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A Secret Kept (Bello)

A Secret Kept (Bello) [Kindle Edition]

Tatiana de Rosnay
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'That rare thing - a hugely accomplished, compelling, compulsively readable novel which also grapples with the big stuff: love, loss, and life's other complexities.'
--Douglas Kennedy

'An enthralling novel which asks whether it is better to know the secrets of your family's past or to let them lie.. Not just a mystery novel, this explores themes of death and suicide, adultery and parenthood as Antoine delves into the past while trying to keep his fractured present together.' --The Bookseller

'A wholly captivating novel. A triumphant follow-up to the bestselling Sarah's Key' --Easy Living

'If you buy one book this month make it A Secret Kept...secrets, lies and seduction make this beautifully-crafted story of suspense one you'll be sorry to finish' --Image Magazine

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It all began with a simple seaside vacation, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood. Antoine thought he had the perfect surprise for his sister Mélanie's birthday: a weekend by the sea at Noirmoutier Island, where the pair spent many happy childhood summers playing on the beach. But the island's haunting beauty triggers more than happy memories; it reminds Mélanie of something unexpected and deeply disturbing about their last island summer. When, on the drive home to Paris, she finally summons the courage to reveal what she knows to Antoine, her emotions overcome her and she loses control of the car. Alone, waiting for news of Mélanie, Antoine reflects on his life: his wife has left him, his teenage children are strangers to him, his job bores him, and his father is an ageing tyrant who still poisons every aspect of his life. How did he end up here? And, more importantly, what was the secret that his sister wanted to tell him? A Secret Kept plumbs the depths of complex family relationships and the power of a past secret to change everything in the present.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 568 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B007MXAXAK
  • Publisher: Pan (15 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QO994O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,233 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing 6 July 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had read Sarah's Key and absolutely loved it, so I looked forward to this novel by the same author. It was a facinating story, with an small twist to it's story. I enjoyed the book and found the characters interesting and believable, however when an author has written such a brilliant book as Sarah's Key, I guess it's a hard act to follow, and truthfully this one isn't, in my opinion, so good.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for any Francophile 21 Mar 2011
By MayH
I really enjoyed reading this book and becoming immersed in the very French atmosphere; the decriptions of Noirmoutier Island made me want to go there and Paris through an architect's eyes was utterly beguiling. I've passed my copy straight to a friend who was equally charmed. I really invested in the character of Antoine as he came to terms with all his problems and the mystery at the heart of the story kept me reading until the denouement. A great read for holidays or a wet weekend!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Family secrets uncovered 15 Aug 2011
I'd read a few less than positive reviews of this book so my hopes weren't high, however I have to say I really enjoyed it. It's definitely a slow burner and certainly a very different sort of novel to the one for which Tatiana de Rosnay is perhaps best known (Sarah's Key), so if you've read SK it's probably best to try to put all thoughts of it out of your head before you attempt this one.

Antoine Rey narrates most of the book (apart from the flashbacks to his childhood summers of the early 1970s which are delivered in the third person). I found him a very likeable and sympathetic character, which is just as well as he's going through a bit of a mid-life crisis (his wife has left him, his kids are indifferent to him, his father is cold and unloving etc) and he does indulge in a fair bit of navel-gazing and philosophising (well, he is French).

On the way back from a trip to the site of a childhood holiday, his sister is about to reveal something to him when she suddenly loses control of the car. When she eventually regains her memory and tells him what she saw, Antoine embarks on a journey of self-discovery through his family's recent history. Specifically he wants to know more about his mother's death and why senior family members closed ranks after she died and refused to talk about what really happened.

A Secret Kept is quite a sedate, thoughtful read but I did become very involved and engaged in Antoine's quest. It's also very French - lots of smoking, b*nking and beautiful apartments with concierges - and as I read it I found myself visualising it as a stylish French film with subtitles. I'm very glad I ignored the negative reviews and took a chance on this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully written 28 Feb 2014
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Expressive writting, story line evolves gently but keeping up suspense. Emotional tension is releivieved by interesting twists in the story'sdevelopment. A rich and pleasurable rad.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a gold book 25 May 2013
By Tanya
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Not as good as Sarah's key and got much better towards the second half. I look forward to the house I loved and any others to come.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Secret Kept 13 Jan 2013
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This book held your interest from the very beginning.
Felt very sympathetic towards the teller of the story and wanted things to end well for him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cliffhanger!!!!! 5 Mar 2012
By Tia
I thoroughly enjoyed "Sarah's Key", but Miss Rosnay seems to lose "puff" in the last quarter of the book. "A Secret Kept" maintains the pace from beginning to end. It's by no means difficult from a literary viewpoint, but it's well written. I can highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Moving look at Family Secrets 23 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Not my usual type of book, but I read it as a change from my usual crime thrillers. I really enjoyed this look at family secrets hidden away over the decades. An stiff upper lipped, uper class French family have to deal with past mistakes and problems whilst also coping with their present day problems and difficulties. I won't give away the ending but it is very realistic and true to life.
The upper middle class French setting is well realised with believable and interesting characters.
A book mostly written for women, I suppose, but this bloke liked it, too.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't like it
Did not finish this book, found it boring, not enough excitement to keep me interested. Certainly not a 'can't put me downer'
Published 7 months ago by pipemma
3.0 out of 5 stars lots of French life
It takes some time to get into this book. It goes on and on and I nearly gave up on it. The story eventually is ok but what a long way to get there. Not a book I would recommend,
Published 7 months ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars 'A Secret Kept', my favourite book of 2013
I loved this story. It kept me in suspense , revealing 'the Secret' only at the very end. But more than that, it was so well written; the descriptions were brilliant - I knew Paris... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
My wife suggested that I read this book as she had just finished it. Wonderful story and so expertly put over, a story that really touches the heart and I am sure is not to far... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too many deaths making the plot seem unreal
The author has a great writing style but the plot was weak and there were too many characters with their own sub-plots making it a confusing read. Read more
Published on 29 April 2012 by R. Das
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and beguiling all the way through
I picked up this book cold after reading the back and am so glad I gave it a go. From the opening pages I found it atmospheric and beguiling. Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2011 by Plumtree29
4.0 out of 5 stars What our reading group thought ...
Our group read and reviewed this book recently. The majority of us liked the book though found some of the characters contrived especially Angele who appears as a male fantasy... Read more
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