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A Keeper: The Sunday Times Bestseller

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His first novel I loved so when I seen he had this new novel coming out, I just had to get myself a copy. No spoilers here, but the plot is intriguing, and the truth revealed proves that life sometimes prepares for us most extraordinary surprises, just like for Elizabeth.

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. Elizabeth is left reeling as she delves in her mother's life, her unsettling romance with her father, Edward Foley, a farmer living in a remote area by the sea.who knows what drives people to try to set things right ,and instead making it a kidnapping nightmare. Maybe I have been reading too much Tana French and Maeve Binchy, but the book didn't feel "Irish" to me. Compelling, well-written with a great eye for human foibles it is undoubtedly highly readable but for me lacked substance and there isn’t much more to the novel than what becomes pretty obvious early on. I did feel hatred for Edwards mother, yes he was a mummy's boy but why did she have a hold over him? While trying to figure out the source of the letters, Elizabeth is contacted by her mother's attorney.

Add to this Elizabeth's awkwardness and frustrations, the quirkiness of everyone she comes across, and little moments of beauty, and you have the unusual combination that comes together to make this book absolutely wonderful. And when Elizabeth finds she has been left a seaside cottage in the will, the quest into the truth of her origins begins. Don't even get me started on why we get a separate POV for Rosemary, it wasn't necessary and added nothing to the story. This was powerful storytelling, with depth of both character and plot, the threads joining both eras all strongly interwoven. Stumbling across a small wooden box of letters penned to her mother in the early Seventies in response to a lonely hearts advert by the man she has been told is her father it provides her first opportunity to learn more about Edward Foley.From there we have Elizabeth traveling back to where her father lived and finding out about what led her mother to him all of those years ago. Alternating between "Now" and "Then" storylines, the backstory is revealed, and we see the connection between "now" and "then". You will be surprised at many points, and you will carry on reading because you want to know what happened as much as Elizabeth does.

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