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
Though this is a very intricate, long audio, I found myself wanting to know more and I was thoroughly involved and motivated to continue. This audio had many surprises, unwinding subtly and artfully. I was absorbed and intrigued. I am glad I continued. It was wonderful. Are there secrets in all the histories of our lives?
In this novel of love, family, and mystery, Morton weaves an intriguing intergenerational tale, exploring the territory we all might well wonder about: just who were our parents before they were our parents? And how well can we know them? and how well do we really want to know them? Morton manages the difficult time shifts with a deft hand, keeping the reader intrigued with the wonderful characters she creates and the tales she weaves.
I make the mistake of startking in the middle then had to go back and listen to the first and then skip to the end - I still LOVED IT. Very well thought out and very well written - happy I didn't blow it off since i'd messed up on the order in the beginning!!
Very worth the time and listen.
I found this book to be a delightful surprise. It kept me guessing. I hate it when books are so predictable that you groan and the clumsy foreshadowing. This book gives you hints, but still leaves you wondering. I couldn't put it down. I listened while I drove and while I worked around the house. Wonderful company! I immediately bought another book by Ms. Morton, which I'm downloading now, and I also bought a copy of the hardcover book for my local public library. It is definitely a book to read and share. The narrator of this book is wonderful. Very easy to listen to.
Kate Morton's stories are wonderful. I love how she moves between past and present, telling the stories of two women in different times. And I adore her use of language. So wonderfully descriptive. When I saw this audiobook was released just the day before I was to take a road trip, I purchased immediately - even though my monthly credit wasn't available yet! I am more than happy to pay the cash price to hear one of Ms. Morton's books. And a Caroline Lee performance makes the experience perfection.
The ending was superb. Just when I thought the story had reached its end, there was a wonderful surprise!
I love Caroline Lee's performances. She speaks as if telling a story from her own experience, rather than reading it from a page.
One of the tensions for me with Ms. Morton's stories is always that part of me can't wait to have the mysteries unfold, but another part of me never wants the story to end.
This is one of the best books I've experienced in a long time. The plot was excellent, full of twists and turns that you don't see coming. I loved the way you switch back and forth from WWII England to the present. The narration was wonderful, the accent perfect for the characters. She made the characters come alive. It is one of those books that you don't want to come to an end.
Great book! The story keeps you guessing and captivated. The narrator has done another superb job, I just love that woman's voice!! I will be listening to this book again.
has a twist I never saw coming that was nice most books these days lose the element of surprise half way throught well written too
I was there!
Vivian...she turned out to be so caring and loving. Not what I had thought at first and then I loved her. I wanted to sit at her bedside with Laurel at the end.
The very, very best! I kept thinking how different this story would be to read it rather than hear it. That was one of the best things. Now I'm going to seek out the other books that she and Ms Morton have collaborated on.
It would be Jimmy. Such a caring man, gentle and willing to talk about most anything. I don't think he had a mean bone in his body.
I love hearing about the things in that time period, the 1940's, the war, the way people had to cope, etc. And ofcourse this was England, things there are different from America anyway. When I finished the story, I kept going back over the last 2-3 chapters because I couldn't belive it ended that way! It wasn't a bad way, I was surprised so that was good!
I love this author, and this performer. This author has the ability to develop endless characters you care about, whose lives intertwine, and then end in a twist. All four of her novels follow the pattern, but they are so beautifully written it works every time. The performer's voice starts me on a pleasant journey every time, and I thoroughly enjoy the trip. Excellent –
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