Keep Her Close: A gripping psychological thriller with edge-of-your-seat suspense

Keep Her Close: A gripping psychological thriller with edge-of-your-seat suspense

by Erik Therme


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Someone took your daughter. And nobody believes you…


Three-year-old Ally was found alone in a parking lot.

She was barefoot and dressed only in a yellow sundress. In the middle of winter.

What kind of person would abandon their daughter?


Fifteen years later and Ally has a new family.

But her real father has sent her a letter.

And now Ally is missing.

A gripping twist-filled thriller that will have you looking over your shoulder. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and Teresa Driscoll.

What everyone’s saying about Keep Her Close:

‘A fast-paced thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. I read it in one day as I did not want to put it down.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘A psychological thriller that had my heart pounding with anticipation!... A fast-paced action-packed journey that homes in on parental love and the depths you’d resort to finding your daughter… An intense story… slowly revealing other side-line characters who each have their own secrets that are unearthed as the plot continues. Revealing that nothing was ever really as it seemed from the on-set. Without giving away any spoilers, this is one of those novels that by the time you get to the end, it really makes you think about what you thought you knew about the beginning. It’s very clever and certainly ends with a satisfactory bang!NowFiction, 5 stars

‘I really enjoyed this read. It's a fabulous page-turner… A fast-moving tale of relationships and secrets. It's well-written and the style reminded me of early Harlan Coben / Linwood Barclay… A fun, well-told drama and I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘The tension ramps up as the narrative unfolds in this quick-read, fast-paced tale of a family in crisis… The suspense builds as the story unfolds with some interesting reveals and plot twists that keep the pages turning… Recommended.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘The book has a great premise and an interesting start. It then moves into a fast almost frenetic pace where everyone is running somewhere… I love Judy. Her character unfolds with the story and I understand her motivation… A good story.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘Delivers a real punch at the end!’ Goodreads Reviewer

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786816139
Publisher: StoryFire LTD
Publication date: 12/05/2018
Pages: 234
Sales rank: 1,157,155
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.49(d)

