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
Audio is in Al's name but it's MaryJane who listens to the books.
Suspensful, Entertaining, Great, it's always worth the wait for her books, everyone of them has been just teriffic.
Like the history, love hearing about the past and then going back to the present.
She just wants to make you keep listening, a super reader.
Can't wait for her next book
Kate Morton has written an intricate plot that twists and turns as it bounces back and forth from London circa 1941 to 2011. It's nice and long , ~20 hours, for those that enjoy longer works.
Only 4 stars for performance because sometimes it was hard to tell which "character voice" the narrator was using.
Delicious, Romantic, Surprising
Dolly, she had many different sides
Loved loved loved her accent and how she changed her voice for difference characters, really seemless.
Found a new favorite author
critical book reader
My first book of the year. It is a very patient, but moving novel. The wonderful and bitter-sweet kaleidoscope of lives, passion, love, mysteries, and friendship create a touching and intricate patterns on the rug, called life.
From the beginning, the story got me guessing and every time I thought I had it figured out, a new twist was introduced. Beautiful descriptions make the story believable and the narration is flawless.
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!
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