Book Review for THE HEART KEEPER by Alex Dahl
THE HEART KEEPER by Alex Dahl
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An emotional, tense, and deeply affecting novel about love, loss, and how far a mother will go.
THE HEART KEEPER is nothing short of brilliant. Dahl masterfully delivers a story about two women and their struggles. She pushes past what you would typically expect in a psychological suspense novel and gifts her readers with a slow-burning thriller building on the characters’ pain, fear, and desires.
What I loved about this book is the development of the characters throughout the narrative. I enjoyed the differences between Alison and Iselin. Each is essentially representing the haves and the have-nots. Though the balance of that shifts as the story progresses and the reader can start to see the actual value in life is not possessions. The moment these two worlds collide, things begin to get good. It is, however, the unraveling of Alison which is the wonderfully dark and twisty focal point of this novel. I felt her pain, and on some twisted level, I could understand her logic. She wants so desperately to recover what she lost that she would do anything.
I think it can be safe to say that I adored this book. From the first chapter of this eloquently written thriller, I was pulled into the world of these two women. I was able to feel the emotions of the characters and understand their motives, even if I didn’t agree with them. Through the exploration of pain, the author gifts her readers with a meticulously plotted out suspenseful novel leading to the inevitable ending. This book was amazing, and I highly recommend it.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Critically acclaimed author Alex Dahl explores how love can turn darkly sinister when a desperate mother looks to reconnect with her lost daughter in this riveting Norwegian set psychological suspense novel.
Two mothers. Two daughters. One heart.
When Alison's beloved daughter Amalie drowns, her world turns impenetrably dark. Alison tries to hold it together throughout the bleak Fall, but in the darkest days of the Norwegian Winter she completely falls apart.
In another family, Amalie's passing is a new beginning. After years of severe health problems, young Kaia receives a new heart on the morning after Amalie drowns. Her mother Iselin has struggled to raise Kaia on her own and now things are finally looking up. She's even made an affluent new friend who's taken a special interest in her and her daughter.
Alison knows she shouldn't interfere, but really, she's just trying to help Iselin and Kaia. She can give them the life they never had, and by staying close to them, she can still be with her daughter. Kaia is just like her, and surely, something of Amalie must live on in her. As her grief transforms into a terrifying obsession, Alison won't let anything stop her from getting back what she has lost.
About the Author: Alex Dahl was born in Oslo and is the critically acclaimed author of The Boy at the Door. She graduated with a B.A. in Russian and German linguistics with international studies and went on to complete an M.A. in creative writing at Bath Spa University, followed by an M.S. in business management at Bath University. Alex has published short stories in the U.K. and the U.S. and is a serious Francophile.
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley (July 16, 2019)
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