- Meg Raymond
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton: During a party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the road and sees her mother speak to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy.
The Secret Keeper is historical, slightly creepy and mysterious, and shows how secrets can reverberate across generations in families.
Some other books that have similar themes include:
The Alphabet Sisters by Monica McInerney
As girls growing up in Clare Valley, Australia, Anna, Bett, and Carrie Quinlan were childhood singing stars known as The Alphabet Sisters. The unbridled enthusiasm of their flamboyant grandmother Lola was the glue that held them together. As adults, though, the women haven't spoken in years.
Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris
When Framboise Simon returns to a small village on the banks of the
Loire, the locals do not recognize her as the daughter of the infamous
woman they hold responsible for a tragedy during the German occupation
Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
A crime from her youth threatens a young woman's future.
Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Being able to taste people's emotions in food may at first be
horrifying. But young, unassuming Rose Edelstein grows up learning to
harness her gift as she becomes aware that there are secrets even her
taste buds cannot discern.
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested
with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but
not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's
apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.
The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard
It has been twenty-six years since that stormy night when, as baby
Jody lay asleep in her crib, her father was shot and killed and her
mother disappeared, presumed dead. Neither the protective embrace of
Jody's uncles nor the safe haven of her grandparents' ranch could
erase the pain caused by Billy Crosby on that catastrophic night.
The 13th Tale by Diane Setterfield
(A) tale of gothic strangeness featuring the Angelfield family,
including the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline
and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating