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From the critically acclaimed author of Real Life & Liars and Things We Didn't Say comes a timely and provocative novel that asks: What happens when the things we own become more important than the people we love?

Trish isn't perfect. She's divorced and raising two kids—so of course her house isn't pristine. But she's got all the important things right and she's convinc
ebook, 384 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2012)
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There's a whole lot of pain going on in this book and this makes it difficult to read. In a review of another book, the reviewer described the mental illness of the character as something "gnawing at their souls". This statement describes my feeling about Keepsake quite well. Here lie characters with a disorder that is “gnawing at their souls”.

I've never watched the show "Hoarders" but the show has a huge following. I know most of us on the outside looking in are curious and even have some kind
Liz Waters
I never knew much about hoarding until I read this novel, and now I think I understand how it works. The tragedies that triggered both mother and daughter who succumbed to the hoarding compulsion were real and identifiable, but clearly require the hand of a professional to neutralize. The dual narration is something I have never really liked, but in this case it really does work. Both daughters of a woman who died in a fire in her home where things were stacked floor to ceiling and jammed tight ...more
A mother’s fear: a knock on the door from family protective services talking about taking away your child. What good mother wouldn’t turn somersaults to keep her child home and her family intact? Any good mother would—but in Kristina Riggle’s novel, Keepsake, doing just that is especially demanding. The reason that social worker is standing at the door ties directly into her addiction—hoarding. Hoarding is the inability to throw anything out, to the point of filling one’s living space with items ...more
McGuffy Morris

Kristina Riggle definitely has a gift for writing about serious issues. This novel deals with some difficult situations.

Trish is a single mother. She has built a secure world where she feels safe. She is surrounded by all of the things that make her feel comfortable. Trish is a hoarder.

This all comes to light, as a crisis when Trish’s son is injured. Children’s Services is called in to investigate, with every intention of removing him from the home.

Trish needs help. Her sister, Mary, is her extr
Beth Pearson
First, I have to say had this book not had the bad words marked out, I wouldn't have been able to give it such a high score. I really enjoyed the story but if all the whited out spaces had the F-bomb, it would have been too harsh to enjoy.

The cleaned up version was enjoyable, however. At the end of the book, Kristina Riggle mentions an Oprah episode on hoarders that fascinated her and she eventually wrote Keepsake dealing with a competent, successful, organized person who is also a secret hoarde
I found Keepsake to be a fairly enjoyable read, although it seemed to me that the ending was a bit abrupt.

Keepsake tells the story of Trish, a single mom, who is forced to deal with her problem with hoarding when she is faced with potentially losing custody of her 8 year old son, Jack, to the authorities due to the hoarding. She is reunited with her estranged sister, Mary, when Trish's older son, Drew, contacts Mary to enlist her help with Trish's hoarding problem.

The story unfolds with the sis
Trish is a single mom doing her best to raise two kids while working full time. But Trish also has a big problem: Trish is a hoarder. She managed to hide the problem from outsiders until her youngest son, Jack, was injured when a stack of things toppled over on him. The doctor reported Trish and now she's faced with cleaning out the clutter or facing court and possibly losing Jack. Her oldest son, Drew, has already left because of the mess and Trish can't bear losing both of her boys. But as muc ...more
Thank you to Book Club Girl for proving me with a copy of this novel. Please check out her bogtalk podcast with author Kristina Riggle for an insightful interview about the novel. The novel is told in alternating chapters in the voice of the two main characters, sisters Trish and Mary.

Trish is a single mom with a young son Jack. She thinks she has everything in her life under control although it may be telling that her catch phrase "I'm not perfect". W
My review:

I would like to start with the book cover. It's beautiful! If I wouldn't know what the book is about, then deciding only from the cover of the book you expect the content to be something else. It's a classy picture to put on a book which is about hoarding. Slightly misleading on the first sight, but elegant cover in my opinion.

