Keep Him Close by Emily Koch

Lou goes out the pub with his friends, but will never come home again; the events of the evening are surrounded in mystery. None of the others present will say what went on, and then Kane confesses that he was responsible for Lou falling to his death.

Keep Him Close is an unusual crime thriller in that the story is told mostly from the points of view of the mother of the victim, and the mother of the young man who confesses to the crime. The two lads were friends, but their mothers did not know each other. The police are involved but seem particularly inept and happy to take Kane’s confession at face value.

To begin with Alice has the advantage as she works in the library and Indigo comes in looking for help using the computer. Alice knows that Indigo’s son has confessed; Indigo does not know who Alice is. This adds to the tension. As the story progresses, we learn not to judge the characters by first impressions. They all have secrets that only gradually come to light, and through Indigo’s eyes we see a different side to Alice, less rigid and more human.

Once Indigo finds out that Alice is Lou’s mother, and that they are both searching for the truth about the fatal events in the multi-storey car park, they start to work together to clear Kane’s name and find out what really happened to Lou. The backstory is revealed a little bit at a time, ramping up the suspense, until the truth finally comes to light.

Keep Him Close is well written with believable characters and a plot that will keep you guessing right to the very end. I’ve not read anything by Emily Koch before, but I will certainly be looking out for her next book.

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.  

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