Keeper – Jessica Moor
Genre: Thriller & Mystery
Published: March 2020, Viking Books UK
Swathi’s Rating: 4/5
About the Book:
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?
Keeper by Jessica Moor is a domestic thriller that follows the death of a local social care worker Katie, whose body is found on the banks of the local suicide spot and the county police are just so ready to shut the case and be done with it. But the women’s refuge where Katie had worked thinks otherwise. For the women who live there, life has always been difficult and a fight against the world, Katie has always been kind to them. She was the reason for their safety. Some of them have a theory and want to help the police, while some are a lost cause. As police start digging more into Katie’s life and past, more secrets about her come to light and it’s just so frightening to learn what and how much a young woman such as herself had to go through in order to survive in a world full of dominant men and damaged families.
This was an emotional read for me and not a typical thriller with police procedurals. Written in a lyrical prose and an unconventional narrative, this book is hard to believe for a debut. Highly recommend it for those who love a dark psych thriller with domestic violence and small town mystery.
Many thanks to the publisher for my proof copy of the book. All opinions are mine.
About the Author
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.