The Secret Keeper

The Secret Keeper

A Novel

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2012
ISBN: 9781439152805
Branch Call Number: FIC MOR
Characteristics: 484 pages ; 24 cm


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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.

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.

AL_KATI Feb 28, 2017

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

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.

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!

Jun 20, 2016

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

Mar 24, 2016

This book drew me in from the beginning. I had read "Forgotten Garden" from same author and couldn't wait to read another of her books. This one didn't disappoint. WWII era, interesting characters and plot twists. I listened to CD version and enjoyed the reader's voice as well. Definitely recommended!

Mar 17, 2016

Take a journey from the 1960's, to present day, to the 1940s, back to present day. Get to know Lauren, Dolly, Dorothy, and Vivien on this intriguing mystery. What is Dorothy hiding, and why did she kill a man she seemed to know right in her backyard? You will have to read The Secret Keeper to find out. I highly recommend it!

Mar 29, 2015

Excellent... 90 year old dying & her daughter tries to understand why mother killed someone years ago. WWII setting & the present; complicated intertwining of 3 young people with surprise twist at the end.

Jul 06, 2014

At first, I found reading this book quite confusing because the author not only uses flashbacks but includes passages which describe a character's imagination about an up-coming event. What the character imagines is never what truly happens! This means that reading diagonally is not recommended lest one gets totally confused. Nonetheless, the story did keep my interest and the ending would have been difficult to imagine. A good read.

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