1961 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.
Reading The Secret Keeper cemented by love for Kate Morton’s novels. I raced through this book, always eager to see what clue would come next and what the final outcome of the mystery would be. The plot, characters and writing are all beautiful, endearing and satisfying. Morton really knows how to weave a compelling tale and put the reader right in the heart of the emotions and setting.
Highly recommended! I also loved The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. The House at Riverton is enjoyable, but I didn’t love it like these two. And I still need to read The Distant Hours.
CONTENT NOTE: Only a few instances of foul language and only hints at “off-screen” sex and violence.
Have you read it? What did you think?