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Publisher's Summary

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 Great Mystery from Morton!

Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

Definitely. The story is great and very suspenseful. The reader uses clear character voices that are not over done.

What did you like best about this story?

Like all of Morton's books, the mystery is so surprising! I can never guess the ending.

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  • Jane
  • Boulder, Co
  • 02-09-13

Another winner from Kate Morton

This gothic mystery has three of my favorite elements of a good story - a good mystery, 'time travel' (through parallel narratives) and coming-of-age transitions. Caroline Lee is as good as ever (the whiny character's whining really began to irritate me!), and the character list is easily manageable for listening.

This is similar to Kate Morton's other books, which are interdependent multi-generational mysteries focusing mostly on the female characters within a larger family saga. Unlike her other novels, I suspected the right answer to the mystery fairly early on. From other reviews I see that this is not an unusual experience, but I found it didn't spoil my enjoyment of the story. The rich background descriptions of living in London during the blitz, the development of interesting and flawed characters, and the details of how it all came about make it a great listen anyway.

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  • Laurie
  • Florence, KY, United States
  • 02-09-13

Don't keep this a secret!

What a great listen. This is the kind of book that just keeps drawing you further and further in to the story, while finishing with a completely unexpected ending. I really enjoyed it. My only complaint is with part of the narration - for some reason the narrator feels the need to give one of the main characters an Irish accent (for the life of me I don't know why). It's completely unexpected when she first does it, and she continues doing so throughout the book. If you can overlook this, it's a great story.

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This was wonderful!

Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

I wouldn't listen to it again.....because I don't tend to listen to books more than once. But this was a wonderful book with great character development and twists along the way.

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

There were two...one I could guess at before it actually unfolded...the other was a complete surprise.

What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

She did a great job of differentiating the different voices for the characters. I do find the cockney accent (at least I think it was cockney) annoying after a while...but that's just me.

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

Vivian

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Interesting interweaving of past and present

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

She sets up the mystery well and holds attention to it throughout the story by the use of the eldest daughter. My mind kept coming up with alternate solutions.

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

The opening scene in which the eldest daughter tells of the murder.<br/>

What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

She was understandable and made the different characters very clear/

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending was a surprise and made me go back to the opening again. <br/>We all would like to understand the history of our parents.

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Great story, great performance, cliched writing

Would you try another book from Kate Morton and/or Caroline Lee?

Caroline Lee yes, Kate Morton no. Her effortful, hackneyed writing makes me grit my teeth. For example:. "...between a rock and a hard place...", "drawing too long a bow" (repeated twice at least), implausible situations (Someone who's lived in a house almost her whole life needs to feel for the light switches? A blind landlady who leaves her light on late into the night?), and generally poor metaphors like kisses that taste like strawberries. Morton's writing is the literary equivalent of bad acting.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot.

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

Her voices, accents, and timing were perfection.

Was The Secret Keeper worth the listening time?

Yes, it kept me engaged for hours at a time!

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Loved it!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The story was excellent, never a dull moment- I was enthralled to the very last minute and didn't want to leave work (where I listen to my stories!)

Any additional comments?

I fell in love with the book AND the lovely lady that reads the book, she added so much depth and warmth.

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Love Kate Morton's Style

What did you love best about The Secret Keeper?

I love the author's execution of multiple timelines and the haunting undertones she has throughout her stories.

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

Though a very different story, "The Secret Keeper" might be talked about in the same conversation as "The Forgotten Garden" because of the format.

Any additional comments?

I'll probably read anything that Kate Morton writes. If you are new to her writing, I would start with "The Forgotten Garden" and "The House at Riverton". Read these two first and there will be a good chance that you'll hop on board with her future stories. Great author, beautiful writing.

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Take me back in time...

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

The incredible soothing and remarkably variable reading voice of Caroline Lee that gave life perfectly to Kate Morton's characters.

What did you like best about this story?

The character build up, their hopes, dreams, and flaws entangled together with the unexpected beautiful flow of varying timeline where mysteries and secrets lay hidden for us readers to find.

What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

Her voice characterization of each individual person in the story is remarkable! She gave each character a voice I never thought can be done by a single reader!

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

Definitely! Most of the time, after parking my car in our garage, I would sit there listening to the audiobook refusing to believe I have to wait another time to drive so I can have the chance to listen to it more.

Any additional comments?

I am now an official fan of both Ms. Kate Morton and Ms. Caroline Lee! I will continue to acquire their partnership on audiobooks...

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  • Marilyn
  • Londonderry, NH, United States
  • 01-29-13

Great story -

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

One of the better books I've listened to. I couldn't wait to get back to my car to find out what would happen.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked how it went back and forth in time, following the story from different perspectives. I loved the characters.

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

Caroline Lee was very good reading this story. Her accent is nice, and easy to listen to.