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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  1,351 ratings  ·  409 reviews
An addictive literary thriller about a crime as shocking as it is commonplace

When Katie Straw's body is pulled from the waters of the local suicide spot, the police are ready to write it off as a standard-issue female suicide. But the residents of the domestic violence shelter where Katie worked disagree. These women have spent weeks or even years waiting for the men they'
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Published March 10th 2020 by Penguin Books
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This is a powerful and assured character driven debut from Jessica Moor, looking at the tragic, secretive and harrowing complex world of domestic violence, so common place in our contemporary society, yet a world from which so many would prefer to avert their eyes away from. When Katie Straw's body is recovered from the river, close to a well known suicide spot, it is deemed by the police to be a straightforward case of suicide. The only reason the police, the old school DS Whitworth and DC Broo ...more
Poignant, probing and beautifully written, The Keeper reminds us how we have a duty to protect and support the vulnerable and abused in our society. A police investigation thriller that reveals a range of colourful characters, their unique stories and the multiple perspectives people have on domestic abuse.

In two time frames, before and after the dead body of Katie Straw is recovered from a river. The story provides the events and life of Katie up to that point, and the police investi
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kaceey by: Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Shelves: buddy-read, edelweiss
The premise of this book quickly drew my attention!
The body of a young woman found floating below a bridge notorious for suicide leaps. Is this woman just another sad statistic? Or, could there be a more sinister reason for her death.

The Keeper isn’t a novel that received a lot of attention, though it deserves it! A powerful look inside domestic violence.

You may think you know how this will end? You may think you have it all figured out! Not so fast all you clever bookies and junior detecti
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4-5 stars.

This is a gritty, disturbing, vivid and tense suspense novel about domestic violence. . The central character is Katie and her relationship with Jamie who inserts himself into her life, takes it over so profoundly that she can’t think, breathe, eat or sleep. He stifles her, stunts her freedom, controls her so she becomes a bundle of anxiety, grinding her down to nothing. The story has multiple perspectives which works well as it allows you to see the different kinds of abusive relatio
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it
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3.5 Stars

Timely and thought-provoking.

When a young woman’s body is found near a local suicide spot, many believe she took her own life, but those who knew her disagree.

Detective Dan Whitworth and his team are tasked with investigating Katie Straw’s death. Katie worked at a shelter for battered women. Could her job have something to do with her death? Police start by interviewing her friends, the women from the shelter, and
Diane S ☔
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Katie Shaw's body is pulled from the water, the police or sent to investigate. Is this a suicide or murder? Sgt. Whitwort, an old school detective, close to retirement and his trained Sgt. Brookes go to the abuse shelter where Katie worked. At first information is scarce, the head of the shelter is reluctant to let these two men talk to these emotionally fragile women. Plus, no online footprint of a Katie Shaw can be found.

At the abuse shelter the reader comes to know the stories of the wom
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am shocked that this is a debut novel. Jessica Moor has a very bright future ahead of her.

Seen him. Loads of times.
Average height. Brownish hair. Couldn't tell you what color his eyes are but I can tell you he's nothing special to look at.
Death's just a bloke.
He doesn't look angry or sad or evil. Just a bit bored.
At the end of the day, he's a guy with a job to do. So what happens is he comes up to you he opens your mouth and he just pulls the life out of you.
It's like a dentis
Susanne  Strong
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, buddy-read
4 Stars

When Katie Straw’s body is pulled from the water, Detectives assume she died by suicide.

Investigating is the last thing they want to do however, considering that Katie worked at a battered women’s shelter, they must do exactly that.

The women at the shelter are suspicious of Katie’s death. Given their pasts, they have every reason to be.

This is however Katie’s story and it will blow you away. As for the ending?! Wowza.

“The Keeper is a well written novel about domestic violence. It is a d

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It’s not the best topic, but it’s real folks, it happens. This is a deep story that will make you think, will make you see how domestic violence impacts not just on the person being violated but any children too. The consequences of this and horrific expenditure of a person’s wellbeing.

