A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay


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A Secret Kept is one of the smoothest, most readable treatments around.
-Globe and Mail


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 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.
Recovering from the accident in a nearby hospital, Mélanie tries to recall what caused her to crash. Antoine encounters an unexpected ally: sexy, streetwise Angèle, 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 Tatiana de Rosnay

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TATIANA DE ROSNAY was born in the suburbs of Paris and is of English, French and Russian descent.  She is the author of nine French novels.  She also writes for French ELLE, and is a literary critic for Psychologies magazine. Tatiana de Rosnay is married and has two children.  SARAH'S KEY is her first novel written in her mother tongue, English.
Published September 14, 2010 by St. Martin's Press. 318 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Below average

...de Rosnay’s fans will expect more than the central character’s aimless journey.

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on Sep 09 2012

...the time spent unraveling “A Secret Kept” is time well spent.

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Book Reporter

on Sep 14 2010

A SECRET KEPT will bring its readers smiles, but also tears and days of thoughtful meditation.

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Globe and Mail

on Mar 02 2011

A Secret Kept is one of the smoothest, most readable treatments around.

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Suite 101

on Jan 11 2011

A Secret Kept is filled with suspense, the realities of love and the tragedies of life.

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USA Today

Above average
on Sep 23 2010

Secret has its pleasures...But this novel is a mere bonbon compared with Sarah 's rich feast.

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Portland Book Review

Below average
on Aug 02 2011

...readers expecting another Sarah’s Key may be disappointed.

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Booklist Online


...French novelist de Rosnay renders swift, lucid prose and steady suspense...

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