The Secret Keeper

The Secret Keeper During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside sixteen year old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future She spies a stranger

During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen year old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime A crime that challenges everDuring a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen year old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well regarded actress living in London The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy s ninetieth birthday Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy s past.Dorothy s story takes the reader from pre WWII England through the blitz, to the 60s and beyond It is 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 and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told in Morton s signature style against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

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  1. KATE MORTON grew up in the mountains of south east Queensland and lives now with her husband and three young sons in London She has degrees in dramatic art and English literature, specialising in nineteenth century tragedy and contemporary gothic novels Kate harboured dreams of joining the Royal Shakespeare Company until she became sidetracked writing novels, and still feels a pang of longing each time she goes to the theatre and the house lights dim.Kate used to hide to read when she was small, and still believes that reading should be so pleasurable it feels almost illicit Her favourite novels are the sort that you can disappear inside, and the thing she most likes hearing from readers is that they stayed up far too late turning pages.Kate Morton has sold over 10 million copies in 34 languages, across 42 countries The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours, The Secret Keeper and The Lake House have all been number one bestsellers around the world Kate is working on her sixth novel, with news to come soon.You can find information about Kate Morton and her books at katemorton or facebook KateMortonAuthor or follow at instagram katemortonauthor.

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  1. No spoilers I promise Which means I won t go into much plot detail In 1961, when Laurel Nicolson was sixteen, she witnessed a shocking event She and her mother were the only ones who knew the truth, and they never spoke of it Fast forward to 2011 Laurel is a famous actress in her sixties, and her mother Dorothy is dying Before her mother dies, Laurel wants to uncover the roots of that long ago shocking event Her investigation takes her back to the London of 1941, when her mother was young and im [...]

  2. I had this mystery figured out at least five different times throughout the book Because I m smart like that But then new information came to light so I had to change my mind I did get one major part right but I completely missed the big shocker Wow Typical Kate Morton style, there are double meanings in the sentence structure Additionally, Morton is gifted in her transitions Different time periods and different points of view left me hanging at the end of each chapter but only a short while but [...]

  3. Read This Review More Like It On My Blog I love this book wholeheartedly Kate Morton rocketed to my absolute favorite author list last year on the strength of The Distant Hours and The Forgotten Garden, but this latest novel absolutely cements and guarantees her continued place there The Secret Keeper blew my mind Honestly, it might even rival The Distant Hours for my all time favorite Kate Morton and mystery novel It s just that good great it s of what Kate Morton does so very very well All th [...]

  4. ALL THE STARS Every single one of them The Secret Keeper is a story of love of family and friendships and human nature and perseverance Set during the Blitz of WWII and present day, the alternating timelines told from different characters are woven so beautifully and intricately to create the perfect story and mystery No one, and I mean NO ONE, does family secrets like Kate Morton It is no secret that I am a huge fan of hers Her stories are so well developed and beautiful, her characters stick w [...]

  5. A family saga of broad scope, this was an interesting story Part mystery, part adventure, part romance, part war story, and all heart This book is told in 4 parts Laurel, Dolly, Vivien, and Dorothy However, there is a crossover in characters throughout, and the time frame moves between the war years from 1939 through 1941 and the year of 2011 There are bits and pieces involving other characters and other time frames, but they exist only to set up or clarify these main characters and times.The my [...]

  6. I can t wait for this book My favourite book by Kate is The Forgotten Garden If you haven t read it, stop reading this and go Now

  7. COMMENTSThe prose was exceptional, sublime The plot a huge surprise The characters endearing The ending prima The mystery thrilling As historical fiction as atmospheric as it can get, with an ambiance of mystery and a light thriller touch Spellbinding Five stars indeed, although some dragging took place, the narrative jumped around, resulting in some confusion, and the ending just would not come But when it did, it was mind blowing.What an intriguing journey it was for the reader Realistic The c [...]

  8. I ve gotten the impression that those who ve read than one Kate Morton book either love her writing or find it formulaic Since this was the first of Morton s books I ve read, her formula if there is one was new to me I enjoyed this book Laurel has never gotten over seeing her mother stab and kill a man with their birthday cake knife Tied with a red bow I will never look at birthday cake knives the same way again when Laurel was 16 years old Her mother never really explained the killing to Laure [...]

