Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The Secret Keeper, by Kate Morton
In 1961, 16-year old Laurel Nicolson witnesses her mother stab an ominous stranger to death. The death is determined to be a case of self-defense, and the family puts it quickly and definitively behind them. In 2011, as her mother's cancer takes its final toll, Laurel takes a break from her acting career to discover why. A box of secrets begins the quest, but journals, letters, and interviews with people with connections to her mother and her friends help Laurel piece together the story. Much of the book takes place in 1941 during the London Blitz, which Morton seems to have had quite a good time researching.