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Minerva Day [Kindle Edition]

Christie Keele , Page Lambert , Bryce Dishongh
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Minerva Day’s grandson turns up missing at a Christmas carnival, her daughter accuses Minerva of his murder. Could she have done such a thing? Had she forgotten to take her medicine? The unnerving thought haunts Minerva, just like it did four years earlier when her husband died of a mysterious illness. Then Walter, a new love, brings balance into Minerva’s life. But it is short-lived—her daughter won’t let go of the nagging suspicions that her mother is guilty of the most horrendous of crimes.

"Christie Keele writes with an impressive honesty and clarity about the complexities of motherhood and marriage. Her debut novel combines unsolved murder, family drama and occasional bouts of insanity to produce a disturbing page turner. Minerva Day is a character who will stay with you long after the book's compelling conclusion."
Laura Brodie, author of The Widow's Season and All the Truth

"Minerva Day puts a new twist on the complexity of family relationships--especially during a crisis. Yet the community seems oblivious to the undercurrents. A good read."
Lonna Enox, author of The Last Dance

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From Kirkus Reviews

A suspenseful thriller about mental illness, the nature of the truth and what it means to be family.

Minerva Day is at odds with her children, thirty-two year old twins Piper and John. Their father, Henry, has just died, and they think she had something to do with it. Keele’s novel follows the strained familial relations and chaos that ensue. In the years following Henry’s death, Piper and John also start to suspect that Minerva suffers from severe mental illness that she hasn’t revealed; their beliefs are spurred on by her frequent strange, irrational comments, her hoarding tendencies and a seemingly constant lack of empathy. The twins’ suspicions are confirmed when Piper and her husband, George, leave their adopted son, Fellow, in Minerva’s care—and he disappears. The community searches for Fellow, but terrible tragedy awaits: His dead body is discovered in a ravine near the carnival where he was last seen; the heartbreak takes a toll on everyone. When Minerva is charged with the crime, it becomes clear that no one—not even her—is sure who killed Fellow or why they would want to. Keele’s well-written novel can be a page-turner at times, though it goes beyond being a simple mystery by taking a fascinating look at mental illness and how it is perceived and dealt with, both by its sufferers and those affected. While the plausibility is somewhat questionable that a person suffering from such severe mental illness would not yet be receiving care, Keele adeptly maps out realistic familial relationships, ones muddled by emotional strife but also founded on unconditional love.

A well-crafted mystery that explores the challenges of mental illness.

Review

"Christie Keele writes with an impressive honesty and clarity about the complexities of motherhood and marriage. Her debut novel combines unsolved murder, family drama and occasional bouts of insanity to produce a disturbing page turner. Minerva Day is a character who will stay with you long after the book's compelling conclusion."
--Laura Brodie, author of The Widow's Season and All the Truth

"Minerva Day puts a new twist on the complexity of family relationships--especially during a crisis. Yet the community seems oblivious to the undercurrents. A good read."
--Lonna Enox, author of The Last Dance

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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Minerva’s turbulent relationship with her daughter, Piper, becomes more intense when her adopted grandson, Fellow, is abducted and murdered. Piper accuses her mother of the heinous crime but is Minerva really to blame? The tragic event leads to questions regarding her husband's death four years earlier due to a mysterious illness. Minerva Day is an intriguing and enigmatic tale by Christie Keele that takes readers to explore an aging woman's intricate and at times dangerous mind.

Keele’s writing style is truly superb. It is the type that really takes you into the story; the vivid details of the characters’ emotions and the surroundings are captured perfectly as if you are watching a film instead of reading a book. This makes the pacing of the story smooth supported by a sharp, realistic dialogue. Minerva’s mind is just a fascinating, multifaceted place to unravel page by page. I was caught between sympathy and anger towards her and her daughter Piper. I found their relationship quite toxic and I was on edge until the end, where everything was finally revealed.