  9. THE SECRET KEEPER by Kate MortonMy actual rating is 3.5 starsThe opening of the story starts with a bang set in the early 1960 s as 16 year old Laurel Nicolson witnesses a shocking crime Everything she knows about her mother and her family is turned upside down In Morton style, the story flashes forward to 2011 and Laurel is now in her 60 s revisiting her family farm where she grew up Her mother is celebrating her 90th birthday and Laurel is searching for answers to family secrets from so long a [...]

  10. A Kate Morton book that I didn t want to keep reading How could that be She s one of my favorite authors, and I really enjoyed her earlier three They had a simmering, ellusive mystery, with the suggestion of something magical But this one started right of with a slasher murder I didn t quite buy Laurel s fabrication when questioned by the police pretty slick for a teenager wasn t she just 16 years old The flash back to WW2 and the bombing it was supposed to be terrifying but somehow the author d [...]

  11. When I saw Kate Morton s forthcoming novel listed on NetGalley, my heart skipped a beat, and I audibly gasped I was that excited The Secret Keeper is a definite winner for the three days it took me to read it, my kids may have noticed a faraway look in Mommy s eyes as I was engulfed by the characters world I didn t properly inhabit my own world until I reached the immensely satisfying conclusion.The book opens in 1960s England with the Nicolson family celebrating their youngest child s second b [...]

  12. I so looked forward to this book Ms Morton has been one of my favorite authors Alas, this was a bit of a disappointment Even though it is difficult for me to be succinct, I shall try.1 This was hard for me to get into It seemed to take forever for things to develop, making me understand those reviewers who gave up early on.2 Even though the bulk of the plot took place in the early 1940 s, the set up was for Laurel and her siblings to figure out the mystery from 2011 Buteir characters were mostly [...]

  13. This could easily be a five star book if it weren t for the length Over 1200 pages is a little too much, and I felt the story could have been easily trimmed down Although this is historical fiction during WW2, I didn t feel the gravity of the times these characters were living through The main story, however, was outstanding A mystery of a little girl who witnesses her mother kill a man The rest of the book shifts from past to present, as the little girl who has grown up tries to uncover what re [...]

  14. The Secret Keeper is a beautifully written historical fiction novel It has a gripping and original plot with just enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested The novel was also very well researched I thought the various time shifts in the novel were handed quite well and I found the story very easy to follow Kate Morton has a tendency to go into too much detail at times The novel is 600 pages long but the story could have been written in under 400 pages There were a lot of unnecessary, [...]

  15. I will not hold back on my 5 stars for this book I had won the uncorrected proof of the book in a giveaway held by Tien at tiensblurb.wordpress and I can t thank Tien enough for having this giveaway and the lovely bookmark that came with it.The first chapter brings you back to the life of 16 year old Laurel who had witnessed her mother from a faraway treehouse, seemingly stabbing a strange man in the premises of their very own home Laurel was then coaxed by both her parents into keeping the even [...]

  16. It s the 1960 s in an English countryside of Greenacres Farm, where the Nicolson family are celebrating a birthday with a picnic 16year old Laurel is hiding out in a tree house to escape her younger siblings, daydreaming of boys and plans for her glamorous future as an actor While Laurel was in the tree house unnoticed, she witnessed her mother commit a shockingly violent crime towards a stranger The truth of her mother s actions was never openly discussed but Laurel does have strong feelings it [...]

  17. Kate Morton is an Australian writer of meaty gothic mysteries, usually based on the uncovering of family secrets over several generations Her novels are meticulously plotted and wonderfully imagined, with English settings that often feature a mysterious garden or old house Within just a few years, Morton has become an internationally bestselling writer, much loved by her devoted readers.Her new novel, The Secret Keeper, begins in the 1960s with teenage Laurel, hiding in a tree house, witnessing [...]

  18. Kate Morton tells the most fantastic stories This was my second book by her and I am officially a fan Her ability to throw you, head first, into her tales is unrivaled In this story we meet a young woman who is returning home to be by her mother s death bed When she arrives she finds that certain memories are creeping back and begging to be reevaluated You see, when Laurel was a girl she witnessed her mother kill a man Who is this man What could he have possibly said or done that warranted his d [...]

