Keeper by Jessica Moor @jessicammoor @PenguinUKBooks @VikingBooksUK #BookReview #BlogBookReview #NetGalley

Keeper: The Most Talked About Debut of 2020 by [Moor, Jessica]


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.


Keeper: The Most Talked About Debut of 2020


Katie Straw was dead and as far as the police were concerned it had been a suicide but Katie worked in a women’s refuge and there was no way that they were going to let her death be swept under the carpet. The women were convinced that Katie had been murdered.

The story is set on two timelines, one before Katie’s death, that followed her life leading up to her death and the other the actual investigation into what happened the night Katie died.

The story has many triggers for anyone that has problems reading about abusive relationships so the book isn’t for everyone. It mainly follows the life of Katie and how what begins as a seemingly caring relationship soon turns into control. The author gives the story a truly realistic feel of the stigma that can be associated with women’s refuges/safe houses even with those in authority. So many pitfalls that leave these women still very vulnerable, with their abusers knowing just how far they can go to still hold control over them without breaking the law. Then if they step over the line there aren’t the resources to back the law up.

DS Whitworth and DC Brooke have no understanding of the women in the refuge, soon classifying them into known pre-judged ‘types’. My blood boiled on so many chapters in the book because I was so emotionally involved with the characters. The resources seem to have better things to spend their money on than ensuring the safety of such women.

The story uncoils as more evidence comes to light as Katie’s life and death are brought together. A moving story well thought out. A brilliant debut form this new author

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


Jessica Moor

Jessica Moor studied English at Cambridge before completing a Creative Writing MA at Manchester University. Prior to this she spent a year working in the violence against women and girls sector and this experience inspired her first novel, Keeper.


Twitter: @jessicammoor

Keeper: The Most Talked About Debut of 2020 by [Moor, Jessica]


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