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Table of contents
- Confessions of a Liberated Secret Keeper
- Keepers of the Secrets
- What Does It Mean To Be The Keeper Of The Secrets?
- Support Speak Your Silence
They are the pain of failure, the agony of excess, and that which drives mortals to more daring acts to escape the ordinary. Wherever it goes, all becomes possible. But when it passes, it leaves behind anguish and agony, as real and as painful as the sharp stab of a cruel knife. There is an unclean trembling in all things, potential struggling for release. Mortals break out into sweats, and their hearts pound against their chests.
Animals become inflamed and turn violent, kicking against their stalls or tearing against their harnesses. Weapons throb with invisible tumescent energy. Wood shivers and warps. The trees creak, and the earth yawns, gushing merry water from its depths. Inhibitions fade, old loyalties dim, and the bonds of trust weaken. Passion fills the hearts and minds of all, and if unchecked, mortals revel in wild abandon. But the physical tingling of desire is not all that results from the hint of a Keeper.
Artists become feverishly inspired, fanatically sketching and drawing, creating masterpieces far beyond their skill. From the lips of poets come exquisite verse that perfectly captures sorrow absolute or unabashed desire. From the throats of singers spill songs of such beauty that those who hear it die from broken hearts.
The Daemon fills the dreams of mortals with such visions of beauty that they thrash about weeping for the unachievable perfection of their nightmares. When they awaken, their days are spent in melancholy, yearning for that which they cannot have and can never attain. The closer the Daemon comes, the more pronounced its effects. The artist paints with his own blood, the poet claws out his own eyes just to see what true darkness is like, the singer chokes and drowns on the lyrics as she struggles to be free from her imperfect throat.
As the world softens, assuming warm colours and gentle, rounded, glistening forms, blades sharpen, emotions run hot, and madness flares in the mind. The Keepers laugh and delight in all things, and they constantly drive their slaves to greater acts of experience. The Base One can play any instrument, draw any image, and to hear them sing is to lose your soul.
Their cackle is the blend of a heartless woman and an innocent child. Witty and capricious, they indulge in every fantasy with cruel and selfish abandon, caring not one whit for those they harm. The Keeper of Secrets is awful to behold. It takes the form of an androgynous being of impossible stature. Its four arms, two of which end in pincers, beckon and weave as it sways to the music of mortal delight and the hurt that results from over-indulgence.
Its huge jewelled eyes contain the secrets of pleasure and pain, hidden lusts and terrifying impulses. Its pastel skin exudes a narcotic musk that acts to magnify the senses, enrapture the spirit, and thrust dark impulses into the minds and hearts of mortals. Its head, sometimes human , sometimes bestial, is ringed with a nest of curved horns that glisten with an oily sheen. A number of swollen breasts cling to the left side of its torso, like vast obscene ticks. It stands upon strong legs that give way to almost reptilian claws.
It strides the earth, clad in an elaborate costume of bizarre colours and exotic materials, from iron-hard chains to the softest velvets. Horrific as it is, it nevertheless commands the eye, whatever it happens to be doing. When a Keeper of Secrets appears, all hope is lost.
Its presence wreaks havoc with the minds of those mortals around it, interfering with their ability to concentrate, distracting them with its unnatural charisma. The Base One dances through battle, sliding past regiment and would-be hero alike, exulting with each slash of its pincers, its laughter mingling with the screams of the dying. On and off the battlefield, the Keeper of Secrets easily dominates mortals with its otherworldly allure. Error rating book.
Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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 ever 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.
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. 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.
Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published October 9th by Atria first published October More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Secret Keeper , please sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [why didn't Jimmy recognise Vivien when he went to see Dolly? Amanda Clowe This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ I think that this has already been answered elsewhere - but he was not expecting to see Vivien, as he believed her to be dead. He thought he was going …more I think that this has already been answered elsewhere - but he was not expecting to see Vivien, as he believed her to be dead.
He thought he was going to see Dolly - and he only saw the couple from a distance - he saw them having fun and fooling about on the beach, and he didn't hang around for close up views. It's all a question of what the mind expects to see Hello, I was wondering if there was a lot of profanity in the book. Krista Are you an adult?
