Monday, June 9, 2014

Netgalley Review - The Secret Keeper, by Kate Morton
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.

Purchase Links: Amazon / The Book Depository

I loved Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden and couldn't wait to pick up another one of her novels. I thought that it would be hard novel to follow, and in some ways I was right.

I enjoyed The Secret Keeper, but I was already familiar with the author's writing style and that was no longer part of the surprise that grabbed my attention immediately as with the first novel I read. 

There was no disappointment in the fantastic build up to this great mystery in Laurel's family. It opened up with a great bang of a scene which I was hoping for when starting this novel, and for the most part, the author maintained a good pace.

The character development was truly superb, which I expected. Leading up to the twist of the story, the build up was great, but a little slow paced for my liking. Unfortunately, with this novel, the twist was predictable and there was no 'holy shit' moment for me, but it was still a great twist. 

A mellow, perfect summer read that I would recommend to fans of The Forgotten Garden or for those of you wanting to slow the pace down and delve into a great mystery.

Thank you Netgalley & publisher for the opportunity to read this novel for an honest review.

Kate Morton grew up in the mountains of southeast Queensland, Australia. She has degrees in Dramatic Art and English Literature and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Queensland. Kate lives with her husband and two young sons in Brisbane.
Kate Morton's books have been published in 31 countries. The House at Riverton was a Sunday Times #1 bestseller in the UK in 2007 and a New York Times bestseller in 2008. The Shifting Fog (now The House of Riverton) won General Fiction Book of the Year at the 2007 Australian Book Industry Awards. Was nominated for Most Popular Book at the British Book Awards in 2008. Her second book, The Forgotten Garden, was a #1 bestseller in Australia and a Sunday Times #1 bestseller in the UK in 2008.

Author Links: Website / Goodreads

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