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"An intriguing mystery, shifting between past and present." - People, 4 stars
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How does The Secret Keeper compare to Kate Morton's other works?

Created: 07/14/13

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Posted Jul. 14, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
monicaw

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Kate Morton's other works

Has anyone read any of Kate Morton's other books? Are they similar or different to the tone/themes explored in this one?


Posted Jul. 14, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
kimk

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RE: Kate Morton's other works

The only other one I've read was The House at Riverton. It was equally well done, set in post WWI England. Like The Secret Keeper, the plot revolved around family secrets and gradual revelations. I think maybe there was a bit darker feel to it when compared to The Secret Keeper. I'd give the edge to The Secret Keeper for me, personally, since I really liked the aspect of someone investigating their past, finding out there's a part of their parent's past they never suspected. There's a bit of that in The House at Riverton, but it's a reporter vs. a family member, so the feel is different.


Posted Jul. 14, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
dianac

Join Date: 04/02/13

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RE: Kate Morton's other works

I have read all her books. She has a way of writing that pulls you in from the start. Love her books.


Posted Jul. 15, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
joycew

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RE: How does The Secret Keeper compare to Kate Morton's other works?

I have read all her books and watch for the next one. I really enjoy her settings and storytelling.


Posted Jul. 15, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
sandrah

Join Date: 07/18/11

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RE: How does The Secret Keeper compare to Kate Morton's other works?

While I enjoyed "The House at Riverton (the only other of Morton's books I have read)," I did not find it as compelling a read as "The Secret Keeper." I felt that "Secret Keeper" was not the same old gothic plot. I liked the contemporary setting, the WW II setting, the flashbacks, and the characters.


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Posted Jul. 15, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
jeannew

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RE: How does The Secret Keeper compare to Kate Morton's other works?

I've only read The House at Riverton thus far and I really liked it, but The Secret Keeper completely outshone it. This story seemed much more complex and twisty. Kate Morton's skills as a writer are obviously growing; I can't wait to read her past books and I can't wait to see what she has planned for the next book.


Posted Jul. 16, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
lucyb

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RE: How does The Secret Keeper compare to Kate Morton's other works?

I love Kate Morton's writing. I have read one other book of hers and I was not disappointed at all with this book. She captured my interest from the beginning and held my interest throughout the book. I couldn't lay it down. I will be reading her other books.


Posted Jul. 17, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
Navy Mom

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RE: How does The Secret Keeper compare to Kate Morton's other works?

This author is new to me. I enjoyed this book and am going to seek out others that she has written. I was happy to see others are more familiar with her writing than I was. Now I will definitely read more.


Posted Jul. 17, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
sallyh

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RE: How does The Secret Keeper compare to Kate Morton's other works?

I read The Forgotten Garden for another book club and loved it. When I started The Secret Keeper, I didn't like it as much - it seemed a bit more like a love story, in spite of the mystery angle of Laurel's investigation - but by the time I finished it, I loved it too. I think Kate Morton draws things out a bit too much - both books could have been a little shorter - but that isn't a major criticism. I have her other two books but haven't started them yet.


Posted Jul. 18, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
Terry R

Join Date: 12/26/11

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RE: How does The Secret Keeper compare to Kate Morton's other works?

I have read all of her books and really enjoyed them. I keep my eyes out for her new releases.


Posted Jul. 19, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
judyt

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RE: How does The Secret Keeper compare to Kate Morton's other works?

Kate Morton is on my "auto read" list.... I like the fact that a strong part of her books is the relationships between the various people.


Posted Jul. 19, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
chocolate mint

Join Date: 07/19/13

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RE: How does The Secret Keeper compare to Kate Morton's other works?

When I read House at Riverton I thought it was a great book, but I followed with Kate Morton's Forgotten Garden and was disappointed. The second book made me think she may be another formula writer -- with the same story theme each time, but different setting and characters. The Secret Keeper followed the same concept of covering several generations of women however, this one was a nice surprise in the end. Morton does take us on a journey with much too much descriptive imagery that threatens to lose the reader through much of the first half of the book. Yet, once the main character was revealed as questionable if not weak, and various plot lines were introduced, the story became riveting. The surprise ending tackled me and I was certainly down with the book through the final chapters.


Posted Jul. 19, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
kathygant

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RE: How does The Secret Keeper compare to Kate Morton's other works?

