The Secret Keeper

The Secret Keeper

A Novel

Book - 2012
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The new novel from the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Distant Hours is a spellbinding mix of mystery, thievery, murder, and enduring love.

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.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9781439152805
Characteristics: 484 p. ; 24 cm.

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MillieBT
Mar 16, 2018

1st half of book slow...middle a twist....latter half wow....engaging story about Laurel and her
mother Dorothy...set in two periods present and 1940 during WW2....follows the lives of 3 very
different women all linked by a terrible secret

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Jersey_Girl
Feb 15, 2018

I rated this book 5 stars and it deserves every one of those stars. It's odd to say a book that begins with a 16 year old girl (Laurel) witnessing her mother killing a man starts "quietly". But it kind of does....there is a not real exciting stuff for a few chapters, excluding the murder referred to above. But then as Laurel, a well-known and award winning English actress, in her mid-60's and her Mother now in a nursing home, begins to finally really, really wonder about why her gentle, loving mother would just flat out kill a stranger in cold blood and she begins to try to find out the answer to that question....the book begins to really roll along. It jumps back and forth between 2011 and 1941(London during the German blitz). This is a book that when you get to about the last 1/3, be prepared to get no sleep! You will not be able to put this book down and will continue reading until you finish it. I thought I had the whole ending figured out. HA! I was wrong about it. Really. Check out this book and enjoy it.

AL_JILLK Feb 15, 2018

Interesting female characters from the present and the past (WWII) merge to tell a tale and solve a mystery.

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hkittycrzy
Jan 29, 2018

Didn't finish.

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EmilyEm
Jun 28, 2017

Oldest daughter Laurel was witness to her mother’s killing of man on her brother’s second birthday, a death judged self-defense. Now, as her mother’s life is coming to an end long-held secrets begin to unfold.

Morton’s page-turning novel set in WW II London and recent time has a remarkable cast of characters and quite a story. Loved it.

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Zoelexi777
Mar 25, 2017

What a great book. I loved it from beginning to end and there were so many twists and turns throughout. The story takes place during WWII, 1953 and 2011. It's a story of a mother's life and the many secrets she kept and the daughter who was trying to unravel them. This was a fabulous read.

ArapahoeKati Feb 28, 2017

This book is so good that you'll forget about doing all your laundry. Seriously. It happened to me.

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readerpat
Feb 13, 2017

This is the best book that I have read for a long time. About four adult children watching their mother die of old age The mother had many secrets from her past that they are trying to uncover before she passes away. Starts off in Australia in the 1920's with a tragedy and a young orphan girl who is sent to live in England with an uncle. The story flits back and forth between 1943 ,1960 and 2011. A surprising twist at the end. Couldn't put this book down for long.

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AvonleaGirl1
Nov 05, 2016

Absolutely loved this book! The WWII London setting juxtaposed with 1960's and current day events create an intertwined plot with many twists and turns. My friends and I were kept guessing up to the last pages. 5 stars!

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vita2748
Jun 20, 2016

This was a friend's favorite but I can't really get into it.

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