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Blurb: Someone took your daughter. And nobody believes you…
Then – 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?
Now – Fifteen years later and Ally has a new family. But her real father has sent her a letter. And now Ally is missing.
Title: Keep Her Close
Author: Erik Therme
Publisher: Bookouture, an imprint of StoryFire
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Psychological
This book picks up years after young Ally is found abandoned in a car park, found with a sign that says ‘free to a good home’. We see a young woman, cared for by two loving (but separated) adoptive parents, attending school and surrounded by friends. When a strange letter is delivered, claiming to be from Ally’s biological father, the family is split as to whether or not it’s legitimate. Without warning, Ally makes plans to meet with the stranger and all of a sudden cannot be found.
The prologue of this book really drew me in. The image of a young child being abandoned (especially with an unidentified woman being found dead close to the scene) really made me shiver. The sign she held also really added to the creepy atmosphere. I really liked the way that the author jumped between characters, giving us the different points of view and cleverly revealing little tidbits of information at a time. This really helped to keep me interested in the story and wanting to find out more. I thought that the characters were well written and loved the descriptions of Ally’s relationships with her adoptive parents, and their views on it. It made the family dynamic very believable, particularly between a couple who had since divorced.
Additionally, I thought the character of Judy was really well developed and conveyed! She really creeped me out and had me nervous about what she was going to do or say next, she seemed like the perfect psycho. I felt that the way that she wormed her way into the story was so smooth and even I believed her story at first!
As for what I didn’t like about this book, I wanted more from the ending. I was desperate to find out more about Ally’s real parents and what happened to them and spent a lot of the book coming up with my own theories. I felt that because the author had taken such care to write in the dead woman found at the scene of Ally’s abandonment, and even mention that it could be Ally’s mother, I had hoped that more would be revealed. While I would definitely say that the plot was interesting, I felt that there was perhaps more that could be added, especially to up the psychological factor of this thriller.
Overall, I did enjoy this book and would recommend it as a fairly quick read to thriller fans who are looking for something not too complicated.
Have you read this book? What did you think? Have you read any of the books that come after this one? I’d love to know!