Kate Morton is a master storyteller. If you love gorgeous historical fiction and digging into a good story, The Secret Keeper is sure to please.
Book Title: The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Category: Adult Fiction, 484 pages
Genre: Women's Fiction, Historical Fiction, WWII
Release date: October 12, 2012
Content Rating: PG + M (Mature themes)
2011: Now a much-loved actress, Laurel finds herself overwhelmed by shades of the past. Haunted by memories, and the mystery of what she saw that day, she returns to her family home and begins to piece together a secret history. A tale of three strangers from vastly different worlds – Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy – who are brought together by chance in wartime London and whose lives become fiercely and fatefully entwined.
Shifting between the 1930s, the 1960s, and the present, The Secret Keeper is a spellbinding story of mysteries and secrets, theatre and thievery, murder, and enduring love.
Sixteen-year-old Laurel witnesses a shocking scene one hot summer day. As a reader, that one scene makes us wonder why the character did what she did, and the whole story is based on Laurel trying to uncover the mystery, the reason for that one violent act. The story moves back and forth between the 60s, 30s, and present day. The author takes her time to build each scene, revolving mainly around two women, Dorothy (Laurel's mother) and Vivien, her friend from the past.
Although it's Laurel who is trying to uncover the mystery of her family's past, I did question why she never did so before. We don't really get the emotional understanding of what witnessing that act did to Laurel's psyche. She went on to become a successful actress as she had dreamed of doing, but besides that, we don't really get to know Laurel very well. For this reason, the timeline of the 30s was more interesting to me than that of the present-day. Sometimes I felt like the scenes with Laurel dragged a little.
But this is a minor criticism because reading this book was such a pleasure. Well-written with vivid characters and a secret that pulls the reader through the whole story, The Secret Keeper is one of those books to be savored as it comes to its stunning conclusion.
I read The House at Riverton which I thoroughly enjoyed and I have The Forgotten Garden on my bookshelf which I hope to read too. If you love gorgeous historical fiction and digging into a good story, The Secret Keeper is sure to please.
Disclosure: I received a Netgalley copy. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.
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