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The Secret Keeper

By Kate Morton

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Format: Paperback, 608 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 09 May 2013
Kate Morton's heart-breaking novel, The Secret Keeper, is a spellbinding story of mysteries and secrets, murder and enduring love, moving between the 1930s, the 1960s and the present.1961: On a sweltering summer's day, while her family picnics by the stream on their Suffolk farm, sixteen-year-old Laurel hides out in her childhood tree house dreaming of a boy called Billy, a move to London, and the bright future she can't wait to seize. But before the idyllic afternoon is over, Laurel will have witnessed a shocking crime that changes everything.2011: Now a much-loved actress, Laurel finds herself overwhelmed by shades of the past. Haunted by memories, and the mystery of what she saw that day, she returns to her family home and begins to piece together a secret history. A tale of three strangers from vastly different worlds - Dorothy, Vivien and Jimmy - who are brought together by chance in wartime London and whose lives become fiercely and fatefully entwined.

About the Author

Kate Morton grew up in the mountains of south-east Queensland and lives now with her husband and young sons in Brisbane. With just three novels published, Kate Morton has sold over 7 million copies in 26 languages, across 38 countries. You can find more information about Kate Morton and her books at katemorton.com or facebook.com/KateMortonAuthor

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In 1961, 16-year-old Laurel Nicholson witnesses her beloved mother murder a strange man. It's not until 2011 as the now fragile mother celebrates her 90th birthday that Laurel attempts to learn the truth behind this shattering event, which she's kept secret. Time and viewpoint move from World War II London to rural England in the 1960s to 2011. Morton is particularly adept at rendering people and situations, which are never quite as they seem. Narrator Caroline Lee is brilliant; characters personify their time and place perfectly. Listeners may need to remind themselves that there is only one reader. VERDICT In addition to those who appreciate superior writing, family-saga and historical-fiction fans will find much here to enjoy.-Susan Baird, formerly with Oak Lawn P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

EAN: 9780330477598
ISBN: 0330477595
Publisher: Pan Books
Dimensions: 19.7 x 13 x 3.7 centimetres (0.34 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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