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The Secret Keeper

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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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    Chantelle Syrette 07-11-17
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    "hard to follow"

    just couldn't keep up and felt lost for most of the first 3 chapters. I ended giving up.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandyjean Wilton, CA, United States 12-06-12
    Sandyjean Wilton, CA, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring for first 2/3rds. Fascinating at the end"

    The only reason I kept on with this book is that I was doing outside labor and it was better than nothing. I also hate to delete a book I have paid for so I kept on. Then came the actual story.

    Why this author had to drag out the first 2/3rds I don't know. Could I say it was worth the time to get to the last 1/3rd? I'm not sure, but it was fascinating. I had no idea of the ending and the ending was so.....great.

    Obviously, my review is mixed. Am I glad I read this book? Yes I am. Would I read another by this author? I think I would try one more.

    As I got closer to the end, it was more and more interesting. I didn't want to turn it off and I wasn't disappointed.

    I rated the story itself as a 4 star but know you are in for a long and draggy beginning and middle.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Scarlettleigh 11-11-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Oh My Gosh, This was So Tedious"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Individuals who enjoy the minute details.


    What could Kate Morton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Cut about five hours off of the audio book. I felt like I was beat over the head with same premise or concept.


    What didn’t you like about Caroline Lee’s performance?

    She spoke so s l o w l y. While I know it was for emphasis, this combined with the excruciating pace of the book made me want to scream "Get to the Point" by chapter 20


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Secret Keeper?

    I would have cut about 3/4 of the smoking scenes. I sort of feel like I have been exposed to second hand smoke. Almost every scene with at least two characters started with them smoking --either lighting a cigarette, inhaling or putting one out. Then every action of the characters had to be described. As they inhaled, as they crossed their legs, as they walked the floor. There were no simple scenes--each one had to be fraught with meaning.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the Lake House by this author. I read it, not listened to it. And I thought it was slow going at times, but this book was filled so much filler. I doubt I'll listen to another book by this author

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 11-27-12
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2016
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    "What a disappointment"

    If I read half way through a book and it's just not doing it for me, I think that it is time to quit. I don't usually give up on a book but this was one that I just could not abide. I thoroughly enjoyed Kate Morton's Forgotten Garden. Caroline Lee is one of my favorite readers but even she was unable to raise this selection to the level of tolerable.

    The book was not interesting and even seemed rushed in the writing. My understanding is that the author had started another book but this one emerged and she just had to finish it before continuing with the former. That's kind of how it came out; almost a stream of consciousness that was badly in need of an editor. And the cigarette smoking... you'd think that's all the characters did.

    I'm sorry Kate. I waited with great excitement for this book and perhaps it was the expectation of another great offering from you that was the let down. It happened in another novel I recently read. Would that we could only abandon all our expectations. We might be more generous with our stars.

    It's tough giving the novel of a celebrated author 1 star but on GR that means I didn't like it and, in this case, I definitely did not.

    28 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    janel 11-18-15
    janel 11-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "best book I've read in awhile"

    Good book - looking forward to reading others by this author. Kept my interest and nice unexpected ending.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 03-26-15
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 03-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow but unforgettable"

    This book took a long time to get to the biggest revelations, but when they come, you'll be gasping for breath. A masterfully told tale of wartime adventure, dashed hopes, and second chances. And another fabulous performance by this narrator!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Minnetonka, MN, United States 10-30-12
    Kathy Minnetonka, MN, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Starts slow but keep with it"

    The book starts our very slow and not until you're halfway through do you start to realize the plot is moving. Its not until the last couple of hours did I figure it out and even then had some good surprises. My favorite Kate Morton book so far!

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    NICOLA 01-06-14
    NICOLA 01-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I wish I had read it instead"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the book but not the audio book. The dialects performed by Miss Lee were awful. It was completely distracting and difficult to listen to. I am British and may have high standards, but have never been so annoyed. I have listened to other Books performed by this Actress and they were excellent while she was in her native Australian or Standard British which was passible. This Book incorporated northern dialects which ended up sounding like some odd combination or Irish and Cockney, thoroughly grating and annoying. I had to stop listening several times in frustration but returned because of the draw of the story it self. The story is quite compelling, if a little predictable. The Hidden Garden was much better as a book and Lee's narration was easier and more forgivable as the main character in the that book is in fact Australian.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Caroline Lee’s performances?

