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 imagery, the fact that the main characters were so human with all their flaws and hopes and the performance was well managed through the various characters and the different times. It made me re-think and appreciate my parents as people.
This is a great story that keeps you involved as the reader learns what was going on, but not until the end does it all come together.
The unexpected final knowledge and the love of the whole family for each other.
natural accent added so much color to the story.
This book was exceptional, I knew there were twists, turns, etc. I thought I knew them...I didn't, you think you are smarter than all the other reviews and think you guessed it, you know you've guessed it, or have a good idea of what's going on, and you really don't. I would definitely recommend this book.
It's hard to listen to at first but keep listening, it is so so worth it. I read a review that said it, and I am so glad that I kept listening. I felt like I knew the characters so well by the end and was very attached to them and the entire story.
Yes, I would listen to it again. In fact, I listened to the last four chapters three times already! It was fun to re-listen once you know the secret of the Secret Keeper!
There were so many it's hard to choose but I'd say "Listening with your eyes, your ears, and your heart" is the most memorable moment.
Laurel. With genealogy as one of my biggest hobbies I really related to Laurel's quest to find answers.
The Secret Keeper has become one of my favorite all-time audible books for sure! I wonder if I would feel the same if I had read the hard copy. The audible performance was really outstanding.
a wonderful story that flitted between eras and kept me guessing. i usually figure out the story before it's revealed but this one was full of twists that i didn't figure it out until just before it was "revealed". loved the narration of caroline lee - her accent and flow really added to the story. a great listen!
I'm not a fan of back flashes, but the book depends on seeing both stories and it actually did flow. The ending was worth the listen!
You will spend the first half of the book wondering why the main character just doesnt ask her mother the question that the second half is spent answering. If you can just chalk up her reluctance to British courtesy and primness and soldier through, you will be rewarded with a charming love story and a twist that wil explain everything.
I thought I'd never finish this book. It was a great mystery but I would have enjoyed it more if it had taken 8 to 10 hours to read. Much too long.
I stumbled on a Kate Morton Book through audible about 1 1/2 year ago and quickly listened to all of them. I loved, loved, loved the stories. Historical mixed with modern and the language is so, beautiful while not being pretentious. I was anxiously awaiting a new book and I was not disappointed at all.
I am always amazed how Kate can transport me to another time and make me feel like I am there. I also get an appreciation for how we have so many stages in our lives and they all weave together. Listening to the beautiful prose is like poetry for the ears when you add a spellbinding story on top you get perfection.
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