Author: Kate Morton
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Atria (October 9, 2012)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (In exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Historical Contemporary/Mystery
My Rating: 4 Stars!
1961 England. Laurel Nicolson is sixteen years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.
Fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to Green Acres for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by memories and questions she has not thought about for decades. She decides to find out the truth about the events of that summer day and lay to rest her own feelings of guilt. One photograph, of her mother and a woman Laurel has never met, called Vivian, is her first clue.
The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams, the lengths some people go to fulfill them, and the strange consequences they sometimes have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers and schemers, play-acting and deception told against a backdrop of events that changed the world.
This is a little different from past books I have read by Morton and while it was slightly different it still can be said that Morton is the master at creating a world full of rich detail. She is the master at crafting a story and place that feels so real you feel like you are there experiencing it for yourself. You can smell the air and see the colors of the lush world she has created and you feel like you have been transported back in time along with the characters as their story unfolds before you in a complex mystery that will keep you guessing and at the edge of your seat.
Dorothy was a complex character full of secrets, betrayal and heartache. A woman bent on revenge and also a woman with hidden depths that Laurel never knew existed. A loving mother and a woman with a secret past.
I don't want to go into detail because really this is one story you must reveal for yourself. A story that you will get immersed into and be caught up in the storyline and lives of the characters.
Morton can weave a tale like no other and truly should hold the title of a master story teller. Her stories are just as beautiful as they are heartbreaking.
This is one book that you really need to savor and let all the details soak in as you are reading. It can't be rushed. So much is revealed that doesn't always make sense at first until it all starts to come together like only a master can do.
As always with all of Morton's stories this was very well written and very well done. A story that will keep you curious and turning the pages.