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The Kept: A Novel - Community Reviews back

by James Scott
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JDCMustReadBooks
JDCMustReadBooks rated it 6 years ago
By James Scott ASIN: B00HF95FGS Publisher: Harper Audio Publication Date: 1/7/2014 Format: Audio My Rating: 3.5 Stars James Scott delivers a dark, haunting, yet compelling debut,THE KEPT as chilling as the snow outdoors; Written with vivid details, an intriguing story set in the late 19th cen...
Sarah's Library
Sarah's Library rated it 7 years ago
16/4 - Even without reading a word of this I get a really strong feeling of (most likely unsuspicious) similarity between this and the movie The Missing. Except it's a son who is left behind instead of a daughter and they go on a journey of revenge instead of a rescue mission - it's about the feelin...
SA Bodeen Reads
SA Bodeen Reads rated it 7 years ago
Set in 1897, this one is brutal. There is a hardly a moment for the reader to relax. Compelling and riveting. I'll read anything else he writes, for sure.
Book Goodies
Book Goodies rated it 7 years ago
I picked up an ARC of this one at the last MPIBA Trade Show after everyone was buzzing around the Harper Collins table for it. The story follows a boy and his mother as they travel from their home to a rough New York town around the year 1900. Caleb and Elspeth are searching for killers, and this st...
Beamis12
Beamis12 rated it 8 years ago
This is a very dark story , set in the late 19th century, in rural upstate New York. The beginning is very brutal and very explicit and it is this that will set Elspeth the mother, and Caleb who is still very young, twelve or thirteen, on a quest for vengeance.Extremely well written for a first nove...
Musings of a Bibliophile
Musings of a Bibliophile rated it 8 years ago
3.5James Scott’s writing clearly evokes the bleak landscape and equally stark, isolated characters of The Kept, but there is a tendency towards unnecessary detail and the third person narrative is a little too detached from the story. It’s almost like watching a documentary in which the camera is of...
That's What She Read
That's What She Read rated it 8 years ago
Upon the book’s opening sentences, readers know that The Kept is not going to be a cheery novel with its talk of mysterious sin flooding into the horrific scene Elspeth finds upon her return home. The guilt both Elspeth and Caleb carry with them as they hunt down the perpetrators is a physical prese...
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