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The Keeper written by T.F. Allen was a great surprise for me. This book was listed in the category of horror, mystery and thrillers and the description sounded great, So I was ready to try out a book from a new author to me, and I’m certainly glad that I did. The writing flowed easily and the plot was a welcome difference from other books in the thriller category. From the beginning you will find yourself hooked, when it’s starts with this sentence. “If anyone ever saw me, they might call me a spirit, or an angel, or a ghost. They would try to describe me, but they’d be wrong. Even I didn’t know what I was. I only knew one thing—I needed to keep Michael safe.
“If anyone ever saw me, they might call me a spirit, or an angel, or a ghost. They would try to describe me, but they’d be wrong. Even I didn’t know what I was. I only knew one thing—I needed to keep Michael safe.”
This story is too interesting to give away the plot, so this is a taste to get you interested. Michael Delacroix is a famous artist. He is able to pour life into his painting with colors and layers of paint. Someone wants to learn how he does this and Michael finds himself kidnapped and locked in a room with no windows, forced to show how he paints.
Michael lives a very secluded life so when he goes missing the Keeper needs to enlist help to rescue him. As a child Michael was thrown away in a dumpster and a nun, Sister May Elizabeth, found him and named him. She has spent her life protecting Michael so when a voice tells her that he is in trouble she takes it as a message from the voice of God and goes in search of him. The other person who becomes motivated to find Michael is a Sun-Times reporter named Hannah Klein. Hannah has a connection with the universe and she is able to see pictures that the Keeper sends to her to search for Michael.
As the story unfolds we get to know the strengths and weaknesses of the main characters. How they continue to stay on the right path to find Michael even though they don’t know how they are being guided. Meanwhile Michael is making his own discoveries that come from his past, and trying to deal with the new revelations. Even the Keeper learns things about himself as he tells us the story.
This is a wonderful story to bring in the New Year. Cozy up to the fire and plan to spend time making T.F. Allen one of your new favorite authors.
Disclosure: Thank you to T.F. Allen for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.