Book Review: The Secret Keeper

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The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

★★★★☆

Published: 2012

Format: Paperback

Pages: 597

Genre: Historical Fiction

It’s 1959. As Laurel is hiding from her family, day dreaming about becoming an actress, she sees a strange man approaching the house. She then watches her mother kill him. In 2011, Laurel’s mother is dying and she decides it’s time to find out the truth. What would make her loving mother commit such a crime?

This book switches between the 1930s, 1950s and the present day, as Laurel unravels her mother’s past to find out what really happened to connect her mother to that strange man.

I loved this! My favourite chapters were those following the story of Dorothy, Jimmy and Vivian in the 1930s. But the real strength in this novel is how everything ties together. The ending was fantastic, one of the best conclusions of a mystery I’ve read. And despite the nearly 600 pages, I flew through this.

I’ve previously read The Forgotten Garden (★★★★☆) and The House of Riverton (★★★☆☆), and I will definitely continue to pick up Kate Morton’s work.

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