In a bucolic English summer at the end of the 1960s, a young girl witnesses a shocking crime. Fifty years later, she sets out to find out the truth, uncovering layers of mystery and deception.
1961: On a sweltering summer’s day, while her family picnics by the stream on their Suffolk farm, sixteen-year-old Laurel hides out in her childhood tree house dreaming of a boy called Billy, a move to London, and the bright future she can’t wait to seize. But before the idyllic afternoon is over, Laurel will have witnessed a shocking crime that changes everything.
2011: Now a much-loved actress, Laurel finds herself overwhelmed by shades of the past. Haunted by memories, and the mystery of what she saw that day, she returns to her family home and begins to piece together a secret history. A tale of three strangers from vastly different worlds – Dorothy, Vivien and Jimmy – who are brought together by chance in wartime London and whose lives become fiercely and fatefully entwined.
Shifting between the 1930s, the 1960s and the present, The Secret Keeper is a spellbinding story of mysteries and secrets, theatre and thievery, murder and enduring love.
Winner, 2013 Australian Book Industry Awards – General Fiction Book of the Year
‘Morton’s latest will appeal to fans of Daphne du Maurier, Susanna Kearsley, and Audrey Niffenegger with its immensely relatable characters, passion, mystery, and twist ending. ..this is likely to keep readers reading into the wee hours.’ Julie Trevelyan, Booklist
‘An intriguing mystery (with) characters harboring deep secrets.’ People
‘Kate Morton excels in this enthralling novel about desires and divided loyalties’ Good Housekeeping
‘An evocative tale of wartime secrets and family loyalty . . . The story unfurls with a beguiling sweetness, but there’s a real sting to this tale, too’ Marie Claire Good Book Club choice