The Secret Keeper

The Secret Keeper - Kate Morton

Kate Morton is hit and miss for me. I loved The House at Riverton, which more than adequately filled the Downton Abbey gap in my life between seasons one and two. I didn't like The Forgotten Garden, which felt disjointed and predictable. I found The Distant Hours to be too strongly reminiscent of Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale. I didn't care for The Thirteenth Tale, and it's always a bad sign when I'd rather be reading the novel within the novel than the novel itself.

 

After a strong start followed by two fizzlers, Morton redeemed herself in my eyes with The Secret Keeper. I absolutely loved the glimpses into wartime London, the slow unraveling of a family mystery, and the vivid cast of characters, past and present. All the story lines came together in what I felt was a very satisfying conclusion. At this point, I will likely buy anything Morton writes. Even when I don't wholeheartedly love her stories and characters, I always love her writing, which is beautiful.