The Secret Keeper: A Novel – Kate Morton
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.
Fifty years later, Laurel, a successful and well-regarded actress in London, returns to her childhood home to be with her dying mother, and the appearance of a long forgotten photograph unleashes memories of a hidden family secret.
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.
My views: I will be honest that the first few pages of The Secret Keeper made me put the book down for a month. But since I was committed to reviewing it, I took it up again and was I glad I did!!
The story keep going back and forth between the present time, Laurel’s memories and her mother’s story that she attempts to piece together. It’s the kind of story that keeps you thinking you’ve got the plot, until you are presented with a surprise and you have to start thinking again. Nothing prepared me for the ending though! I thought the ending was an absolute masterstroke from Morton.
I will certainly be looking out for more of her books and recommend this one to all my readers!