Today is publication day for Keeper. I was immediately drawn by this cover and was delighted to be offered an advance copy to review.
Described as a literary thriller and a feminist whodunnit, Keeper tells the poignant and powerful story of Katie Straw, whose body is pulled from the river. While the police believe this is an open-and-shut case of suicide, the residents of the women’s refuge where Katie worked are convinced it’s murder.
It’s a hard-hitting novel told in two time frames: before and after Katie’s death. The Then narrative tracks the changing path of her relationship to Jamie and the Now tracks the police investigation. We also learn about the women in the refuge and the violent and abusive relationships they’ve been in.
I can’t honestly say this was an enjoyable read but then neither is it supposed to be. What it is, is a bleak and chilling portrayal of domestic abuse in different forms and shows how insidious it can be – and how difficult it can be to escape.
It’s topical and well written with a shocking twist and heart-wrenching ending.
The ebook and hardback versions are available from today.
My thanks to Penguin and NetGalley for a review copy.