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 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.
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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.
Caroline Lee's beautiful narration fits perfectly with Kate Morton's slowly developing tale. Lots of twists and turns lead the listener to discover secret longings of characters from different times and generations. Mesmerizing. Hard to put down. I fell in love with the reader and the writer and will be checking out their other titles soon.
Laurel, because I relate to her as a middle-aged daughter doing her best for her dying mother.
Dolly, because she's not as simple as she initially seems and Caroline Lee does a masterful job with all of Dolly's slow reveals.
Yes yes YES -- I couldn't, of course, but boy was it difficult to put down.
This book surprised me more than any other as secrets were revealed. I thought I had it all figured out, but was totally caught off guard. As with Kate Morton's other books (The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hour), the story jumps back and forth between generations as the main character unravels families stories/mysteries. I enjoyed the characters and setting. Didn't care for one character (Jimmy) who used a lot of profanity.
Caroline Lee's narration compelled me from the beginning, then the story intrigued me. I tried to guess what was going to happen next, or how things would unfold, but rarely was able to see around the corners... Well paced, lovely tone to the story as well as Caroline's voice and accent.
I don't know that I had a favorite, although maybe Jimmy would rate first if I had to have one. Dolly, Vivien, Jimmy and Laurel kind of traded places depending on where in the story I was. Jimmy, though, would have to take the vote. I am not going to say why, because I don't want to give anything away.
Ah, her voice, her accent, her measured delivery, her empathy with all the characters. The lilt in her voice was just the right touch.
Well, I may have wanted to, but it would have been a bit long for one sitting. If I had been reading it myself, I would definitely have done it all at once, it possible. Having a work schedule kind of interferes with that one, though.
This would probably not have been a book I would have picked up in a bookstore; I am not even sure what section I would have seen it in, but I gravitate towards other genres, generally. So this was a delightful find, which I only got because of the Audible synopsis. I really like this book, am impressed by the research Kate Morton obviously conducted, and the depth of feeling and character development. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends!
I rarely write reviews, and all through this wonderful book I knew I'd write something positive. I couldn't wait to get back in my car several times during this listen. I found myself sitting in the car in parking lots so I wouldn't have to put it down.
Her Best Yet !
The mother/daughter relationship is highlighted in this book and the main character is a bit fiesty, which is always fun. Ms. Morton threw some false trails out and had a nice twist at the end! I really have enjoyed all her books but this is now my favorite of hers with The Forgotten Garden now in 2nd place. I highly recommend this "read"
The narration is also superb, which only makes this audiobook that much more enjoyable.
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