  19. Let me say first of all that this is only my second book by Kate Morton The Forgotten Garden was my favorite book I have changed my favorite book to The Secret Keeper It s one of those books that you want to read in small increments, but can t because you don t want to let go of it Can you tell I loved this book The plot never let me down it just got complicated in a good way by the minute The characters were so real to me that I was happy to be an observer of their emotions and turmoil The hig [...]

  20. The Secret Keeper was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Simon Schuster Atria Books.Expected publication October 9th 2012 by Atria It was the liquid silver flash Laurel would always remember The way sunlight caught the metal blade, and the moment was briefly beautiful In 1959, when Laurel was sixteen years old she watched as a stranger walked up her driveway, said hello to her mother, before her mother stabbed him to death But the man wasn t a stranger at all because before he died she heard [...]

  21. This family drama mystery is absorbing and addictive Laurel witnesses a crime involving her mother when she is 16 fast forward in time and Laurel is a successful actress whose mother is dying Laurel remembers what happened in the past and feels it s time to unravel the mystery of her mother s past.The story is told by Laurel in present day and her mother Dorothy and Dorothy s friend Vivian through WWII and beyond.Beautifully constructed to reach a satisfying conclusion, this book is a very enjoy [...]

  22. Great ending.At 498 pages, this is quite a read not one that can be picked up and put down, as it would be easy to lose the thread I was hovering around 4 stars until I got to the final chapters and the clever twist, which made it all worth while.There are a lot of back stories entwined throughout this book, but the main time frames are 2011, 1961 and 1941.In current time, Laurel, now a famous actress, returns to her childhood house to visit her ailing mother in hospital Her memories are sparked [...]

  23. I can t even This book sucked me in hard Kate Morton is a master storyteller, weaving an intricate web between the past and present, and the events that have shaped the lives of a family I honestly thought I had this book figured out, and BAM Not quite Five bright shiny stars.

  24. the Secret Keeper is a book that catapults Kate Morton from the rank of top historical fiction writers of today to my very short list of huge favorite writers period of active authors who write historical fiction, Steven Saylor, Iain Pears and Christian Cameron are there, though of course Colleen McCullough would be there too if she were to write historical fiction.Actually there is some resemblance between Stone s fall and The Secret Keeper in the way that you have to read the book at least tw [...]

  25. Don t you find it remarkable that the whole world can be involved in this madness we call war, and all the while the flowers and the bees and the seasons keep on doing what they must, wise but never weary in their wait for humanity to come to its senses and remember the beauty of life Absolutely, unequivocally, without a shadow of a doubt, hands down FABULOUS I have come to know most surely the belief system acquired in childhood is never fully escaped it may submerge itself for a while, but i [...]

  26. Set alternately between the present and the past, much of this mystery novel takes place in London during the Blitz, when the Luftwaffe bombed the UK for fifty seven consecutive nights, killing over 40,000 civilians Laurel Nicholson, a successful actress in her sixties, reflects back to her teen years in the 1960 s and a crime she witnessed her mother, Dorothy now ninety and dying , commit outside their Greenacres farmhouse The Blitz years sections belong to Dorothy, which Laurel pieces together [...]

  27. To be sixteen, to witness a murder, and to keep it a secret your entire life When would Laurel find out the real reason for the murder After fifty years, she needed to ask, but could she really find the answer She had to Time was running out.Set in England and moving from the 1930 s to 2011, you will follow Laurel as she continues to keep this secret and attempts to find out why her mother stabbed a visitor on her brother s birthday Did the baby see or remember anything Could that be possible Wh [...]

  28. 3.5 Finished this several days ago but had to really think what to rate this book because although the beginning starts with a bang, quickly pulling in the reader, I struggled with the middle part of this book Couldn t really relate to the characters, they seemed to be lacking depth, at least for me, and the book somewhat dragged Morton has become very proficient at penning novels, with a hint of mystery, history and many family secrets Love her titles and her book jackets, including the end pap [...]

  29. It starts slow I couldn t get into it for the first 150 200 pages but then it really picks up and I couldn t put it down

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