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Keeper is the new murder mystery / thriller novel by Jessica Moor.
‘When Katie Straw’s body is pulled from the waters of the local suicide spot, the police decide it’s an open-and-shut case. A standard-issue female suicide. But the residents of Widringham women’s refuge where Katie worked don’t agree. They say it’s murder.‘ (Amazon)
I was immediately hooked by the opening of Keeper, and I had to keep reading.
The narrative structure was particularly good; Moor’s use of alternating narrative perspectives and flashbacks helped the story to flow well, and helped me to work out the pieces of the puzzle – and what really happened to Katie Straw.
The book focuses heavily on themes of domestic abuse and violence against women. This is an important topic to write about, and I thought the different stories shared by characters at the women’s refuge centre were incredibly powerful, and Keeper highlights that violence and abuse can come in many forms.
Warning: If violence and domestic abuse are issues that may distress you, you may want to reconsider reading this book.
I was deeply invested in Katie’s story – more than I was invested in the police investigation. To me, the police procedural elements didn’t feel as strong. Katie’s story, however, felt raw and real and terrifying in places, and I couldn’t help feeling scared myself. The fact Katie is already dead at the start of the book made it even more tragic; we know how her story ends.
Despite this, I was still shocked by the ending. Wow.
Star Rating: 4/5 Stars
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