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The Secret Keeper: A Novel

by Kate Morton

Washington Square Press | July 16, 2013 | Trade Paperback

The Secret Keeper: A Novel is rated 4.6522 out of 5 by 23.
From the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Distant Hours, The Forgotten Garden, and The House at Riverton, a spellbinding novel of family secrets, murder, and enduring love.

During a picnic at her family’s farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson witnesses a shocking crime, a crime that challenges everything she knows about her adored mother, Dorothy. Now, fifty years later, Laurel and her sisters are meeting at the farm to celebrate Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this is her last chance to discover the truth about that long-ago day, Laurel searches for answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past. Clue by clue, she traces a secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds thrown together in war-torn London—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—whose lives are forever after entwined. A gripping story of deception and passion, The Secret Keeper will keep you enthralled to the last page.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.2 in

Published: July 16, 2013

Publisher: Washington Square Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439152810

ISBN - 13: 9781439152812

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from My favourite author of all time!! For all of her books, I couldn't put them down. Every one of them are suspenseful and captivating. A true gift to literature. The only thing negative I can say about this book, which is the only reason I am giving 4 stars instead of 5; is Kate Morton changed her writing style for this book. My only guess is an attempt to capture a younger audience. As always her story jumps from the past to the present and back again; but in this book (during the present day only) she uses "LOL" in her sentences. Quite frankly, if I wanted to read a text message, I would look at my phone. The use of LOL in this book is distracting and completely out of context. People do talk to each other and say, "LOL Hi" It's annoying and very difficult to get into. In order to actually read the book, I eventually had to force myself to just skip the 'word' altogether (it's not actually a word but...).
Date published: 2015-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Secret keeper Another fantastic novel by Kate...I love her books...kleenex and tea are a must when reading her novels
Date published: 2015-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Captivating Read Immersed in the lives of characters past and present until the very end. Wonderful twists and turns as you discover the truth behind the lives left behind.
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect It's been a while since I've enjoyed a story as much as this, so very well thought out with surprises around every corner. Well worth every moment invested Thank you Kate Morton
Date published: 2015-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Secret Keeper This was a real page turner. I loved her story. Twists and turns you don't expect. Was several stories in one. A real page turner. I loved this book. Would recommend this if you like a great story. For sure will be reading everything else she has written!
Date published: 2015-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Avid Excellent! You will love it. I want to read all of her books now. If you like historical who done its this is a must read...
Date published: 2015-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!! Recommend this easy reading story that kept me wanting to keep reading throughout the whole book. Very enjoyable!! Very good Author!!!
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable story I can usually predict a story outcone midway thru... this one surprised me till the end... great read. Thank you
Date published: 2014-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting til the end Great book! Never would have guessed the ending! Great mystery right til the end!
Date published: 2014-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great bok! Well written, one of the best books I have read in a long time.
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton Ms Morton has a great way of telling an epic story. She keeps you guessing throughout which makes for a fast read as you want to keep turning the page! Wonderful writer, great story, loved it.
Date published: 2014-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton Enjoyed the twists and turns in the plot. Interesting method of solving and decoding a long time family secret! The different personalities of the siblings was so real as we mostly experience much the same type of differences in families. The interpretation and handling of a disturbing event happening when a child also made the read so interesting. Perfect unexpected ending!
Date published: 2014-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton Absolutely loved this book. Great if you are looking for something new to really engross you. The book kept me interested and I couldn't put it down near the end- it's not what you'd expect. I also liked the romance in this book, without being over the top. Great read.
Date published: 2014-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton Love the way the plot unfolds through the book like an onion, so many layers, brilliant!
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton This is the fourth book I've read by Kate Morton. I really enjoy her style of writing and this one kept my interest from the very beginning. It is a wonderfully written mystery which follows the lives of a close knit family in the final days of their mothers life. A mystery surrounding their mother's past comes to light and the eldest sister finds that she is compelled to solve this mystery. Along the way we learn about her mother and her past loves and losses and her daughter's own suppressed memories. It has a wonderful twist at the end that I was completely surprised by - overall a compelling read!
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton My first time reading Kate Morton. She is a great story teller and will now look at some of her other books. It is an evenly paced story that makes you ponder. The author tells such an intricate tale, I found it difficult to put down. The ending - is - totally unexpected. Awesome
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton Great book, the second of Kate Morton's that I've had the pleasure of reading. Very easy to "get into", difficult to put down.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton Currently this is my favorite book. I received it as a gift and it was the first Kate Morton book I read. I couldn't put it down! My kids told my I spent the WHOLE weekend sitting on the couch, and I did, because I had to finish this book. The characters and plot had be so engrossed that I wanted to inhale those words. Reading at its true escapism best. This is one of those books that you can't turn the pages fast enough yet you want to cry when you finish it. I knew I would have to read many, many more books before I came across one as grand as this. I haven't found that book yet. Thank you Kate Morton, I'm hooked!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton Very easy read, kept me ingested right to the end. Really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton This is the first book I have read for a while ( due to small children!! ) ... it was very easy to read and I really enjoyed it. The final twist was fantastic :-)
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton delightful, couldn't put it down
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner! I loved this book. I couldn't put it down and got so involved in the characters' lives. I was driving and actually missed a turnoff because I was thinking about the chapter I had just read. My favourite book by Kate Morton. She just keeps getting better and I can't wait for her next book!!
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The title tells the story, great read. This is a book where the title gives the story away – at least in the sense that there is a secret to be revealed. Kate Morton seems to have developed this style of writing, as many of her books do indeed have a secret which is revealed as we go back through history to find out about the characters in the novel. Again, characteristic of Morton, she has a lovely way of endearing the reader to the characters, particularly if they are elderly. Her descriptions usually show a tenderness and sensitivity that is really wonderful to read and see. So, the elements of this book that I liked were that the Secret Keeper quickly engaged the reader right from the beginning (which is definitely not the case for the Distant Hours – that I have tried and tried to read, but can’t get too far yet). The surprise beginning is just as great as the surprise ending. She engages the reader on another level in this book, because we are constantly trying to figure out what the story is and why the first chapter of the book took place. I like her descriptions of the characters – allowing us to visualize the character and understand them on a more multi-dimensional scale. And the ending is great. This book does not disappoint. I think some readers found the middle of the book to drag a bit, but I didn’t. I think there is something John Steinbeck-like in Morton’s writing of people. The story is important, but the characters are the appeal and the glue for the reader. Good job, Morton. I have read all of her books except the Distant Hours, and will go now and try that one again.
Date published: 2013-08-24

