A Secret Kept
Publication Date: September 14, 2010
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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
Simon Vance is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won twelve prestigious AudieAwards and was "Booklist" s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.