The Secret Keeper: A Novel by Kate Morton
If you’ve read Morton’s books before, you’ll find this fits her pattern. The narrative alternates between contemporary and historical events. There’s a bit of a mystery, and maybe a bit of romance in at least one of the time periods. The main character is appealing, and the descriptions are detailed and even magical at times.
If that sounds like a complaint, it’s not. I’ve enjoyed all of Morton’s books, and don’t mind that she has found a formula that works for her and sticks with it. She can weave a captivating tale and I like trying to guess how all of the pieces fit together.
While it took me ages to finish this book, that’s not because I didn’t enjoy it – I did! It just wasn’t fitting in with the reading mood I was in, and I wouldn’t have picked it when I did except for it being March’s book club pick. It does make a wonderful book club choice – plenty to discuss in a compelling narrative.
Morton’s writing has improved over each of the books I’ve read by her – the pacing is better, and although I still think the overall word count is a bit padded, it’s smooth and easy to read.
The new novel from the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Distant Hours is a spellbinding mix of mystery, thievery, murder, and enduring love.
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.
Title: The Secret Keeper: A Novel
Author: Kate Morton
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
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