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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  185 ratings  ·  84 reviews
When a famous artist is kidnapped, the only one who can save him has a body no one can see, and a voice few can hear.

Angel, spirit, or ghost—the Keeper doesn’t know exactly what he is. But he knows he needs to protect Michael Delacroix, a famous artist who is kidnapped and locked in a windowless room deep beneath a Napa Valley vineyard.

Desperate to save the only person who
Published January 10th 2019
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Alex | | findingmontauk1
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I was pulled into this book from the first page. The premise of "an entity" who is as clueless who it is as we are introduces itself and gets the ball rolling. This entity becomes known as "the keeper." I loved the way this story progressed along with the keeper itself.

Many scenes had my heart racing as I was unsure of a negative or fatal outcome for one of the characters. It was written in such a way that I definitely connected with every character, even the not-so-good guys. T.F. Allen does no
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
The Keeper, T. F. Allen's debut novel and finalist for the Claymore Award, is a hybrid of the thriller and paranormal genres and brings a unique twist to the same old, same old. This was a wonderfully refreshing tale that was fast-paced and ever so fascinating. The action barely stops and you hurtle along. Before long you realise you've read it all in a single, fun-filled and entertaining session. This storyline makes use of the well-recycled, yet still wholly enjoyable, Good vs. Evil concept, a ...more
Linda Strong
3.5 Stars

This is a ghost story .... told by the ghost. But is he really a ghost? Could he be an angel sent to watch over Michael, a famous artist who was kidnapped after he destroyed his most famous painting.

The keeper, alone, knows where Michael was taken and he must use his abilities to convince two women to look for him. One is is reporter who thinks her visions are signs and the other is a nun who thinks she hears the voice of God.

Book Blurb: Together they close in on the kidnapper--a psycho
Kat Dietrich
The Keeper by T.F Allen is a psychological thriller with a supernatural twist.

You don’t want to miss this one!

First, let me thank NetGalley, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Synopsis:

Michael Delacroix is an artist whose painting entitled “Jolene” introduced him to the world, and now hangs in a museum in Chicago. When Michael snaps and destroys the painting, everyone wants to know why. Shortly after
Well Read Beard
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
3.5 Stars

Michael is an artist. He is THE artist, He is the Michael Jordan of the art world. No one really comes close. We open with Michael walking into a Chicago museum and destroying his most famous work "Jolene" with a knife. Jolene was another student at the San Francisco Art Institute, the painting was Michael's homage to her. He always hoped that this piece of art would be able to convey the way he truly felt about her. One problem, Jolene went missing and was never found. Our main story t
Suzy Michael
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
*I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for my fair and honest review.*

T.F. Allen arrives on the literary scene with his outstanding debut novel The Keeper. A hybrid of psychological thriller and paranormal, The Keeper is a unique and fresh twist on the overused ghost trope. With an intriguing plot, a small, but colorful and interesting cast of characters, and so many twists it will leave your head spinning, The Keeper is one mysterious tale that will not disappoint!

When Micha
Kayla Krantz
So there are plenty of wonderful things to say about this audiobook ranging from the unique character POV to the wonderfully suspenseful plot and the in-depth characters.

The Keeper’s role in life, as far as he can tell, is to watch over a young up and coming artist named Michael. The Keeper doesn’t know what he really is, but for his entire existence, he has made sure that Michael is safe. When Michael is suddenly kidnapped and taken hostage by a jealous artist, The Keeper embarks on a mission t
Kim Napolitano
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m always amazed by the amount of talent is out there in the self published world. Gems that should sparkle in the top of the literary world. This book is one of them. Michael is a tortured artist, depressed and angry but also the top artist of his time. When he destroys his one famous painting in a fit of rage in a museum he sets every thing into motion. He has a guardian though. A Keeper. This spirit has been with him all his life and from whom we get most of the story from in first person na ...more
Donna Hines
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Must save Michael!
The artist must be protected by The Keeper at all costs.
The only way to allow this to happen is to convince two unsuspecting women to assist in this endeavor.
While The Keeper is busy protecting the artist Michael he learns their may just be a connection but it may just be too late to save him.
Slowly they begin closing in on the kidnapper a psycho who hears voices in his head to commit murder.
Well the rest is history.
Get reading!
Thank you to TF Allen, the publisher, NetGalley, a
Karen Whittard
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was looking for something to fill my void after watching the Netflix hit Happy and this book completely did that for me.

I was completely hooked from this book from the very beginning. The pacing of this book is fantastic and the cast and crew of this book are great. Each with their own personalities.

I don’t want to give too much away about this book. But if you loved Happy as much as I did then you do not want to miss out on this book as it will satisfy your cravings of more episodes before
Earl Javorsky
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Keeper has an interesting—and in my experience, unique—twist: It’s narrator is a disembodied personality that can lodge in various characters’ minds and experience their thoughts, feelings, and perceptions. He has minimal personal identity and remains invested in the wellbeing of his primary host, a painter named Michael, who has been kidnapped and forced to create new output. The book’s title—The Keeper—refers to this spirit-like orphan, who hops from mind to mind and nudges characters towa ...more
Pat Eroh
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fast-paced action-packed thriller that is intriguing as well as riveting. I could not put this book down and lost so much sleep before having to go to work!! Yes, I have no will-power to self-regulate when it comes to reading! I was compelled to read it all so I can not really blame me! Great story, awesome characters and a story that will stay with you, I highly recommend this.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got this as a arc e book from Net Galley. I enjoyed reading it. It had a good story to it. It is my first book by this author. I liked the variety of characters in it. I hope to read more books by this author.
Jennifer Hunt
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: give-away-wins
When I wasn't reading this book, I was thinking about it. It grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go. Touching, thrilling, scary, heartwarming.... it's an emotional rollercoaster. I loved every minute of it. ...more
Julie Mackenzie
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great thriller

Terrific thriller with supernaturals elements. Excellent! I read it in a day and a half. Elements of King and Koontz.
Faith Hurst-Bilinski
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I went into this book with no idea what I was getting into. I soon thought, "A ghost story told from the ghost's POV...could be interesting." It went beyond that to relationships, connections, and bonds.

