Book Review: Keep Me Safe by Daniela Sacerdoti

Keep Me SafeAbout the Book

When Anna’s partner walks away from their relationship, she is shattered. But it is her little girl Ava who takes it hardest of all. The six year old falls silent for three days. When she does speak, her words are troubling. Ava wants to go home. To a place called Seal. To her other mother. Anna knows to unravel the mystery she must find Seal and take Ava there. She hopes this tiny island will unlock her daughter’s memories. But could it also offer a new life… and unexpected love… for Anna too?

Click here to read an extract from the book’s opening scenes.

Format: Paperback (352 pp.)                           Publisher: Headline
Published: 7th September 2017                       Genre: Fiction

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My Review

I’ll confess from the start that I don’t read a lot of romance or stories with a fantasy element so this book was perhaps always going to have to work hard for me to love it.

There were quite a few things I did really enjoy:

  • The theme of the healing qualities of the natural world
  • The engaging picture of an island community, where everyone knows everyone else and you’re not just an anonymous figure amongst thousands
  • The exploration of grief and guilt following a bereavement and how silence can be a barrier to healing
  • The process of learning to trust and opening up to another person after a failed relationship

In the end, however, I found the supernatural element didn’t really do it for me and I found it hard to believe in the relationship that Anna forms when she arrives on Seal. It all seemed too sudden and convenient although I appreciate the author was probably trying to explore the idea of fate or destiny. I also felt the introduction of two new points of view towards the end of the book was unnecessary.

Keep Me Safe is undoubtedly romantic, though, and I’m sure there are many readers who will simply adore the story.  In my case, I enjoyed it but didn’t fall in love with it.

I received an advance reader copy courtesy of NetGalley and publishers Headline in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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In three words: Romance, supernatural, emotional

Try something similar…The Crows of Beara by Julie Christine Johnson (click here to read my review)

DanielaSacerdotiAbout the Author

Daniela Sacerdoti is a mother and a writer. Born in Naples, but brought up in a small village in the Italian Alps, she lives near Glasgow with her husband and sons. She steals time to write when everyone has gone to bed, or before they wake up. She’s a Primary teacher, but she chose to be at home with her children. She loves being with her boys, reading anything she can get her hands on and chatting with her girlfriends. But she also adores being on her own, free to daydream and make up stories.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Keep Me Safe by Daniela Sacerdoti

    1. Thanks. I always try to find some positives in a book even if it wasn’t really to my taste as I’m sure there are other people who may love it. Especially if a book is well-written, like this one, but just didn’t make me love it.

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