not my favorite until I learned the entire story.
I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.
Caroline Lee is great. The description of surroundings as Kate Morton's words makes you feel you are there. The background music was a great addition also.
When Laura sees her mother and father dancing.
This was her best.
Yes but I took my time. Savoring on every word.
Looking forward to another book from Kate Morton.
I actually loved the way it all took place across so many years. The time frame is nearly the same as my own life.
The mother, probably because she reminded me of my mother who is terminally ill.
The end of course :)
It was a long story and I loved every single minute of it.
The story, Caroline Lee's skill in telling it.
Jimmy, who knew the true meaning of love.
Lucy Stewart Van Liew
I have read/listened to several books by Kate Morton and enjoyed them, but I nearly couldn't continue to listen to the Secret Keeper because of the dreadful accents of Caroline Lee. She seemed to be all over the place I could hear her native Australian but then she kept wavering between scottish Irish, Received Pronunciation cockney with some Liverpudlian and Yorkshire in places, even when reading about one character. As a native Brit is was very distracting and I wished she had just read in her natural accent.
As above encouraged Caroline Lee to read naturally in her own accent and not try lots of others rather unsuccessfully
Her voice is okay just the accents
Made for TV drama
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