Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Secret Keeper

1959 England. Laurel Nicolson is sixteen years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

Fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to Green Acres for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by memories and questions she has not thought about for decades. She decides to find out the truth about the events of that summer day and lay to rest her own feelings of guilt. One photograph, of her mother and a woman Laurel has never met, called Vivian, is her first clue.

The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams, the lengths some people go to fulfill them, and the strange consequences they sometimes have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers and schemers, play-acting and deception told against a backdrop of events that changed the world (from Goodreads)
My Thoughts
I just read the last 30 pages of this in the bathroom with the door closed so no one could find me - this is that good!
I am in awe of this story. It is one of those slow paced mysteries where the author drops a clue in every once in awhile that made me think “oh really? or “hmmm - now I wonder what that means?” Ms. Morton weaves such an intricate tale, I found it difficult to put down. The ending - oy - totally unexpected. Totally.
This is the first book I have read by Ms. Morton. I’m am so glad that I did, sad that I am at the end of this totally amazing book, but happy to know she has other stories out there that I still need to read!
I am eternally grateful to Atria Publishing and Netgally for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

Publish date: October 16, 2012


  1. I love an unexpected ending. Your review has me intrigued!

    1. You won't be disappointed if you read this!