Published: New York : Atria Books, 2012 Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed Description: 484 p. ; 24 cm ISBN/ISSN: 9781439152805 (hardcover), 1439152802 (hardcover), Language: English
During a party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the road and sees her mother speak to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy. Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to the family farm for Dorothy's ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by questions she has not thought about for decades. From pre-WWII England through the Blitz, to the fifties and beyond, discover 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, the lengths people go to fulfill them, and the consequences they can have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers, and schemers told--in Morton's signature style--against a backdrop of events that changed the world
If you are looking for an epic novel that spans more than fifty years, then Kate Morton'sThe Secret Keeper is a must read--it moves between 1941 London during the Blitz, the 1960's, and present day. This book is part historical fiction, part mystery. In present day, Laurel remembers a tragic family event from the 1960's and is driven to solve the meaning of this before her aging mother dies. As she begins to examine her family's past, she uncovers secrets from war-torn London and begins to wonder who her mother really is. Morton keeps your interest on every page with well developed characters and a rapidly moving plot. I liked it so much, that I will definitely read Morton's other books.