Thursday, December 27, 2012

Book Review: The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

From Goodreads1961 England. Laurel Nicolson is sixteen years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

Fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to Green Acres for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by memories and questions she has not thought about for decades. She decides to find out the truth about the events of that summer day and lay to rest her own feelings of guilt. One photograph, of her mother and a woman Laurel has never met, called Vivian, is her first clue.

The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams, the lengths some people go to fulfill them, and the strange consequences they sometimes have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers and schemers, play-acting and deception told against a backdrop of events that changed the world

As you can see, I'm totally giving up on writing my own reviews for this last week of the year.  My brain is just finished for the year.  I'm getting these last few written in advance so hopefully my week or so with no review writing will refresh me.

Kate Morton is my absolute favorite historical fiction author and one of my favorite authors all-around.  I think she handles historical fiction brilliantly, in terms of research and setting and in terms of telling an amazing story.  This story, set mainly during the London Blitz, brings both the period and the London scenery to life.  I usually don't like lots of detail in description, but Morton is able to include it in a way that works with the story and doesn't take away from it.

Entertainment Value
I truly enjoyed the experience of reading this one.  The main character wasn't my favorite, but I think being interested in her secrets helped me get past my dislike of her as a character.  Also, the secondary characters totally made up for it, especially Laurel and Vivian.  It kept me guessing and I didn't see the ending coming until I was almost on it, so that earns it bonus points.

If you like historical fiction, if you watch Downton Abbey or Call The Midwife, or if you enjoy the British WWII setting, you'll love it.

1 comment:

  1. She writes in such a way you get completely and totally lost in the story and setting.