Tatiana de Rosnay has written ten books in her native French and the first one to be written in English was her smash hit Sarah’s Key that has sold over 2 million copies.. In that book she jumps between two time periods to tell the story of a secret hidden during the 1942 round-up of Jews in Paris and discovered 60 years later.
This newest story follows a similar premise of a family secret kept hidden for decades. Antoine, a divorced architect, wants to surprise his sister on her fortieth birthday with a trip to a special vacation place from their childhood. Together they experience mixed feelings as sights and people remind them of their mother who died when they were small. As they travel back to Paris Melanie remembers a startling repressed memory that disturbs her to the point of driving off the highway and rolling their auto. Melanie is hospitalized with a broken back and no memory of the event.
A Secret Kept delves into family relationships that mold us into the adults we become. Do we really know who our parents were and why they relate to us as they do? What are our expectations of each other and how can we forgive those we love when they don’t meet our expectations.