It’s ugly.
But we can’t hide like it’s not happening. It is!

And although this is fiction it could be your neighbor.

So a body is discovered and
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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4.5 Stars

^^^^That’s me upon finishing this book (complete with the petite frame and good looks). But on a more serious note – WHERE THE HELL DID THIS COME FROM? Y’all should be pretty aware by now since I make note of it ALL. OF. THE. TIME. that I am not a fan of “face covers” and NONE of my Goodreads friends have read this. How the heck did I hear about it? I am perplexed. Anyway, who knows how I came to snag this from the library
Michael David
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another important read in 2020, this one focusing on domestic violence and emotional abuse.

Katie works at a shelter for abused women. When her dead body is found in the water by a bridge made popular by suicide, the police assume it’s an open and shut case. However, the residents of the shelter where she worked don’t think it was suicide. If it wasn’t, then what happened to her?

Told in the present as the police investigate what happened, we get a glimpse of how Katie came off to the residents o
Liz Barnsley
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This was a novel that once started defies all attempts to put it down, apart from when needs must. Every spare moment today I’ve immersed myself back into it, I’ve yelled at it and quietly contemplated it in equal measure.

Jessica Moor is an insightful and realistic writer with an gently urgent sense to her prose, there is an absolutely compelling world weariness to the narrative that grips you immediately. This, after all, is not a story that has never been told, but a story that needs telling o
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
3.5. This book is heartbreaking!! That's what i take away from it. The writing is excellent, character driven.. & my heart hurt for several of them. No cliches here- these are unique, traumatic stories of various torments. The women are strong.. Very well done, I feel as though I know them. & actually I’d love to follow up with a few of them.. In fact, I think this would be great as the first in a series. By itself though.. I don’t feel there was much of a mystery. It was much more so a characte ...more
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keeper is a powerful, hard-hitting and superb debut literary thriller with a spicy feminist touch to it that is making many top reads of 2020 lists. It broke me into pieces as a domestic and sexual abuse survivor and it's clear either Ms Moor herself has experienced it or has carried out meticulous and extensive research to make the story as accurate and reality-driven as possible. It centres around Katie Straw who works at a women's refuge filled with brave ladies who have had the courage to fl ...more
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a gut checking book on women's abuse.
Katie Shaw was one of them. She committed suicide OR was it murder?
A couple of competent detectives are on the case to sort out her life as she
lived it.
It took me a while to figure out how this story was evolving. It started to make sense after I figured out who was who and what was what.
Thanks to Goodreads/authors/publishers for a chance to read this story.
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Even though this book was just over 300 pages it took me days to get through, it was a complete chore.

Unfortunately I really didn't enjoy this book.

Its marketed as a thriller and I really don't think it is one. It wasn't very thrilling nor were there many twists or turns.

I really struggled with the writing style in this book. I found it very difficult to read. It wasn't engaging at all.

I also didn't like any of the characters. Some of the things said did not sit right with me. Ultimately I di
Louise Wilson
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
When the body of Katie Straw is pulled from the river, the police think it was suicide. But the women at the refuge where Katie worked think differently. They persuade DS Whitworth and DC Brook to investigate further. But when the police look into her background, it seemed Katie didn't exist. So who is Katie Shaw?

The story is told from multiple points of view. This is a story about domestic abuse. Katie worked as a counsellor at a women's shelter. It's written in the then and now. There's refere
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Compelling writing kept me reading even when I wanted to stop. The contents is devastating, all too real, and will haunt me for a while to come.
Roman Clodia
2.5 stars, skimmed to the end

Stories about domestic control, violence and abuse appear to be the topic du jour in popular fiction - and as important as it is as a live issue, not all these books have new or enlightening things to say. Into the Darkest Corner by Elisabeth Haynes, published in 2007, made me understand convincingly how a contemporary young woman can become isolated so systematically from friends, family, work, an entire social support network that to leave her 'loving protector' (a
Val McDermid and Jeanette Winterson are among the fans of this, Penguin’s lead debut title of 2020. When a young woman is found drowned at a popular suicide site in the Manchester area, the police plan to dismiss the case as an open-and-shut suicide. But the others at the women’s shelter where Katie Straw worked aren’t convinced, and for nearly the whole span of this taut psychological thriller readers are left to wonder if it was suicide or murder.

