Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

To be sixteen, to witness a murder, and to keep it a secret your entire life?  When would Laurel find out the "real" reason for the murder.  After fifty years, she needed to ask, but could she really find the answer? She had to.  Time was running out.

Set in England and moving from the 1930's to 2011, you will follow Laurel as she continues to keep this secret and attempts to find out why her mother stabbed a visitor on her brother's birthday.  Did the baby see or remember anything?  Could that be possible? What if he did remember?  Laurel, her father, and her mother were the only ones that were supposed to know, but were they?

The storyline is intriguing and the descriptions are amazing as you go back and forth in time to see what Laurel's mother's life was like as a  child and also as a young adult and what life was like for Laurel, her sisters, and her brother as they grew up on a quaint farm in a loving family.  Dorothy, Laurel's mother, lead a very significant life and had interesting people in her life that shaped her and her decisions.

The book seamlessly moves between time periods giving creative details of each era in the characters' lives and has you wanting to know more.  An amazing storyline that keeps you guessing about the real reason for the murder and one that makes you want to be a part of the story in order to be part of the life the characters lead in each decade of their lives.  

Finding out about her mother's motives and life before she was married was a goal Laurel was determined to solve before her mother died, and her mother is the only one who could give the answers to many questions, but could their dying mother tell all?   Once clues about Dorothy's past begin to surface, you will be as anxious as Laurel was to find out other secrets her mother kept to herself all her life and secrets that caused her mother to commit murder.

This book was marvelous and captivating as all of Kate Morton's books, and the ending is absolutely SUPERB.  


I thoroughly enjoyed the walk through Laurel's life and the flashbacks to her mother's life.   Don't miss this book or any book Kate Morton has written...you will be taken away with her exceptional writing and fantastic storytelling skills as she weaves lives and situations together into incredible books.  5/5 

This book was given to me free of charge by the publisher in return for an honest review.

 

31 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness...DO NOT MISS reading this book. FANTASTIC!!!

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  2. This is on my "to-read" list! It sounds like a good book. I love Kate Morton! Have you read The Forgotten Garden?

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  3. Yes...I LOVED The Forgotten Garden as well.

    This book was fabulous as you can tell by my adjectives. :)

    Hope you get to read it soon.

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  4. Howdy! I have a giveaway of a historical fiction Kindle e-book on my blog. It's inspired by Oscar Wilde -- maybe you'll be interested:;;
    http://guiltlessreading.blogspot.ca/2012/11/guest-post-giveaway-paulette-mahurin.html

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  5. I love Kate Morton. This book is on my Xmas list.

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  6. Oh man, how could you live with a secret like that? This sounds like a page turner!

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  7. There is something very appealing about the cover of this book. It's caught my eye several times in the last few days. After reading your review, I know I've got to add it to my TBR list. I might have to move up higher up on the list, too.

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  8. I read the Distant Hours and just didn't care for it, so I've been reluctant to read any more of Kate Morton. I'm definitely in the minority, I realize that!

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  9. I have never read anything by Kate Morton..but this sounds interesting.

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  10. I'm glad you loved it..I loved it immensely. Great read.

    Kimberlee
    http://girllostinabook.blogspot.com

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  11. How about the ending?

    Wasn't it FABULOUS?

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  12. Enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed the others by Kate. Would recommend to anyone.

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  13. Thanks for stopping by, Barbara.

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  14. Adding your recommendation to the multitude :) I enjoyed your review!

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  15. Hm, this book does sound interesting. I love different time periods...and of course, your review.

    Thanks for coming by my blog!

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  16. Thanks for the comment! Enjoyed your review! This one is on my TBR list.

    Cynthia
    http://thethingsyoucanread.blogspot.com/

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  17. I am currently reading this book! It was our book club selection for Dec.

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  18. How are you enjoying THE SECRET KEEPER, Pat?

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  19. I have been wanting to read this! Your review makes me drool over it even more...thanks!

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  20. It was VERY good!! Hope you get to it soon. Glad you liked my review, Laurel-Rain Snow.

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  21. I really enjoyed this one, too, especially the ending. It will make my favourites list for the year for sure.

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  22. Can't wait to read this one in December. Great review.

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  23. I liked your review. Looks like another book for my Wishlist. Every review I've read about this book is a favorable one.

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  24. Hey Cuz:
    I have seen this book quite a bit lately and after reading your review, it just went on my TBR list. Great review.

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  25. I keep hearing such great things about this one and I love a good ending. Wonderful review.

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  26. I'm on page 403. I am loving it too. Now if I could just stay awake to finish it tonight!!!! Maybe another cup of coffee!! LOL

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  27. So glad to see you loved it, as I'll be reading it soon. Great review!

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  28. Thanks, Anna.

    You will love the book.

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  29. That is a crazy secret. And this sounds like a book I need to try.

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  30. I cannot wait to get to this one! I do love Kate Morton!

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  31. Thanks for stopping by, Michelle.

    LOVED this book as you can tell. I love any Kate Morton books. :)

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