So this past month I have been reading the Secret Keeper for Julie’s book review!
Book Description (taken from Amazon):
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.
So here is what I thought! *Spoiler*
During the first couple of chapters of The Secret Keeper I had a hard time following along with the characters. Because the chapters switched between characters so often and new characters were being thrown into the mix I had to make sure I knew which era I was trying to read into. Also, in the beginning of the book it almost started off backwards because by the end of the book it was like I was reading the same chapters as I had read in the first couple of chapters…once I could differentiate who was who the book was extremely intriguing and left me guessing until the last page.
I was not entirely “feeling” the book until about the 100th page of so and because it was such a large book I am very happy that i stuck with it. After about 1/3 of the way through the book I did not want to put it down. Kate Morton certainly knew how to keep the readers guessing until the final page of the book! I honestly could not have predicted how the book was going to end, in fact I had to actually go back and reread the final chapter to make sure I hadn’t missed anything because I was not prepared for what happened! Every single possibility went through my head except for the fact that Dorothy was actually Vivienne…I mean seriously?! I thought maybe the Thank You card was written by Vivienne after Dorothy had killed Vivienne ex husband… I thought maybe Jimmy was actually Laurels dad… I was seriously guessing the entire book… but what I did not pay attention to or did not see if it was actually answered was who was the Thank You card written from? Anyone have an answer to that question?
I almost found myself hoping the Dorothy had married Jimmy and that Vivienne had been able to leave her god awful husband! Or that if Dorothy and Jimmy had not worked out that Vivienne and Jimmy could have found a way to be together!
All in all I would highly recommend this book but just know that it definitely takes a little while for the book to pick up its pace but once it does, rest assured that you will not be able to put it down! I look forward to reading other books written by Kate Morton and I hope you join us for next months book review!