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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How well does he really know his mother, his children, even himself? It seems that French teenagers are very rosnaay like American teens. Family relationships also play a prominent place and it is always reassuring to see that all families are a bit stressed in their own unique way.

A French architect, Antoine Rey is a modern divorced father with conflicted feelings about his work, his children, his father, and his ex-wife. The characters are one-dimentional sketches, and many of the mini plot-twists serve no point, building up to nothing, and are quickly discarded.

There was a problem adding your email address. Open Preview See a Problem? It all began with a simple seaside vacation, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood. So, if you want to read something that takes no time and no brain to read, I recommend this as a possible novel to fill that need.

The novel does keep up the suspense of finding out about his mother and learning about the deep, dark secrets of an upper class Parisian family, but Antonio’s “woe is me” attitude it at times tiring. So many other authors have experienced poor second efforts so this may not be a sign hatiana de Rosnay was a one hit wonder so we will have to wait for her next book before we judge her too harshly.

A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay

Nov 24, Cheryl rated it it was ok. Sep 16, Diane Chamberlain rated it it was amazing. Article text size A.


Ny 14, K. And I absolutely loved Angele’s character, she made the book for me! Although set in modern day France, the narrative has a timeless quality about it as a forty-ish, newly divorced man, Antoine Rey, 4. View all 3 comments.

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On the way home, while trying to tell him rosny secret at the core of the frozen emotional life of the family, his sister drives them into another car and is left nearly dead. As a divorced father,his kids are devoted to ignoring him and he secretly misses Astrid,his ex that left him for another man. None of the characters were likable, so I did not even care about all these BIG tragic events, I was just glad that it ended.

Throughout the narrative there is the thread of a mystery, which I will not divulge here.

A Secret Kept

I just wanted to smack him and say, “Man up, dude. Parisian high society has managed to survive so long by posturing itself as irrelevant and dull. 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. A Secret Kept is one of the smoothest, most readable treatments around.

Both excellent, but an apple and an orange. There’s something about a family with hidden secrets that intrigues me and just pulls me right in. I never read Sarah’s Key, so I cannot compare. It has been thirty year since the last time they captured the beauty of the island the bond they shared.


I was really looking forward to reading A Secret Kept. Well-heeled Parisiens promptly moved into the vacated apartments of Jewish families, seemingly without question.

If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters globeandmail. Jul 24, Barbara rated it liked it. I’ll start with the positive.

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I found him an interesting character with a lot of depth and sentimentality that led to many moments of self examination and introspection. Unfortunately, they didn’t work. Melanie, found a man and didn’t want to know the secret; Arno underwent a sudden change; the father, who suffered a major personality change at his wife’s death, alienating his children, was I thought, through the early part of the book, that the story had promise, Antoine’s incessant whining aside.

The caricatures remained caricatures. A hotel they use to visit every summer with their parents before their mother passed away in I’m a print subscriber, link to my account Subscribe to comment Why do I need to subscribe? My problem with this book is that it is too predictable.

They can handle heterosexual love affairs with aplomb but not lesbian ones? I was fortunate to be asked to blurb this book. Sep 19, Erika Robuck rated it it was amazing. They spent many childhood summers on the island of Noirmoutier with their grandparents, mother and father.

Let me just say that I’m not surprised that secrey bookstore didn’t sell A SINGLE COPY of this book in hardcover, and though the paperback has been on the bestseller list for a couple of weeks already, we’ve not sold one paperback copy y Wow. Oct 23, Monica rated it liked it. That works in her first book but here it just removes what could have been the first interesting character.

It almost feels like she wrote a female character, and decided to change her at the last moment to a man.