Are you seriously concerned about mild profanity? See all 48 questions about The Secret Keeper…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 02, Nancy rated it it was amazing.
I had this mystery figured out at least five different times throughout the book. Because I'm smart like that. But then new information came to light so I had to change my mind. I did get one major part right but I completely missed the big shocker. Typical Kate Morton style, there are double meanings in the sentence structure.
Additionally, Morton is gifted in her transitions. Different time periods and different points of view left me hanging at the end of each chapter but only a short wh I had this mystery figured out at least five different times throughout the book. Different time periods and different points of view left me hanging at the end of each chapter but only a short while but kept me reading. Slow starting after the initial shocker in the first chapter but impossible to put down once I was in the rhythm.
View all 30 comments. Sep 26, Jeanette "Astute Crabbist" rated it liked it Shelves: europe-and-british-isles , all-fiction , domestic-and-relationship-fiction , miss-trees. No spoilers. I promise. Which means I won't go into much plot detail. In , when Laurel Nicolson was sixteen, she witnessed a shocking event. She and her mother were the only ones who knew the truth, and they never spoke of it. Fast-forward to Laurel is a famous actress in her sixties, and her mother Dorothy is dying. Before her mother dies, Laurel wants to uncover the roots of that long-ago shocking event. Her investigation takes her back to the London of , when her mother was youn No spoilers.
Her investigation takes her back to the London of , when her mother was young and impulsive and full of secret plans. The story alternates between and , following Laurel's discoveries about the mother she thought she knew. Kate Morton has a wild imagination and the heart of a romantic. She creates intricately plotted stories full of tragedy and betrayal and lost loves and second chances. Her characters are colorful, and they'll always trip you up as you stumble over their secrets. I wouldn't say Morton's novels are formulaic, but they do all follow a similar pattern.
Present-day characters run across a clue or two that makes them suddenly keen to delve into their family history, about which they were heretofore strangely incurious. Things always fall into place for these characters as they trek into the past. Photographs are found with cryptic inscriptions on the back. Old letters and postcards drop from the pages of forgotten books. There is always at least one person from the old days who is still alive and can point the seeker in the right direction. That journal always reads more like a novel, and happens to contain all the info that couldn't have been obtained elsewhere.
Am I making fun of Kate Morton? Well, maybe, but only a little. She's a clever lady who provides many happy hours of escape reading for her fans. You have to go into it knowing it's going to be farfetched, and just enjoy the whole crazy convoluted confection. Long tangents, sometimes taking up an entire chapter.
When she gets back on track, you've lost the thread of the plot.
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And even then it drags quite a bit in some spots. I prefer "the least you need to know" about the mushy stuff, and get on with the mystery. View all 65 comments. May 16, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: , e-book , favorite-authors , historical-fiction , mystery-shelf. When Laurel Nicolson was sixteen years old, she witnessed her mother, Dorothy, stab a man to death. The man was a stranger, but he seemed to know her mother and she seemed to recognize him, too.
The matter was ruled self-defense and no charges were filed. Bit by bit the pieces of a complex puzzle begin to fit into place, as stunning secrets come to light that will leave the reader stunned, bemused, and even delighted. This book has been on my radar for years, however, it kept slipping down the TBR pile.
But, in all honesty, I think I let it sit and gather dust for a time because Kate Morton is not prolific, or an author given to mass production. After it was recently announced that Morton had a new book coming out soon, in celebration, I decided to treat myself. Secrets are my favorite. I love stories with lots of secrets. The reasons why the characters kept the secrets, why people want or need to know them, and what impact those secrets will have on the characters once they are exposed is always fascinating to me.
In this instance, family secrets are at the center of the story, and boy are they juicy. What an incredible story!! Meanwhile, Dorothy becomes engaged to Jimmy, a talented photographer, and befriends a neighbor named Vivien. But, as is often the case, her carefully crafted, but mean-spirited, plan backfires horrifically. From that moment on, Dorothy begins to harbor a host of incredible secrets that someday her daughter, Laurel, will discover.