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Keep Her Close: A gripping psychological thriller with edge-of-your-seat suspense 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ReadersFavorite 4 months ago
Reviewed by Lucinda E Clarke for Readers' Favorite In Keep Her Close, Erik Therme covers the story of every parent’s nightmare; the abduction of a beloved daughter. Ally is the daughter of Dan and Holly, adopted by them when she was found abandoned in a parking garage at the age of three. Holly and Dan have since divorced but have remained on good terms. On several occasions, Ally attempted to discover her birth parents but had no luck until the day she receives a letter from her father who only has a short time left to live. Dan does not believe it is authentic but, undeterred, Ally sets off to meet him with unexpected and traumatic results. The plot involves Cal, a workmate seriously in love with Ally, but who in turn is loved by her best friend Ellie. The stage is set for disaster with other family members hovering in the wings. I was impressed by Erik Therme’s characters in Keep Her Close. They leap off the page, especially Dan; you can almost feel his rage as one event after another sends him spiraling down into fury. Cal, the waiter at the restaurant, is none too bright and his actions and reasoning scream this every time he appears on the page. Perhaps the prize should go to Judy. The twists and turns in her reasoning are masterful and, along with the cast, the dialogue is excellent. Towards the end I was feverishly turning the pages to find out what happens as it was by no means obvious. A good book I would recommend if you like action and a fast-moving story with lively and believable characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a great first book to read by Erik Therme. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to pick up a book of his. This definitely was on my to be read list for way too long. I can’t wait to read another book by him. This book is about a young woman who is seeking out the truth about her past. Ally was found wandering around many years early and was adopted into a very loving home. Then one day she receives a letter about the family she never knew. Of course she wanted to know more but knowing more leads to trouble. Where do I start about this book. First, I want to say what a great, fast, easy read it was. There was never a dull moment in the book. Every chapter was exciting and filled with so many twists and turns leaving the reader wanting more and more. I could hardly put it down. It also helped that the characters all were so likable and meshed so well with the story line. I especially liked Ally innocence. She was way too trusting which lead her into a very dangerous situation. But by the end she started being tougher and that got her out of the mess that she had created. The story line was awesome too. Who doesn’t like a story about finding out where you came from no matter the cost. Between the plot, characters and all the twists in this book it made it an easy and fast read. I would definitely recommend it and happily give it 5 Hearts??????????
Epic_Book_Quest More than 1 year ago
What would you do if your daughter went missing... and how far would you go to get her back? A little girl is found in a parking garage, cold and alone. Though her past is a complete mystery, the couple who discover her are determined to adopt her and raise her as their own daughter, to give her a family and a home. Years later, Ally is a bright young student attending college and starting to make her own way in life. Though she loves her adoptive parents Dan and Holly, she can't help but remain curious about her past. And then it happens- a mysterious letter arrives from a man claiming to be Ally's real father. And then Ally disappears. Dan knows she's in trouble, and it's up to him to bring her home. But can he find Ally before it's too late? Keep Her Close is a fast-paced thriller that delves deep into the heart of every parent's worst fears, and the lengths one determined father is willing to go to find his daughter- even as he struggles with his own inner demons. In typical Erik Therme style, it boasts a dark and looming plot that steadily builds in intensity with the turn of each page, along with a wide assortment of colorful characters so real you'd swear you already know them. A gripping story that will keep you reading well into the night... and perhaps leave you a little more cautious about the people you let into your life. A must-read!
reneewellwood More than 1 year ago
Keep Her Close by Erik Therme Publisher: Bookouture Thanks to NetGalley and publisher Bookouture for the ebook ARC of Keep Her Close by Erik Therme in exchange for an honest review. Someone took your daughter. And nobody believes you… Then: Three-year-old Ally was found alone in a parking lot. She was barefoot and only dressed in a yellow sundress. In the middle of winter. What kind of person would abandon their daughter? Now: Fifteen year later and Ally has a new family. But her real father has sent her a letter. Ally doesn’t tell anyone she’s going to meet him. And now Ally is missing. I give this book a rating of 5 stars and I highly recommend reading it. This book was a fast paced thriller. Just when I thought I had it figured out, there was a twist that I didn’t see coming. The story was well written and many surprising twists and turns This is the first book I have read by Erik Therme and it definitely won’t be my last! #KeepHerClose #NetGalley
Jolie More than 1 year ago
I have reviewed for Erik Therme before and I generally like his book. So when he emailed me and asked me to review Keep Her Close, I said: “Why not“. Usually, his book are solid and a good read. Then I read Keep Her Close and came out disappointed. The book started off well enough and it was focused until Ally disappeared. At that point, the book started going off on tangents that made no sense to the original plotline. Like when Cal was tied up at the hotel. Did I need to know who Tucker was? Did I need to know who Gary was? I didn’t need to know the background between Tucker and Gary. It had no bearing to the plot at all. There were a bunch of scenarios like that in the book. It took away from the plotline. If the book had stuck to one main plotline and one or two sub-plotlines, I would have been alright. I could not connect to any of the characters. Dan’s anger issues made his character unlikable. Holly seemed co-dependent and useless. Cal gave me stalker vibes. And Nick was scum. Ally got on my nerves. There were parts of the book I did like. I thought that it was well written. There was a good suspenseful element to the book also. I liked the relationship that Dan, Holly, and Ally had. I also liked the relationship that Cal and Maddie had. I didn’t like how the book ended. I don’t like it when books end in cliffhangers. So when the book ended the way it did, I went “Whaaaaat!!!“. I ended up rereading the last few chapters of the book to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Which I didn’t. It frustrated me to read that. I wanted to know what was in that letter!! **I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**
Rhonda-Runner1 More than 1 year ago
This was a quick easy read and it started out being so good. By the half-way mark, it just seemed to jump around way too much with unlikable characters and went downhill from there for me. If felt really awkward trying to read about the main character Ally and her roommate Ellie especially with the two names used in the same sentence. I was disappointed in this book and I was glad when I finished it. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
CCinME More than 1 year ago
Quick, twisty read. Interesting premise with fairly fleshed out characters. Definitely wanted to keep reading even though some of the situations left me credulous and confused. Although good, not exactly what I was expecting based on the blurb.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Ally was found alone in a parking lot, dirty, barefooted, in the middle of winter. She was 3 years old. A short way away was the body of a woman. She had jumped or been pushed off the roof. Her mother? Aunt? Her father was never found. A young couple who found her ended up adopting her. She's been the light for both her new parents. It is now 15 years later. Ally is well-adjusted .. living away from home for the first time .. and she's just received a letter from her 'real' father. He says he's dying from cancer and wants to see her just once before he dies. Her adopted father scoffs at the genuineness of the letter. How did he find her? Why hasn't he contacted her before? Days later, Ally disappears. This is the rapid race of parents trying to find their daughter. No one really believes she has been abducted... not her supposed boyfriend they know nothing about .... not her roommate who harbors a deep resentment of her friend. There are plenty of other suspects to keep an eyes on. Secrecy and lies abound. Who can they trust? Where is their daughter? This was a quick read ... suspenseful ... questionable characters. I didn't find it entirely credible ... but it is called fiction for a reason. The ending was not what I expected ..and either the author is planning a follow up book or this is one of those books you make your own ending. Many thanks to the author / Bookouture / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy of KEEP HER CLOSE. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.