The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton: The Review That Almost Wasn't

Leah Courtney

Since I've been reviewing books from various companies, I've read some pretty mediocre books.  I thought that The Secret Keeper was well on the way to being one of those.

I picked it because of the synopsis.  A woman goes in search for the story behind a violent event she witnessed as a girl.  I caught the words "love" and "World War 2" and I was in.

When I first began reading, I was tempted to quit.  I rarely quit a review book.  There have been a few I've skimmed though.  The Secret Keeper seemed to have a slow start.  It was also written with flashbacks- one of my least favorite writing techniques.  Through the first chapter or so, I considered not going on.

When I had made my way  through the first chapters, however; I began to be drawn in to the story.  Laurel's search to find out what happened when she was a young girl was intriguing, compelling.

Last night, as my Kindle noted that I was only 60% through the book, I couldn't put it down.  I so wanted to know how the story ended.  Unfortunately, as the clock neared 1 AM, I decided to put it down.

When I finally had a chance to pick it up again, I devoured the remainder of the story.

The Secret Keeper turned out to be more than just a mystery to solve.  It's a novel of coming of age, of personal growth, of love, and of forgiveness.  It was a wonderful read.

As I finished it, I sighed deeply, looked around, and tried to again be present in the real world.  It was difficult after this novel because the story was so captivating and the ending was so wonderful.

I can highly recommend this one.  I give it 5 stars and a PG-13 rating.  There is some reference to sex but no description and there are a few inappropriate words.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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