Keep Him Close by Emily Koch @EmilyKoch @randomhouse #FamilyLifeFiction #keephimclose #NetGalley #NewRelease

Keep Him Close by [Koch, Emily]


‘A magnetic, all consuming read. A heart-breaking suspense which deals with love in all its forms.’
Gytha Lodge, author of She Lies in Wait

‘Intriguing, heart-breaking…a mystery novel with a beautiful character study at its heart.’
Melanie Golding, author of Little Darlings


Alice’s son is dead. Indigo’s son is accused of murder.

Indigo is determined to prove her beloved Kane is innocent. Searching for evidence, she is helped by a kind stranger who takes an interest in her situation. Little does she know that her new friend has her own agenda.

Alice can’t tell Indigo who she really is. She wants to understand why her son was killed – and she needs to make sure that Indigo’s efforts to free Kane don’t put her remaining family at risk. But how long will it take for Indigo to discover her identity? And what other secrets will come out as she digs deeper?

No one knows a son like his mother. But neither Alice nor Indigo know the whole truth about their boys, and what happened between them on that fateful night.

Keep Him Close is a dark domestic drama from an award-winning writer.


Keep Him Close


When a young man dies in suspicious circumstances two mothers are thrown into turmoil. Alice’s two sons went out together but the morning after the police are knocking on her door to tell her that the youngest, Lou won’t be coming home and his brother Benny is answering some questions at the station. When an appeal is put out from the police for two men to come forward, who has been captured on CCTV, Kane tells his mum that they must go to the police station to tell them that one of the men is him. Indigo waits for him but eventually finds out what he has told them. He admits having pushed Lou from a multi-storey car park, so he has been arrested for his murder.

The story follows the two mums of the young men, their different reactions to events and how they both deal with it. Both women are single parents but have brought up their children very differently. Both Benny and Kane are very tight-lipped about what happened that night. Indigo knows that the only way to find the truth is to find out herself. As far as the police see things, it is an open and shut case as Kane admitted to killing Lou.

We all like to think that we know our children but there is such a lot of other things and people that we don’t have control of. I really felt like I was side by side with these two mothers and so confused to want justice for one for the death of her boy and yet protective for the other. One thing for sure was that it is heartbreaking no matter which side you are on.

To begin with I couldn’t gell with Alice but as the pages turned I felt that I understood her more and felt so very sorry for her. This is a great story which I had all the pieces for, except for the final one that completed the whole picture. A very intriguing story very well written.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Emily Koch

Emily Koch is an award-winning journalist and writer living in the UK. Her debut novel – If I Die Before I Wake – is out now. It was was shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award, longlisted for Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, selected as a Waterstones Thriller of the Month and as one of Waterstones’ top paperbacks of 2019. Her second novel – Keep Him Close – is out in 2020.


Twitter: @EmilyKoch

Keep Him Close by [Koch, Emily]

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