The Secret Keeper MP3 CD – Audiobook, 16 Jul 2013
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‘Kate Morton excels in this enthralling novel about desires and divided loyalties’ Good Housekeeping
‘An evocative tale of wartime secrets and family loyalty . . . The story unfurls with a beguiling sweetness, but there's a real sting to this tale, too’ Marie Claire Good Book Club choice --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Morton excels at creating absorbing mystery." (PEOPLE)
"Morton is the master of the atmospheric old-fashioned novel packed with enough stories to fill all the worn satchels in the Milderhurst attic." (Bookpage)
"In this fascinating story, filled with twists and turns enough to satisfy the most discerning listener, three lives become serendipitously but irrevocably intertwined in England during WWII. They leave in their wake a trail of clues that must be pieced together many years later to solve the mystery of the death of a stranger, witnessed by a child in a tree house. Caroline Lee's ability to make each character's voice a "perfect fit" and to deliver myriad accents from various strata of English and Australian society is icing on the yummy cake. This riveting audiobook that will not disappoint." (AudioFile Magazine) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This story opens on a summer's day in the 1960s. Sixteen year old Lauren Nicholson is a witness to a crime that involves her mother, Dorothy. The police arrive and the matter is dealt with, but it's many years later before Laurel uncovers her mothers shady past and what led to that shocking event.
Dorothy's story goes back to the late 1930s. She leaves her family behind and goes to London. During wartime, Dorothy becomes involved with Jimmy, and comes into contact with Vivien, the wife of a once famous author. When Dorothy's, Jimmy's and Vivien's worlds collide, the tension in the story begins to mount.
In the present day, Laurel is back at the family home in Suffolk. Her frail mother is in hospital and the visits to see her are helping Laurel piece together the family mystery that's haunted her for years.
This book is a super read. It starts a tiny bit slow, but this is necessary to develop the plot. The story moves back and forth and becomes more intricate as it unfolds. The characters are vibrant and there is a wonderful sense of time and place, particularly in wartime London where the atmosphere and plot-line are tense.
Everything unravels in the latter pages and leads to a brilliant twist. The story certainly keeps the reader guessing and my guess was way off the mark.
Kate Morton has written a fantastic story here and I think it's her best yet.
I have loved all of Kate Morton's previous books. Even The Distant Hours, which received quite negative reviews. So I was eagerly awaiting the release of this novel and wasn't disappointed.
What a wonderful story. So beautifully well written, as always. I would say that it was pitched perfectly, were it not for the fact that I found it a little hard going and over descriptive at the beginning. If you find this too, stick with it; it will reward you!
I'm not one for outlining the plot in reviews; the above Amazon blurb is there for that. However, I would like to point out that the many twists and turns and the triple time frame narrative are all handled extremely skillfully and you need to keep reading to get the posed questions answered. Beautiful!
Also, talking of twists, there is rather a large twist that was all the more satisfying for me as I hadn't already worked it out. I usually always see the twist coming a mile away and, as, with hindsight, this one was quite clear, it is a great testament to the writer's skill that I didn't twig earlier. I did read back over several sections after 'the reveal' and kicked myself with a gratified smile.
Very lovely, beautifully written, well researched and enjoyable novel from a fantastic writer. Buy it! If you liked KM's other books, you'll love this. I will definitely be reading it again.
I have now started to re-read The Forgotten Garden.
In 2011 with her mother reaching the end of her life in hospital Laurel decides she needs to re-examine that day and longs to find out more about her mother's early life. Her mother is also remembering the early days giving the reader a narrative of London during the Blitz.
As always Kate Morton draws crisp characters along with great descriptions of wartime life, based upon solid research that only occasionally intrudes through the storytelling, but rather blends seamlessly into Dorothy's life. The number of main characters is kept to a minimum with enough bit-players to give depth but not so many to confuse matters.
The book is split into four parts, with each chapter clearly stating the time period it relates to, this makes for easy clear reading and the tale rattles along as a good book should.
The end of the story doesn't disappoint, although for some I expect it may be just a little to neatly sewn together. I loved every moment of this book.
Another winner, I am already looking forward to Kate Morton's next book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well when I first started the book found it hard going but toward the end I was very intrigued and enjoyed the book ,the plot was good like the twist at the end well worth a readPublished 1 day ago by Kimmy
Delightful read with twists and turns. Hard to put down. Enjoyed immensely. Characters very engaging. Will read more of her booksPublished 3 days ago by tower2
I have to confess it was only on the third attempt did I finish the book. The story swaps between characters and also years and I found it hard to get to know the characters. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Nina Mosses
This is the 3rd book I've read by this Author and I've loved each and every one - but this one is my favourite to date. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Lifelongreader
I love the intrigue in this book, the twist and turns. The fabulous ending. Trouble is couldn't sleep until I had finished it, when it was nearing its climax.Published 9 days ago by Elaine Gornall
A great read, switching between present day and the blitz bombings of London. It tells the story of a daughter's search for the truth of her mother's past. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Mrs L. Dixon
I loved this book. Took a little time to get into it but then I couldn't wait to read the next chapter. And didn't expect the twist in the tale! Love Kate Morton's books.Published 14 days ago by Anne
At times I despaired of unravelling the plot as it deepened and twisted out of my reach but what a satisfying ending. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Seren