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A Secret Kept

3.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  19,562 Ratings  ·  2,533 Reviews
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 hauntin ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published October 1st 2006)
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Emily Crowe
Jan 08, 2012 Emily Crowe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I never read Sarah's Key, so I cannot compare. But I thought this book was written at least 50 years too late for the big reveal to actually matter. If I hadn't been listening to the audio on a long road trip, this would have been a book I put down right away. Let me just say that I'm not surprised that our bookstore didn't sell A SINGLE COPY of this book in hardcover, and though the paperback has been on the bestseller list for a couple of weeks already, we've not sold one paperback copy y ...more
Jan 06, 2011 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve realized that Ms. de Rosnay’s books are a bit like cheap bottle of wines – when you’re immersed in them, they’re hard to put down. Then you finish them, have some time to think things over, and realize they really weren’t that great and it was more that you were caught up in the moment. A Secret Kept shares quite a few similarities to Sarah’s Key, although I did find this novel’s plot the stronger of the two. Following a car accident that leaves his sister seriously injured, a man spirals i ...more
Apr 23, 2016 Britany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
A Secret Kept introduces us to Noirmoutier Island in France. Antoine Rey brings his sister Melanie back to this island to celebrate her birthday, on their drive home Melanie runs the car off the road in a terrible accident while remembering something from their past. Slowly, the story plays out ending with a lackluster ending. So many unnecessary anecdotes, pieces that made me cringe and question whether these parts were really needed to make the reader understand living with a teenage daughter. ...more
Feb 08, 2011 Sandi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, 2011
I think I'm turning into a crotchety old lady. I was really looking forward to reading A Secret Kept. I had read a preview and really liked it. I loved Sarah's Key by the same author. I'm sad to say that I was disappointed.

I'll start with the positive. De Rosnay does a fabulous job of setting the scene. I've never been to France, but I was able to imagine what it was like living in Paris and visiting a resort island with a road that gets submerged at high tide. De Rosnay also gets people right.
After having read Sarah's Key and somewhat enjoying the writing as well as the story, I was looking forward to this book. Unfortunately it was quite a disappointment. The story, involving a mysterious love, death, and the aftermath it left on the children involved, had fine concepts to work with. However, the story became bogged down and drawn out into what ultimately became a love story (I think) with middle aged angst with teenage angst thrown in as well.

This story was told by the narrator An
Erika Robuck
Oct 04, 2011 Erika Robuck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entirely set in France in the present day and in 1974, A SECRET KEPT begins when Antoine Rey, a divorcee in his mid-forties, takes his sister, Mélanie, to their childhood vacation spot, Noirmoutier Island, for her fortieth birthday. Passage to the island is made on a causeway called Le Gois, a road that is only passable at low tide and which becomes treacherous in moments once the water rises. They make the passage and spend an idyllic time on the island, but the devastating events following the ...more
Jan 23, 2013 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a quick read, but pretty insufferable. Aside from being poorly written - overly descriptive, convoluted perspectives, clunky use of adjectives, etc. - the plot is uneven and uninteresting, and as many reviewers have pointed out, the secret referenced in the title is not worth waiting for. The characters are one-dimentional sketches, and many of the mini plot-twists serve no point, building up to nothing, and are quickly discarded.

Strangely, for the first couple of chapters I kept p
K.D. Absolutely
This is just a okay book for me. It is family drama that is told by a middle-aged man Antoine Rey who's living a dreary life: his wife divorced him, his grown up children starting to rebel against him, his parents are gone and so hoping to bring back the life that he used to know, he invited his only sister Melanie Rey on the occasion of her 40th birthday. The place is on the beach where their family used to go on vacations when they were kids. On the way to the venue, the two met an accident on ...more
Diane Chamberlain
I was fortunate to be asked to blurb this book. That's always a bit nerve wracking. What if I don't like it? I shouldn't have worried. De Rosnay is such a sure and strong writer and she knows her characters well. Most enjoyable to me was reading a story about deep family relationships written from the point of view of a sympathetic male character. Beautifully done. However, the reader really must try to separate this book in her or his mind from Sarah's Key. They are worlds apart and impossible ...more
A Secret Kept bears no relationship to Sarah's Key, by this author. It is also set in France, where the reader discovers the wonders of the countryside, the power and beauty of the sea and the culture and bustle of the city (mainly Paris).

