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3.15 out of 53.15 out of 53.15 out of 53.15 out of 53.15 out of 5 3.15 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tatiana de Rosnay Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781427210944
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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!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The story of an emotionally distant family as it struggles to come to grips with changing dynamics and the mysterious death of a young mother many years ago[...] De Rosnay's writing is eloquent and beautiful, and her characterizations are both honest and dead-on[...] Kirkus

  • A Secret Kept is a beautiful and haunting exploration of wanting - and not wanting - to understand one's past, of learning to see parents as individuals, whether the parents in question are our own or ourselves. Erica Bauermeister, bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients
  • In A Secret Kept, Tatiana de Rosnay takes us on a journey to that haunted place where the past seeps into the present, where memory appears and disappears, and where healing seems always out of reach. With her lyrical prose and her gift for creating deeply sympathetic characters, de Rosnay has given us a hopeful story, as addictive as it is moving. Diane Chamberlain, New York Times bestselling author of Summer's Child
  • A haunting, riveting novel... This book grabs your heart in the opening chapter, and its scenes and characters stay with you long after you finish. Publishers Weekly on Sarah's Key
  • Masterly and compelling, it is not something that readers will quickly forget. Highly recommended. Library Journal, Starred Review on Sarah's Key
  • A wonderful book. Joy Behar, The View, on Sarah's Key
  • This is the shocking, profoundly moving and morally challenging story... It will haunt you, it will help to complete you… nothing short of miraculous. Augusten Burroughs, New York Times bestselling author of You Better Not Cry and A Wolf At the Table, on Sarah's Key
  • Just when you thought you might have read about every horror of the Holocaust, a book will come along and shine a fierce light upon yet another haunting wrong.  Sarah’s Key is such a novel.  In remarkably unsparing, unsentimental prose... through a lens so personal and intimate, it will make you cry--and remember. Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us, on Sarah's Key
  • Exceptional, emotional, and compelling… Sacramento Bee on Sarah's Key

  • Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2010

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 5/20/2011

    " A brother and sister confront their past and present while celebrating the sister's 40th birthday. A well-written book, with a bit of a surprise. Set in Paris and the French countryside, it starts off slowly, but builds quickly. Recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 5/19/2011

    " The storyline was good... a man has to look into his own relationships with friends and family while coming to terms with a long-hidden family secret is revealed. I actually enjoyed the author's scenery descriptions above the plotline. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenna | 5/16/2011

    " The first half of the book felt like the intro. Predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 5/5/2011

    " the secrets in this is shocking, loved the book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy Budget Books | 5/4/2011

    " Arshia says: At first I thought Antoine Rey was a complete drag and this book was far too depressing. However, after Antoine met Angel the book became much better, Antoine's character became bearable. By the end of the book I liked him, respected him, and hoped for the best for him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 5/1/2011

    " After reading her first book, Sarah's Key - and loving it, I was disappointed with this book. It wasn't nearly as intriguing as Sarah's Key. It was long-winded at times and it took me a little while to get into it. Overall:OK. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara | 4/30/2011

    " This may have not been one of the best books I have read, however I found it engrossing and read it in one sitting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 4/29/2011

    " Predictable without many twists. Finished it only because I never stop reading a book once I start it. Subject matter was not what I was expecting or cared to read about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cadence59 | 4/22/2011

    " Tatiana de Rosnay sucks me in with her vivid depictions of life in France and her stories of family secrets. I adored Sarah's Key, weeping with heartache over what the characters endured, and this book lived up to the expectations from that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo-dee | 4/22/2011

    " I was a little disapointed in this book since it was wqritten by the same author as Sarah"s Key. This was light and predicitable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 4/20/2011

    " It was a touching story. I liked going through it with them. I felt like I was part of their lives.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 4/19/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this book, but not any more than I enjoy any other novel. To be fair, I read it because I liked Sarah's Key so much, and A Secret Kept can't really be compared because it's a completely different type of story. It's a good read, but don't expect too much out of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 4/19/2011

    " Definitely not as good as Sarah's Key but an okay read. A story of family relationships and discovery of old secrets and tragedies. "

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About the Author
Author Tatiana de Rosnay

Tatiana de Rosnay is the author of a number of novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The House I Loved, Sarah’s Key, and A Secret Kept. Her novel Sarah’s Key is the basis for a major motion picture.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.