SOURCE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.
Rural England, a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, a summer's day at the start of the 1960s.My Thoughts:
THE SECRET KEEPER is my first Kate Morton book, and I was completely wowed! I'm so intrigued by stories with family secrets, and the one revealed in this book is a doozy. It's still at the forefront of my mind days after finishing the book.
THE SECRET KEEPER begins on an English farm in 1961 when Laurel is a teenager, and she witnesses a violent crime involving her mother Dorothy. The story jumps ahead to 2011, as Laurel and her siblings are gathering for Dorothy's 90th birthday.
The incident 50 years earlier has always haunted Laurel, and she knows with her mother's failing health, time is short to find out why it happened. From there, the story takes readers back and forth between 1941 London during the Blitz when Dorothy and her beau Jimmy meet Vivian, and 2011 as Laurel searches for clues about her mother's past.
Not only was this book a gripping mystery, it was also compelling historical fiction, painting a vivid picture of life in WWII London as bombs were dropped on the city. Heartrending!
THE SECRET KEEPER has a complex plot full of twists and turns that leads to a jaw-dropping conclusion. Kate Morton is an amazing storyteller, and I'm eager to read the rest of her novels. 5-stars!
Review copy courtesy of NetGalley.