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- Print Length: 318 pages
- Publisher: Bloodhound Books (March 9, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 9, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XDVLLVL
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,562 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There are so many things going on in this book and it took a while for all of them to build up and come together. It took me a while to get into this book as there were so many things going on at once. I almost gave up on the book but was glad I didn't. Once all of these stories started to overlap and get going, then it really was on a roll to the ultimate ending. I would recommend this book to any psychological thriller reader. It takes a bit to get going but once it does, it's a wonderful story and a cracking ending.
With this book, author Robin Roughley has started a new thrilling serial killer series and introduced his new heroine, DS Marnie Hammond. In this first book, Jenny Bell, an eight-year-old girl is abducted on her way home from a party. There are no witnesses and no leads. Soon after, old skeletal remains of a child are found in nearby woods. These two cases shake Marnie to the core and immediately throw her back in time, forcing her to relive the horrific childhood experience that has shaped and devastated her life. Fifteen years previously, her younger sister Abby was abducted before her very own eyes and she was helpless to do anything about it. Abby was never found. Who took Jenny now? And whose remains are those found in the woods? Are the two cases connected?
When more bones are found, Marnie and her boss DCI Reese find themselves on a frenetic race against time to try and find a link between a number of missing girls to try and save Jenny and catch a vicious killer that has been stalking the streets for decades. Could there be some connection with Abby's abduction?
Even though I have several books by Robin Roughley in my kindle, I'm ashamed to say that I haven't read any of them. But with this book Mr Roughley has surely secured a new fan in me. 'Keep You Near' is a fast-paced, roller-coaster read with non-stop tension from start to finish.
All characters in this book are well portrayed and realistic. I just love Marnie and already can't wait to meet her again in future books. She's blighted by guilt and I could feel her pain and internal turmoil. I wished I could make her feel better in some way but I admired her courage and determination despite everything. I also liked and felt sorry for poor Luke too. He's a character that actually surprised me. We have chapters from the point of view of the killer. We don't know who he is, but the author gives us a very deep insight into his psyche. We know that this sick-minded man is passing through a very confusing time in his life. It's almost as if he doesn't have any control over his thoughts anymore and that makes him even more dangerous. What's sure is that his heydays are over but he's hellbent to reignite his killing spree after a long absence.
Thanks to vivid descriptions, intrigue and numerous nail-biting suspenseful scenes, this book kept me hooked throughout and made me feel all sorts of emotions. I felt bad for the abducted kids and their families. I felt bad for Marnie and for Luke. I also felt angry, disgusted, helpless and shocked. The ending is just heart-stopping and the stuff of nightmares. Impressive!
Even though it's very dark, I enjoyed every minute I spent reading 'Keep You Near' and I HIGHLY recommend it. Won't be surprised if it's turned into a movie someday. Now, I already can't wait for the next in the series.
With thanks to Bloodhound Books for a review copy of this fab book that I voluntarily accepted to read and review.
Marnie has understandably never gotten over her sister being abducted. When a new case comes up that could finally solve the mystery of her sister, it starts to get a bit much for Marnie. To be fair she does hold it together quite well but Marnie is in total turmoil inside herself.
I have to say Marnie and a young lad called Luke were the stand out characters in this novel for me. I love Marnie and the story line to do with her sister and the current case was one that had me totally gripped. Luke is a very troubled soul and for some one so young he has had a pretty tough time and sadly things don’t seem to be getting much better for him. It’s down to Marnie who tries to take Luke under her wing and try and save him.
The author tackles quite a few subjects that are very current in todays world. As if having a serial killer on the lose isn’t bad enough we also see a story line to do with neglect and domestic abuse. There are certainly quite a few undesirable people in this story which made me feel more involved in what was going on as I felt as strongly as some of the characters in this novel about them. Some very nasty pieces of work to say the least but you will have to rad the story for yourself to see if they get their comeuppance or not!
Keep You Near is without a doubt a brilliantly dark and gripping read. The author has set the bar very high with this book and left me very much eager for more. Set at a steady pace with a race towards the end, it was the perfect crime story for me.
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