#PublicationDay #BookReview #KeepHimClose @HarvillSecker @vintagebooks @EmilyKoch



Alice’s son is dead. Indigo’s son is accused of murder.

Indigo is determined to prove her beloved Kane is innocent. Searching for evidence, she is helped by a kind stranger who takes an interest in her situation. Little does she know that her new friend has her own agenda.

Alice can’t tell Indigo who she really is. She wants to understand why her son was killed – and she needs to make sure that Indigo’s efforts to free Kane don’t put her remaining family at risk. But how long will it take for Indigo to discover her identity? And what other secrets will come out as she digs deeper?

No one knows a son like his mother. But neither Alice nor Indigo know the whole truth about their boys, and what happened between them on that fateful night.

Keep Him Close is a dark domestic drama from an award-winning writer.


This story is told from the point of view of the two mothers. Alice, who’s youngest son Lou has died. And, Indigo, who’s son Kane is accused of murdering Lou. What is the truth? What happened on that night? It all gets unravelled in a fantastic way in KEEP HIM CLOSE.

As we get the story from the mother’s views, we the reader don’t actually know what happened on that fateful night either. There is a little hint in the opening chapter, but nothing to give the game away completely. I liked the decision to see things through the eyes of the mother. Being a mother myself I would like to think that I know my children inside out and be able to determine how they are feeling and what they get up to. Bare in mind my kids are only two and five. But, I’m hoping once they are old enough to hit the world head on then I would know what they do.

This story shows the reality that actually we don’t really know everything about our offspring. And, it’s so easy to miss simple things, and as easily for the children to keep secrets. All we need to do really is to think back to our childhood, did we tell our parents everything? I know dam well I didn’t, or I wouldn’t be here to tell the tale now.

We uncover small details as the story develops, and find out the truth of Lou’s death. And, then we get a few chapters from the lads themselves from the night in question. I really liked this technique, because this is when we got to really unpick at the events and delve deeper into the relationships of the lads.

KEEP HIM CLOSE is out today. And I say it’s a dam good read so go out there (or if you can’t go out, go online and buy this book)

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