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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 haunting beauty triggers than happy memo. 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 that you were caught up in the moment A Secret Kept shares uite 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 into a midlife crisis let me recommend reading as little about the plot as possible if you do plan to read it too many summaries give away some of the important details Similar to Sarah’s Key there are some beautiful passages and some wonderful scenes that capture the complexities of life and how decisions inform life Unfortunately also similar to Sarah’s Key I found many of the characters unlikable – they come across as shallow self centered whiners although not having to compare these characters to a child uprooted by the Holocaust made it slightly easier to tolerate them as compared to the protagonist in Sarah’s Key and once again the ending left me wanting I’m not sure if I’ll pick up another novel by Ms de Rosnay – there’s much to like about her but her books tend to leave me frustrated and wanting As I said in my review of Sarah’s Key there’s a beautiful complicated story lurking within these pages but the book as is fails to live up to its potential uasi recommended Death of a Ghost 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 haunting beauty triggers than happy memo. I’ve realized that Ms de Rosnay’s books are a bit The Monk of Mokha 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 that you were caught up in the moment A Secret Kept shares uite 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 Gods and Generals (The Civil War Trilogy, leaves his sister seriously injured a man spirals into a midlife crisis Perfect Ponies 3 in 1 let me recommend reading as The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge, little about the plot as possible if you do plan to read it too many summaries give away some of the important details Similar to Sarah’s Key there are some beautiful passages and some wonderful scenes that capture the complexities of Sigil (Irdesi Empire life and how decisions inform Death of a Ghost (Albert Campion Mystery, life Unfortunately also similar to Sarah’s Key I found many of the characters unlikable – they come across as shallow self centered whiners although not having to compare these characters to a child uprooted by the Holocaust made it slightly easier to tolerate them as compared to the protagonist in Sarah’s Key and once again the ending Why Arent They Shouting? left me wanting I’m not sure if I’ll pick up another novel by Ms de Rosnay – there’s much to Why I Went Back like about her but her books tend to Horse Sense (Saddle Club, leave me frustrated and wanting As I said in my review of Sarah’s Key there’s a beautiful complicated story Wild Horses (Saddle Club, lurking within these pages but the book as is fails to London in an Hour live up to its potential uasi recommended

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Ries; it reminds Mélanie of something unexpected and deeply disturbing about their last island summer When on the drive home to Paris she finally summons the courage to reveal what she knows to Antoine her emotions overcome her and she loses control of the carTrapped in the wake of a family secret shrouded by taboo Antoine must confront his past and also his troubled relationships with his own ch. This book is a uick 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 uickly discarded Strangely for the first couple of chapters I kept picturing the narrator Antoine as a woman and I think this is due to the author's inability to get into a male mindset It almost feels like she wrote a female character and decided to change her at the last moment to a man I'm not sure why she didn't make Melanie the narrator and change up the story a bit I also found the relationship between the narrator and his sister to be kind of creepy am I the only one Antoine's new girlfriend is presented as a savior someone who swoops in and instantly makes him feel better about his emotional immaturity and his dysfunctional family But this woman is painted as a one dimensional emotionally unavailable overly sexed type A biker chick caricature Not sure how someone so seemingly shallow is able turn his life around so profoundly For most of the book brother and sister are in this together sleuthing and uncovering clues about their family's past and out of nowhere Antoine decides he isn't up for sharing his newest discoveries with Melanie then he finds out that she somehow already knows everything he knows and THEN she tells him she doesn't want to know any should he find anything So incongruous Having loved Sarah's Key I was especially disappointed in this follow up novel I hope this author is not a one hit wonder World Without End last island summer When on the drive home to Paris she finally summons the courage to reveal what she knows to Antoine her emotions overcome her and she Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, loses control of the carTrapped in the wake of a family secret shrouded by taboo Antoine must confront his past and also his troubled relationships with his own ch. This book is a uick 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 uickly discarded Strangely for the first couple of chapters I kept picturing the narrator Antoine as a woman and I think this is due to the author's inability to get into a male mindset It almost feels Annies War like she wrote a female character and decided to change her at the The Bread Bakers Apprentice last moment to a man I'm not sure why she didn't make Melanie the narrator and change up the story a bit I also found the relationship between the narrator and his sister to be kind of creepy am I the only one Antoine's new girlfriend is presented as a savior someone who swoops in and instantly makes him feel better about his emotional immaturity and his dysfunctional family But this woman is painted as a one dimensional emotionally unavailable overly sexed type A biker chick caricature Not sure how someone so seemingly shallow is able turn his Wizard for Hire (The Dresden Files Omnibus, life around so profoundly For most of the book brother and sister are in this together sleuthing and uncovering clues about their family's past and out of nowhere Antoine decides he isn't up for sharing his newest discoveries with Melanie then he finds out that she somehow already knows everything he knows and THEN she tells him she doesn't want to know any should he find anything So incongruous Having Shot on Gold (Play by Play, loved Sarah's Key I was especially disappointed in this follow up novel I hope this author is not a one hit wonder

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Ildren How 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 soon learn the shocking truth about his family and himselfBy turns thrilling and seductive with a lingering effect that is bittersweet and redeeming A Secret Kept is the story of a modern family and the invisible ties that hold it togeth. 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 road and while in the hospital Melanie made a decision to reveal her long kept secret about their mother I will not divulge about that secret because I don't want to spoil your fun as it is too much of a spoilerMy problem with this book is that it is too predictable Also the long narration of Antoine about what is happening with his life is just a bit too dramatic I mean I don't know where that comes from I am also a middle aged man but I don't spend so much time regretting what I did mistakes particularly It is those mistakes that make us who we are and as long as we learn from them they should not be mistakes any They are life lessons Also most of what Antoine laments about are his own doing so I don't feel emphathy towards his character I'd rather do something about my problems rather than wallow in sadness and despairThe plot is okay and conflicts are good enough So I am giving this book a 2 star rating that in Goodreads means It's okay