Book Review: The Secret Keeper


Goodreads Summary: The Secret Keeper (Audible)

During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.

Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond. It is the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world

My Review – 3 stars

LONG AND SLOW BOOK… really wanted to fast forward but knew I might miss important info.

I knew it all along, I guessed most of it correctly, a few minor details I was wrong about. If you really pay attention you will know right away the discord between each character’s POVs and what really happened. Think it could have been shorter and still packed the punch at the ending.

Loved the historical details from WWI and how it switched between characters. Can’t really describe anything else without giving it all away.

Highlight for Spoilers (((((I was right old Dorothy was really Vivian. Vivian was abused by her husband and was never really friends with Dolly (Young Dorothy). 

Dolly was a narcissist and if she had lived would have continued to use and manipulate people to get what she wanted. Everything she led us to believe was just what she wanted or felt was owed to her. Even Jimmy, had he not been attacked, would have dumped her.

Vivian is regularly beaten by her husband and when blackmailed by Dolly, her husband beats her once again…worse than than ever before.

Vivan leaves her home and money (because her husband owns nothing) to Jimmy’s dad thinking Jimmy is was killed by her husband. She pretends she died in a blast and takes over the persona of Dorothy.

Jimmy thinks Vivian is dead, only to find out many years later she is happily married with kids. He is both saddened and happy for her. Happy that she is finally being treated the way a man should treat his wife and saddened that he is not her husband.

Laurel pieces it all together and is darn proud of her mom. It’s Vivian’s husband that finds her that fateful morning and greets her as Dorothy out of sarcasm. She kills him knowing if she doesn’t he will kill her and her children. He was poor because all the money and house belonged to Vivian, he wanted revenge.

Can I admit that I am glad Dolly had the fate she had. She was such a user. Makes me wonder if her family was even as awful as she made them out to be.))))

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Goodreads Summary: Dust to Dust (Audible)

Sorry. The single word is written on a mirror. In front of it hangs a Minneapolis Internal Affairs cop. Was it suicide? Or a kinky act turned tragic?

Either way, it wasn’t murder. At least not according to the powers that be. But veteran homicide detective Sam Kovac and his wisecracking, ambitious partner, Nikki Liska, think differently. Together they begin to dig at the too-neat edges of the young cop’s death, uncovering one motive—and one suspect—after another. The cloud of suspicion falls not only on the city’s elite, but over the very heart of the police department. Someone wants the case closed—quickly and forever. But even with their careers and their lives on the line, neither Kovac nor Liska will give up. As they unearth a connection between a two-month-old murder case and one that has been closed for twenty years, they find themselves chasing a killer who will stop at nothing to keep a dark and shattering secret.

Seems like a cliche beginning…apparent suicide but no, wait it’s not. No one believes the cops and they have to find a way to prove it while not getting killed. BUT…I loved the other book so I know I will be surprised.  


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