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 really liked this book....set back in time it brought you into the story from the very beginning and kept my attention all the way through.....and when you thought you knew how it was going to end.....you'll have to buy this one to find out what I'm talking about. :). Worth every minute
This is the best story I've read or listened to in a very long time. The plot winds and turns right up to the end. I became completely enthralled and did not want it to end.
I felt the story was too easily figured out! It did intrigue me in the beginning but it soon lost its spark. A good piece of fiction is something to get lost in but I kept looking for inonsistencies in the telling of the story...I was distracted.
Probably not, because of the feeling of being distracted because of looking for inconsistencies in the story. I felt characters from the present knew too much about the past without solid information.
No, but probably will be made into some type of made for TV dribble.
This is my 3rd Kate Morton and my favorite so far. Like her others she goes back and forth in time. I loved the characters and the story. I loved how everything finally ended. The narration was absolutely lovely. A great listening experience!
I will definitely listen to this lovely story. The language was exquisite. I felt like I was there, in London and that the characters were familiar.
I think that my favorite character was Vivian. She was a very strong woman who was loyal, fair minded, strong and never behaved like the victim she was.
I have not listened to Caroline Lee before this but I will definitely search for other books she has done.
I think it would be Dolly. She was determined to uncover the truth. I liked her.
This is my first Kate Morton listen, but I will listen to more of her books. This is a great story with a great narrator. The narrator perfectly suited the story and made the story come alive as she changed voices for each character. The storyline moves with some unpredictable turns that keep you listening, treasuring every word. This mystery has a great ending. I'm so glad I chose it!
This was a really good story that became great when a completely unexpected twist was added to it. Cleverly crafted, and well narrated.
I am glad that I read the reviews explaining that the beginning is slow but to stick with it! Truly, this is a beautiful book that takes a long time to get interesting. The narrator is excellent, and the story is an interesting one.
No, only because I know the story now.
None that I can think of. It had unique twists and turns.
I did not want to listen to in one setting only beacuse it was like some fine chocolates. I want to wait and enjoy some the next day.
I enjoyed the glimpses of London and the blitz. It seemed very real and well researched.
For the most part, but did I mention that it was LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG
Probably not - it was LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG
Nothing -she was great.
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK, I think she said it all in this one.
It was too LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG.
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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