I'll admit, with some stories I feel the need to look up their endings on Wikipedia or some other site before I've finished the book because I just have to know the ending NOW.
I felt that keenly with the Secret Keeper. I will say that a little less than half-way through this Novel, I lost my ability to finish it. I was unsatisfied, I found none of the characters sympathetic enough to listen to, and our main character to be a huge annoyance. I looked up the ending, which I will not tell you, and finding out that spoiler gave me the ability to finish the book. In fact, when I found out the ending, I absolutely loved the book! I find it a really great read, I love the characters and their struggles. I find the lives they live really interesting, and the journey of discovery really enjoyable as I beckon on the characters, hastening them joyfully to the last chapter.
That's the only thing that keeps me from giving this story a 5/5, the fact that the middle of the book was too unbearable to get through without knowing the ending.
I won't tell you anymore, and maybe you, dear reader, will have a stronger convection than I. But I will say this, if you can make it to the end of this book, you will be justly rewarded.
This book is great! The story unfolds through Laurel the daughter of Dorothy, who is trying to uncover her mother’s past; now, that she lay in her dying bed with brief recollection of her past. Including how she killed a man and no one spoke of it ever again. The plot thickens with Vivian being the key to the past and 30 years later the story unravels opening the secrets of the past in a developing shocker. Laurel's mother has hid a secret identity. Oh my, what a great story with all the twist and turn. Nice read.
Laurel, the daughter was my favorite character. She is a famous actress who downplays her famous persona, but is not afraid to dig and dig until she gets to the bottom of the story.
I would have to say Dorothy was my favorite performance because Ms. Lee made her sound bratty, a little crazy, and annoying just as the books describes her.
Yes, when it is revealed that Vivian dismissed Dorothy in fear of her husband beating her for having friends. Also, the moment when Vivian meets with Jimmy and he notices a bruise and shows concern. It’s nice because this is where you realize the characters are quite fond of each other.
I was left a little confused as to why and How Jimmy survived and why he couldnt be with Vivian.
I loved the beginning of this book and really, really loved the end (it will surprise you -- I guarantee it). The middle was a bit draggy and I kept thinking that it was WAY longer than it needed to be. But overall this was an enjoyable story with beautiful writing that was well performed. And did I mention the ending will surprise you? Find out for yourself.
Unpeeling an onion
The bombing in Dolly's boarding house
Falling in love with her husband
When my real life began
Complex tale which at times required patient listening, but eventually wove her life together.
Yes....it is a wonderful story.
Vivian, she was very kind and generous.
Vivian; read the above as to why
Such an enchanting book. Truly makes me want to visit London one day!
It took me a while to get really interested in this story but what the heck, give it a chance. I'm glad I did because the story began to twist and turn so I had to constantly revise my ideas about what was going on. The last part was quite a shock but I should have seen it coming. I realize now there were clues that I wondered about but didn't connect. This is a very interesting story. I also like the structure, the cutting back and forth between the mother's story in 1941 and the daughter's search for that story in 2011. I'm glad I kept listening to this book and I know I'm going to think about it for a long while.
Definitely, Caroline Lee is one of my favorite narrators. It's amazing how she can change her voice to fit each one of the characters without sounding phony or affected and giving them just the right amount of emotion.
How well the author intertwines the lives of the characters in a way that keeps surprising you in each chapter.
I have liked her in every one of her performances.
European history professor specializing in English history 1870-1939.
The narrator was very good and could change accents seamlessly.
It would have made an excellent short story.
Kate Morton can take the seed of a good story and flog it into a shapeless mess.
I am in my late twenties, a commuter, a romantic, & am loving life.
This was my second Kate Morton book. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as The Forgotten Garden, but it was still an excellent story. Set in WW2 London - this book had just enough history in it to make you feel like this REALLY HAPPENED - as if the characters were all real people with real problems. The main characters, Dolly and Vivian, were not your typical 'leading ladies'. Both suffered from mental issues... and that's probably the thing that made this book different from anything else I've ever read. You knew you couldn't necessarily trust the narrator. I loved it.
Caroline Lee did a fantastic job. She has such a lovely voice.
This won't be my last Kate Morton novel.
I normally don't like abridged audio books because I don't want to miss anything, but this one could stand to be abridged. I actually started listening to it when it first came out and I happily snapped it up. What a disappointment. I was a good half way into the story, but so bored that I finally gave up and started something else. I finally went back to it several months (and books) later simply because I wanted my money's worth. It never really picked up until the end. The ending was fantastic and I want to say worth the wait, but having to muddle through all sorts of pointless details and peripheral stories, which could have easily been left out and not effected the main story, really made it hard to get to the end. The ending was the only redeeming quality, although I appreciate that Ms. Morton can write a book and tell a story without detailed sex scenes and offensive curse words.