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This stunning new novel from Tatiana de Rosnay, author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Sarah's Key, plumbs the depths of complex family relationships and the power of a past secret to change everything in the present.
It all began with a simple seaside vacation, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood. Antoine Rey thought he had the perfect surprise for his sister Mélanie's birthday: a weekend by the sea at Noirmoutier Island, where the pair spent many happy childhood summers playing on the beach. It had been too long, Antoine thought, since they'd returned to the island--over thirty years, since their mother died and the family holidays ceased. But the island's haunting beauty triggers more than happy memories; it reminds Mélanie of something unexpected and deeply disturbing about their last island summer. When, on the drive home to Paris, she finally summons the courage to reveal what she knows to Antoine, her emotions overcome her and she loses control of the car.
Recovering from the accident in a nearby hospital, Mélanie tries to recall what caused her to crash. Antoine encounters an unexpected ally: sexy, streetwise Angèle, a mortician who will teach him new meanings for the words life, love and death. Suddenly, however, the past comes swinging back at both siblings, burdened with a dark truth about their mother, Clarisse.
Trapped in the wake of a shocking family secret shrouded by taboo, Antoine must confront his past and also his troubled relationships with his own children. How well does he really know his mother, his children, even himself? Suddenly fragile on all fronts as a son, a husband, a brother and a father, Antoine Rey will learn the truth about his family and himself the hard way.

By turns thrilling, seductive and destructive, with a lingering effect that is bittersweet and redeeming, A Secret Kept is the story of a modern family, the invisible ties that hold it together, and the impact it has throughout life.

A film is now in production, to star Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds, Now You See Me), Laurent Lafitte (The Crimson Rivers, Little White Lies), and Audrey Dana (Roman de Gare, The Clink of Ice) and will begin shooting in April!

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A Secret Kept
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Poignant story
July 12th, 2015
Heart wrenching story, beautifully written. Characters are rich, complex. Love her other books as well.
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Nice read!!
December 12th, 2014
Hard to get into the story...until the accident. But after that it is a great story of a familly with secrets and questions.
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Great Read!
September 21st, 2014
I had a few short nights because I needed to read just a few more pages... Which became whole chapters.
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A secret kept
June 8th, 2014
Thoroughly enjoyed this read.
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May 16th, 2014
Amazing!! I'm not usually into books that have a realist theme, but this was great! I loved watching Antoine grow throughout the story, seeing how his relationships with his friends, family, coworkers and lover develop.
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Good read
May 3rd, 2014
Not as good as Sarah's Key. But a good read
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April 26th, 2014
What a disappointment after Sarah's Key! Don't waste your time or money. I was totally immersed in Sarah's Key but had to force myself to read A Secret Kept. So disappointed.
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A Secret Kept
July 24th, 2013
Very good book. So easy to fully picture the characters!
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A Secret Kept
May 13th, 2013
A wonderful story of a son's love for his mother, his sense of loss of all he has loved and finally a discovery of love in the moment.
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Great read!
March 11th, 2013
I enjoyed this book and the twists and turns that came with it. Kept me guessing :)
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