The stunning new novel from Tatiana de Rosnay, author of international bestseller Sarah’s Key. Complete summary of Tatiana de Rosnay’s A Secret Kept. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of A Secret Kept. 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.
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Return to Book Page. This stunning 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 This stunning 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 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. When, on the drive home to Tatiaa, she finally summons the courage to reveal what she knows to Antoine, her emotions overcome her and she loses control of the car. Antoine encounters an unexpected ally: 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. Aa 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.
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What age is this book appropriate for? 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 …more Sfcret 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. The description for this book is a bit confusing. What is this book dw in more simpler terms???? Also, what is the genre? It is about a family secret that a son decides to uncover while dealing with his current situations in life.
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Jan 06, Lauren rated it liked it. Following a car accident that leaves his sister seriously injured, a man spirals into a midlife crisis let me recommend reading as little about the plot as ve if you do plan to read it: View all 5 comments. Sep 24, Emily Crowe rated it did not like it. I never read Sarah’s Key, so I cannot compare. Bg 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 Tayiana of this book in hardcover, and though the kelt has been on the bestseller list for a couple of weeks already, we’ve not sold one paperback copy y Wow. 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 yet, either.
But the big secret–the one that makes her daughter drive off secreg road, nearly killing herself and her brother when they’re all grown up and their mother is dead anyway–is that their mother didn’t love their father but actually loved another woman. How positively s of the author. THat’s the tragedy that has marked these people’s lives and made them miserable way into their adulthood?
Kepy thought the French were supposed to be so sophisticated, anyway. They can handle heterosexual love affairs with aplomb but not lesbian ones? Somehow, I don’t think that’s the case. View all 8 comments.
Oct 01, Sandi rated it liked it Shelves: 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 jept with the positive. De Rosnay does ee fabulous eosnay 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. Each of her characters, especially Tonio’s insufferable children, seems quite real.
It seems that French teenagers are very much like American teens. So, that brings me to the reasons why I gave the book three stars instead of four. I’m trying to give fewer books 5 stars these days, so 4 stars means it’s really good. First, Antonio was such a spineless girly-man. He just let stuff happen to him and rarely stood up for himself.
He was the king of non-confrontation. I just wanted to smack him and say, “Man up, dude. And, surprise, he’s unhappy. The other thing that I didn’t like was that the mystery part of the story wasn’t very mysterious. We know pretty early on that the mother was having an affair before she suddenly died. The only attiana there was who her lover was. Well, that secret is revealed halfway through the book. Then, we think that there’s another, bigger secret that’s part of the secret that tattiana just revealed.
But, that second secret turns out to be a big nothing. How’s that for not spoiling the plot? Ultimately, I think the thing that disappointed me most was that I was expecting a mystery about a big, dark family secret, and I was expecting it to follow mystery conventions in a literary way. However, this is entirely a book about feelings and about the ways in which people don’t communicate with those to whom they are closest.
Secget just wasn’t in the right frame of mind for a feelings book. I won it ee FirstReads on Oct. Sarah was very helpful. View all 11 comments. Sep 19, Erika Robuck rated it it was amazing. Passage srcret 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 tatana time on the island, but the devastating events following their holiday set in motion a search for clues surrounding the untimely death of their mother when they were children.
The more they discover the more their findings threaten to drown them.
A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay
Antione, on the other hand, races recklessly forward, unable to stop his quest, and gradually becomes empowered by his discoveries. She holds nothing back, and while some scenes are painful to read, they are authentic. Nov 16, Marialyce rated it did not like it Shelves: 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 After having read Sarah’s Key and somewhat enjoying the writing as well as the story, I was looking forward to this book.
This story was told by the narrator Antoine, who to me seemed to whine his way through the book and ultimately became a character I disliked.
There were the gratuitous sex scenes that seemed to be put in there to enliven a dull read. Unfortunately, they didn’t work. I personally do not like a book where a character meets someone and five minutes later is having great sex with them.
I prefer my characters to develop a little relationship before they head down that road! Ultimately, I call this book total fluff.