The Secret Keeper

A Novel

Morton, Kate

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Secret Keeper
During a party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the road and sees her mother speak to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy. Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to the family farm for Dorothy's ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by questions she has not thought about for decades. From pre-WWII England through the Blitz, to the fifties and beyond, discover the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds--Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy--who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. "The Secret Keeper" explores longings and dreams, the lengths people go to fulfill them, and the consequences they can have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers, and schemers told--in Morton's signature style--against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2012
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439152805
Branch Call Number: FICTION MORTON 2012
Characteristics: 484 p. ;,24 cm


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Jul 06, 2014
  • claire1953 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

At first, I found reading this book quite confusing because the author not only uses flashbacks but includes passages which describe a character's imagination about an up-coming event. What the character imagines is never what truly happens! This means that reading diagonally is not recommended lest one gets totally confused. Nonetheless, the story did keep my interest and the ending would have been difficult to imagine. A good read.

Jun 23, 2014

This was a terrific book; it took me nearly to the end to realize the twist in the story. I very much enjoy the way Kate Morton writes; her characters and descriptive prose makes her novels very compelling to complete!

May 14, 2014
  • shadyladynz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow! Kate Morton does it again. Started this book and was initially unsure whether or not I would perservere. I am glad that I did. The story does jump around a bit, but it's worth waiting for the end. I did NOT see that ending coming!

Apr 16, 2014
  • becker rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I have always enjoyed Kate Morton's books but this wasn't as enjoyable for me. I found it very long and slow moving. Tons of detail at the expense of the actual story.

Apr 05, 2014
  • DanglingConversations rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Agree with many of the other comments, Overwritten, not her best book. Interesting plot twist but past/present blend detracts from the story and charachters are somewhat shallow. This is my 3rd Kate morton book and I think I'll give the next one a miss.

Mar 18, 2014
  • GLNovak rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

When Laurel Nicolson was sixteen she saw her mother do something very shocking. Now her mother is dying and Laurel wants to solve the mystery of why her mother did what she did. That secret is only one of many in the book. The story is told in several voices that I found easy to tell apart. A good read and a fairly quick read. Enjoy the twist at the end. I did figure it out ahead of time but that didn't hurt the story.

Feb 06, 2014

I always enjoy Kate Morton's books, although with this one, I'm beginning to find they are written in a formula. Always some sort of deep dark secret that must be ferreted out by our main character and brought to a resolution by the end of the book. This one is no exception. Laurel, a successful stage and screen actress, looks back in time to a violent death of a stranger visiting the family farm which was caused by her beloved mother. As the plot develops the characters do too and the overlapping threads begin to unravel. Despite the formula they follow, I do enjoy Kate Morton and she has enough fresh material in her books to make me gloss over the predicable plots.

Jan 29, 2014
  • renabackstrom rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This is probably not a bad book no better or worse than any of her others, but it was the third of her books that I read and the formula for the story is almost exactly the same... I loved the first book that I read, liked the second and was pretty uninterested in this one.

Oct 30, 2013
  • lbinding rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

well worth reading

Oct 12, 2013
  • finn75 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book had a great twist of an ending I did not expect which made it worth the read. Could have done with some editing down a bit but it still represented two different eras really well.

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