Best Kept Secret by Jeffrey Archer
(The Clifton Chronicles)

81%

12 Critic Reviews

What-will-happen-next reading best approached after picking up the series’ first two entries.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Jeffrey Archer's mesmerizing saga of the Clifton and Barrington families continues...

1945, London. The vote in the House of Lords as to who should inherit the Barrington family fortune has ended in a tie. The Lord Chancellor's deciding vote will cast a long shadow on the lives of Harry Clifton and Giles Barrington. Harry returns to America to promote his latest novel, while his beloved Emma goes in search of the little girl who was found abandoned in her father's office on the night he was killed. When the general election is called, Giles Barrington has to defend his seat in the House of Commons and is horrified to discover who the Conservatives select to stand against him. But it is Sebastian Clifton, Harry and Emma's son, who ultimately influences his uncle's fate.

In 1957, Sebastian wins a scholarship to Cambridge, and a new generation of the Clifton family marches onto the page. But after Sebastian is expelled from school, he unwittingly becomes caught up in an international art fraud involving a Rodin statue that is worth far more than the sum it raises at auction. Does he become a millionaire? Does he go to Cambridge? Is his life in danger? Best Kept Secret, the third volume in Jeffrey Archer's bestselling series, will answer all these questions but, once again, pose so many more.

 

About Jeffrey Archer

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JEFFREY ARCHER was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain's House of Commons and fourteen years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections-including Sins of the Father, And Thereby Hangs a Tale, A Prisoner of Birth, and Kane & Abel-have been international bestsellers. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.
 
Published April 30, 2013 by St. Martin's Press. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Children's Books, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Best Kept Secret
All: 12 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average
on Feb 18 2013

What-will-happen-next reading best approached after picking up the series’ first two entries.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jun 17 2013

...his shrewd twists and turns are addictive from the get-go, and he stuns with his signature series sign-off, a cliffhanger leaving readers longing for its resolution.

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Book Reporter

Above average
on Jul 17 2014

The drama continues for Harry Clifton and his family, bringing this mesmerizing saga into the 1960s.

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The Telegraph

Good
Reviewed by Genevieve Fox on Mar 08 2013

The man who has sold more than 250 million books worldwide knows how to keep the reader hungry for more.

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Historical Novel Society

Good
Reviewed by Jeanne Greene on Aug 01 2013

Archer’s plot-driven novels are hard to discuss without spoilers, but readers may be sure that if Harry settles down, his son Sebastian (too naive to be a Harrington-Clifton) will shake things up.

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The Age

Good
Reviewed by Peter Craven on Mar 24 2013

Best Kept Secret has the barmy charm of Archer's rollicking bits of improvised campfire storytelling.

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IBN Live

Good
Reviewed by Yatin Gupta on Apr 18 2013

Jeffrey Archer is a master storyteller and everyone knows it.

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Thousand Miles

Good
Reviewed by Manjil P. Saikia on Apr 23 2013

The book is no doubt a modern classic, as almost all of Archer’s books are. Whatever it lacks in its plot, it makes up quite adequately in the action sequences and character traits.

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The Times

Good
Reviewed by Julia Beffon on Mar 26 2013

...darned if he isn't also one of the finest storytellers around.

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EzineArticles

Excellent
Reviewed by Ruchi Chandra on Feb 08 2014

Another masterpiece from one of the best story tellers of our time! The story is very beautifully narrated, always stays on track, is a page turner in itself and as a reader you are always on the edge of the seat and just can't put the book down so easily.

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No Charge Bookbunch

Above average
on May 15 2013

Fast-paced fun family drama with a few diversions in the simple plotting. If you are a fan, this book is the midpoint in the series, and Archer doesn’t keep readers waiting long for the next installment.

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Live Your Dream

Good
Reviewed by sayedkhadri on Mar 28 2013

If you have read last two book in the chronicles, this is must read for you. For those who haven’t read first two book, I suggest they start with the ‘Only Time Will Tell’.

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