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
Very similar to other Kate Morton books, The Forgotten Garden and The House at Riverton and also similar to The Thirteenth Tail by Diane Setterfield. I say they are similar because they are all a story within a story- someone in the present telling a story of something that happened in the past and it all comes together in the end.
Her voice is very melodic. She captures a persons age and gender without having to change her voice too much to accommodate the different person, but just enough that you know it is different.
If you liked any of Kate Morton's previous work, you will not be disappointed with this book. The end left me with a couple of questions but I think if I re listened to it I would probably work those out, she doesn't give you all of the answers but I think they are there in between the lines and I like that about her style.
Probably one of the best audiobooks I have read. Couldn't stop listening.
Vivienne is definitely a favorite. She is so resilient and my feelings for her were constantly changing in the book.
Worth every minute that I procrastinated doing other things.
I've read other books by Kate Morton, so I know she has a formula and she sticks to it with good success. For some reason, I found "The Secret Keeper" quite slow to start out and for the first third of the book I had trouble staying focused on the story and feeling any empathy towards the characters. By the second half, while I knew what the secret was, I was still curious about how the characters had arrived at that point, which signals a riveting story and engaging characters. Ultimately, the book was very enjoyable, not great, not the most fantastic thing I've read this year, but a worthwhile expenditure of my time while walking the dog, spinning and knitting.
Addicted to books, both print and audio-.
This is my first Kate Morton and also first listen to Caroline Lee. Caroline Lee is the best part. What a great narrator! It's a very good story, but I felt it could have been edited to about two-thirds of its length. There is a lot of repetition; the author should trust her readers to grasp the action and emotion of the story without having to hear the same point multiple times. That said, it's a very enjoyable listen and a good payoff at the end.
While at first I found it slow at first I realized to get distracted would be a great mistake to the story line. By time I was getting to the end I was glued to my kindle no matter what I was doing. A great story I would recommend especially if your are on a long trip.
I loved the narration. I also loved how the story wrapped up - I was brought to tears.
I loved Vivian. She was kind and strong.
Once I was about 3/4 of the way through, I didn't want to stop listening.
For most of the book, I thought it was just ok - a little too long, too many details that I thought at the time didn't mean anything. But once the story starting wrapping up, I realized it was a GREAT story, and I relished all those details. A new favorite author!
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.
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