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ISBN13: 9781439152805
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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.

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"In her enjoyable latest novel, Morton returns with her signature brand of storytelling, following The Distant Hours. When 16-year-old, Laurel Nicholson witnesses her mother commit a shocking crime after a man Laurel doesn't know comes to the house. Over time, Laurel alters the memory. Years later, Laurel, now a famous actress, returns to her childhood home as her mother, Dorothy, lies dying. When a photograph of their mother as a young woman with an air unfamiliar to her daughters‚ — is uncovered, Laurel is put on a path to uncover her mother's secrets. In WWII Dorothy and her lover, Jimmy Metcalfe, devised a plan to punish Vivien Jenkins, a woman Dorothy imagined had slighted her. Vivien too had secrets that had life-altering consequences for the three. Though Morton does follow the same basic framework of her previous novels, she is still masterful at controlling a story's flow and tension. Readers will not suspect the twist at the end. Agent: Selwa Anthony, Selwa Anthony Author Management Agency, Australia." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Kate Morton, a native Australian, holds degrees in dramatic art and English literature. She lives with her family in Brisbane, Australia.

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Kathleen G. McAvoy, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by Kathleen G. McAvoy)
Kate Morton has outdone herself in her fourth and most recent book The Secret Keeper. In keeping with her signature style, Ms. Morton skillfully weaves the story between the past and the present; specifically, London during WWII, the early 1960's, and the present day. But what sets this novel apart from all of her others is the depth to which the reader is plunged into the lives of the characters. No joke: I smelled the noxious odor from bombs dropping, and felt the acrid burning of a pilfered cigarette in my throat. I also felt the growing unease as our protagonist, Laurel, began to uncover the mystery surrounding her mother. But most of all, what sets this novel apart is the unbelievable twist at the end, the fact that Kate Morton can bamboozle the best of us, giving us a story that makes us cry tears of joy mingled with tears of sadness. She is a true master, with a timeless story of vengeance and betrayal and most of all, love.
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JMF, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by JMF)
Many twists and turns very exciting and suspenseful.
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coramdeo540, January 24, 2013 (view all comments by coramdeo540)
: I really enjoyed the characters and the story line. I was drawn in from reading the summary. I worked so many scenarios in my mind while reading and only at the end I figured out the outcome. I loved the going between the two time lines. The reality of war was played out well and the events going on while secondary were very enjoyable. I really liked the current day characters who were siblings and while Gerry was not as involved as Laurel was it was a good sub plot between the siblings. There were times like at the beginning where things were a little confusing like the original conversation between Dorothy and Vivien in Dorothy’s room. I also felt that sometimes there was so much information that was a bit overwhelming. Since this is my first, but not last book of Kate Morton’s that I will read!!
I would like to thank Net Galley and Simon & Schuster for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439152805
Author:
Morton, Kate
Publisher:
Atria Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Australian;blitz;Downton Abbey;english houses;England;family;historical;light between oceans;gothic;mystery;novel;diane setterfield;secrets;thirteenth tale;
Subject:
Australian; Downton Abbey; english houses; England; family; light between oceans; gothic; historical; mystery; novel; diane setterfield; secret garden; secrets; thirteenth tale; between wars; new york times; bestseller; international; australia; english c
Subject:
Australian; Downton Abbey; english houses; England; family; light between oceans; gothic; historical; mystery; novel; diane setterfield; secret garden; secrets; thirteenth tale; between wars; new york times; bestseller; international; australia; english c
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4-C printed ends
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In her enjoyable latest novel, Morton returns with her signature brand of storytelling, following The Distant Hours. When 16-year-old, Laurel Nicholson witnesses her mother commit a shocking crime after a man Laurel doesn't know comes to the house. Over time, Laurel alters the memory. Years later, Laurel, now a famous actress, returns to her childhood home as her mother, Dorothy, lies dying. When a photograph of their mother as a young woman with an air unfamiliar to her daughters‚ — is uncovered, Laurel is put on a path to uncover her mother's secrets. In WWII Dorothy and her lover, Jimmy Metcalfe, devised a plan to punish Vivien Jenkins, a woman Dorothy imagined had slighted her. Vivien too had secrets that had life-altering consequences for the three. Though Morton does follow the same basic framework of her previous novels, she is still masterful at controlling a story's flow and tension. Readers will not suspect the twist at the end. Agent: Selwa Anthony, Selwa Anthony Author Management Agency, Australia." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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