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 was a really great book. I loved the way you get to know the characters and the problems of life they lived through. I will be watching for more books by Kate Morton.
Caroline Lee did a marvelous job performing this book.
I usually never read or listen to a book more than once. Same for movies. You know what happens already
Just an awesome story, loved the characters and the mystery involved!
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.
"Loved the book!"
The story kept me gripped but I agree with other listeners about the narrator's accents. They were just all over the place! I still enjoyed the book despite this though.
always go for detective books. This was a great listen. I've downloaded the secret garden now here's hoping it's as good.
It was a great plot which had me puzzled till the end. The author has much talent and the narrator puts the story over with conviction and sensitivity. Even after knowing the end of the mystery I re-listened several times for the pure enjoyment of revisiting the characters.
"The secret keeper"
I would recommend this with reservations. I enjoyed the story but I had many problems with the narrator.
I liked the way that although it was set in different time zones it was always easy to follow. The various twists and turns in the story kept me eager to continue even though narrator made me feel like giving up.
I didn't enjoy Caroline Lee's narration. Although she has a nice voice I found her accents very difficult to listen to. Not only were they difficult to place in any particular part of the country but they were inconsistent.
Possibly but I think it might be confusing.
I know Kate Morton is Australian but because the book was set in England it really needed English accents.
"Cannae get over the bad accents in this narration!"
I would, but only if Caroline Lee sticks to her own Aussie accent. She's appallingly bad at doing other accents. I read somewhere else that her accents of the British Isles were "spot on". The person who wrote that must be either deaf or American.
I didn't have a favourite character but I liked the parts about young Dolly best. Unfortunately these are also the parts where the bad accent rears its ugly head :(
The weird accents she used. Totally ruined the listening experience, I kept wondering which accent she was actually trying for, and then I had to rewind just to focus on the story again, instead of on the bad accents.
"Not a good choice"
I have read books by Kate Morton and enjoyed them but would NEVER listen to another narrated by Caroline Lee
Only if it had a different narrator
No. Absolutely not
Annoyance: the story is probably a good one but I have given up after two hours because of the very irritating narrator. Telling an English story with an Australian accent, although faint, was annoying enough, but her attempt at an Irish accent was appalling and gave nothing to the story; in fact, the whole chapter, except for Viviane's voice, was read in an Irish accent.
I wish I had listened to the narrator before I bought the book!
Report Inappropriate Content