The novel alternates between chapters marked “T
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This sounds a lot like THE BOOK OF YOU and I really want to read it!
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He loves you.
He controls you.
He’ll never let you go.

It’s insanely hard to find the words to do this novel justice. Keeper is one of those books that requires time to process. One that made me feel so incredibly angry, it left me wanting to punch something. And even after giving myself that time to sit back and think … guess what. Still bloody angry!

When Katie Straw’s body is found in the river, detectives quickly rule her death a suicide. But not everyone is convinced. The women at the local ref
The premise for KEEPER drew my attention and I was thoroughly engrossed for about the first 30%. After interest waned. The concept was promising, as the light on domestic violence really needs to shine a little brighter sometimes and the twist at the end was brilliant, but everything in between was just a little bleh.

Katie Straw worked at a domestic violence refuge for women. But when her body is pulled from the river, at first glance it appears to be suicide. Or is it? Detectives Whit
Ellen Gail
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talk about a gut punch of a book!

Katie Straw is dead. Her body was found in the river, assumed to be yet another jumper from the local suicide bridge. But those who knew her, the women she worked closely with at a domestic violence center, know it's not the case.

Murder framed as a suicide is a trope as old as time (Never Suicide). I could list a million examples, but Heathers comes to mind immediately.

But a pitch black comedic 80s classic, The Keeper is not. At it's heart, it's a slow moving emo
Louise Wilson
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the body of Kate Straw is pulled from the river, the police think it was suicide. But the women at the refuge where katie worked think differently. They persuade DS Whitworth and DC Brook to investigate further. But when the police .ook into her background, it seems Katie didn't exist. So who is Katie Shaw.

This story is told from multiple points of view. This is a story about domestic abuse. Kaatie worked as a counsellor at a women's shelter. It's written in the then and now. There's refere
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
In compliance with FTC guidelines------I received this book free from a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. The content of this review is not influenced by that fact. The feelings expressed are solely mine. I sincerely appreciate the chance to read and review this book.

3.5 stars but I’ll generously raise to 4 stars for Goodreads rating system.

I do not want to appear that I’m being overly harsh with my rating for this book. I think it was a great quick paced read. Definitely a g
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This reads more like a domestic drama than a thriller. Set in two time periods then and now. A hard hitting read about all forms of abuse. Set mostly in a women's refuge and most of this book is given over to the women's own personal experiences which brought them to the safety of the refuge. In the meantime a body of a young woman is found floating in the local river suicide or Murder? The body is Katie Shaw an employee of the refuge. Why do the women at the refuge think that Katie was murdered ...more
The Coycaterpillar Reads
Keeper was one of those books that had the premise of being outstanding, but it didn’t work for me for several different reasons. Firstly, the characterisation didn’t work in any aspect. I didn’t feel connected or invested in their back stories or their end game. This was a real shame because good characterisation is pretty much a deal breaker for me. Like other readers, I went through bouts of anger and not the type that invoked such emotion that I was intertwined with the plot, the anger was f ...more
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was banking on easy crime reading, and while all crime writing is designed to shock and unsettle I got much more than I bargained for here. This story about domestic violence was equal parts quietly unsettling, horrifying, gruesomely violent, and uncomfortable. While I didn’t think the writing was anything exceptional, the narrative left me feeling sick in a way a lot of crime writing isn’t able to.
3 stars

I was greatly looking forward to The Keeper, as it was pitched as "an addictive literary thriller about a crime as shocking as it is commonplace" (i.e., domestic violence). Some of my favorite books can be loosely classified literary thrillers (Du Maurier's Rebecca; Tartt's The Secret History; Moshfegh's Eileen). Plus, while killings due to domestic abuse are quite commonplace, I've never known them to be the subject of crime fiction. This makes The Keeper doubly intriguing to me.

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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.

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