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3.34  ·  Rating details ·  24,018 ratings  ·  2,876 reviews
'A Secret Kept' plumbs the depths of complex family relationships and the power of a past secret to change everything in the present.
Paperback, 367 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Pan Publishing (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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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: 2011, first-reads
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 rig
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 Antoi
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
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
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
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 the r ...more
BAM The Bibliomaniac
Audiobook #199

I adored Sarah's Key. I did not adore A Secret Kept. At some point I stopped caring what the secret even was. The main character male was unlikeable to me. Just unappealing I wasn't even excited for him when he finally got laid. He had negative relationships he couldn't get over his divorce whine whine whine
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
Angela Fratianni
May 11, 2012 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
Nov 24, 2010 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
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 relationsh
Aug 13, 2010 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
Apr 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Ashley Daviau
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy a good family mystery/drama and this book was most definitely that. There's something about a family with hidden secrets that intrigues me and just pulls me right in. I also quite enjoyed that it was set in France, I thought it went well with the story and added a little extra. And I absolutely loved Angele's character, she made the book for me! All in all I really enjoyed this story and sped right through it!
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 Tatiana d ...more
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
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 hims
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
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
Jul 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A French architect, Antoine Rey is a modern divorced father with conflicted feelings about his work, his children, his father, and his ex-wife. In a kind brotherly gesture, he decides to surprise his sister with a weekend on the sea for her fortieth birthday. They spent many childhood summers on the island of Noirmoutier with their grandparents, mother and father. In hoping to lift both their spirits the trip is a pleasant experience but also results in reliving many memories of their dead mothe ...more
Jul 03, 2010 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
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
Jul 10, 2011 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
Oct 23, 2010 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
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: Cranston Book Discussion Group
It could have been a brilliant story about an adult man finally coming to terms with having lost his mother as a young child, instead it lacked focus and in the end had very little to do with a "secret" of any sort. I can see where Tatiana de Rosnay can be a strong writer and after hearing rave reviews of her other book, Sarah's Key, I do want to read more, it's unfortunate that she overwrote this one.
Popy Tobing
It's not an extraordinary "wow-you" book, but some parts of the book quite keep you want to read in a hurry. If you ever experience how secrets after secrets discovered after someone closed passed away, you will feel connected. Somehow it's chained you to keep reading. Haven't read Sarah's Key, but will definitely look for it.
Lea Ann
I read Tatiana de Rosnay's first book, Sarah's Key a couple of years ago and really liked it. This sophomore follow up didn't live up to the first books expectations. A Secret Kept starts with Antoine and Melanie Rey going for a long weekend to the seaside French town they vacationed to as children with their parents. Both are going through a mid-life crisis of sorts.

Antoine is recently divorced from his wife Astrid and is struggling with part-time parenting of his three children - two of whom
Raine McLeod
Jun 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wanted to read a stream-of-consciousness novel from the perspective of a middle-aged French dude having a midlife crisis? How about one who sexualizes his young teen daughter? What if that same dude thinks about groping a young woman on a train that has been delayed by a suicide? Hear me out: what if this guy’s biggest problem in life is recently discovering that his mother, who died of an aneurysm 30 years ago, was (view spoiler) ...more
Edwina Callan
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green grass above me
With showers and dewdrops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.

I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
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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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