Keepsake by Kristina Riggle is a wonderful book about family ties and relationships, different disorders people are struggling with, about pain, hope and love. K
Sue Wargo
This is Trish's story. She's a single mom with a problem. Her family mantra is "mom's not perfect,". But the dirty secret is that she is a hoarder. When her son is injured in an accident at home, family services gets involved and Trish must face the hoard or lose her children. This book is more than about hoarding or being a bad housekeeper. It's about fractured families and fractured souls. It's about secrets that lie buried among the stuff. The characters are well written and Trish's anguish o ...more
Trish is a single mother of two boys. She is also a hoarder. Because of this, she is facing the removal of her younger son from her home by Child Services because her home is deemed hazardous. (The older son has already removed himself from the house.) In desperation, she allows her estranged sister, ex-husband, father and her sister’s friend to enter her home to deal with the mess and prevent her child from being removed.

On some levels I liked this book. I think it dealt fairly well with the ho
Hoarding has become a popular subject since the reality shows bombarded us with images of absolutely filthy and unbelievably dirty homes that exist in our nation. This book seeks to capitalize on it with a story that gives you insight in to a hoarder's life.
Trish and Mary are sisters who were raised by a hoarder mom. Mary left at age 15 to go live with her dad and Trish has never forgiven her for it. The story opens with Trish being confronted by a social worker after her youngest son is injure
Emily Livingstone
Keepsake made me think about humans and how we try to cope with the difficult things in our lives. I've never watched shows that have to do with hoarding and haven't thought a lot about it, but Keepsake presents this topic in a context that shows how hoarding is just one of many ways humans deal with problems. Moreover, the "hoarder" character is not dealing with only her own baggage and problems. Just as family and friends come together to help her, we see how they all have their own (often int ...more
I read this book first of all because of its main topics, hoarding, the impact it has on families and Hoarders themselves. I feel it does a good job of depicting some of the tell tale behaviors and patterns of hoarders in addition to the impact hoarding has on a family.

However, the story follows the stereotypical plot lines for explaining mental illness and its "resolution". A mysterious tragic event hinted at in the 'victims' past and finally its discovery. This in turn facilitates the recovery
Loni Spendlove
A story with layers of emotion as deep as the hoarding piles, this book was like stepping into the minds of two sisters as different as peanut butter and orange juice as they struggle with the loss of their mother and the effects (and origin) of her Compulsive Hoarding Disorder which is both abhorred and inherited by one of the sisters.

Warning: There is some foul language (including quite a few f-bombs), but if you borrow the book from my mom, she's whited out MOST of it for you :P and I am gra
I'm surprised that so many people rated this a four or five. The characters are flat, the plot is slow and the writing is uninspired.
While the subject matter of this book is a little disturbing, the story itself was really compelling. Trish is on the verge of losing her son after he's injured at home as a result of her hoarding. As her various family members step in to help her clean up, it's not just garbage and junk that is exposed to all. Family secrets are revealed, relationships are renewed, and truth comes out.

If you like the A&E show "Hoarders", you'll like this book. This story is essentially the fictionalized ve
This lovely book arrived at my workplace on a Thursday morning and, despite having several other books that were already waiting to be read and which were coming out sooner than this one, I started reading it at lunchtime and hardly put it down for the next three days. I took a break only when the feelings it evoked became too intense and I needed to breathe for a little while before diving back in.

The central character in Keepsake is Trish, a woman whose husband has divorced her, whose older so
Behind closed doors, families hide their secret pain in a variety of ways. For Trish Dietrich, the pain is muffled and pushed down behind the objects she hoards.

Her secret is hers alone, she believes, but when her son Jack is injured by a falling tower of objects, she is rudely awakened to its impact on others. And when a social worker appears, bringing the intrusive world of Child Protective Services into her life, Trish is alternately angry, belligerent, and reeling from denial.

A seemingly ins
Karen & Gerard
Keepsake by Kristina Riggle is an interesting read about how hoarding affected the whole family. Trish and Mary are sisters but different as night and day. Trish is a hoarder to such an extent that social services came to her house threatening to remove her 7-yr. old son from his home if she didn’t get the house cleaned up—clutter and junk was everywhere! Trish’s older son left home and lives at his girlfriend’s house because he couldn’t stand all the clutter. On the other hand, Mary is a single ...more
I have to admit that I am somewhat confused over the positive reviews of this novel. This was my first experience reading anything by Kristina Riggle but I had a very hard time becoming interested at all. In fact, at times the reading was almost painful. I have rarely found a leading character to be as annoying as Trish was in Keepsake.

