The Secret Keeper
By Kate Morton
Atria Books, 2012. 484 pgs. Fiction
While hiding in a tree during a family picnic, 16-year-old Laurel watches a stranger approach her mother. She sees the conversation escalate and then sits stunned as the exchange turns deadly.
Decades later, Laurel is compelled to investigate the man, her mother and the mysterious set of events that preceded what occurred that summer afternoon.
Her efforts to uncover the secrets her mother has obsessively guarded for so many years feels to be both a betrayal and a service, but Laurel is determined to find the truth.
In "The Secret Keeper," Kate Morton provides us with another entertaining mystery that spans generations and provides plenty of unexpected revelations. While not my favorite of her works, "The Forgotten Garden" maintains that designation, I still enjoyed this new novel and enthusiastically recommend it to almost anyone.