Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

The Secret Keeper (edition 2012)

by Kate Morton

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1,8771643,672 (4.09)115
Title:The Secret Keeper
Authors:Kate Morton
Info:Mantle (2012), Hardcover, 600 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:fiction, historical fiction, world war II, secrets, family

Work details

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

  1. 80
    The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (thebooky)
    thebooky: gothic in style
  2. 60
    The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (2LZ)
    2LZ: Kate Morton is an an amazing author and storyteller. The Forgotten Garden is one of my favorite novels, and I thought it was even better than The Secret Keeper.
  3. 40
    The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins (pdebolt)
    pdebolt: Similar in tone and intricacies of their mysteries.
  4. 30
    Atonement by Ian McEwan (joririchardson)
    joririchardson: Both books begin with a young girl witnessing a crime of sorts that will powerfully affect her own life and the lives of her family members. Both books also are set in England during World War II.
  5. 00
    Stone's Fall by Iain Pears (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: The unearthing of secrets in different eras tie together these atmospheric historical novels, and while there are family secrets at the heart of both (as well as a rather suspicious death), Stone's Fall ties into more contemporary events as well.… (more)

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 115 mentions

English (156)  Spanish (3)  German (2)  Catalan (1)  Dutch (1)  All (163)
Showing 1-5 of 156 (next | show all)
I just started and I'm already bored with this one.

Okay I wrote that first snarky sentence when I was only 30 pages into the story, and I was having such a hard time getting hooked. But I kept at it and slowly but surely I began to enjoy this twisty tale.

Unlike some books that you invest in wholeheartedly and then feel the ending is like a kick in the guts when it doesn't live up to your expectations, this book was the complete opposite. The long winding, sometimes dull set up, made the punch line at the end of this book well worth every word read beforehand, and all thoughts of bestowing a low rating went right out the window when I turned that last page.

( )
  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
My first Morton’s book.

She's a tremendous storyteller.

Modern Daphne du Maurier? Just a thought...

It's beautiful and sad at the same time… it's about second chances, love and mystery.

I'm a sucker for books that jump between different time periods and characters. I love to see how history affects our present lives. In a way it reminded me of a Peter Robinson Book: In a Dry Season", also a superior form of this kind of narrative structure.

It's not often that I'm fooled when it comes to a good mystery. I can usually figure part of it out, but Morton tricked me and I was pleasantly surprised by it.

By the end of the book, I couldn't believe the outcome and I was so impressed by Morton's skills.

What Morton does really well is creating complex characters and making the reader get emotionally attached. She teases us with secrets and keeps us reading with her crafty intrigue.

" ( )
1 vote antao | Dec 10, 2016 |
[The Secret Keeper] by Kate Morton

I FINALLY finished this! Nearing her death, Dorothy Nicholson asks her daughter Laurel for a book from her attic. In the book is a photo of Dorothy and her friend Vivien. Tracing the lives of the three women, the novel alternates between 2011 and early 1941, focusing on friendship, betrayal, and family.

I really liked this book, although it took me almost a month to get through it. It wasn't one I could pick up, read for a few minutes, and then put it down. It was too rich and too complex. I did have most of the secrets figured out, and I really liked how Morton drew her leading characters. ( )
  Hope_H | Oct 10, 2016 |
There are several reasons not to like this book, from the author's purple prose to the preposterous plot, to the irritating back and forth between World War II London & today, to the supremely irritating way several of the characters use the Internet acronym "LOL" conversationally in the dialogue. However, despite all these things I kept turning the pages right up to the end at almost 500 pages, so Kate Morton must have been doing something right. For that sole reason I'll give it thee stars. ( )
  etxgardener | Sep 12, 2016 |
This book is a slow and steady book about Vivien, Dorothy and Dorothy's daughter Laurel. It flips back and forth between 2011 with Laurel's life and WWII with Vivien and Dorothy. The book slowly reveals their lives and how Vivien and Dorothy know each other as Laurel tries to uncover her mother's past. I will say this book has a surprise at the end that I thought could happen but when it did happen it was a little bit of a wow. I did enjoy this book and would recommend it if you don't want anything fast paced and just want something about love, friendship, family and a little bit of crazy. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 10, 2016 |
Showing 1-5 of 156 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Kate Mortonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Elisabet W. MiddelthonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, CarolineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Information from the Dutch Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
For Selwa, friend, agent, champion
First words
Rural England, a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, a summer's day at the start of the nineteen sixties.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Fifty years after she witnessed a shocking crime at her family's farm in the English countryside, Laurel, now a successful London actress, returns to the farm and is overwhelmed by family secrets she has not thought of in decades.
Haiku summary
Dorothy, Jimmy
And Vivien - lives entwined
During London Blitz.

No descriptions found.

(see all 2 descriptions)

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.… (more)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 7 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (4.09)
1 1
1.5 2
2 13
2.5 6
3 95
3.5 50
4 221
4.5 54
5 192


4 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 113,307,072 books! | Top bar: Always visible