“It was a long time ago”
Although Laurel Nicholson was a successful actress and had been living on her own for years she was still haunted by a child hood memory. The strange man as he approached the back of the farm-house. The sound of her dog Barnaby barking. The abrupt way her mother put her baby brother down on the ground behind her. The look on her mothers face when the man said her name out loud “Dorothy”. And the knife as her mother plunged it into the man’s chest.
As Laurel sat by her 90-year-old mother’s hospital bed, flipping through the family album she couldn’t help but wonder about her mother’s life before she became Mom. The old fashion black and white picture which had slipped from the back of the family album had her baffled. Who was the smiling woman in the picture standing arm linked with her mother? This was the only picture Laurel had ever seen of her mother as a young woman and she began to realize how little she actually knew about her. Who was that man she saw her mother stab from her hiding place in the tree? How could she have just accepted the story told by her parents so many years ago? Laurel had so many questions. What did her mother mean when she uttered the words “I’m so thankful, so lucky to have …a second chance.” Time was running out and Laurel needed answers.
The Secret Keeper takes you back to war-time London. It is the story of three people from different walks of life who’s meeting sets in motion events that would drastically change their lives forever. The plot builds slowly and I have to admit that at first I was wondering where it was going and why everyone was talking about this book. And then the puzzle pieces started to come together. By the time I finished, I was totally captivated by the story and the twist at the end caught me totally off guard!