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The stunning new novel from Tatiana de Rosnay, author of international bestseller Sarah’s Key. Complete summary of Tatiana de Rosnay’s A Secret Kept. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of A Secret Kept. 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.

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bg Thank you for your patience. As it is, however, it’s just really annoying. De Rosnay was one of those who popularized the event, if event is the word for such horror, and her novel was particularly salient given the uprising of anti-Semitism in Europe. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way.

Alas, this wasn’t what I was expecting in an overwhelming negative way. It seems that French teenagers are very much like American teens. I’d rather do something about my problems rather than wallow in sadness and despair. Please provide an email address.

De Rosnay also gets people right. It all began with a simple seaside vacation, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood.

Neither of these happened. The Nightingale Kristin Hannah. Antoine, the narrator of the story, is a jerk who moans about hi “Sarah’s Key” was such a good book that I can only hope this secfet effort is just a sophomore jinx for Tatiana de Rosnay.

A Secret Kept by Tatiana De Rosnay

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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.

The same cannot be said for their father and grandparents, in their stiff, gloomy but nonetheless staffed and luxurious flats. His wife has left him for another man, of his three children only one seems to like him anymore, and he is tired of dating vacuous young women. Although the blurb for the book describes it as a story of a man searching to unravel a long buried family secret, the book in fact is much more about a 40 something man attempting to navigate his life in the midst of a midlife crisis.

If I hadn’t been listening to the audio on a long road trip, this would have been a book I put down right away.

A SECRET KEPT by Tatiana de Rosnay | Kirkus Reviews

In Britain, even today, someone with strong contrarian ideas can be taken up and celebrated by the Duke of Whatever or the Marquess of Itchybottom.

First off, I predicted the “secret” pretty early on. Europe has suffered greatly from its beau monde’s disengagement from the messy business of politics and life.

They spent many childhood summers on the island of Noirmoutier with their grandparents, mother and father. Want to Read saving…. I won it through FirstReads on Oct.

It was also a pleasant trip to travel to Paris within the confines of this novel. 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. This last factor fuelled part of her success.

A Secret Kept, by Tatiana de Rosnay

A bunch of seemingly-random and unconnected events happen at the same time, all BIG and tragic. Told in the voice of Antoine, this book examines his relationship txtiana his father and with his children, his ex-wife, his sister, his new lover and his business associates.


I’m sad to say that I was disappointed. A clever ruse – perhaps triggered by ‘s Le Terreur – but it has meant that European aristocracies have, historically, craved comfort and security above any other thing.

Originally named Boomerang in France, this seemed a more fitting title.

That works in her first book but here it just removes what could have been the first interesting character. The whole book is full of unnecessary remarks like “I felt sad, because of this and that”, stuff that you understood anyway. I hope this author is not a one-hit wonder. How appalling is that?!

Well, that was not at all what I was expecting. Most enjoyable to me was reading a story about deep family relationships written from the point of view of a sympathetic male character. Quotes from A Secret Kept.


Not to mention ed father disdain from him and the shocking secret that he is keeping. View all 4 comments. Apr 19, Pixie rated it did not like it. And what I got? That dimmed the suspense of some of the family secrets for me. Planning on to take her to the sea of Noirmoutier Island where the two grew up with happy childhood memories and many summers staying out in the beach.

A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay. I realize that this will not be the same for all readers, especially ones who understand the language, but I found them irritating.