While I admit that I am probably not the target audience of this book (in fact I think I'm the only male on Goodreads to review it), I found the story to be unin
In Keepsake, Trish is raising two kids on her own. She doesn't realize it yet, but she's become a hoarder, just like her Mother. When her young son becomes injured after some of her many possessions fall on him, Child Protective Services steps in. To get her son back, Trish enlists the help of her sister, Mary, who's basically her opposite, to clean up the mess. Together they sift through years of clutter and uncover the memories, the secrets and the pain buried beneath it.

I really enjoyed this
Colleen Turner
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Whenever I’ve come across one of those TV shows about hoarding I’ve always wondered how the mess could truly get that bad. How do you not know that your house is packed nearly floor to ceiling and that it isn’t a healthy way to live, for you or for any family members living there? How could you stand the clutter, the smell? Keepsake by Kristina Riggle works to answer these questions and more by dropping the reader right into the middle of a hoarder’
Trish is not abusive, and her son, Jack, absolutely adores her. But one day, Child Protective Services are at her door threatening to take her seven-year old Jack out of her custody--not because she hit her children, but because she has too much junk in her house.
Trish is a compulsive hoarder; her walls are lined up with columns upon columns of boxes filled with stuff she doesn't even remember. She hasn't seen her dining table in ages, nor the paint on her walls, and her fridge is filled with ro

I chose this book because I thought the subject matter was interesting since I have suffered from hoarding myself in the past and thought I may be able to relate to some parts of the story and maybe learn about why I hoarded. Well I was right in some respects. The way Trish shopped "its on a sale bargain price so I will buy several" and the way she couldn't throw anything away "this wool is pretty and feels nice and I may make something with it some day" actually ma
Keepsake is a fictional story about hoarding. Trish and Mary's mother was a hoarder and it drove them crazy as kids. Mary even ended up moving out to live with her father when she was a teenager because she just couldn't take it. Their mother eventually died in her hoard when her house caught on fire and she couldn't get out. Now, it looks like Trish is following in her footsteps. When Trish's youngest son, Jack, is hurt when a pile of stuff falls on him CPS is alerted by the doctor and they thr ...more
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“Keepsake” by Kristina Riggle is a story of family, secrets, trauma, obsessions, and self-realization. Trish, like her mother Frannie, is a compulsive hoarder. Mary, Trish’s sister, is an obsessive cleaner. Since Frannie’s death in a house fire, Mary and Trish haven’t spoken. Until Trish’s oldest son, Drew, shows up on Mary’s doorstep telling her about Jack (his brother) and how he was injured due to Trish’s mess. Mary is recently unemployed and recently heartbroken, so she goes to Trish’s to he ...more
I thought this story was very well written. I loved that the author was able to make the characters' struggles real for me. I was especially moved when the surrounding characters (sister, father, ex-husband, son) had to interact with Trish (the hoarder) and began to understand that this was not something they could just cure by cleaning but instead was a deeper problem ingrained in Trish herself. One of the major themes in the book was that Trish kept saying that no one cared about her or worrie ...more
This was a really good book! Believe it or not, it is actually the 2nd book I've read recently that involved hoarding. Weird!
Anyway, this book is so very easy to get hooked in to. It is so real! I found myself really feeling for Trish & Mary. They were both so screwed up in such a real way, but that just made them all the more interesting. I found the psychological aspects behind the hoarding & the OCD fascinating. It was such a struggle for both of the women.
The part that really got my
"Keepsake" is the story of two estranged sisters whose lives have both been marked by their mother's hoarding and tragic death. Mary is a compulsive neat freak who has difficulties forming intimate relationships, and Trish is a hoarder who is becoming almost as bad as their mother. When Trish's seven-year-old son Jack gets injured by a falling pile of things in the house and Child Protective Services gets involved, Trish finally feels the pressure and motivation to try to clean, but she is reluc ...more
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Kristina Riggle lives in West Michigan, where she writes character-driven novels about complex personal dynamics. Her debut novel, Real Life & Liars, was a Target "Breakout" pick and a "Great Lakes, Great Reads" selection by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association. Her latest novel, The Whole Golden World, is about two families and a community unraveled by a teacher-student affair. ...more
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