De Rosnay has skillfully narrated this novel in the voice of a male, successfully capturing his emotions throughout. In addition to facing a mid-life crisis, he has unresolved feelings of loss and love for his failed marriage, his difficult relationships with
Aug 14, 2010 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.0 out of 5 stars A journey of discovery and a tale of a family..., August 14, 2010
By Denise Crawford "DC" (Missouri, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: A Secret Kept (Hardcover)
I really enjoyed this very interesting story about a French family and the unraveling of the "secret" that was at the heart of the mystery in this novel. Although set in modern day France, the narrative has a timeless quality about it as a forty-ish, newly divorced man, Antoine Rey,
Apr 19, 2012 Pixie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 24, 2010 Cheryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This novel started off great. I even had to return it to the library and checked it back out as soon as I could, so that I could finish it and see what happened.

Sadly I should have just let it go, and let it be one of those books that I remembered I wanted to finish. Antoine and his sister, Melanie visit a hotel by the beach for the her birthday. A hotel they use to visit every summer with their parents before their mother passed away in 1973. On the way home Melanie crashes the car just after s
Angela Fratianni
May 11, 2012 Angela Fratianni rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I gave it one star because it was an easy read. De Rosnay really doesn't know how to tell a story properly. I really dislike her writing style. Right off the bat I was annoyed because she starts off writing in the first person, then randomly changes to the third person for two chapters, and then back to the first person. Equally annoying she throws a few random love letters in at the start of several chapters, but then stops. This was so distracting and it added nothing to the story.
Overall, I
Thomas Paul
"Sarah's Key" was such a good book that I can only hope this mediocre effort is just a sophomore jinx for Tatiana de Rosnay. So many other authors have experienced poor second efforts so this may not be a sign that de Rosnay was a one hit wonder so we will have to wait for her next book before we judge her too harshly.

The main problem with the story is that nothing much happens and the main characters aren't the least bit likable. Antoine, the narrator of the story, is a jerk who moans about hi
Nothing like Sarah's Key and really not much of a mystery or plot. I don't know if the writer got into the main character's "skin", a woman writing as a man. He was an awfully wimpy guy, had problems w/his teenagers, job, ex-wife, etc. until the lust (well, it wasn't love) of a cool motorcycle chick got him kickstarted back to life. I obviously didn't get all the Parisian references listed, which I don't remember being a problem in Sarah's Key. (copied review) This stunning new novel from Tatian ...more
Jul 17, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It all started with a simple vocation, when a brother and sister are forever changed by a tragic accident. Antoine Ray thought of the perfect surprise for his sister Melanie's who has a big birthday coming up. Planning on to take her to the sea of Noirmoutier Island where the two grew up with happy childhood memories and many summers staying out in the beach. It has been thirty year since the last time they captured the beauty of the island the bond they shared. During that time, their beloved M ...more
Jan 22, 2015 Мая rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Татяна дьо Роне определено не е надминала себе си в този роман. "Ключът на Сара" е много по-добър, по-многопластов, по-болезнено истински, докато тук имаме баналната история(с опити за оригиналничене) на аристократичното семейство, което таи тайни под перфектно изработената маска на благоприличието.

Историята на едно семейство без привързаност между членовете, без общуване и комуникация, в което вратите към другия са винаги затворени. Причините за това могат да са много, както е казал прекрасния
Jul 10, 2011 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought, through the early part of the book, that the story had promise, Antoine's incessant whining aside. But, ultimately, the characterizations remained very weak and superficial. Characteristics and conflicts were introduced and just more-or-less went away without any real insight into the characters: Melanie, found a man and didn't want to know the secret; Arno underwent a sudden change; the father, who suffered a major personality change at his wife's death, alienating his children, was ...more
Apr 13, 2011 LemonLinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book which dealt with family relationships, family secrets and death of loved ones. It begins with a brother and sister who are obviously close. Their mother died when they were children and their father never again talked of her, all pictures of her seemed to vanish and it is almost as if the family drops all memories of her. It is now 30+ years since her death and Antoine invites his sister to the coastal community where they vacationed with their mother and grandparents ...more
Jan 29, 2013 Elsa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Petit secret de famille prétexte à l'introspection