The historical sections of the story are absolutely riveting and so absorbing I felt like I was actually there watching events unfold in real time. The characters are very well drawn, and I have to confess I have a big soft spot for Jimmy. I never imagined the story would take so many unexpected turns, that the characters would make the choices they did, or why they would make them.
I loved every single second of this journey. The only downside was that the ending came entirely too soon. View all 85 comments. Aug 18, Jessie Ageless Pages Reviews rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery , gothic , netgalley-arc , emotional-whiplash , reviews , reads , reviewed , print-arc , historical-fiction , excessive-fangirl-alert.
I love this book wholeheartedly. Kate Morton rocketed to my absolute favorite author list last year on the strength of The Distant Hours and The Forgotten Garden , but this latest novel absolutely cements and guarantees her continued place there. The Secret Keeper blew my mind. Honestly, it might even rival The Distant Hours for my all-time favorite Kate Morton and mystery novel. It's just that good great; it's more of what Kate Morton does so very very well.
All the time taken and careful preparations of the plot, scene, characters clearly show, and add up to make this novel a compulsive read filled with vibrant and flawed characters. I wanted to stretch out my reading experience - it's one of those few times when pages seems like too little for a novel rather than a good size. For all my restraint and desire to keep this going as long as possible, I inhaled this novel in 14 hours - eight of which I was sleeping. An impressive fourth novel from a very talented author, fans and newcomers alike will eat The Secret Keeper up.
When I first started this, I was sure I was going to like it, but it didn't immediately grab me the way her first two novels had. I was curious, and intrigued where the multiple plotlines across various periods of time would eventually go, but it wasn't until about pages in that I was truly gripped and aware that I was reading something truly special. The tension slowly builds as main character Laurel uncovers more and more about her mother's life before children and marriage, evoking both intensity and curiosity as her revelations show a very different woman than the mother she had known her whole life.
The shifting perspectives of various characters Laurel, her mother Dorothy, and a woman named Vivien from to to allow for a wide view of the plot across the many eras that impact the story. The merging of the different plotlines and timeliness works so well under this author's capable hands. I did not want to put this down to eat, to sleep, or anything.
It's hard to write this review because the reveal and payout are so rewarding, and I don't want go give anything - ANYTHING - away that might spoil the deft authorial sleight of hand that Morton has going. I had high hopes going into reading The Secret Keeper , and if anything, this book exceeded any and all expectations I had for it. Morton's obvious and immense talent for prose, for setting, and for crafting such realistic, concrete characters to operate upon the page - alive in all their wishes, hopes, pasts, flaws, and mistakes - marks her as one of the best authors I have ever had the pleasure to read.
With twists and turns and huge reveals that I never predicted and never once came off as hackneyed, this is an author that continually proves she knows how to write a story, as well as a truly mystifying mystery. An impressive storyteller with talent across the board including an-all-too-rare talent for subtlety and foreshadowing, her latest novel is heavy on detail, inner observations, and contemplation, but is never slow or boring. Themes of unexpected consequences, and desire are explored with caution and care, further adding to the complicated plot of the novel. With one of the top three best endings I've ever had the surprise of reading, The Secret Keeper is thoroughly satisfying and totally unpredictable.
Kate Morton is amazing. I am a huge fan, and I won't let too much time go before I dig into the only novel of hers I've yet to read - The House at Riverton. Her style is uniquely her own, and her ability to create such detailed, well-characterized novels truly sets her above most other authors. Nuanced, emotionally involving, original, and completely wonderful, The Secret Keeper further proves that my fangirling extreme love for Kate Morton's novels is more than founded - it's necessary. I haven't had such a strong reaction to a novel in far too long; I cared intensely about the characters, I was caught up in every timeline shown.
This is an author who will be a favorite for a long, long time. I can only hope that a fifth novel is on the horizon for this immensely talented writer.
View all 28 comments. Laurel has never gotten over seeing her mother stab and kill a man with their birthday cake knife! Tied with a red bow! I will never look at birthday cake knives the same way again when Laurel was 16 years old. Her mother never really explained the killing to Laurel, other than the explanation she gave the police which Laurel knows isn't true , and Laurel never asked her mother about it.
