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Book Review – Keep Her Close by Erik Therme

This was one of the most twisted fantasies that I have ever read. Whaaaat… where… how… do I say it is fantasy when the cover looks like the psychological thriller?

Yes, it was a thriller, but it was the most fantastical one that I have ever read, and believe me, I’ve read many. And not in a good way at all!! The book had so many twists that I could just read wide-eyed and open-mouthed, worried where the story was going because it made soooo many in-roads into soooo many unnecessary details that I was afraid the plot got lost half the way. You have to read it to believe it!! Oh my!!

The concept was very exciting, it did tell us about a 3-year-old child abandoned then adopted by the family who found her. And fifteen years later, she received a letter from the real dad asking her to meet him. She did and she disappeared!!

But the delivery failed for me as the author Erik Therme took the plot all over the place, with exaggerated sub-plots and unnecessary details and characters. None of that added much to the story anything, just to my slack-jawed incredulous-ness!! (If there is such a word, if not, there should be. I am totally owning it up ℒ️. Nicole, please note!!)

The characters were unlikable, most were not so intelligent (I want to call them dumb), the story got skewered by the dialogues, sub-plots went on a jaunt all on their own, the ending was fantastically unbelievable!! This book was a total merry-go-round, and I freaking hate them!! I get motion sickness!

Why did I read the book, you wonder?!! I couldn’t stop, how does one stop a merry-go-round? My mind was churning after the read!! Whew. I read the book in less than 2 hours with my brain going WTF!!

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!

All my reviews can be found here

Someone took your daughter. And nobody believes you…

Three-year-old Ally was found alone in a parking lot.
She was barefoot and dressed only in a yellow sundress. In the middle of winter.
What kind of person would abandon their daughter?

Fifteen years later and Ally has a new family.
But her real father has sent her a letter.
And now Ally is missing.

Publication date : 5th December 2018

Publisher : Bookouture

37 thoughts on “Book Review – Keep Her Close by Erik Therme Leave a comment

  1. It sounds like a wild ride, although anytime a review mentions too many sub plots and fantastical plot twists, I become leery. I sometimes wonder if writers throw in all these tricks to cover up the fact that they maybe are just not very good writers. Anyway, a great review, though I don’t think I’ll be reading it anytime soon. πŸ™‚

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  2. Ah, I already downloaded this one… I’m not sure anymore that it was the best of ideas πŸ˜… though I have to admit that your words made me curious about what it’s like, I somehow want to find out what exactly made you feel like this. So, fantastic review, as always! πŸ˜‰

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  3. Fantastic review Shalini! You had me laughing with your newly created word! Love it!! Really wish this would have worked out much better for you – sounds like it was all over the place so I will definitely skip it. Thanks for your honesty. Wishing you a wonderful read next!!!!! πŸ˜˜πŸ’œπŸ’—

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  4. My TBR thanks you for this review:D Seriously though I am sorry to hear that this one ended up being disappointing. The premise sounds interesting especially with the missing girl angle, too bad it didn’t work out well. The merry go round analogy accurately describes some of my recent reads too. Great review, Shalini.

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