Book Review – Keeper by Jessica Moor

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

Published March 2020 by Viking UK

This was my second go at starting this book after having to abandon it at the beginning of March when my work descended into chaos for a couple of weeks. It was worth the wait though, second time around I was able to give it the full attention it deserves

Keeper is a dark, uncomfortably honest exploration of domestic violence. When the body of a young woman is found washed up on the banks of a river, it appears to be a sad but clear case of suicide. But further investigation reveals a mystery surrounding the woman’s identity and links to a local refuge

Brutal, traumatic and shocking, Keeper charts Katie’s story as she becomes a victim of emotional and physical abuse in flashbacks, as the investigation in the present explores the misconceptions, attitudes and unjustness towards those who’ve escaped domestic violence. This book will make you angry, and so you should be. Candid and eye opening, Moor gives voice to these women through writing that is both sobering and inspiring

Keeper is not an easy read, it’s harrowing, raw and at times graphic. But it’s an important one that I’d encourage anyone to read. An outstanding debut

Thanks to the publisher for my gifted copy

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