Marie Reviews "The Secret Keeper" By Kate Morton

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton


From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Distant Hours, The Forgotten Garden, and The House at Riverton, a spellbinding new novel filled with mystery, thievery, murder, and enduring love. During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother. Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past. Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond. It is 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 and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

5 Stars are not enough for this incredible read. This has to be one of the best books I have read in quite some time. A story of love and loss, regrets and second chances. The horrors of war, the drama of family and siblings, a murder mystery, a deep and life lasting love story. This book has it all. The author leads you through the story by moving back and forth from the past to the present while Laurel seeks to unravel the truth of a violent incident she witnesses in her teenage years. What a compelling novel! It has interesting characters you can sympathize with and yet still think, “I can't believe they did that!”. The plot keeps the pages turning and a twist at the end left me speechless. All I could say was, “Wow!”. Then I couldn't wait to share with friends, family members, anybody, what I had just read. A book that inspires that kind of excitement is definitely a MUST READ. I highly recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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