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
Yes, very entertaining.
That it actually surprised me!
Laure;. She made her powerful AND vulnerable.
A little wordy, but a wonderful story that ties up in such a perfect package at the end.
Very interesting and mysterious! I really enjoyed his book and I always enjoy books read by Caroline Lee. She makes it authentic and even more rich.
LOVED Caroline Lee as the narrator, beautifully read. She captures the characters perfectly. This book was so good I didn't want it to end. Can't wait for Kate Morton's next book!
I felt like the story was very slow to become exciting, and I found the ending very satisfying, but also a little on the side of cliche. It was a lovely story, and I thought the narration was very good.
I just loved this book. I thought it was going to be a quick read but it was not. It kept getting more and more interesting. I loved the way the author went back and forth thorough time to unravel the story.
I enjoyed watching Vivian develop. There were some great scenes around her life.
SO many good scenes. The first meeting of the young lovers, the bedside visits with her failing mom, the gentle scenes of the interactions between the various characters were all good. I did not want the story to end.
The name works.
The brother's character was a bit weak but all other characters were strong. It was bit long but I loved each new twist and the surprise ending.
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