Saturday, February 9, 2013

Book Review -- The Secret Keeper

The Secret KeeperThe Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
My enjoyment rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source:  Copy provided by publisher (I was not compensated in any way for my review)
Genre:  Literary Fiction; Historical Fiction
Objectionable material:  None! (So refreshing!)

What do your children know about your past?

Your work experience? Your pastimes? Who you dated?

Your secrets before you were their mom?

In Kate Morton’s, The Secret Keeper, we delve intimately into those questions and the mysteries that surround Dorothy Smithson Nicolson, who on a beautiful summer’s day murdered a stranger who visited at her English countryside home. What Dorothy doesn't realize was that her teenage daughter, Laurel, was the only witness to Dorothy’s actions. Now 50 years later, as Dorothy’s health declines and her memories become random comments voiced to her children, Laurel is determined to find out more about her mother’s past, her family, and ultimately, why she made such a fateful decision that day.

No mincing words – I loved this book!

In vintage Kate Morton fashion, she weaves a story using mothers and daughters, past and present, mystery and secrets, to create an epic WWII historical drama that kept me reading every waking moment.

It’s impossible to even try to talk about the story line, without the risk of unveiling any of Ms. Morton’s literary twists – but for a week, I was oblivious to anything 21st century.

Truth be told…I loved this MORE than The Forgotten Garden.

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  1. Sounds so good! Can't wait to read it!

  2. I'm glad you liked this. I loved this book. I literally couldn't stop reading it. I read during dinner, while waiting in the kindergarten pickup line, and way to late at night. Kate Morton is just wonderful.


  3. I haven't read this one because I didn't like The Distant Hours and I think I'm the only person who didn't! I keep wondering if I should give her another chance.
    2 Kids and Tired Books

  4. I really enjoyed this one, too. Although my favourite remains The Forgotten Garden. Even though I know it will likely be a few years, I can't wait for Morton's next book!

  5. I will add this to my list but I do have a DNF by this author... Sniff sniff

    Glad you liked it so much!

  6. @Kathy: I had the same experience -- as soon as the kids were out the door for school, I was reading every minute before I had to go to work!
    @Melissa: I still haven't read House at Riverton or Distant Hours I have fresh material to bide me over until her next one!

  7. I have this one on my Kindle. After reading your review, I'm telling myself to read it soon!

  8. This sounds like my kind of book! I will have to get a copy soon!

  9. This was one of my favorite books of last year.