Now Laurel is much o 3.
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Now Laurel is much older, her mother is dying and something seems to be weighing on her mind, and Laurel decides she needs to Solve the Mystery of her mother's life and find out what caused the murder. There is a lot of jumping back and forth in time in this book, between and WWII-era times in England during the Blitz, with several scenes from other time periods thrown in for good measure, but it wasn't overly confusing. I'm no WWII expert, but the historical scenes seemed well-researched and realistic. My main problem with this book was that I didn't really care a whole lot about Laurel and, worse yet, I gradually grew to actively dislike Dolly, the main character from the WWII scenes.
This is a problem when a good chunk of the book is written from Dolly's perspective, if you're a reader who needs a main character that's sympathetic. About the time Dolly really started to irritate me, though, the historic story lines switched to other characters' POVs and so, with a sigh of relief, I soldiered on and finished the book. When the mystery gets resolved in the end, it was both surprising even though I was keeping my eyes out for a twist and satisfying. A worthwhile read if you like historic fiction.
View all 15 comments. May 29, Anne rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in-german. In the review of the last Kate Morton book I've read The Distant Hours , I had complained about how I couldn't get a good "grip" on the characters and felt rather underwhelmed by their character traits.
This time I felt the complete opposite! I loved everyone involved in the story. This book was even more character-driven than her others. Of course there were several events happening and I really liked the overall plot! Everyone just seemed so real I figured out a possible solution to the mystery about halfway through the novel, which at the end proved to be correct.
However, Mrs. Morton has a way of writing that keeps up the suspense and makes you change your mind on what might happen all the time. I kept on guessing and guessing and came up with different solutions constantly. I often thought I had figured everything out, but then the story took a different direction than I expected and I changed my mind again. The writing style was consistent throughout; I never felt bored or like things were too drawn out. The changes between the different time periods were done very well and felt connected to each other.
I don't really know what else I can say, besides that this was a wonderful book that brought me a huge amount of joy and kept me entertained the whole time I was reading it. View all 9 comments. Feb 13, Melisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery , historical-fiction , favorites.
Every single one of them. The Secret Keeper is a story of love; of family and friendships and human nature and perseverance. Set during the Blitz of WWII and present day, the alternating timelines told from different characters are woven so beautifully and intricately to create the perfect story and mystery. It is no secret that I am a huge fan of hers. Her stories are so well-developed and beautiful, her characters stick with you for a very long time.
And the language. She writes so beautifully, you can't help but get swept away with her words. This was my last unread Kate Morton novel, I had it tucked away for a rainy day because I was sad at the thought of having no more of her stories to hear. At almost pages, some critics will say that it is too long winded, however I feel the opposite. I feel that every word was necessary to create this incredible tale. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to learn what happened in the mystery.
And it was SO worth it. Highly, highly recommend. View all 33 comments. A family saga of broad scope, this was an interesting story. Part mystery, part adventure, part romance, part war story, and all heart. This book is told in 4 parts — Laurel, Dolly, Vivien, and Dorothy. However, there is a crossover in characters throughout, and the time frame moves between the war years from through and the year of There are bits and pieces involving other characters and other time frames, but they exist only to set up or clarify these main characters and times.
The mystery begins when Laurel, the oldest of 4 girls and a boy, witnesses a shocking incident from her hiding spot in the family treehouse when she is sixteen years old. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and although earlier on I had accurately guessed at a fairly big reveal, I certainly did not know all the details or how it all came about. I would have liked to have discovered more about them without being present in their heads quite so much.
What Does It Mean To Be The Keeper Of The Secrets?
On the other hand, in the last two parts I was treated to more subtlety and my mind could dwell on more possibilities. This is not a one-afternoon type of read. You can expect to spend upwards of 10 hours solid reading altogether and that may not include time spent shedding a few tears and locating tissues , but it is worth the time spent. This is a well-plotted novel with many threads to it — and all of them are drawn into the overall tapestry by the end. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the combination of genres I mentioned in my second sentence and is willing to spend time getting to know a large cast of characters, their families, and how they weathered some tough times together.
