A Keeper – Graham Norton

39287253Elizabeth Keane has never known her father, or even known who he is. Following the death of her mother, Patricia, Elizabeth heads back to her childhood home to sort through Patricia’s things and finds a pile of letters hidden away that just might hold the key to her past.

I went into this book expecting something similar to Graham Norton’s last novel, Holding. The blurb doesn’t give much away, so I didn’t really know what this book was going to be about. It started out a bit dully – I couldn’t see what direction it was going to take – and then, BAM. It unexpectedly turned into some kind of kidnapping mystery story.

The shock factor truly made this book for me, so I’ll keep things vague. Really, the plot is that of a thriller, but the writing style is quite is closer to what you’d find in a family drama or even a romance novel. This had the effect of taking away a lot of the usual tropes of the thriller genre and added an extra layer of sinisterness through how casually the kidnapping is presented.

The characters were fantastic. They were believable and well-developed, with completely realistic lives outside of the general story-line as well as within it. I really enjoyed the Irish colloquialisms in the speech to help set the scene and give the characters more personality.

A Keeper is a deeply emotive and absorbing story. A truly excellent piece of fiction.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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