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 more than happy memories; 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 car.
Trapped in the wake of a 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 soon learn the shocking truth about his family and himself.
By 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 together.
I am shown into a small, drab room, told to sit down and wait. Six empty brown plastic chairs face each other on tired linoleum. In a corner, a fake green plant, shiny leaves coated with dust. I do as I am told. I sit down. My thighs tremble. My palms feel clammy, my throat parched. My head throbs. I think, I should call our father now, I should call him before it gets too late. But my hand makes no effort to grab the phone in the pocket of my jeans. Call our father and tell him what? Tell him how?
The lighting is harsh, glaring strips of neon barring the ce
Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Tatiana de Rosnay's novel A Secret Kept. This stunning new novel from the 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.
“A riveting tale of family, relationships, and the eerie power that memory holds over our present lives.” – Katherine Howe, New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
“A seductive, suspenseful, and trés formidable keeper.” – Publishers Weekly
“Tatiana de Rosnay takes us on a journey to that haunted place where the past seeps into the present, where memory appears and disappears, and where healing seems always out of reach. With her lyrical prose and her gift for creating deeply sympathetic characters, de Rosnay has given us a hopeful story, as addictive as it is moving.” – Diane Chamberlain, New York Times bestselling author of The Midwife’s Confession
“A beautiful and haunting exploration of wanting – and not wanting – to understand one's past, of learning to see parents as individuals, whether the parents in question are our own or ourselves." –Erica Bauermeister, bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients
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