Lors d'un weekend d'anniversaire avec sa soeur sur les lieux de leur vacances d'enfance, cette dernière s'apprête à lui révéler un secret, une intuition sur le passé de leur mère. Mais l'accident de voiture l'a clou au lit, laissant Antoine, quadragénaire déprimé à la dérive. Dépassé par les évènements, il cherche néanmoins à comprendre pourquoi leur mère est morte voilà 20 ans et pourquoi personne n'en parle.

Bien écrit, voici un récit qui nous p
Is that all there is?

Don't get me wrong, de Rosnay's writing was as solid as ever but somewhere the plot of Secret Kept failed. Perhaps the publishers did an injustice in naming the book and leading the reader to believe some big secret would be exposed by reading’s end. Originally named Boomerang in France, this seemed a more fitting title.
Even though I can't rave about Secret Kept and didn't get as involved in the story as Sarah's Key, I'm hoping I can judge it on its own merits. There were
Shannon Vincent Nelson
Although the blurb for the book describes it as a story of a man searching to unravel a long buried family secret, the book in fact is much more about a 40 something man attempting to navigate his life in the midst of a midlife crisis.

Much of the novel revolves around Antonio's struggle to come to terms with his divorce and his wayward adolescent children. It is through the search to understand who his mother was and the details surrounding her death that he begins to understand himself.

The nov
Oct 27, 2010 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, although not in the way that i thought that i would. I expected a bit more of a mystery to the story...that is after all the direction the title pointed me. However, the secret that is kept is really just a small part of the book, the main part being the life of Antonio Rey, a divorced middle-age man living in Paris. I found myself relating far too much to this character! de Rosnay hits so many of the emotions of growing older with such accuracy that it's at times a bit disc ...more
April Campbell-bowe
Mar 18, 2015 April Campbell-bowe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I really truly hate to make myself finish this book and I wish I hadn't bothered. It's my fault for expecting something extraordinary, after loving Sarah's Key. This book was nothing like that one. It was boring and flat. The characters were all whiny, selfish, and at a complete loss of how to restart their lives. This quote seems to sum up what the author was trying to convey, " Are we not forever shaped by our childhood, it's scars, it's secrets, it's hidden pain.?" The problem with this book ...more
Mar 27, 2016 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the author's book Sarah's Key and had high hopes for this one. Sadly I was disappointed. The author did a great job describing cultured and snooty Parisians and the beautiful summer resort island of Noirmoutier. Oh, and it seems that French teenagers are just surly and disrespectful as American teenagers are. But the big secret, the one that causes Melanie to lose control of the car which almost kills both her brother Antione and herself when she tries to talk about it while driving, tha ...more

Tatiana de Rosnay is a rare author who's able to communicate European ideals and sensibilities (she's Russian, yet grew up in Paris) in complete English. But despite the uniqueness of this, and her comparable writing style, she cannot tell a compelling story. I even felt emotionally detached from Sarah's Key And in all four of her English speaking novels I had the same problem.

This story, unfortunately, has a lot of build up, but falls flat concerning the "secret revealed." The tale is about Ant
Dec 30, 2015 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I am neutral about this book...I neither liked or disliked it. It flowed a bit unevenly at times. I have enjoyed this author much more in the past.
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Samantha Trieu
Jun 21, 2012 Samantha Trieu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
I was first introduced to Tatiana de Rosnay after reading her other novel "Sarah's Key." I thought that novel was wonderful and decided to read yet another novel by Rosnay. I was disappointed by what I had read

"A Secret Kept" is about a man who struggles within his family life. His wife had recently left him for another man and he was unable to connect with his children. His life was falling apart and to take a slight break, he decided to help celebrate his younger sister's birthday in a specia
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“Why Noirmoutier? He wondered as the car sped on and Mélanie hummed to "Let It Be." He had never considered himself a nostalgic person. He had never looked back. But since his divorce he had changed. Relentlessly he had found himself thinking more about the past then the present or future.” 0 likes
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