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
books I have ever "read"!! I can't believe that there is actually an author out there today that can construct a plot with well developed characters that can hold one's attention!! I'll be looking for more books by Kate Morton!!!
Vivian - because she has such strength.
Brings a capitivating story line completely to life, allows the terrific plot twists to "grab" the listener unexpectedly; enhances an already enticing dialogue through narration that doesn't draw attention to the narrator but to the characters themselves. GREAT JOB!!!
Sorry, but this is a dumb question; I wouldn't - the title is perfect!
All in all, one of the very best of the best!
What a delightful story!
Love, murder, betrayal, and family secrets all set against the backdrop of modern day England and during the 2nd World War. This story has an end that not only twists and turns, but double-backs upon itself for a thoroughly enjoyable ending; one that I could have never anticipated, but end up being so absolutely satisfying that it stayed with me for days.
I am really selective with my precious credits, and browse for hours on end. I didn't love Morton's last book, so I was hesitant to buy this audiobook. Not only did it end up being the best credit spent thus far, I purchased three hardback copies for gift-giving (including one for myself).
My only smidgen of criticism is for the Australian narrator who had a problem with English accents. As she voiced the characters, she would switch mid-narration between Australian and English - and it threw me off quite a bit in the beginning.
That being said, this is now one of my all-time favorite books....top 10 status.
I can't think of anything that would make the story better. It was a period piece, a character study and a mystery all in one. I thought I had it figured out, but then realized about two thirds through that I was completely wrong. Her characters were very well thought out and believable. I normally stick to mysteries, but I'll try either reading or listening to another one of her books.
The Forgotten. I have it, but I'm sort of saving it to listen to.
Not a thing. She did a great job and I could understand every word which at my age is a blessing.
More sadness in that people aren't nearly as strong or wise as you want them to be.
Yes, it is a great historical mystery
Finding out about Vivien's life in Australia
She is wonderful - she has the perfect voice for this.
I listen to books in the car, so I know I have a good one when I break out the headphones and continue listening at work and at home
This is the first Kate Morton book I've listened to and I'll be looking for another! Although the story started out a bit slow, I kept with it and it did not disappoint. It was enlightening to get a glimpse of what Londoners went through during the Blitz and how people had to cope with loss and grief at every turn. But what made the book a great story was how the characters learned to survive, some with more grace than others and how to truly love despite their own pain. I'd recommend this book to my friends.
I didn't start off loving this book but by the end I was a true believer. Kate Morton does it again.
Yes, this is on my favorites list.
I never suspected the ending. I love surprises! Great book.
Her voice changes with the emotions of characters and events, where some narrators can be distracting, Caroline Lee just brings you right into the story and you won't want to turn her off.
I felt that this book dragged on too much. I like Kate Morton but she could tell her story in fewer words and it would still be suspenseful and captivating. I like her stories but felt that it took too long for the plot to work itself out. I would have stopped listening if it weren't such a suspenseful plot.
I could see it being made into a movie.
Caroline Lee's voice sounded too Australian to me and when she tried to switch characters, she lost the British accent a lot.
I didn't not read the print version. But the audio edition was outstanding.
The character development was so memorable. I was able to truly understand each character's motivations, passions, dreams. The ending was a complete surprise. Well done.
Caroline Lee was outstanding. She has the most wonderful voice and gave each character a personality. I could almost picture each one.
Love listening to the british accent of the narrater. Made listening to 30 hours of narration much more enjoyable.
The accent and how she did a great job when changing characters.
Enjoyable read. Surprising ending.
"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!
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