Friday, August 23, 2013

[Book Review] Keepsake by Kristina Riggle


Andrea reviews KEEPSAKE by Kristina Riggle (HarperCollins, 2012)

Told from the point of view of sisters Trish and Mary, this novel sucked me in from the first page.
Social services have paid a visit to Trish’s home because her eight-year-old son, Jack, fell and broke his collarbone. Okay, fell is not the right word. Tripped is better. Stumbled and got trapped under debris in his bedroom is the most accurate. Trish’s secret has been exposed because of the unannounced visit from Child Protective Services. She is a hoarder. She has been told Jack could be taken away from her if she does not get the house under control to their specifications, since the house is now a hazard.  

Because of the filth, Trish’s 17-year-old son, Drew, has already moved into his girlfriend’s parents’ home.  Because Drew realized Trish’s problem was bigger than she could handle by herself, he showed up on Mary’s doorstep after not seeing her for eight years.

Unfortunately, like most hoarders, Trish has chosen her things over her family and friends. Imagine her shock when her sister and father show up on her doorstep after many years estranged and want to help her.
This is a heartbreaking and tense story that shows readers we may not understand why people do things but there are always reasons.
Andrea King, Poplar-White Station Library

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