Like most of her books, it takes place in present time as well as the past. There is always a mystery that needs to be solved and some deep, dark family secret to revealed. This story takes place between 2011 and WWII. But it starts in the 1960's when 16 year old Laurel is hiding in a tree house and sees her mom murder a man that has walked up to their house. If that doesn't make you want to read the story then I'm not sure what will.
I loved the story and this thing kept me guessing the whole time. In the middle of the book, I emailed my friend Crystal and told her what I thought was happening. I just wanted to document it in case I was really right. Then 50 pages later, I decided I was way off base and had no idea what I was talking about. Then at the end, it turns out I was right...but man, it totally still side swiped me and had me shocked and surprised.
This is a page turner and a book I highly recommend.
During a picnic at her family’s farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson witnesses a shocking crime, a crime that challenges everything she knows about her adored mother, Dorothy. Now, fifty years later, Laurel and her sisters are meeting at the farm to celebrate Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this is her last chance to discover the truth about that long-ago day, Laurel searches for answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past. Clue by clue, she traces a secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds thrown together in war-torn London—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—whose lives are forever after entwined. A gripping story of deception and passion, The Secret Keeper will keep you enthralled to the last page.