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From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Distant Hours, The Forgotten Garden, and The House at Riverton, a spellbinding new novel filled with mystery, thievery, murder, and enduring love.

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 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. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. 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.

Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond. 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. 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.

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The Secret Keeper
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4.3 / 5
Worth the read
November 22nd, 2015
Nice intrigue and surprising ending. A heartbreaking love story witha comforting twist. There seems to be an anachronism but I need to check the history of female hockey playing.
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Secret keeper
October 7th, 2015
Another fantastic novel by Kate...I love her books...kleenex and tea are a must when reading her novels
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A Captivating Read
July 7th, 2015
Immersed in the lives of characters past and present until the very end. Wonderful twists and turns as you discover the truth behind the lives left behind.
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Perfect
June 13th, 2015
It's been a while since I've enjoyed a story as much as this, so very well thought out with surprises around every corner. Well worth every moment invested Thank you Kate Morton
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The Secret Keeper
April 25th, 2015
This was a real page turner. I loved her story. Twists and turns you don't expect. Was several stories in one. A real page turner. I loved this book. Would recommend this if you like a great story. For sure will be reading everything else she has written!
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Avid
February 4th, 2015
Excellent! You will love it. I want to read all of her books now. If you like historical who done its this is a must read...
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Excellent!!
January 25th, 2015
Recommend this easy reading story that kept me wanting to keep reading throughout the whole book. Very enjoyable!! Very good Author!!!
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Enjoyable story
December 28th, 2014
I can usually predict a story outcone midway thru... this one surprised me till the end... great read. Thank you
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Riveting til the end
April 20th, 2014
Great book! Never would have guessed the ending! Great mystery right til the end!
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Such a great bok!
March 23rd, 2014
Well written, one of the best books I have read in a long time.
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The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
February 11th, 2014
Ms Morton has a great way of telling an epic story. She keeps you guessing throughout which makes for a fast read as you want to keep turning the page! Wonderful writer, great story, loved it.
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February 7th, 2014
Enjoyed the twists and turns in the plot. Interesting method of solving and decoding a long time family secret! The different personalities of the siblings was so real as we mostly experience much the same type of differences in families. The interpretation and handling of a disturbing event happening when a child also made the read so interesting. Perfect unexpected ending!
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February 4th, 2014
Absolutely loved this book. Great if you are looking for something new to really engross you. The book kept me interested and I couldn't put it down near the end- it's not what you'd expect. I also liked the romance in this book, without being over the top. Great read.
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January 27th, 2014
Love the way the plot unfolds through the book like an onion, so many layers, brilliant!
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January 26th, 2014
This is the fourth book I've read by Kate Morton. I really enjoy her style of writing and this one kept my interest from the very beginning. It is a wonderfully written mystery which follows the lives of a close knit family in the final days of their mothers life. A mystery surrounding their mother's past comes to light and the eldest sister finds that she is compelled to solve this mystery. Along the way we learn about her mother and her past loves and losses and her daughter's own suppressed memories. It has a wonderful twist at the end that I was completely surprised by - overall a compelling read!
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January 25th, 2014
My first time reading Kate Morton. She is a great story teller and will now look at some of her other books. It is an evenly paced story that makes you ponder. The author tells such an intricate tale, I found it difficult to put down. The ending - is - totally unexpected. Awesome
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January 23rd, 2014
Great book, the second of Kate Morton's that I've had the pleasure of reading. Very easy to "get into", difficult to put down.
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January 23rd, 2014
Currently this is my favorite book. I received it as a gift and it was the first Kate Morton book I read. I couldn't put it down! My kids told my I spent the WHOLE weekend sitting on the couch, and I did, because I had to finish this book. The characters and plot had be so engrossed that I wanted to inhale those words. Reading at its true escapism best. This is one of those books that you can't turn the pages fast enough yet you want to cry when you finish it. I knew I would have to read many, many more books before I came across one as grand as this. I haven't found that book yet. Thank you Kate Morton, I'm hooked!
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1 person found this helpful
January 23rd, 2014
Very easy read, kept me ingested right to the end. Really enjoyed this book.
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January 22nd, 2014
This is the first book I have read for a while ( due to small children!! ) ... it was very easy to read and I really enjoyed it. The final twist was fantastic :-)
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January 22nd, 2014
delightful, couldn't put it down
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January 22nd, 2014
As usual with Kate Morton a book you just want to keep on reading. She has a knack of keeping the interest in the story going by to and fro-ing between eras. Back to an idyllic childhood, the war years and the present time. A very good read.
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January 22nd, 2014
A delightful read by this author who never fails to capture you in her spell as she weaves stories from the past and present together so fflawlessly.
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January 22nd, 2014
Loved tis book. If you enjoy reading a page turner this book could be for you. Plenty of intrigue that keeps you reading until the last page. Well written and easy to read.
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3 of 3 people found this helpful
January 22nd, 2014
The Secret Keeper is the first Kate Morton book I've read - it won't be the last. The book switches between WW2 and present day and the characters, although all complex in nature, just grab you and take you on their journey. Amazing read and can't wait to read some of her other books
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January 22nd, 2014
I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. Didn't guess the twist at the end, which doesn't happen very often! Would definitely recommend.
