BY MARY MILLER
“The Secret Keeper” opens with 16-year-old Laurel hiding in a treehouse when she notices a man walking up the long approach to their English farmhouse.
What follows is her eyewitness account of a horribly violent act that causes her to challenge her beliefs about her perfect childhood and especially her perfect mother, Dorothy.
Fifty years later, Laurel is a successful actress gathering with her family members to celebrate Dorothy’s 90th birthday. Of the four children, only Laurel knows about the violent incident, and she still has no answers.
With her mother’s failing health, Laurel wants to unravel the mystery of that long-ago day. And eventually, she does.
This suspenseful page-turner is told in several different voices and takes the reader from pre-World War II and beyond.
Three strangers — young Dorothy, Vivien and Jimmy — tell their version of the story as Laurel unravels their secrets. The war itself is yet another character, thwarting the outcome of their lives.
The suspense builds throughout to the startling conclusion that most readers won’t see coming. This book is that rare gem that will keep you reading until all hours of the night.
(Mary Miller owns Turtle Town Books & Gifts in Nisswa.)