Although vastly different from SARAH'S KEY, I enjoyed A SECRET KEPT just as much. The fact that the main character was male gave it a decidedly different feel from most stories. Antoine knew that he had deficiencies in his character, as a father, husband and son, although he does seem to excel at being a brother. Others have remarked upon the unresolved issues in his life, but I think that there are simply some men that refuse to deal with too many emotional issues. They've been raised to be the strong, silent types (yes even in this day and age), and given the way Antoine was raised I felt he dealt with most of the issues he confronted appropriately.