Keele deftly portrays the darker side of human’s psyche through the family’s tumultuous tragedies. That being said, the disturbing concept of the story is a double-edged sword. Personally, there are no lovable characters for me, although they are all believable as well as interestingly complex. Some readers would not mind the gloomy story line at all but others might find it as a challenging read. All things considered, Minerva Day is a page turner through and through.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3365 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492239569
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Christie Keele; 1 edition (September 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FNXTLBI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,370 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Confusing October 29, 2013
By Dog Mom
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm not sure where all these good reviews came from, I couldn't read this book. There was no one to root for. I didn't care about Minerva or her story. She was unlikable. Why would I want to spend hours with a character I didn't like? I deleted it after the first few chapters.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable! October 6, 2013
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed this book very much. Not only is it an interesting look at the life and mind of a troubled woman, but it is also about the fragile relationship between a mother and daughter.

The story develops quickly, and we see the characters journey through emotional highs and lows. I would recommend this to anyone who likes reading mystery-type novels that revolve around characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read March 21, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Minerva is a grandmother who has been taking her pills for a very long time it never says what her disorder is but I have the sneaking suspicion that Minerva is Bipolar because she has, black outs, huge memory gaps, and she has a rage deep inside of her that everyone in her life has felt the sting of. But none more than her daughter who has long suspected that Minerva killed her husband, and now her newly adopted son Fellow.

I won’t say anything more about the novel because everything I want to say wraps up the ending in a nice little bow. But what I will say is that the last thirty pages left leaves you for a cliffhanger, because there’s still a lot of unanswered questions, but we find out the answer to the first question and probably the most important. The first thing her daughter ever truly accused her of.

All in all I would say this book is worth the read, I personally got it from Librarything.com a few weeks ago, so I didn’t pay for it but I’d still recommend it to the paying customer.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Minerva Day, draws you in. October 15, 2013
Format:Paperback
While reading the story you really feel the ups and downs of the characters and all they are going through. The story moves along well and even though you dont always like the main character, it's a good read. Well written.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Holds you to the end. October 22, 2013
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Minvera Day is a poignant story of the interaction between family members suffering through loss. The story is sometimes humorous, sometimes riveting, and other times heart wrenching. A very solid read that leaves you hanging till the very last paragraph.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing read June 13, 2014
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If you are looking for a book to read while relaxing, this is it. I enjoyed the storyline very much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting June 7, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads.

This book was riveting.

I was fascinated by Minerva and eagerly turned pages to find out what she would next.

I was equally engrossed in the lives of the other characters.

I would definitely read more by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars When is the next one coming out?? May 7, 2014
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Minerva Day is certainly a "character" in many ways. Christie does a FINE job in weaving her characters and their lives together in believable fashion. I sometimes read for sheer entertainment and to "unstress" and this book certainly did it for me. Can't wait for the sequel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, but not why you think.
I chose this rating because I feel the book had a decent storyline, but it was so choppy and poorly written, that it left more questions unanswered than it should have. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Liselle
5.0 out of 5 stars Minerva Day
Very intriguing from start to finish. A great read for anyone! Highly recommend. A Misunderstood Minerva to a strong, thoughtful lady.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars :)) LOVED IT
I loved how Mrs. Keele wrote that i was able to be inside Minerva Days mind and in her kids minds. I loved it allllll the way to the very last sentence! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Julie Jett
1.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
This story goes nowhere at all. Just scene after scene that makes no sense, that don't tie together in any way. Don't be fooled by the great reviews, they are fake.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Mean people being mean
I bought this book because the author lives near me. However, I was really disappointed with it. First, very little seems to happen in the story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lara Weinheimer
1.0 out of 5 stars What is this?
Well you know the drama behind authors that attack reviewers, yeah well that is exactly the reason that I will not waste my time with a book like this. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lady Reader's Bookstuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first novel
Christie Keele made me feel as if I were peering in the windows of Minerva and her family, watching them at their most painfully honest, imperfect moments. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jill Rotunno
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
An engrossing look into a deeply troubled family. The plot held me fast from beginning to eye opening end. Read more
Published 6 months ago by twylajordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I was impressed that this book was so descriptive without burying the plot. I felt that I was actually seeing the twist and turns as they unfolded! Read more
Published 6 months ago by TAMMY KING
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More About the Author

Christie Keele has received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in education, and is a high school English teacher. She has taught Debate, was a Cub Scout den leader, and is a CASA volunteer. She is also learning how to play the piano. She lives in southeastern New Mexico. This is her first novel.

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