The reason I picked up this book was only because my uncle recommended it, saying it was very well written. Though I took a long time to get around to reading it, once I began I found that Shirley Eskapa is, indeed, a remarkable writer. The very first sentence reels you in like the classic hook that writing guides keep telling you about. The entire story is written very simply and is yet very very intriguing and strangely complicated. It starts out with Nigel, a very successful English banker in Geneva, leaving his attractive wife of twenty years for a younger and more exciting German mistress. His wife returns to England, but leaves her young son behind. She believes that teenage boys can have a better upbringing with their fathers. There is, also, an underlying motive to this, and that is that she is determined to get her husband back. The Secret Keeper is more than just a story. It overlaps on a study of the minds of the husband, the wife, the mistress and the children involved. It's written subtly, yet everything is very clear and believable. The characters take up a life of their own. One reason to pick up this book would be for the way the story has been told. The story may appear ordinary but once you begin, you begin to realize that the story is anything but ordinary. The outcome is amazing. This book will not disappoint easily.