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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

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Good story but Too long!

I enjoyed the history & the mystery but man o man - this book needs to be edited down. Way too many details which did not add to the storyline what so ever. Do I need to know what the Librarian looks like? Do I need to know the specifics of the precise reaction of a child which is completely unimportant to the story? Wow. It was brutal at times just getting through this story. Could have been 2-3hours less time with editing. If the same point can be made by editing something down - that's good writing.

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wonderful

this was a really good read. also the reader is just captivating. I loved listening to her.

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A jigsaw puzzle

Just as in a jigsaw puzzle, each piece has a special place of its own and some very specific ones are special. But like a puzzle, regarding this tale, those puzzle pieces take on a new and wholly different meaning, when the last piece is placed and it all makes sense, forming a single beautiful new picture that was not actually imagined.

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Out of Order and STILL Fantastic

I make the mistake of startking in the middle then had to go back and listen to the first and then skip to the end - I still LOVED IT. Very well thought out and very well written - happy I didn't blow it off since i'd messed up on the order in the beginning!!
Very worth the time and listen.

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  • Rachel
  • Heber City, Utah, United States
  • 11-01-12

Unexpected twists and turns, just like life itself

Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

Yes - knowing how it turns out I found pay more attention to the foretelling elements.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vivianne, her character is shrouded by the ways others perceive her.

If you could rename The Secret Keeper, what would you call it?

My Mother's Daughter.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Marie
  • Arlington, TN, United States
  • 05-14-13

Gripping and original

Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

Yes I would listen to it again, as not to miss the nuances and some transitions.

What other book might you compare The Secret Keeper to and why?

Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

I liked Laurel.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, no extreme reaction, just a good book, that I will reread again.

Any additional comments?

Worth the credit!

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The twist really caught me by surpise!

Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

I have listened to all Kate Morton's books twice, with about a year in between readings. Much of the reason is due to the brilliant narration by Caroline Lee. I LOVE listening to her. I'd be happy if she stopped by and read the want ads out loud. But great narration is nothing without good material. Morton always delivers intriguing characters, many who have my same worries, wants, and wishes. The twist in this book that comes near the end made me laugh. I don't know...maybe someone a tad smarter might have figured it out. But I didn't. When the twist became clear, I found myself thinking how brilliant Morton is.

What did you like best about this story?

You name it...women I can relate to, an intricate story that spans WWII to the present, old secrets...and Caroline Lee to read it all to me. Perfection.

What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As an avid reader who is now legally blind and unable to read hard copy books, I am dependent upon narrators to bring the story alive for me. Caroline Lee does this with award winning aplumb. She has a beautiful voice, and knows how to craft it in order to define each character. Yet she keeps her own voice--I really hate it when female narrators strain to voice male characters--and when male narrators falsely voice women. It ends up being inauthentic as well as annoying. But Lee seems to know this and reads with truth and beauty.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I finished it in about three days. I was not initially drawn into the book as much as with Morton's previous books, but I became hooked soon eneough.

Any additional comments?

Morton brings gothic sensibilites to a modern mystery spanning sixty years. She is a masater of her craft. And, as I've already said, I'd listen to anything from Caroline Lee.

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A little same same

I enjoyed the story and in particular the narrator, Caroline Lee however I have listened to two other Kate Morton books and found this one to be very similar, so much so I could predict a lot of the story. If you are a big Kate Morton fan then you will probably love it. For me however the formula of a big secret a long time ago that a current day child has to investigate and unravel is a little warn.

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Not my favorite Kate Morton

I have become a big Kate Morton fan over the past few years but this was definitely not her best work. The storyline just wasn't as compelling as usual and the characters were rather predictable. I usually really enjoy Caroline Lee's narration, but as a native Brit, I do find her attempts at local accents to be less than credible.

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Excellent narration by an author who loves words

Interesting plot with too many unneccessary details but little intrigue. Numerous personal stories which made it difficult for a reader to develop an indepth relationship with any one character. Shifting between time periods was too frequent and left things hanging often. Could have been a much better book if trimmed of fluff and told more succinctly from fewer viewpoints with a twist at the ending.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful