Jessica Moor: Keeper

This review is written with thanks to Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read and review Keeper.


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?

An addictive literary page-turner about a crime as shocking as it is commonplace, KEEPER will leave you reeling long after the final page is turned.


I’ve heard a lot about Keeper, so I was keen to read it for myself and see what it was all about. As a debut writer, Jessica Moor is incredibly accomplished and I admired the way she constructed the characters and the plot in a way that really made me connect emotionally with the novel.

Keeper is written in two time frames: then and now. This approach really helped me to understand what Katie had been through, but it also builds tension that kept me engaged in the novel, wondering what had happened.

This novel is something of a slow burner, but this reflects the way in which perpetrators of domestic abuse gradually increase their influence over their partner.  This aspect of the novel is incredibly well researched and written. It does make uncomfortable reading as it is very realistic, but it is an important issue that is still misunderstood by some people and Moor handles it particularly well.

It is difficult to say much about the ending without spoilers, but Keeper is a book that will stay with me for a while to come.

Keeper is available from Amazon.

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