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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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another winner by kate morton

What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

Trying to figure out how the mystery would unravel. As always, the end was a total surprise!!

Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

She is the best narrator I have listened to. A gifted storyteller.

Who was the most memorable character of The Secret Keeper and why?

Vivian Jenkins.

Any additional comments?

Kate Morton has such a gift for weaving a story and like magic it unravels at the end with in a perfect finish, not to be given away throughout the novel. Bravo!!

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Great twists and turns

What did you love best about The Secret Keeper?

Love the way the story continues to develop all the way to the end. It's wonderfully not predictable or obvious. Both story and performer are fabulous!!

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Surprises, surprises, and more surprises!!!

Kate Morton has a unique way of telling stories from the past,and the present, that excites me as it develops mystery, clues , and answers, all at the same time. So many friends and reviewers said that the ending was shocking. Being a real mystery lover, I did figure out the 'surprise' very shortly into the book. But interestingly enough, I think that Kate Morton's writing is so exquisite, that confirming my suspicions a little more with each chapter, actually greatly added to my joy while reading this book. Every time something happened, my first thought was of how cleaver this story was unfolding!!

The basic plot was simple enough. A young girl witnessed the shocking episode of her mother killing a man who showed up at their home. It was ruled self-defense, and the child was asked to keep this event a secret from her siblings. Sixty years later, as all the siblings gather for their Mom's 90th birthday, and final days of her life, questions and new answers are discovered. Love, friendship, WW1 War time bombings in England, and families broken apart all added to the fascinating truth of 'the secret'.

Kate Morton never fails to please!!

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  • lisa
  • United States
  • 02-27-13

I loved this book!

What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

The author keeps your attention and lets you see the people, places and colors in the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Keeper?

When Laurel sees her mother's siblings photos in the locket.

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

This is one of my favorite narrators. Her voice is always so perfect for the part. I like that she doesn't try to imitate the male voice and spoil the flow. She is a natural choice.

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

No. 25 Camden

Any additional comments?

This is my first Kate Morton book. I cant wait to read them all.

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  • EAA
  • Rochester, NY United States
  • 02-26-13

Great Read

Where does The Secret Keeper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I liked the story a lot. It is not the best audiobook but it is in the top 10% It kept me interested throughout the entire story. I liked the development and the individual characters.

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  • Kelsie
  • Fairfax, CA, United States
  • 02-25-13

Great Story

What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

the plot line was intriguing and wonderful

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Keeper?

The twist at the end

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

She does a wonderful job with voice inflection

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

Yes, but it is rather long

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  • Shirlene
  • East Grand Forks, MN, United States
  • 02-25-13

Kate Morton-a wonderful storyteller.

If you could sum up The Secret Keeper in three words, what would they be?

Intriguing tender mystery

Who was your favorite character and why?

Laurel and Dorothy because of their relationship with each other

Which scene was your favorite?

Laurel with her mother{Dorothy} as they are questioned by the police, in the nursing home, and at Dorothy's deathbed.

If you could take any character from The Secret Keeper out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Dorothy

Any additional comments?

This is my first Kate Morton book, but definitely not my last. I really enjoyed the story setting and variety of character.

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  • Joange
  • Rice, VA, United States
  • 02-22-13

Very Sweet - Interesting Twists and Turns

This is typical Kate Morton....wonderful characters, excellent story. I must say, I kept thinking I had it figured out yet it wasn't till nearly the end that it all came together. The reader did a most excellent job. All in all, well worth the listen.

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The True Art of Storytelling

This book gets better and better as you get further into it. A wonderfully written story, an enthralling experience.

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  • Lynn
  • Montgomery, IN, United States
  • 02-19-13

Well written with a twist

I really liked this book....set back in time it brought you into the story from the very beginning and kept my attention all the way through.....and when you thought you knew how it was going to end.....you'll have to buy this one to find out what I'm talking about. :). Worth every minute