I received a free copy of The Kept from TLC Book Tours for my honest review.
About the Book:
• Publisher: Harper (January 7, 2014)
About the Author:
This is going to be a hard one to review without giving out the secrets that are such an integral part of the novel. The Kept is a very dark story about Elspeth, a midwife who returns from a job to find her family brutally murdered. Only one son, Caleb survives; he witnessed the entire massacre and knows the faces of the killers. Elspeth and Caleb head off to find them to seek revenge but all is definitely not quite that cut and dry in this dark telling of murder, lies, secrets and redemption. The book is told in their two voices.
I cannot say that I liked the story; it was far too dark. Too evil. Too cold. In my efforts to stretch myself by reading books outside of my usual genres I truly pushed with this book and despite the effort it took to read I am happy that I did read it. It was not an easy read and I did not read it all at once. I read it in between two other books as I needed the bread from the intensity of the tale.
Mr. Scott writes a very intriguing character in Elspeth. She is not a good woman and that is made clear from the beginning. The reader is told from that start that she is a sinner. You just don’t understand the full extent of that statement until much later in the book. But you have developed a strong sympathy for her because no mother deserves to come home to a family dead in the snow.
This book is worth the read. It is not going to be a book for everyone and I’m sure I would not have gone near it 5 years ago. It probably deserves a second read as many books like this get better with the insights that foreknowledge of ending bring. Although the ending is really not as satisfying as I might have liked. As you can tell, I’m a bit torn on this one. So be it. I will state though, that the cover is one that draws you in and it is beautifully bound.
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of The Kept from TLC Book Tours for my honest review. I received no compensation for this post.