Keeper of Secrets
Sarah J. Dodd
Emily is overwhelmed by change, from the recent loss of her mother, to her father’s decision to take up a temporary veterinary job in the countryside. What’s more, this job is one within an area divided over the repopulating of a lynx community. It seems local farmers are hostile, convinced lynx will target their livestock. Meanwhile, environmentalists demand a fair chance for an endangered species.
However, Emily is troubled by this creature, this Keeper of Secrets. They seem to invade her thoughts and dreams. What’s more, when she returns to the snowy form of a dead female lynx, shot by a poacher, she’s convinced to act. However she must be quick and secretive. Yet attempting to feed and care for the young of a wild animal is difficult. Furthermore, it’s made more difficult by the investigations made by the local community, seeking the kitten. Then there’s Emily’s father’s surveillance of her, made more desperate since Emily’s mother’s death.
This debut novel of Sarah J. Dodd.is a gripping, emotional, thought-provoking story of loss, life, loyalty and livelihood. It seems that it’s adult themes demand a greater engagement so that we are connected to Emily closely. We can feel her frustration, fear and the gaping void she seeks to feel with the lynx kitten.
Bookwagon recommends Keeper of Secrets for mature readers of stories such as The Children of Swallow Fell or Between Sea and Sky.