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Subject: September RAL - Initial Thoughts
Date Posted: 9/1/2013 7:45 PM ET
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This month's read-along is The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. Since i have the audio version, i cant provide a page breakdown for the discussion. So, we're going to do something different.

Use this thread to discuss your initial thoughts about the story. This can be impressions prior to reading it, or it can be initial thoughts as you begin to read.

I'll start by saying i was intrigued by the plot summary and the reviews even tho i wasnt a fan of The House at Riverton. So, im starting off as interested but cautious. Lol

Date Posted: 9/1/2013 7:52 PM ET
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Mine's on backorder from PBS, so I'll have to wait until it arrives to participate, other than to say the only other Kate Morton book I've read, "The Forgotten Garden," I enjoyed very much.

Date Posted: 9/9/2013 3:57 PM ET
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I liked -  but did not love -  "The House at Riverton" and "The Forgotten Garden".  I'm just a few pages in to "The Secret Keeper" and I'm thinking it promises to be better.

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Date Posted: 9/19/2013 10:23 AM ET
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I just received my copy by mail and am way behind in the discussion!

I haven't had much time to read in the past few days, so I'm hoping to pick up the book and get a move on over the weekend. I do have some things planned, but hope to pick up some chapters in between.

Date Posted: 9/19/2013 4:43 PM ET
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Mine arrived yesterday, I have to finish a cozy before I can jump into it :)

Date Posted: 9/24/2013 2:06 PM ET
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I finally finished the audiobook yesterday and my initial thoughts mirror some of the comments made by others on other threads.   This audiobook really REALLY dragged in the first half of the book.     17 CD's at appox 90 minutes each?   I have no aversion to big books (big Outlander fan here) as long as there is justification for the length of the book.    But this book was so boring in the first half and I felt it needed a good editing.   Of course, as usual, I have no idea where the editing should have been done LOL.  Good thing I'm not an editor!      I almost gave up on the audio around CD 6 or 7, but didn't because I saw from the reviews on Amazon that other people had the same issues with the book and almost all said that the ending was great. .... and they were right.

A few things didn't sit right with me.    I found it a little hard to believe that a 16-year old girl could witness her mother stab and kill a man - and then sit on that knowledge for most of her life and not talk to ANYONE about it.  Also, I was a little surprised at how fast Dolly seemed to get over the death of her entire family in the Coventry blitz.  But then maybe she didn't really get over it.  Maybe that was about the time that Dolly's fantasy life began to go into overdrive.

BIG Spoiler ahead .....



One thing I have to congratulate Kate Morton on is that she got me.   I was totally surprised to find out that Dorothy was really Vivien.    So Morton did a great job with the writing to lead me to think that Vivien was really dead.

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