Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Secret Keeper

The Secret Keeper
By Kate Morton

~ a review ~
Blurb from Goodreads – 1961 England. Laurel Nicolson is sixteen 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 ninetieth 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.

A while back I read Kate Morton’s, The Distant Hours and have to admit, though I enjoyed it, I found myself taken away from my own writing. Generally I read books I can get though in a day or two. As an author, larger books dampen my own creative well and often need emotional investment by me the reader. So to accept The Secret Keeper from the Net Galley to read and review was a tough decision but being near Christmas, I decided to take that chance.

I was not disappointed! In fact I was so glad I accepted this book to read! 

I savoured every page. It is an eloquent and delicious read. I even slowed my reading because I didn’t want it to end. And the twists – they just kept coming. Some a little predictable but one twist towards the end caused me to throw down my iPad and say out loud ‘no way!’

Kate really is an awesome storyteller. Grab all of her books today!

I received a complementary ecopy of The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton through the Net Galley to read and review


  1. I hope they have this on Kindle because I feel like I am in a hurry to read it. Great review- thanks!

  2. Hey, sounds good! I'm like you--I get daunted by loooong books. I like mine to be around 300 pages rather than 400. :)


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