View all 50 comments. Going back and forth in timelines of , , and , this was a story full of dark secrets, ambition, jealousy, and forgiveness. I will write a proper review for this later. Sep 29, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: 1-fiction , 4-historical-fiction , 9-readseptember. Ever since I read my first book by Kate Morton, I've been keen to read all her others. This month I went with The Secret Keeper since I tend to love books where there's a secret buried somewhere that must come out despite every intent to bury it years ago.
I was thrilled with the novel and can't wait to take on the next one. We see snapshots of their lives while Laurel tries to unrav Ever since I read my first book by Kate Morton, I've been keen to read all her others. We see snapshots of their lives while Laurel tries to unravel the mystery of a childhood incident where she's certain she saw her mother stab a stranger.
We see the perspective of a few other characters who interacted with Dolly when she was younger, as well as Laurel's three sisters and one brother.
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It all comes together in a surprising conclusion where readers are forced to decide how we feel about an event that can be seen from many different angles. Morton is the best at weaving together a story full of so many different side stories, you can never tell which will be the significant one to change the entire ending or plot arc to capture your shock. As this one moved along, I enjoyed the lyrical prose, tense dialog, well-drawn characters, and thrilling descriptions. It was good, but that shock factor didn't emerge as powerfully as I'd hoped.
A few chapters later, in the most unusual place, I thought I saw an error. I re-read the passage twice, then realized -- Oh, here's that crazy twist! And what a fantastic one it was. I would love to give it 5 stars, and it's close, but there were a few moments of repetition and slowness that held me back.
By no means did it make me want to put it down and wait days before reading again. It just didn't force me to stay up super late Overall, the story is very enthralling on many levels. You've got a backdrop of war, then modern social media times.
You've got a mother who might or might not be lying or be a killer. As you read the historical portions, you can't decide which of two girls is the one to believe. It keeps you going to the point you almost think they're both lying, but which is the most pertinent among all the confusion? Above all the plot and story, the settings are among the most gorgeous and captivating as any I've ever read before.
Morton can describe the simplest things in the most complex terms, but it still makes me yearn for more. I never think "ugh, she's completely overdone it," but there are times when I would be okay with a few less words if it's not ultimately important to the detail of the story. If you've never read her work, this is a good one, but I'd start with The Forgotten Garden then come to this one. I've two more left to read of hers, then I'll probably have to wait a year for the next to be published. Oh well View all 14 comments. Sep 04, Yianna Yiannacou rated it it was amazing.
Wow, just wow. Kate Morton has done it again. This book kept me hooked the entire time. She has a way with words that enthralls you and keeps you wanting more and more. This book is about a young woman named Laurel and she wants to figure out her mothers past. After seeing a horrific scene when she was younger, and her mother now on her death bed, she finds it more important that she figures out why her mother did what she did to protect her family.
There were so many twist and turns and even mo Wow, just wow. There were so many twist and turns and even more questions that I needed answered. I love how Kate brings us into the past from her mothers perspective as well, so this book lets you look deep into both characters motives. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great family history mystery. These books are such an easy read that you will finish before you even realize it!
Oct 04, Margitte rated it it was amazing Shelves: british-author , family-sagas , reviewed , historical-fiction , wwii , favorites , chicken-soup-for-the-soul-read , drama , british-novels. The plot - a huge surprise. The characters - endearing. The ending - prima. The mystery - thrilling! As historical fiction - as atmospheric as it can get, with an ambiance of mystery and a light thriller touch.
Five stars indeed, although some dragging took place, the narrative jumped around, resulting in some confusion, and the ending just would not come. But when it did, it was mind-blowing. What an intriguing journey it was for the reader.
The clues were all there, and all missed. It left me thrilled to be wrong! In the end I wanted to rate it five stars for the way this book made me feel. One of the best books I have read so far this year. View all 19 comments. Oct 07, Karen rated it really liked it. Everything she knows about her mother and her family is turned upside down. Her mother is celebrating her 90th birthday and Laurel is searching for answers to family secrets from so long ago. This story was a real slow burner that took me quite a while to feel engaged in.