The Secret Keeper

The Secret Keeper

A Novel

Book - 2012
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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
ISBN: 9781439152805
1439152802
9781439152812
1439152810
Branch Call Number: MORTON
Characteristics: 484 pages ; 24 cm

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Intriguing female characters from the present and the past (WWII) merge to tell a remarkable tale and unearth a surprising mystery.

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ArapahoeJillK 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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ArapahoeKati 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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ArapahoeAlyson Oct 26, 2017

Kate Morton books always focus on family secrets with plenty of surprises.


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Alpha_zzz
Apr 29, 2019

Returned this before finishing. Hard to understand the writing.

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matcat44
Apr 15, 2019

Couldn’t get interested.

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nnharrison2
Feb 15, 2019

I will admit that the beginning captured my attention but felt a little slow. However, towards the end of the novel I could not put the book down until I finished it! If you find yourself part way through questioning if you should finish this book- do it! Just keep reading!!

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weezie1
Dec 20, 2018

checked out in Dec 2018 - returned unread. Kate usually writes great novels.

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kpgirard
Nov 27, 2018

What an excellent twist. Never saw it coming.

loonylovesgood Nov 26, 2018

One of the few books that genuinely shocked me at the end. I will have to read more of hers!

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mcoux
Aug 24, 2018

Great book. Love the twists and turns. Thought provoking. Well written.

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TM2006
Aug 21, 2018

Kept me guessing until the end. I really enjoyed this book

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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

ArapahoeJillK 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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