A huge fan of Tatiana’s de Rosnay‘s “Sarah’s Key,” I was pleasantly surprised when I found her book “A Secret Kept” in an airport bookstore on my way to San Francisco. The book I had packed to read during my marathon travel day had been less than pleasant, and I was in search of a replacement that could take me away from the hustle and bustle of airport terminals and the madness that is modern travel.
Much like “Sarah’s Key,” de Rosnay does a great job of intricately describing the complicated relationships that come with family ties. So too does she paint the image of a brother and sister, and the long-held family secret that will change their relationship, not just with one another, but with the memory of their parents as well.
The book also explores the impact a place can hold on all of us, and how memories can be reclaimed from visiting such places — as though our ancient histories are held in every fiber, wood grain, stone and sodden piece of earth. What Tatiana de Rosnay excels at specifically, is the depth and richness of her characters — and not just her protagonists, but the ghosts of those who have passed as well.
While I had planned to delve into the details of the characters and plot, I realized this is certainly a book that can be spoiled, and I don’t wish to do that to any of you. So I’ll leave you with this — if you’re looking for an interesting read, I would certainly recommend this book.
Read more about Tatiana de Rosnay on her site.