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The Secret Keeper: A Novel

The Secret Keeper: A Novel

by Kate Morton

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.2 in

Published: July 16, 2013

Publisher: Washington Square Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439152810

ISBN - 13: 9781439152812

Read from the Book

The Secret Keeper 1 RURAL England, a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, a summer’s day at the start of the 1960s. The house is unassuming: half-timbered, with white paint peeling gently on the western side and clematis scrambling up the plaster. The chimney pots are steaming, and you know, just by looking, that there’s something tasty simmering on the stove top beneath. It’s something in the way the vegetable patch has been laid out, just so, at the back of the house, the proud gleam of the leadlight windows, the careful patching of the roofing tiles. A rustic fence hems the house, and a wooden gate separates the tame garden from the meadows on either side, the copse beyond. Through the knotted trees a stream trickles lightly over stones, flitting between sunlight and shadow as it has done for centuries, but it can’t be heard from here. It’s too far away. The house is quite alone, sitting at the end of a long, dusty driveway, invisible from the country lane whose name it shares. Apart from an occasional breeze, all is still, all is quiet. A pair of white hula hoops, last year’s craze, stand propped against the wisteria arch. A teddy bear with an eye patch and a look of dignified tolerance keeps watch from his vantage point in the peg basket of a green laundry trolley. A wheelbarrow loaded with pots waits patiently by the shed. Despite its stillness, perhaps because of it, the whole scene has an expectant, charged feeling, like a theater stage in the moments before the acto
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From the Publisher

From the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Distant Hours, The Forgotten Garden, and The House at Riverton, a spellbinding novel of family secrets, murder, and enduring love.

During a picnic at her family’s farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson witnesses a shocking crime, a crime that challenges everything she knows about her adored mother, Dorothy. Now, fifty years later, Laurel and her sisters are meeting at the farm to celebrate Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this is her last chance to discover the truth about that long-ago day, Laurel searches for answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past. Clue by clue, she traces a secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds thrown together in war-torn London—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—whose lives are forever after entwined. A gripping story of deception and passion, The Secret Keeper will keep you enthralled to the last page.

About the Author

Kate Morton was born in South Australia in 1976. She earned a degree in speech and drama from Trinity College London, an English literature degree from the University of Queensland, and a master's degree focusing on tragedy in Victorian literature from the University of Queensland. She also completed a summer Shakespeare course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program researching contemporary novels that marry elements of gothic and mystery fiction. She won the Australian Book Industry Award for General Fiction Book of the Year in 2007 for her debut novel, The Shifting Fog, also known as The House at Riverton. Her other books include The Distant Hours and The Forgotten Garden, which won the Australian Book Industry Award for General Fiction Book of the Year in 2009.

Editorial Reviews

“A gripping tale of love and betrayal.”—Good Housekeeping (The Secret Keeper)