This review is written with thanks to Headline and Netgalley for my copy of Keep Me Safe,
Anna's partner, Toby, has left her to live in Australia and she is now a single mother to their six year old daughter, Ava. Anna and Toby's separation is devastating for Ava, and for a period, she refuses to eat or speak. When she speaks again, her first words to Anna are "Where is my mum?" In a bid to understand what Ava means, Anna takes her daughter to Seal, an island off the west coast of Scotland. What will Anna and Ava find there, and will they be able to start a new life on Seal?
Seal is an incredibly picturesque place, and from the prologue, I was captivated by the landscape that Sacerdoti creates. Her imagery uses all the senses and I was immediately transported to Seal and could imagine myself living there.
The narration in Keep Me Safe alternates between a range of characters: mostly Anna and Sorren, but also supporting characters, such as Catriona and Fraser. This gave me greater insight into the characters' lives, and their thoughts and feelings, which helped me to connect with them. The inhabitants of Seal form a very close knit community, and my ability to connect with the characters helped me to immerse myself in their way of life and become enchanted by the novel.
There are elements of the supernatural in Keep Me Safe, and when these were introduced, I felt a little apprehensive that they would give the novel an unrealistic tone. However, in this case, the supernatural elements enhance the plot and create an additional layer to the atmosphere to make Keep Me Safe a compelling novel.
As I read Keep Me Safe in just under two days, it is clear that I found the novel enjoyable, although it was slightly predictable in places.
Keep Me Safe is available from Amazon.