Michael has always struggled, he was abandoned at birth, thrown away. But he became a world-famous artist. His most famous painting, that of a woman he had admired but never approached who disappeared one day years ago. When Michael takes a knife to his own painting in a museum, his fame only gro
Janice A Barratt
Very well done!

This was a wonderfully suspenseful novel with an unusual and captivating storyline. Very well written and edited (and I'm an editor so I'm very picky! :-). I read it in one sitting. The story never dragged and kept a steady pace that held this reader's attention without fail from start to finish. Get twist at the end too! Can't believe this is Mr. Allen's first novel...looking forward to many more.
Peggy Bush
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unexpected and wonderful book

I bought this on a daily deal - had never heard of the author but it was cheap enough to give it a try. By the first page I was hooked. I won't pick a category for this story. Action? Yes. Thriller? Yes. Heartfelt & touching? Yes. Completely enjoyable read with a wonderful message? Yes, yes, yes!
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Although the start was slow, the story opened up at a third of the way in. An “entity” that speaks to an artist and guides him through life, was a hard concept to grasp at first. But as the story unfolded with interesting characters and several plot twists. And it all tied up with a perfect ending. I would recommend this book.
( Format : Audiobook )
"I always had a purpose in this world."
Michael, a reclusive artist already considered by many to be the greatist painted of his generation, and hit news headlines when found in the Chicago Art Institute having destroyed his most famous art work, known simply as Jolsne. It depicted the portrait of a young woman, one side of her face slashed with coloured scars. Michael had slashed the entire canvass with a knife, completely killing the picture.
Released from custody, Michael
Denise Riehle
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Keeper written by T.F. Allen was a great surprise for me. This book was listed in the category of horror, mystery and thrillers and the description sounded great, So I was ready to try out a book from a new author to me, and I’m certainly glad that I did. The writing flowed easily and the plot was a welcome difference from other books in the thriller category. From the beginning you will find yourself hooked, when it’s starts with this sentence. “If anyone ever saw me, they might call me a s ...more
This book had me hooked by the first page. It starts off sort of reiterating what one of our protaginists thinks he might be. He knows he's not human, but that's about it and it sets up for me wondering throughout the book just exactly WHAT the Keeper is. Not a bad thing I might add, and definitely lends to the story in a shocking yet amazing way. It's told in the first person narrative(I seem to be reading a common theme as of late) but it works wonderfully in this story. Though its told from a ...more
Carmen A.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I did receive an advanced copy for an honest review. Here is my honest review.

The main character Michael is an artist, and I have to say I'm not sure if the author himself is an artist or he did his homework on that subject and if so, big kudos.

I really enjoyed the book and I had to find out what was coming next. There were a lot of twists and a lot of jaw dropping moments. I do tend to feel a lot, so there were a couple of times I really got touched by this book.

The POV of the book is through h
Chloe McPherson
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I was Michael's brother. That explained everything"

After destroying his most famous artwork Michael is abducted, and the only hope of getting out alive is entrusted to his 'Keeper'. No one can see the keeper, very few can hear the keeper.
The Keeper is desperate to save the only person that knows of his existence. He uses his abilities to convince a song-willed reporter who thinks the signs are from the universe, and a nun from Michael's past who believes she is hearing the voice of god.

Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
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Ronald Barak
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought I had created a clever investigative team when I paired together a U.S. District Court judge, Cyrus Brooks, and a homicide investigator, Frank Lotello.

In what might be described as a suspense thriller, with, ala Stephen King, just a hint of the supernatural, T.F. Allen, has created in The Keeper an even more imaginative investigative team, this one a sister (spelled n-u-n), an investigative journalist, she an outright atheist but somewhat inconsistently a firm believer in (her own) “Un
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

Here, Michael is a great artist. He takes a knife and destroys one of his best known paintings. Soon thereafter, he is kidnapped. But, no one knows it except for the Keeper - who is a spirit and can travel uninhibited and inhabit people's minds. In an effort to help Michael, the Keeper seeks out a nun - who believes she hears the voice of God and a reporter.

This is a really good and in
Feb 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately I wasn’t a fan of this book. For one thing, I felt nothing for any of the main characters. We’re introduced to Michael as he breaks into a museum and slashes his own painting in a rage, which automatically had me thinking he was temperamental, selfish and moody, and I never really got to know him at any deeper level than this throughout the rest of the book. So because of this, I never found myself rooting for him as the story progressed. Perhaps if there'd been more build up earli ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a unique story mixing a thriller with supernatural elements. We learn as the book progresses that the tragic beginning of an artist life has brought forth a presence that is with him constantly. We are given to believe it is a “guardian angel.” He has given the presence the name of Keeper!

The reader learns more as the artist is kidnapped by a narcissistic serial killer with his own voices in his head! Central to this story are two women who set out to rescue the artist. A nun who believe
Janice C. Johnson
Who or what is The Keeper? Don't ask him. He doesn't know. He only knows he must protect renowned artist Michael Delacroix.
This story is narrated in first-person, from The Keeper’s point of view. But since he can also enter people’s minds, we sometimes know what other characters are thinking.
What makes this story a Great Weekend Read is the over-the-top creativity of the story line. I’ll even forgive Allen for my elevated pulse and blood pressure as two women raced to rescue Michael. I mean, tho
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