A Secret Kept

By Tatiana De Rosnay
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312593315, 305pp.)

Publication Date: September 14, 2010

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2010 Indie Next List
“In this evocative novel by the author of the bestselling Sarah's Key, Parisian siblings Melanie and Antoine have grown up damaged by their mother's premature death. Melanie is driving Antoine from a visit to the seaside where they had shared their mother's final summer, when, just as she's about to reveal to her brother a recovered memory from her childhood, she loses control of the car. A story of shocking family secrets and how childhood memories can continue to have effect far into adulthood, this is a haunting, yet hopeful read.”
-- Karen Vail, Titcomb's Bookshop, East Sandwich, MA


Description

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 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 sister Melanie'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 more than happy memories; it reminds Melanie 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 car.


Recovering from the accident in a nearby hospital, Melanie tries to recall what caused her to crash. Antoine encounters an unexpected ally: sexy, streetwise Angele, a mortician who will teach him new meanings for the words life, love and death. 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. 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 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.


A film is now in production, to star Melanie Laurent ("Inglourious Basterds," "Now You See Me"), Laurent Lafitte ("The Crimson Rivers," "Little White Lies"), and Audrey Dana ("Roman de Gare," "The Clink of Ice") and will begin shooting in April




About the Author
TATIANA DE ROSNAY is the author of more than ten novels, including the "New York Times "bestselling novel "Sarah's Key", an international sensation with over 4 million copies sold in thirty-five countries worldwide that has now been made into a major film. Together with Dan Brown, Stephenie Meyer, and Stieg Larsson, she was named one of the top ten fiction writers in Europe in 2009. Tatiana lives with her husband and two children in Paris.
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