Rating: 4 🔪
Author: Jessica Moor
Publisher: Viking Books
Release Date: 19th March 2020
(Thank you Ellie and Viking Books for the free early copy to review!)
He’s been looking in the windows again. Messing with cameras. Leaving notes.
Supposed to be a refuge. But death got inside.
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.
Will you listen to them?
An addictive literary page-turner about a crime as shocking as it is commonplace, Keeper will leave you reeling long after the final page is turned.
My thoughts on this one are conflicted and have been from the first page. It’s hard to say that this book is ravingly amazing because the issues it deals with are horrendous, evil, dark and very real all over the world today. It holds up a mirror to some of the grimiest realities of life and the almost inhuman way that many governments deal with them. Jessica Moor wields her pen like a sword, raising awareness for a very real world problem and hacking away at the structures around these issues. It’s fabulous, she’s fabulous and it’s important, so important.
The conundrum comes with the fact that I could rave for days about how great the message is that this book gives, about how Moor tackles these issues and brings her characters into stark reality. I could say this one of the best books I’ve read this year so far. All of these things would be true. But I can’t say with a good conscience that I loved the book, I couldn’t say I enjoyed it either… not because I don’t and didn’t, I do and did, but because giving a book like this those emotions seems sordid and unacceptable. What happens to the women in this book is scary because it’s real and it’s everyday life for so many women… I can’t happily say I “enjoyed” reading about their torment. Does that make sense?
So on a simpler note, this book is a great debut from an amazing author who has definitely caught my attention with this one. It deals with some terrible issues (abuse, domestic violence, child abuse, etc) so tigger warnings for this one, but it’s in my opinion a stark look at a dark corner of society and Moor brings it tragically to life.