Title: Keep Her Sweet
Author: Helen Fitzgerald
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publication Date: 26th May 2022
Desperate to enjoy their empty nest, Jen and Andeep downsize to the countryside, to forage, upcycle and fall in love again, only to be joined by their two twenty-something daughters, Asha and Camille.
Living on top of each other in a tiny house, with no way to make money, tensions simmer, and as Jen and Andeep focus increasingly on themselves, the girls become isolated, argumentative and violent.
When Asha injures Camille, a family therapist is called in, but she shrugs off the escalating violence between the sisters as a classic case of sibling rivalry … and the stress of the family move.
But this is not sibling rivalry. The sisters are in far too deep for that. This is a murder, just waiting to happen…
Chilling, vicious and darkly funny, Keep Her Sweet is not just a tense, sinister psychological thriller, but a startling look at sister relationships and they bonds they share … or shatter.
I knew this was a book about a messed up family but my goodness – it was even more twisted and dysfunctional than I could have imagined! The story follows the Maloney-Singhs as their family dynamics basically erupt into flames. Parents Penny and Andeep thought they would be enjoying an empty nest, however that hope is destroyed when their two adult daughters, Asha and Camille, move home. These two sisters have a relationship that goes far beyond normal sibling rivalry and the situation soon turns deadly.
I really enjoy when a book isn’t afraid to delve into the darkness human beings are capable of , especially when it does so with a bit of a sense of humour and that is just what Keep Her Sweet does. It covers some thorny topics like religion, violence, mental health and parenting and it covers them in a razor sharp and inventive way which I found gripping. I knew this book would be shocking but it was even more of a crazy ride than I thought it would be. I would absolutely recommend to anyone looking for an original, sinister and weirdly amusing psychological thriller!
Thank you so much to Anne Cater of Random Things Blog Tours for inviting me on this tour and organising it. I kindly received a copy of the book from the publisher. My review is entirely my own honest opinion.
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