The more I read of this best selling title by Kate Morton the harder it becomes not get carried away by it. Just like its older brother THE SHIFTING FOG, the story is a combination of present day life merged beautifully, immaculately and ingeniously with flashbacks ranging from the era surrounding the second world war, the 1960s and present day.
What makes the storytelling so compelling is the strength of the characters, their interaction, the plot (of course...) as well as the associated mysteries for each character that Ms Norton so beautifully grafts onto them.
Her depiction of London during the horror-filled blitz of the second world war is so realistic and so well portrayed that my kindle had me ducking my head on public transport on my way to work. The description of the murder at the start of the book, and the consequent police investigation, with young Laurel taking centre stage and preventing a potential family disaster was also totally gripping.
Slowly but surely the story forms itself into the consciousness of the reader and it is not until at the very end of part one that it is spelt out in black and white what the book is essentially about. Of course the alert reader would have figured it all out much sooner but there are plenty of complications and distractions to read about and enjoy virtually in every chapter of this fine tome.
So how does it all turn out, then? You will have to learn that by reading this jewel yourself. Having read just two books from this amazing Australian talent it is easy to surmise that she is a world class writer of superb fiction. Her story telling abilities simply shine whenever you jump back in between the pages and THE SECRET KEEPER is no exception. This book is a combination of historical fiction, mixed with love stories mixed with human drama, mixed with suspense, and mixed with comedy, and heart break and human tragedy. By book's end your emotions will be put through the wringer, your eyes will be glued to your kindle screen and will be dry from a concerted lack of blinking eye lids. And finally, your heart will simply break when you realise the book is finished. But unless you have already spoilt yourself by reading Ms Morton's entire back log, there are plenty of other wonders of hers to discover.
Full marks for this wonderful reading experience.
- Mass Market Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Allen & Unwin (28 September 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1760291625
- ISBN-13: 978-1760291624
- Package Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 4.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 581 g
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)