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A Secret Kept

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Antoine Rey thought he had the perfect surprise for his sister Melanie's birthday: a weekend by the sea at Noirmoutier Island, where they spent many happy childhood summers. It has been too long, Antoine thinks, since their mother died and the family holidays ceased. But the island's haunting beauty triggers more than happy memories.
Published September 1st 2010 by Pan MacMillan (first published April 2nd 2009)
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Claudia Beckwith The secret is one that some will find troubling as it may introduce a topic that some people still think is offensive and not "natural". I would be…moreThe secret is one that some will find troubling as it may introduce a topic that some people still think is offensive and not "natural". I would be amiss to discuss what the topic is as it a root of the tale of a family. (less)
Kerri Collins Romance/Mystery. It is about a family secret that a son decides to uncover while dealing with his current situations in life. Basically, family…moreRomance/Mystery. It is about a family secret that a son decides to uncover while dealing with his current situations in life. Basically, family dynamics. (less)
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Onvan : A Secret Kept - Nevisande : Tatiana de Rosnay - ISBN : 312593317 - ISBN13 : 9780312593315 - Dar 303 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2009
Jan 06, 2011 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
Emily Crowe
Sep 24, 2011 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
Oct 01, 2010 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.
Erika Robuck
Sep 19, 2011 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
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
Jan 22, 2013 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
Carol Brill
3.5 Mixed feelings about this book in spite of very good writing. Forty-something, recently divorced Antoine Rey surprises his sister Melanie for her 40th birthday and takes her to the seaside resort they visited as children. During their stay, memories of those childhood vacations and their mother, who died when they were young children, surface. Melanie remembers something that really shakes her. Before she has a chance to share the memory with Antoine there's a circumstance that erases the me ...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
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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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