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
I'm not a fan of back flashes, but the book depends on seeing both stories and it actually did flow. The ending was worth the listen!
You will spend the first half of the book wondering why the main character just doesnt ask her mother the question that the second half is spent answering. If you can just chalk up her reluctance to British courtesy and primness and soldier through, you will be rewarded with a charming love story and a twist that wil explain everything.
I thought I'd never finish this book. It was a great mystery but I would have enjoyed it more if it had taken 8 to 10 hours to read. Much too long.
I stumbled on a Kate Morton Book through audible about 1 1/2 year ago and quickly listened to all of them. I loved, loved, loved the stories. Historical mixed with modern and the language is so, beautiful while not being pretentious. I was anxiously awaiting a new book and I was not disappointed at all.
I am always amazed how Kate can transport me to another time and make me feel like I am there. I also get an appreciation for how we have so many stages in our lives and they all weave together. Listening to the beautiful prose is like poetry for the ears when you add a spellbinding story on top you get perfection.
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
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