We all occasionally fall into the black hole of YouTube (at least, I hope it’s not just me). And one thing I love watching is The Graham Norton Show. So, when I saw that Graham Norton (and yes, it is the same one) wrote a novel, I was intrigued. Naturally, I had to read A Keeper. If only out of pure curiosity. And I was pleasantly surprised.
(All reviews are spoiler-free unless otherwise noted.)
(From Goodreads) When Elizabeth Keane returns to Ireland after her mother’s death, she’s focused only on saying goodbye to that dark and dismal part of her life. Her childhood home is packed solid with useless junk, her mother’s presence already fading. But within this mess, she discovers a small stash of letters—and ultimately, the truth.
Forty years earlier, a young woman stumbles from a remote stone house, the night quiet except for the constant wind that encircles her as she hurries deeper into the darkness away from the cliffs and the sea. She has no sense of where she is going, only that she must keep on.
A Keeper is a great mix of mystery and family drama. I read a decent amount of both genres, but this one seemed different from anything I’ve read before. It could be due to the fact that this book is very much Irish – which honestly took me a bit to get used to – but it just had a different feeling to other books I’ve read. I was not all that emotionally attached to the characters, but no less interested in what was happening to them, which was kind of an interesting experience.
I particularly liked the mystery element. I thought it was really well done. I’m really good at predicting twists, but there were definitely a few surprises in A Keeper. And not the kind you couldn’t possibly see coming because it wasn’t even hinted at until thirty pages before the end. I really liked the that all of the twists and turns completely made sense with the story, which really elevated this book in my opinion.
While I definitely needed a few chapters to get into this story, I could not stop reading once I did. I just needed to know what came next. There is so much going on in this book, but I do think it worked together well. Usually when there are this many plot lines, I can pinpoint one or two I could do without, but I do think Norton struck a nice balance here. Overall, I thought it was a great novel, and I am really glad I read it.
★★★★☆ – I really enjoyed A Keeper. If you like mysteries, especially those centered around families, I’d definitely recommend checking this one out. I would definitely read more by Graham Norton in the future.
A Keeper will be available in bookstores August 13. If you’re interested, you can order a copy on Amazon now.
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This book was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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