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A Keeper: The Sunday Times Bestseller

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She has very little there, unpleasant memories, items of small value, but all that changes when she finds a small stash of letters telling a story that she was never told. She is a university lecturer, separated from her husband, and living in New York with her 17-year-old son. Maybe he needs a better editor as well, as there were so many points that could have used further explanation while working on the timeline.

I've not yet read Norton's first novel but it got good reviews, so when I was given the chance to read this as an ARC, I went for it. There was a creepy ‘Rebecca’ feel to Patricia’s sections, the isolated house perched alongside a ruined castle on the wild coast – Ireland, not Cornwall, but still – a strange man, a crazed old woman, and secrets galore! I've read a previous book by Graham Norton, - 'Holding' - and enjoyed it, which is why I wanted to pick this one up too.Most of the book is Elizabeth remembering how her mother raised her and either finding fault with it and or missing her at the same time. This is the 2nd novel I have read by Graham Norton and once again I am so impressed with his writing. While trying to figure out the source of the letters, Elizabeth is contacted by her mother's attorney.

Alternating masterfully between “Now” and “Then,” from Convent Hill in the town of Buncarragh just outside Kilkenny, Ireland to the remote Castle House by the sea near West Cork, Graham Norton spins the tale of Patricia Keane and her daughter Elizabeth. Now”: Only child Elizabeth Keane, a 44-year-old college instructor, divorcée and mother to 17-year-old Zach, living in a tiny apartment in Manhattan, travels to Ireland to finalize her recently deceased mother’s estate in Buncarragh. That things take a far darker turn is obvious but just how far-fetched they become was a disappointment. But nobody seems to know anything about Edward Foley, and the deeper she digs she discovers that she knows nothing about where she came from.While I certainly understood Elizabeth's quest for information, I felt she was a fairly impulsive character. IRISH INDEPENDENT 'It's a sad and lovely book, brimful of tenderness and compassion, where the revelations of the past upturn the perceptions of the present.

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