I have read The Forgotten Garden.Like the Secret Keeper, I could not put it down. I have ordered The House at Riverton and will be on the look out for any books written by Kate Morton, my new favorite author.


Posted Jul. 19, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
judyb

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RE: How does The Secret Keeper compare to Kate Morton's other works?

I loved The House at Riverton and liked The Forgotten Garden. I think The Secret Keeper is her best yet, and I will keep reading her books as fast as she can write them. Love the WWI and WWII era ambiance, too.


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Posted Jul. 21, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
job

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RE: How does The Secret Keeper compare to Kate Morton's other works?

I've started the Secret Keeper and am at the same time listening to The House at Riverton. I have found that in both books that it's hard to follow what's going on in the beginning. I don't feel that she gives enough information...everything is sketchy which makes it difficult to get into. Anyone else find this? Also the audio for House at Riverton has a lot of sketchy jumping back and forth in the beginning with "letters, notes or diary entries". When I pulled out the book to re-read that first part, it was not in the hard copy. What's that all about?


Posted Jul. 21, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
leew

Join Date: 07/18/13

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RE: How does The Secret Keeper compare to Kate Morton's other works?

I have read everything by Kate Morton and truly enjoy them. I enjoy the way she layers a story with multiple times and characters. I also enjoy the way she always surprises the reader at the end! I am ready for her next one!!


Posted Jul. 21, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
amyf

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RE: How does The Secret Keeper compare to Kate Morton's other works?

I love Kate Morton. I love all of her books, but I believe that this one of her best.


Posted Jul. 22, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
christineb

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RE: How does The Secret Keeper compare to Kate Morton's other works?

I have read all her books and this was my favorite- although at the time I was reading the others I highly recommended them!


Posted Jul. 23, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
joanp

Join Date: 06/13/11

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RE: How does The Secret Keeper compare to Kate Morton's other works?

I have read all her recent books and she always tells an unpredictable, good story. I read the book on a plane trip from Denver to New York and never unpacked my bags until I finished it.


Posted Jul. 23, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
pate

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RE: How does The Secret Keeper compare to Kate Morton's other works?

This is the third book by Kate Morton that I have read and she has become one of my favorite authors. I loved The Forgotten Garden and The House at Riverton, but my favorite is definitely The Secret Keeper. I enjoy the character development and historical backgrounds in all the books, but I found this one to be the most unpredictable for me, loved the twist at the end!


Posted Jul. 24, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
billb

Join Date: 07/23/13

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RE: How does The Secret Keeper compare to Kate Morton's other works?

Read The Forgotten Garden and House At Riverton and this was my least favorite. I like the WW2 setting and am familiar with the skipping back and forth in time. But until the last 10 pages I was sort of disappointed in both the plot and characters. Seemed sluggish compared to the others.
Dorothy was ditzy and delusional in London.
I couldn't imagine why Laurel waited so long to discuss the stabbing

Kate Morton will remain on my favorite author's list but I liked her other 2 books more.


Posted Jul. 25, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
nancyd

Join Date: 07/18/13

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RE: How does The Secret Keeper compare to Kate Morton's other works?

I think it is right up there with The Forgotten Garden, a book I truly enjoyed. I feel Kate Morton does an excellent job of drawing her characters and revealing the layers of their personalities little by little.


Posted Jul. 29, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
amyf

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RE: How does The Secret Keeper compare to Kate Morton's other works?

The Distant Hours is the only other Kate Morton book I read. I loved it, but actually loved the Secret Keeper even more. I think Kate Morton is an excellent writer who draws you into her stories. With both books I ended up staying up late to finish, and then was immediately sad I finished so quickly. I definitely want to read her other books.


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tswaine

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RE: How does The Secret Keeper compare to Kate Morton's other works?

I haven't read any of her other books, but after reading this one, I will search out her other novels.


Posted Jul. 29, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
dorothyt

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RE: How does The Secret Keeper compare to Kate Morton's other works?

I have read all four of her books--found The House at Riverton by chance and when I read The Forgotten Garden, which is probably my favorite (can't wait for a chance to reread it), I knew Kate Morton was going to be one of my favorite authors. The Distant Hours was good, and I loved The Secret Keeper, probably my second favorite. I am eager to read what she does next. Her gift for writing two or three stories in various settings simultaneously is the best thing she does, really keeping the novels moving.


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