Author, Kate Morton
Published, October 9, 2012
Publisher, Atria Books
Kindle edition, 597 pages
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.
This is the forth novel by Kate Morton that I have read and I can't believe that I waiting so long to get to it. Her novels are quite lengthy and being sick and home alone was a perfect fit.
I love the fact that her books are written in a dual narrative. This one has the story of present day, the 1940s, and the 1960s. Novels written in the time period of WWII happen to be some of my favorite historical fiction.
I was not disappointed in the story. Laurel witnessed a murder as a child and finally wants to know what really happened. Her mother, Dorothy, know has dementia and can't be a lot of help. But the story of Dorothy, Jimmy, and Vivien starts to come together. I loved that I had some surprises in the end. That is always a plus.