A Secret Kept

A Secret Kept

Book - 2010
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This stunning new novel from Tatiana de Rosnay, author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Sarah's Key , plumbs the depths of complex family relationships and the power of a past secret to change everything in the present.

It all began with a simple seaside vacation, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood. Antoine Rey thought he had the perfect surprise for his sister Mélanie's birthday: a weekend by the sea at Noirmoutier Island, where the pair spent many happy childhood summers playing on the beach. It had been too long, Antoine thought, since they'd returned to the island--over thirty years, since their mother died and the family holidays ceased. But the island's haunting beauty triggers more than happy memories; it reminds Mélanie of something unexpected and deeply disturbing about their last island summer. When, on the drive home to Paris, she finally summons the courage to reveal what she knows to Antoine, her emotions overcome her and she loses control of the car.

Recovering from the accident in a nearby hospital, Mélanie tries to recall what caused her to crash. Antoine encounters an unexpected ally: sexy, streetwise Angèle, a mortician who will teach him new meanings for the words life, love and death. Suddenly, however, the past comes swinging back at both siblings, burdened with a dark truth about their mother, Clarisse.

Trapped in the wake of a shocking family secret shrouded by taboo, Antoine must confront his past and also his troubled relationships with his own children. How well does he really know his mother, his children, even himself? Suddenly fragile on all fronts as a son, a husband, a brother and a father, Antoine Rey will learn the truth about his family and himself the hard way.

By turns thrilling, seductive and destructive, with a lingering effect that is bittersweet and redeeming, A Secret Kept is the story of a modern family, the invisible ties that hold it together, and the impact it has throughout life.

A film is now in production, to star Melanie Laurent ( Inglourious Basterds , Now You See Me ), Laurent Lafitte ( The Crimson Rivers , Little White Lies ), and Audrey Dana ( Roman de Gare , The Clink of Ice ) and will begin shooting in April!

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312593315
Branch Call Number: F ROS
Characteristics: 305 p. ; 25 cm

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dlh1
Jan 23, 2017

I found this book on the shelf at a senior's home and decided to read it. I was thoroughly engrossed in it until the last chapter, when it ended before it tied up a lot of loose ends: We never found out why the main character's stepsister needed to borrow a large sum of money from him; I thought that Antoine should have "sucked it up" and asked his dad where the photos of his mom went, and if not that, at least he could have asked his stepmom or stepsister for them; he could have gone back to the hotel at Noirmoutier Island and asked the one staff member (that remembered him) some questions about his mother; the author should have finished off the timeline of the main character's father. So many unfinished subplots!!
I did enjoy learning about an area of the world that is quite unique, called the Noirmoutier Island road or Le Gois https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kjRG5oXnv8
and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0rRNNaTfr8

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telger
Aug 07, 2014

A secret kept-
should be kept a secret! its not as unforgettable and beautiful and vivid as Sarah's Key and the House by the same author.

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annphi
Apr 20, 2013

I was a disappointed in this novel.
There were too many anti climaxes and
it became predictable. She explored
some characters in depth..others a bit
wanting. Sara's Key was a more
engrossing novel.

mytwin Mar 11, 2013

Just the best mystery novelwithdetails of old family secrets.Easy to follow this author thru Paris and France.
Comments say Sarah's Key is better!
I really enjoyed this one,so am looking forward to this next book of hers.

dramaana Apr 17, 2012

Portrayed life in France's capital/provinces realistically and interestingly. Enjoyable.

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Eil_1
Jan 11, 2012

I was very disappointed with this book. "Sarah's Key" was a fantastic read however and cannot be compared with it.

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erinroberts37
Dec 17, 2011

This novel is sadly disappointing compared to "Sarah's Key." I wouldn't recommend it. The book is a black hole of depression - with a series of most unfortunate negative events occurring. The main character isn't that engaging or likeable - there are times when you wish he would just break his vow of silence and speak to other family members about what is bothering him. Two words: SKIP IT.

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margrietwarren
Nov 02, 2011

Insightful into how a man progresses through a middle age crisis and deals with issues from his past.

Infolass Jul 04, 2011

Easy to read. Set in France written in the first person of the make character, dealing with death and family relationships.

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sbellazoug
Jun 26, 2011

It's badly written but Tatiana de Rosney remains a great story teller and despite the style we still can enjoy the plot.

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normalima
Aug 21, 2015

p. 280
Sandra killed herself.
Alice says to Sandra: “why did you tell me Martin shot you? For all these years, all our years together, you lied about it. Or did you really forget.” …
Sandra said: “You knew the truth all along. You were there.” “I did it mostly because I was lonely.”

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normalima
Aug 15, 2015

p.254
"... the disquieting vision of seawater closing hermetically the Gois never leaves my troubled dreams.""

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normalima
Aug 15, 2015

p. 303
"I feel sheltered, knowing that I may or may not spent the rest of days with this woman whose job is death, had given me "The Kiss of Life.""

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normalima
Aug 15, 2015

p. 190
"Rabagny's name brushes me off like water off a duck's back."

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normalima
Aug 15, 2015

p. 241
"I conversed with my father but nothing is exchanged, no tenderness, no affection, no closeness."

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normalima
Aug 15, 2015

p. 176
"Are we not forever shaped by our childhood, its scars, its secrets, its hidden pain.?

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