The Secret Keeper

The Secret Keeper

A Novel

Book - 2012 | 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
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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 ; Toronto : Atria Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781439152805
Branch Call Number: MORTO
Characteristics: 484 p. ; 24 cm.

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Alpha_zzz
Apr 29, 2019

Returned this before finishing. Hard to understand the writing.

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matcat44
Apr 15, 2019

Couldn’t get interested.

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weezie1
Dec 20, 2018

checked out in Dec 2018 - returned unread. Kate usually writes great novels.

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kpgirard
Nov 27, 2018

What an excellent twist. Never saw it coming.

loonylovesgood Nov 26, 2018

One of the few books that genuinely shocked me at the end. I will have to read more of hers!

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mcoux
Aug 24, 2018

Great book. Love the twists and turns. Thought provoking. Well written.

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TM2006
Aug 21, 2018

Kept me guessing until the end. I really enjoyed this book

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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

ArapahoeJillK 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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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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