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. Moving from London during the Blitz to the present day, this is classic Kate Morton: a compulsively-readable, entrancing mystery with a long held secret to be uncovered at its heart.
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.
KATE MORTON grew up in the mountains of south-east Queensland and lives now with her husband and young sons in Brisbane. She has degrees in dramatic art and English literature, specialising in nineteenth-century tragedy and contemporary gothic novels. Kate Morton has sold over 10 million copies in 33 languages, across 38 countries. The Shifting Fog, published internationally as The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours, The Secret Keeper and The Lake Househave all been number one bestsellers around the world.
You can find more information about Kate Morton and her books at katemorton.com or facebook.com/KateMortonAuthor.
Short-listed ABA Nielsen Book Data, Booksellers Choice Award 2013 AU; Short-listed Book Design Awards, Fiction 2013 AU; Winner 61st APA Book Design Awards, Best Designed Fiction Book 2013 AU; Winner Australian Book Industry Awards, Publisher Promotional Campaign of the Year 2013 AU; Winner Australian Book Industry Awards, General Fiction Book of the Year 2013 AU; Winner Book Design Awards, Best Designed Fiction Book 2013 AU; Winner The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year 2013 AU; Winner Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards, Christina Stead Award 2012 AU
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
Paperback - B format