    I will avoid any performance Miss Lee has incorporating British Dialects. I will however seek out her Austrailian book, as she is a compelling narrator, just terrible at most British dialects.


    Was The Secret Keeper worth the listening time?

    I should have just read it.


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    D. Lohnes Barry, IL USA 10-25-12
    D. Lohnes Barry, IL USA 10-25-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Kate Stumbles"

    When I have finished with a Kate Morton book I am left with a sad sense of disappointment because I don’t want the story to end. I want to know more. I want to sit and chat with the protagonist and chew the story over. But sadly with this new book I have to say I was glad for it to finally be over. I’m still shocked that I feel that way. I find myself reexamining the feeling to be sure that’s what I really feel, and yes, sadly, it is.

    The characters of “The Secret Keeper” were extremely difficult to empathize with. I struggled from the very beginning to find one to latch onto, to root for. The leading characters were, for the most part, neither endearing nor engaging, however I slogged through the book, sure that Kate Morton wouldn’t let me down, and near the end I finally found what I had been looking for. The last third of the book held me riveted and redeemed the story. I finally discovered the character I wanted to keep as my imaginary friend. Sadly, it was too little too late.

    Caroline Lee’s delivery of the book was, as always, sublime.

    22 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Carol A. Burk 12-03-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Exciting twists and turns."

    Listening to this book was like putting together a 1000 piece puzzle. I squealed with joy every time a piece fit. Great story and a good listen. I was so happy when I was able to put in the final piece. It all fit!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Jenny
    11/29/16
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    "A TALENTED STORY TELLER!"

    I always enjoy Kate Morton's books and especially this one. The story twists its way through different time zones leaving the listener wanting to know more as the story infolds.

    The only thing I found strange was the narrator's take on a black country accent but the rest of the story she did a good job.

    Would recommend this story however taking all things into account as the story is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C T Jones
    8/18/16
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    "Loved the book!"
    If you could sum up The Secret Keeper in three words, what would they be?

    The story kept me gripped but I agree with other listeners about the narrator's accents. They were just all over the place! I still enjoyed the book despite this though.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    Kilmacrennan, Co DonegalIreland
    6/15/16
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    "Excellent listen."

    always go for detective books. This was a great listen. I've downloaded the secret garden now here's hoping it's as good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • wolffie
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    4/13/16
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    "Much enjoyed"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    Monterubbiano, Italy
    4/2/16
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    "The secret keeper"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this with reservations. I enjoyed the story but I had many problems with the narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Caroline Lee?

    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.


    Could you see The Secret Keeper being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Possibly but I think it might be confusing.


    Any additional comments?

    I know Kate Morton is Australian but because the book was set in England it really needed English accents.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bee
    5/9/15
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    "Cannae get over the bad accents in this narration!"
    Would you try another book written by Kate Morton or narrated by Caroline Lee?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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 :(


    What didn’t you like about Caroline Lee’s performance?

    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.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • lara
    5/18/17
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    "Great book, ruined by the accents"

    I almost had to give up on this book so distracting was the terrible drifting through Jamaican, Welsh, Scottish, Irish and Yorkshire accents, and all for people who were supposed to be from Coventry! However, if you can tune out, it is well worth persevering. In fact, the narrator is actually a lovely reader in her native Australian accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dave L
    4/3/17
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    "Terrible accents"

    A good story, if more mellow drama than high suspense. However, as pleasant a voice as the performer has, her grasp of English is terrible

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. O. W. Hawkins
    2/19/17
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    "Superb"

    Wonderful story as always by this author and beautifully read! Excellent story which has an amazing twist at the end which is both enlightening and gives you a feeling of warmth. I enjoyed each chapter! Beautiful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RachieBlossom
    Cheltenham UK
    2/2/17
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    "great story, didnt want it to end."

    fantastic story, the ending was griping, didnt want it to end.
    I would of loved to give it 5 stars but the Narrator let it down massively.
    I'm still not sure what accent she was trying to portray but it didnt fit at all. It very nearly put me off carrying on. I am glad I persevered tho as the author does deserve great praise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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