Today, I am excited to be sharing my review of Keep Her Quiet by Emma Curtis with you all.
Jenny has just given birth to the baby she’s always wanted. She’s never been this happy.
Her husband, Leo, knows this baby girl can’t be his. He’s never felt so betrayed.
The same night, a vulnerable young woman, Hannah, wakes to find her newborn lifeless beside her. She’s crazed with grief.
When chance throws Hannah into Leo’s path, they make a plan that will have shattering consequences for all of them.
Years later, a sixteen-year-old girl reads an article in a newspaper, and embarks on a journey to uncover the truth about herself. But what she learns will put everything she has ever known – and her own life – in grave danger. Because some people will go to desperate lengths to protect the secrets their lives are built on . . .
*TRIGGER WARNINGS – child death, kidnapping, violence, murder, ostracization*
I read The Night You Left by Emma Curtis in 2019, and I absolutely loved it, so I was instantly excited when I heard about Keep Her Quiet. I couldn’t wait to read it, and it certainly didn’t disappoint when I did.
This is one of those stories that I really don’t want to say too much about because I don’t want to give anything away for those of you who haven’t read it yet, but it is so good that I want to to tell everyone about it, and I could go on and on for ages! I’m going to try to keep this review as spoiler-free as I possibly can, but I’m sorry if I slip up along the way.
Keep Her Quiet has a very interesting start that really grips you, and leaves you desperate to read more. You can feel from the very beginning that this is going to build in to a brilliant story, and I can confirm that from there, it just gets better and better!
I really feel for Jenny throughout the story. Yes, she made a mistake, but she didn’t deserve even half of what she then had to deal with. What she has to go through is any parent’s worst nightmare, and as a parent myself, her pain really gripped hold of me, and tore at my heart. If I was in her position, I honestly have no idea how I would carry on. She may consider herself to be weak, but in reality, she is the complete opposite of that.
Despite her awful crime, I actually felt so sorry for Hannah too. She was in a huge amount of pain herself, and to feel that much pain at such a young age, with absolutely no support network is unimaginable. She was just a child, and she was scared, and hurting. No-one would be able to think straight in her situation, and she was certainly not in a fit state of mind to be making life changing decisions. That is no excuse for what she did, but she definitely can’t be so heavily blamed for it either.
Leo is just a terrible human being. He may have been hurt, but not enough to warrant his actions, no amount of hurt can make what he did okay. The only person he thinks or cares about is himself, and he may tell himself that he is doing things for others to make himself feel better, but the reality is that the only person he’s doing it for is him. He’s completely selfish, and would do anything it takes to get what he wants. Jenny deserved so much better.
I really enjoyed the different time frames that the story focuses on, and seeing the different ways that each character’s lives have been impacted by the initial events. For Hannah in particular, I really enjoyed the character growth. She made a mistake as a child, which she couldn’t undo, but she grew in to a respectable woman, who truly did love and care for others, and would do anything for the people she loved.
Let’s just take a moment to appreciate the ending. The last half an hour of reading time is so action packed and explosive, it has you on the edge of your seat. Everything was tied up so nicely too, with no questions left unanswered, it really was the perfect ending.
The storyline is absolutely insane, but that is what makes this book so good, because it is not only insane, but also very believable. I absolutely devoured this book, and I can guarantee that you won’t be able to put it down either. This is definitely my favourite Emma Curtis book that I have read, and easily my favourite book of the year so far!
A huge thank you to NetGalley, and Transworld Publishing, for providing me with an ARC copy, in exchange for an honest review.
I give Keep Her Quiet a very easy 5 star rating!
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