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The Secret Keeper (edition 2012)

by Kate Morton

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Title:The Secret Keeper
Authors:Kate Morton
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Tags:historical fiction, WWII, London, England, relationships, families, death, Edelweiss

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The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

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    The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (thebooky)
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    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.
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    The Woman in White (Penguin Classics) by Wilkie Collins (pdebolt)
    pdebolt: Similar in tone and intricacies of their mysteries.
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    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.
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    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)
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I libri di Kate Morton sono speciali. Uno meglio dell'altro. Una delle mie autrici preferite ( )
  Angela.Me | Jun 10, 2017 |
This had me enthralled and intrigued! I would be looking forward to many more from Kate in the future! ( )
  Soulmuser | May 30, 2017 |
I have enjoyed reading all of Kate Morton's books, but this is by far her best. I liked the way she showed the parallels in the childhoods of the three female characters, despite the differences in time or place. The Secret is gradually revealed in hints that sometimes deceive. Lauren investigate her mother's wartime experiences using techniques familar to a family historian and we share her despair when her beloved mother Dolly appears to have an unsavoury past.

The first chapter is compelling in its detail of a sultry summer day and the detachment from her family felt by the 16 year old Lauren when suddenly she witnesses a terrifying event which makes no sense to her until, when she is in her 50s, she is able to connect all the threads together.

We learn about Dolly's life, partly through her eyes but also through the eyes of her friends and children. As the story progresses her actions disappoint the reader but finally at the end of the book she achieves redemption in a very satisfying way. ( )
  Somerville66 | May 29, 2017 |
Kate Morton is a master at weaving past and present, at drawing you in to a narrative, at building atmospheric haze you simply feel immersed in. Her novels never ever disappoint, I am an unabashed fan-girl. Rarely does a book leave me so gob-smacked, hit me from left field, and leave me in a literary hangover for days, shaking my head. This is one I highly recommend people to stick with. Depending on your tolerance for unlikable characters you are going to feel a disconnect. The payoff is there in spades. Well done! ( )
  CMDH5 | May 6, 2017 |
3.75 stars

In 1961, Laurel is 16-years old and (from a distance) witnesses her mother put a knife into a stranger and kill him. By 2011, Laurel has become an actress and comes home to be with her mother and family (four sisters and a brother), as her mother is dying. She intends to find out who the man was and the circumstances behind her mother’s actions.

I'd love to give it 4 stars for the great build-up and ending, but it started really slow for me and didn't pick up until about 1/3 of the way in. Once it picked up, though, it just kept building and building to reveal the multitude of secrets (and twists!) behind Laurel’s mother’s past. The book went back and forth in time between Laurel trying to find out what happened and the war, to what was happening. I’m pretty sure, on looking back at this one, I will remember it more as a 4 star book, anyway. ( )
  LibraryCin | Apr 2, 2017 |
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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.
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Dorothy, Jimmy
And Vivien - lives entwined
During London Blitz.
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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.… (more)

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