‘The Heart Keeper’ by Alex Dahl – what a story! The central character Alison, wife, mother, step-mother is such a relatable character, and my heart bled for her. For who would not want to hang on to just the smallest piece of their beloved child, who they had thought lost forever!
It is barely twelve months since Alison’s young daughter, Amalie, drowned in a terrible accident…on Alison’s watch. The burden sits heavily on her shoulders, her stepson is increasingly scared of her erratic behaviour, and her husband blames her for what happened. Alison is an emotional mess, barely holding things together in the face of her lost; and then she learns that the little girl who received Amalie’s heart lives only a short distance away.
‘The Heart Keeper’ is a tale of grief to the exclusion of all else; it is also a story of guilt and failure and the unbreakable bond between a mother and her child. Alison goes on to do some terrible things, and yet despite her actions she remains a figure of sympathy, someone the reader continues to care deeply about.
I give this book 4 stars.