THE SECRET KEEPER by Kate Morton

THE SECRET KEEPER by Kate Morton, (c) 2012. This little family drama is set in the English countryside, London and Australia. It starts out in the 1960’s. An older actress named Laurel Nicholson is searching for the truth behind a murder she watched her mother commit when she was a 16 year old watching from a tree-house on a hot summer day in 1961. Laurel is an older now, and it’s been 50 years since her mom murdered that strange man. Her mother is now approaching 90 years of age and her 4 daughters are arranging her birthday party to be held in the hospital, but her mother’s time on earth is nearly at an end and Laurel and her only brother Gerry who was a mere 2 years old at the time of the murder are trying to find out the truth of what happened that day in 1961. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more novels by Kate Morton!

ALL THE BIRDS SINGING by Evie Wyld

ALL THE BIRDS SINGING by Evie Wyld, (2013). This first edition book was bought at a week-long library booksale, which I LOVE going to, especially if it’s the last day bag/box sale. Here part of the book jacket summary:

“From one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists, a stunningly insightful, emotionally powerful new novel about an outsider haunted by an inescapable past: a story of lonliness and survival, guilt and loss, and the power of forgiveness.

Jake White is living on her own with her disobedient collie called Dog, in an old farmhouse on a craggy Bristish island, a place of ceaseless rain and battering wind.”

In my own words: In the beginning Jake is the owner of a sheep farm, and someone or something is killing her sheep one at a time. Is it someone from her past? Jake is an unusual girl’s name isn’t it? But she’s a tough and physiclly strong young woman. Flashbacks on her past help me understand what she was running away from, but I don’t want you to know what they are, you need to read the book. Although I will tell you Jake ran away from her home in Austrailia and someone already knows about her past, or at least some of it.

NOTE: This was a wierd book, every other chapter or story break started a flashback, each one going farther and farther into the past of what happened to this woman to get her from Austrailia to a small Britsish Isle. So it ended at the beginning and the end was really the next to the last scene. Just werd. I didn’t enoy the writers format at all.