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.
Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond.
2011 - Laurel is now a famous actress but the event from her childhood begins to linger in her mind. So begins her journey from the past to present, as she finds the answers to questions that have lasted for more than most her life. Kate Morton really hits the marks with her novels and The Secret Keeper is no exception. It's a pretty thick read but even with the size (500+  pages) I was really immersed in what was happening. The plot quickens probably from part 3 onwards, which really helps with the intensity of the mystery. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. 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. Poke around on BNOL for inappropriate slices of life, laughter, family, food, books, and lots lots more.


The lives of Dorothy, Vivien and Jimmy are slowly opened up in a fascinating recount of their sudden encounter during the 1940s. I like that I can still think about the plot and the characters involve and sort of mull over what happened. 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.
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.
She has reclaimed her storytelling from the adjectives that bogged her down in The Distant Hours, and instead seems to find her storytelling groove. Also, the character of Vivien’s chaperone, while a good vehicle for part of the storyline, was slightly unsatisfying.
It's mean I was mentally engaged whilst reading, which is what I think most authors would want.
So, it was with both excitement and trepidation that I opened her fourth novel, The Secret Keeper.
A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.
Really, the unravelling of the story was just so well-written, that I devoured it, almost felt an unreasonable need to get to the end and find out what happened.


I find that that makes the novel really interesting and whilst the premise of this certainly doesn't sound any unique, the plot is actually a lot more surprising than expected. I've never really seen how London exists, besides photos, especially "back in the days" but from reading I could make out the countryside and the town in which Dorothy, Vivien and Jimmy exist in. Morton does get a little "artsy" in the way she writes, using really drawn out ways to explain something but it didn't detract from the story so I didn't mind much. Kate Morton writes much the same way, but for some reason, makes every story worth reading, notwithstanding the sameness of the path. There is something to be said for the warmth of familiarity, and the knowledge that the bazinga at the end is going to knock your socks off, even if you  totally knew it was coming. She was the predominant narrator but with her moments, they were gateways to the stories that occurred during the 1940s.



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