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Book Review: Keepsake: A Novel by Kristina Riggle

Posted on: May 24, 2012

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While the subject matter of this book is a little disturbing, the story itself was really compelling. Trish is on the verge of losing her son after he’s injured at home as a result of her hoarding. As her various family members step in to help her clean up, it’s not just garbage and junk that is exposed to all. Family secrets are revealed, relationships are renewed, and truth comes out.

If you like the A&E show “Hoarders”, you’ll like this book. This story is essentially the fictionalized version of a “Hoarders” episode.

I had a hard time putting this book down, because as bits and pieces of the past were revealed, I wanted to keep reading to find out the whole story. I liked the alternating points of view, seeing the story alternately through Trish’s eyes, and in every other chapter, through her sister Mary’s view.

As another reviewer stated, the ending was somewhat disappointing, in that it seemed to just come to a halt, with not enough resolution of each character’s story. But overall, I enjoyed this read, and can recommend this book.

Reviewed for the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. Advanced Reading Copy provided courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers.

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