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Australian Morton’s (The Distant Hours, 2010) latest will appeal to fans of Daphne du Maurier, Susanna Kearsley, and Audrey Niffenegger with its immensely relatable characters, passion, mystery, and twist ending. Laurel Nicholson is a teenager when she witnesses a shocking crime: her gentle, kind mother, Dorothy, kills a man. It becomes a family secret that Laurel never divulges or tries to fathom until five decades later, when Dorothy is on her deathbed, and Laurel finds a photograph of her mother with an old friend, snapped back in 1941, when Dorothy was barely out of her teens. As Laurel begins to dig, her burning questions become, Who was Vivien Jenkins, and why was she once so important to Dorothy? With the narrative shifting between Laurel, Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy, a man who also profoundly affected Dorothy’s life long ago, both reader and Laurel breathlessly hurtle into an astounding family secret that unfolds slowly and temptingly. Despite some loose threads and rather too leisurely pacing, this is likely to keep readers reading into the wee hours. --Julie Trevelyan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“As always, Morton weaves an intriguing mystery, shifting between past and present and among fully realized characters harboring deep secrets.”—People Magazine **** (The Secret Keeper) (People)

"Morton has obvious star power. . . . Her novels are Australia’s most successful exports since Colleen McCullough’s “Thorn Birds” stormed the world in 1977.” —The New York Times Book Review (The Secret Keeper) (The New York Times Book Review)

“Morton is masterful at controlling a story’s flow and tension. Readers will not suspect the twist at the end.” -- Publisher's Weekly (The Secret Keeper) (Publisher's Weekly)

“A gripping tale of love and betrayal.”—Good Housekeeping (The Secret Keeper) (Good Housekeeping) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Bolinda Audio; MP3 Una edition (July 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 174316498X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1743164983
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,969,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Luanne Ollivier TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It was raining, cold and damp the day I started to read Kate Morton's latest book - The Secret Keeper. And the perfect day to snuggle in to my favourite chair and lose myself in Morton's absolutely wonderful storytelling.

The prologue of The Secret Keeper is a show stopper it will hook you and the tale will keep you enthralled until you turn the last page. Early 1960's England. Sixteen year old Laurel lives an idyllic life with her beloved mother, father, her three sisters and brother in an isolated house in the countryside - until the day a stranger surprises their mother outside their home. Laurel, hidden in a treehouse, witnesses this meeting - and it's shocking outcome. And although life carries on afterwards, there's an unmistakable rift in the fabric of their lives.

"There were moments, Laurel solemnly believed, in which a person reached a crossroads; when something happened, out of the blue to change the course of life's events."

Fast forward to 2011. The siblings are called back to Greenacres Farm; their mother Dorothy is approaching her 90th birthday and her health is not good. Laurel sees these final days as her last opportunity to get answers from her mother as to what happened that day over fifty years ago.

"Not about Ma. I mean that young woman. She was a different person back then, with a whole other life we know nothing about. Do you ever wonder about her, about what she wanted, how she felt about things - Laurel sneaked a glance at her sister - the sorts of secrets she kept?

Morton again effectively uses her technique of past and present narratives to tell Dorothy's story. We meet her in 1941 as 'Dolly', a vivacious seventeen year old girl with dreams and ambitions.
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If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. I have anticipated the release of Kate Morton's latest book for what seems like forever. I was not disappointed. Until now, The Forgotten Garden was my favorite-but no longer. I won't give a synopsis since others already have. I'll just say that I loved every minute I spent reading this novel and haven't stopped thinking about the characters all day. I don't usually read a book a second time, but I feel certain I will do it this time. My only regret is that I finished it too fast-but I read late into the night because I just couldn't stop. I had read in another review that there was a surprise ending and thought I'd figured it out-but I was wrong and didn't see it coming! Kate Morton is in a class all by herself.
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Set alternately between the present and the past, much of this mystery novel takes place in London during the Blitz, when the Luftwaffe bombed the UK for fifty-seven consecutive nights, killing over 40,000 civilians. Laurel Nicholson, a successful actress in her sixties, reflects back to her teen years in the 1960's and a crime she witnessed her mother, Dorothy (now ninety and dying), commit outside their Greenacres farmhouse.

The Blitz years' sections belong to Dorothy, which Laurel pieces together from scraps of memorabilia that her mother possesses. It opens up to the reader as Dorothy's story, primarily. As Laurel and her siblings gather for Dorothy's last days, the reader follows the trail of clues revealed through memories, inquiry, and Laurel's amateur sleuthing. As the pages turn, we get more involved and intrigued by the intertwined lives of Dorothy, a woman from Dorothy's past named Vivien (and Vivien's husband, Henry Jenkins), and Dorothy's former beau, Jimmy.

The most engaging aspect of this book is the smooth narrative and the intimate voices of the past and present. Morton creates characters that stand out, especially those from the WW II period. Dorothy is a complex woman trying to carve a future from the fear and impermanence that wartime creates. You can fairly hear the explosions in the background. Vivien is an enigmatic woman who never ceases to pique the reader's interest, and her husband, Henry, the celebrated author, adds to the curiosity. Jimmy, the photographer and Dorothy's love interest, is the moral center.

What kind of relationship did Dorothy and Vivien have? Were they friends, or adversaries, or mere acquaintances? There's a photo of them standing together, emanating defiance and daring.
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Format: Paperback
I have read some wonderful Kate Morton books- The Forgotten Garden being my favorite. This is my least favorite.

The story itself is not interesting, and the text is verbose and flowery, I felt it was padded. Oh the excitement of a discovery- mid conversation, we switch to how someone feels, some more history and then back to the conversation and discovery. This book was maddening. Endless minueta, repetitive descriptions.

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The characters were unlikeable... especially Dolly.

Dolly- Who could like someone that seems to have two personalities, vain, and potentially bi-polar?
Jimmy who was extraordinarily nice and blind to realities
Vivian who was no voice until towards the end of the book, and then is the victim.
Laurel- Wishy washy character
Flower Sisters- extraneous and unlikeable
Gerry- If we have to hear how smart his is, brilliant and irresponsible again.... and again.

The whole beginning of the book, the details of Dolly's life, really just did not belong in this book. It was a sidewinder and it took up most of the beginning of the book.

The ending - with the flip flopping between years- I generally like, in this book it was used as a way to thicken the book. Why did she finally roll Gerry into it, so she could receive a phone call from him on a payphone, but wait, its a payphone, and Gerry can't tell her all that he found out because he has not enough coins on him. CLICK- So that discovery will come up later, with lots of language about Gerry and him being so brilliant but irresponsible.

This book was a disappointment, although I will definitely read the last Kate Morton book, so I can say I've read them all. I am holding out hope for it.
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