BOOK REVIEW: The Keeper by Jessica Moor

Title: The Keeper
Author: Jessica Moor
Publication: March 10, 2020
Publisher: Penguin Books
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 336

SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

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’re running from to catch up with them. They know immediately: This was murder.

Still, Detective Dan Whitworth and his team expect an open-and-shut case–until they discover evidence that suggests Katie wasn’t who she appeared. Weaving together the investigation with Katie’s final months as it barrels toward the truth, The Keeper is a riveting mystery and a searing examination of violence against women and the structures that allow it to continue, marking the debut of an incredible new voice in crime fiction.


**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

The Keeper by Jessica Moor sounded really good the moment I laid eyes on it. It sounded mysterious and like a detective story I would usually read. I would like to say it held up to my expectations, but it fell short.

Let me start by saying the characters seemed interesting and even the plot line sounded like it could be great, but the story telling was a bit off for me. It jumped between current day detectives investigating the crime and times before Katie was found dead.

The way the story jumped not only back and forth, but also jumped between characters was really confusing. I found myself struggling to maintain the story line and having to readjust where my mind was and where it all fit seemed to take more out of me than normal. The flow of the story was off. Full disclosure: I didn’t end up finishing this book. I couldn’t bring myself to continue about 40% in. I had no clue what was going on. I couldn’t keep track of the stories it was jumping between and I needed more interest to continue.

With that said, I would always encourage everyone to read a book for themselves because you may like it even though I did not.


Pick up your copy of The Keeper by Jessica Moor on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and check your local bookstore. Also make sure to add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads and leave feedback for the author when you are finished. You can check out more from Jessica Moor on her website HERE.

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