Kate Morton's novels are all about secrets, love, and the persistence of the past. Often, there's a complicated relationship between sisters as well. "The Secret Keeper" has these elements and more, involving a young woman's misadventure during WWII and the questions that persist after the woman's teenaged daughter witnesses her mother stabbing a man to death in 1961. Although I did guess the answer to the mystery before all was revealed, I nevertheless found this an engaging and satisfying read. The details of life during the London Blitz seemed convincing and well-researched. The characters were lovingly constructed and very believable. The narrator, whom I believe does all of Kate Morton's novels, does a great job.
With almost 800 books in my library, I am an experienced listener. I appreciate a well written good story. I am pretty critical of trash.
I couldn't finish this book, therefore, not much of a review. I "read" the Secret Garden and it kept me entertained. I think it was the novelty of it. But the format and jumping back and forth did not work for me a second time. I find myself curious enough about the "who done it", but enough to prolong the chattery.
Although only my second Kate Morton book, it is obvious she has a formula … but what a wonderful, involving formula it is!!
I enjoyed The Secret Keeper even better than The Forgotten Garden, though the intergenerational mystery and the going back and forth in time felt familiar. This story focuses on the secrets kept by a mother and one of her daughter’s attempts to unravel these secrets. What kind of person was her mother when she was young? Why did she react the way she did when a mysterious stranger visited the family home one day in the 1960s? The answers to these questions are quite interesting, and Morton keeps a few surprises tucked up her sleeve to reveal at the end—surprises that I found very gratifying and realized I had unconsciously hoped for. If you’re looking for an engrossing, sprawling big fat novel, you’d can’t go wrong with this one. I listened to it on audio, and the narrator (Caroline Lee) was superb. I’ve heard she narrates all of Morton’s books so I’ll be sticking to audio for all my future Morton books.
This is a wonderfully narrated, complex story of family, love,and mystery all rolled into one compelling tale.
I think I liked Jimmy the best of all the characters. He was what we would call a "good person" without being syrupy sweet.
Ms. Lee has a real feel for the characters and conveyed their differences without using annoying accents and "voices".
All of Laurel's interactions with her mother were moving and poignant for me.
Highly recommend this audiobook.
As some of the other reviewers have mentioned, it took me a little while to get caught up in the story. Once I was, I found myself captivated. This is my 3rd Kate Morton book and by far my favorite. Twists and turns abound. A good mystery and a nicely done historical novel.
My mom has a lovely antique scale, the kind that has two brass pans suspended from a cross piece. To weigh something you add weight to the lighter pan until the two hang perfectly level. The Secret Keeper reminds me of that scale. There is a lynch-pin event that is the center balancing point. Then on one side we have the characters and action in present day England and on the other the characters and action from the past, primarily London during the blitz of WWII . Kate Morton piles the characters and action first on one side, then the other, adding carefully with a steady hand until the reader is about to burst from the suspense of bringing it all into balance. As the present day characters find clues about the past, stories of the past are revealed with intriguing hints of further clues the present day characters should pursue. The past and present are brought into balance in a most satisfying way. Warning: try to reach the second half of the book as you come to a weekend without too many commitments-- you won't want to put it down!
We waded through the first two parts waiting for answers that never came because we were just too bored to continue
The jumping from one era to another was confusing at times.
The narration was fine. Not sure the narrator could help the story
We were traveling for 1200 miles and we were ready for a good story. We gave this one 400 miles before we looked at each other and said, 'Do you care what the secret is?" and the answer was "No". Just not our cup of tea.
I like historical, southern books - southern accents, antiques - The Ole' West, Ghost Towns, Victorian Era, Southern Humor!!
Perfect book for me! Thoroughly enojoyed!!! Will listen again. Book was nice n' long and that I like. Couldn't wait to finish to see what happened. Was somewhat of a thriller to me, because I could not wait to hear the end! Highly recommended.
I love audioboks!
The story line and journey of the mother
The eldest daughter
Very memorable story, I love the twists and turns! I also enjoyed the descriptions of war time in England, they really brought me to that place and time. This is a story that has really stuck with me and it comes back to me from time to time.
Kate Morton is one of my favorite author's. The Secret Keeper is my favorite to date! Secret Keeper is a great title for the book, becaouse there are many secrets kept through out the book. Ms Morton keeps you gueessing throughtout her book. I will be recommending her book to my book loving friends. This book holds your interst until the very end.