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January 22nd, 2014
Great read - first Kate Morton book I've read and it was a real page turner. Great twists and turns that keep you guessing til the end. Really enjoyed getting to know the characters
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January 22nd, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this read, have read all of Kate Morton's books and this was one of her best. A good twist in the story, hard to put down.
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January 22nd, 2014
A great read, full of intrigue and kept my interest right through to the last page.
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January 22nd, 2014
What a great story, it did take me a couple of chapters to get absorbed, but wham...once in, I couldn't put the book down. I especially enjoyed the fact that the plot didn't reveal itself untill nearly the end. A great read and I've already lent my copy...I firmly recommend.
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January 22nd, 2014
FANTASTIC i love all of her books, there is always a great twist that keeps you glued so that you don,t want to put the book down, highly reccommend reading this book,many a meal was late due to being unable to put it down.
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January 22nd, 2014
This is the first book I have read by Morton and I was pleasantly surprised to find it lived up to all the glowing reviews. It follows the lives of 2 women and the mystery which one of their daughters is determined to find out.. Quite a page turner, which is good as it's a rather long novel, but time passes quickly, as the book is not drawn out unnecessarily.
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January 22nd, 2014
An amazing book which really stayed with me. Beautifully written this book really made me want to follow the characters and find out more about them. Some great twists and surprises. A great read which I have recommended to anyone who will listen!!
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January 22nd, 2014
Another good read from Kate Morton but different from previous books. Still thoroughly enjoyable
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January 22nd, 2014
Very hard to put down, kept me guessing till the last page. Thoroughly enjoyable read.
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January 22nd, 2014
I found this book weirdly unsettling and I'm glad I didn't stop reading it because the reason for the funny feeling was revealed at the end. Worth a read, and interesting.
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January 22nd, 2014
Loved this book, I couldn't put it down. Great twist's to the story. First book by Kate Morton I have read so now I'm looking for more of hers
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3 of 3 people found this helpful
Excellent read!!
January 3rd, 2014
Kate Morton is an incredible author. Her wonderful usage of the English language is amazing. She paints wonderful pictures and keeps you turning pages until the end. Then you go looking for another one of her books.
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Wow!!!
December 24th, 2013
This one had me on the edge of my seat!!! A suspenseful page-turner!!
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1 person found this helpful
Middle slow but ending excellent
December 8th, 2013
As many other readers noted the book slows down in the middle. Also you come to the conclusion that your really don't like the main character. But carry on. The ending makes everything come together and is worth it
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The secret keeper
November 29th, 2013
Well written with many twists. Good read.
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November 9th, 2013
An interesting story that keeps you reading. I particularly enjoyed the glimpses into life in London during the Second World War.
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November 9th, 2013
Great story! Many twists and turns with a surprise ending ,thoroughly enjoyed
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Great book!
October 26th, 2013
Yet another great read! Always keeps you guessing. Interesting and clever twists! Loved it
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Wonderful read!
October 17th, 2013
Highly recommend! Heart warming mixed with other emotions. Hope you enjoy as much as I did! Cheers
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September 8th, 2013
Fantastic story. Written to keep your attention throughout.
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The Secret Keeper
September 7th, 2013
Excellent unraveling of a family mystery, with lots of twists and turns.
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The secret keeper
September 6th, 2013
A fun read- great twist!
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Good read
September 2nd, 2013
Wow best read in a very long time!! Excellent
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Great book!
August 24th, 2013
Lovely story, well written, highly recommended.
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
August 18th, 2013
I love a good book, I just hate finishing them - I miss the characters like I would miss a friend who moved away, sign. At least I have one more of Kate Morton's books to read!
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The Secret Keeper
May 8th, 2013
This was an EXCELLENT book and very well written. I couldn't put it down until I got to the end.
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A worthwhile read!
April 21st, 2013
Loved the book! I loved the Forgotten Garden too so her style suits me.. Touching, sad, with some twists and surprises. A great read.
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A worthwhile read!
April 21st, 2013
Loved the book! I loved the Forgotten Garden too so her style suits me.. Touching, sad, with some twists and surprises. A great read.
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Bon suspens
April 21st, 2013
Bien écrit, pas capable d'arrêter de lire, mais c"'est fini....
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The Secret Keeper
February 24th, 2013
What an incredible ending!!!!!! Everyone should read this book
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The Secret Keeper
February 18th, 2013
Another great book by Kate Morton. Seamless transitions between time periods, unexpected surprise at the end
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The Secret Keeper
February 12th, 2013
Lovely, pleasant read.
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The Secret Keeper
February 12th, 2013
Lovely, pleasant read.
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Worth the read
January 27th, 2013
Dispute the comments by other readers I did not see where the ending was headed. Loved the story
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The Secret Keeper
January 20th, 2013
Excellent book, in suspense until the very end. A wonderful, talented author!
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Another good one
January 9th, 2013
Loved it! I had been disappointed with The Distant Hour. Compared to The Forgotten Garden, it was not as good. But Secret Keeper was wonderful mystery. Loved it!
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Brilliant
December 31st, 2012
Ms Morton has written both a beautiful love story and an intriguing mystery in one fell swoop. Could not put this book down. Was genuinely surprised at every turn, a certain rarity to be sure. A must read.
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Great
December 30th, 2012
Little confusing but ties everything Nicely at the end. When you read how it all happened you'll be nodding your head. Saying yes. That was a great story. Really enjoyed it
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