Kate Morton is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours, The Secret Keeper, The Lake House, and The Clockmaker's Daughter. Her books are published in 34 languages and have been #1 bestsellers worldwide. She is a native Australian, holds degrees in dramatic art and English literature. She lives with her family in London and Australia.
In 1961, 16-year-old Laurel Nicholson witnesses her beloved mother murder a strange man. It's not until 2011 as the now fragile mother celebrates her 90th birthday that Laurel attempts to learn the truth behind this shattering event, which she's kept secret. Time and viewpoint move from World War II London to rural England in the 1960s to 2011. Morton is particularly adept at rendering people and situations, which are never quite as they seem. Narrator Caroline Lee is brilliant; characters personify their time and place perfectly. Listeners may need to remind themselves that there is only one reader. VERDICT In addition to those who appreciate superior writing, family-saga and historical-fiction fans will find much here to enjoy.-Susan Baird, formerly with Oak Lawn P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"As always, Morton weaves an intriguing mystery, shifting between
past and present and among fully realized characters harboring deep
secrets."--People Magazine **** (The Secret
"Morton has obvious star power. . . . Her novels are Australia's most successful exports since Colleen McCullough's "Thorn Birds" stormed the world in 1977." --The New York Times Book Review (The Secret Keeper)--The New York Times Book Review
"Morton is masterful at controlling a story's flow and tension. Readers will not suspect the twist at the end." -- Publisher's Weekly (The Secret Keeper)--Publisher's Weekly
"A gripping tale of love and betrayal."--Good Housekeeping (The Secret Keeper)--Good Housekeeping