booklover58, January 15, 2011 (view all comments by booklover58)
I loved this book. It is rich with betrayal and sexuality. Even though the ending was not a complete surprise,I savored every word until I reached the end.
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readersrespite, September 23, 2010 (view all comments by readersrespite)
This was a lovely story, really. Antonio and his sister Melanie embark on a personal journey to discover family secrets surrounding their mother's death when they were young children. Interlaced in this primary plot is Antonio's personal journey as he recovers from a faithless wife, resultant divorce and angry teenage children.
The book, however, could have easily been a hundred pages shorter. Antonio's angst over his divorce and his resultant low self esteem were reiterated at least a hundred times (over and over and over) throughout the book. The plot itself was quite intersting and kept me very involved in the story....it just got tiring having the same ideas (Antonio's midlife crises, the Rey family money and ego, etc, etc) pounded into my head.
This author really is quite talented, though and her plots are always consistently interesting for each of her books.
I'd recommend this only if you a big fan of this author (Sarah's Key was a lovely story, too) or don't mind repetitive ideas. Perhaps a decent read for a longer plane ride would be a good plan.
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Already an international bestseller, the latest novel by the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Sarah's Key" plumbs the depths of complex family relationships and the power of a past secret to change everything in the present. By turns thrilling, seductive, and destructive, "A Secret Kept" is the story of a modern family, the invisible ties that hold it together, and the impact it has throughout life.
This stunning novel plumbs the depths of complex family relationships and the power of a past secret to change everything in the present.
Antoine Rey thought he had the perfect surprise for his sister Mélanies birthday: a weekend by the sea at Noirmoutier Island , where the pair spent many happy childhood summers playing on the beach. It had been too long, Antoine thought, since theyd returned to the island—over thirty years, since their mother died and the family holidays ceased. But the islands haunting beauty triggers more than happy memories; it reminds Mélanie of something unexpected and deeply disturbing about their last island summer. When, on the drive home to Paris, she finally summons the courage to reveal what she knows to Antoine, her emotions overcome her and she loses control of the car.
Trapped in the wake of a family secret shrouded by taboo, Antoine must confront his past and also his troubled relationships with his own children. How well does he really know his mother, his children, even himself? Suddenly fragile on all fronts - as a son, a husband, a brother and a father - Antoine Rey will soon learn the shocking truth about his family and himself.
By turns thrilling and seductive, with a lingering effect that is bittersweet and redeeming, A Secret Kept is the story of a modern family and the invisible ties that hold it together.
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