The Secret Keeper

The Secret Keeper

A Novel

Book - 2012
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From the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Distant Hours , The Forgotten Garden , and The House at Riverton , a spellbinding novel of family secrets, murder, and enduring love.

During a picnic at her family's farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson witnesses a shocking crime, a crime that challenges everything she knows about her adored mother, Dorothy. Now, fifty years later, Laurel and her sisters are meeting at the farm to celebrate Dorothy's ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this is her last chance to discover the truth about that long-ago day, Laurel searches for answers that can only be found in Dorothy's past. Clue by clue, she traces a secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds thrown together in war-torn London-Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy-whose lives are forever after entwined. A gripping story of deception and passion, The Secret Keeper will keep you enthralled to the last page.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Atria Books, 2012.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781439152812
9781439152805
1439152802
Branch Call Number: FIC Morto
Characteristics: 484 pages

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samdog123 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 successf... Read More »


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MillieBT
Mar 16, 2018

1st half of book slow...middle a twist....latter half wow....engaging story about Laurel and her
mother Dorothy...set in two periods present and 1940 during WW2....follows the lives of 3 very
different women all linked by a terrible secret

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Jersey_Girl
Feb 15, 2018

I rated this book 5 stars and it deserves every one of those stars. It's odd to say a book that begins with a 16 year old girl (Laurel) witnessing her mother killing a man starts "quietly". But it kind of does....there is a not real exciting stuff for a few chapters, excluding the murder referred to above. But then as Laurel, a well-known and award winning English actress, in her mid-60's and her Mother now in a nursing home, begins to finally really, really wonder about why her gentle, loving mother would just flat out kill a stranger in cold blood and she begins to try to find out the answer to that question....the book begins to really roll along. It jumps back and forth between 2011 and 1941(London during the German blitz). This is a book that when you get to about the last 1/3, be prepared to get no sleep! You will not be able to put this book down and will continue reading until you finish it. I thought I had the whole ending figured out. HA! I was wrong about it. Really. Check out this book and enjoy it.

AL_JILLK Feb 15, 2018

Interesting female characters from the present and the past (WWII) merge to tell a tale and solve a mystery.

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hkittycrzy
Jan 29, 2018

Didn't finish.

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EmilyEm
Jun 28, 2017

Oldest daughter Laurel was witness to her mother’s killing of man on her brother’s second birthday, a death judged self-defense. Now, as her mother’s life is coming to an end long-held secrets begin to unfold.

Morton’s page-turning novel set in WW II London and recent time has a remarkable cast of characters and quite a story. Loved it.

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Zoelexi777
Mar 25, 2017

What a great book. I loved it from beginning to end and there were so many twists and turns throughout. The story takes place during WWII, 1953 and 2011. It's a story of a mother's life and the many secrets she kept and the daughter who was trying to unravel them. This was a fabulous read.

AL_KATI Feb 28, 2017

This book is so good that you'll forget about doing all your laundry. Seriously. It happened to me.

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readerpat
Feb 13, 2017

This is the best book that I have read for a long time. About four adult children watching their mother die of old age The mother had many secrets from her past that they are trying to uncover before she passes away. Starts off in Australia in the 1920's with a tragedy and a young orphan girl who is sent to live in England with an uncle. The story flits back and forth between 1943 ,1960 and 2011. A surprising twist at the end. Couldn't put this book down for long.

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AvonleaGirl1
Nov 05, 2016

Absolutely loved this book! The WWII London setting juxtaposed with 1960's and current day events create an intertwined plot with many twists and turns. My friends and I were kept guessing up to the last pages. 5 stars!

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vita2748
Jun 20, 2016

This was a friend's favorite but I can't really get into it.

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