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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)
    thebooky: gothic in style
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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 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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[The Secret Keeper] by Kate Morton
****1/2

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 |
While this book begins a little slow, with various characters introduced until your head explodes, the characters' development is gripping and the final story is amazing. I couldn't put it down for the last 50 pages. And while I thought I knew the ending, and I thought it was going to be tragic, I was relieved that I was wrong.

The Secret Keeper includes many details of the London Blitz that are perhaps unknown to many readers. The efforts to reach out to the Blitz orphans are touching in their tragedy, as are the descriptions of families emerging from their "Andys" to find their homes destroyed. The modern narrator's voice, Laurel, is strong and intelligent, and she is the sole narrator for the modern portion of the tale as she tries to solve the mystery of what she saw as a child.

The Blitz includes the voice primarily of Dorothy/Dolly, though Jimmy's voice becomes dominant as his character's story grows and develops. And I cannot emphasize enough that the characters here are quirky and well-developed and not always likeable and oh-so-human.

This book is why I join book groups and why I am so grateful to our local library that hosts them. ( )
  threadnsong | Jun 18, 2016 |
Moving back and forth from present day to pre-World War II England, this is the intriguing story of a terrible event witnessed by a teen aged girl. The occurrence was swept under the rug by her parents, and throughout her life, Laurel found herself wondering if she had really imagined it. At her dying mother's bedside, Laurel discovers a small detail that makes her question her mothers past and her own reality. She slowly uncovers the truth, but it eludes her until nearly the end. Twisting, full of intricate detail about life in London during the Blitz, this is a great story told in a thoroughly enticing way. ( )
  Dmtcer | Jun 4, 2016 |
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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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