4 stars


I was lucky enough to be gifted an ARC of this book. I haven’t read any books by Daniela Sacerdoti before, but after this I will definitely be looking out for more of her works.

Keep Me Safe is a tender hearted read with an intriguing paranormal twist.

After a traumatic event, Anna’s daughter Ava goes silent for three days. When she finally emerges from her muteness she makes a disturbing revelation. She asks Anna where her other mother is, and declares she wants to go home. Home to a place she has never been, or seen, or heard of. But she has vivid memories of Seal and its beach. Memories that can’t possibly be hers. In order to unravel the mystery, Anna and Ava embark on a journey to a small Scottish Island. There they become invested in the locals and the landscape.

The islands inhabitants have their own past traumas to deal with, and as Ava and Anna become more enmeshed with the locals the recovery begins. There are small town secrets and paranormal oddities, crushes and love triangles. A great combination.

The characters are engaging, I especially like Sorren and Shuna. It resolves well and there is a feeling of healing and unity at its conclusion.

The only sticky point for me is that there were two characters that were in the background that I really would have liked to have heard more from during the story.

The pace and tone of the book have a softness to them that appeals to me. Definitely one for fans of stories with heart. If you like Nicholas Sparks type tales this one might be for you.

Keep Me Safe is book 1 in the Seal Island series. I am eagerly awaiting its sequel.

Goodreads Synopsis:

A lost girl shows a mother and her daughter their way home. Keep Me Safe is the much anticipated new novel from the author loved by over a million readers, Daniela Sacerdoti. Perfect for all fans of Nicholas Sparks and Cecelia Ahern. ‘Heartwarming and mysterious with great atmosphere’ Katie Fforde

When Anna’s partner walks away from their relationship, she is shattered. But it is her little girl Ava who takes it hardest of all. The six year old falls silent for three days. When she does speak, her words are troubling. Ava wants to go home. To a place called Seal. To her other mother.

Anna knows to unravel the mystery she must find Seal and take Ava there. She hopes this tiny island will unlock her daughter’s memories. But could it also offer a new life… and unexpected love… for Anna too?

I was hooked from the beginning, rooting for the mystery to be unravelled. Softly paced yet captivating. I loved Keep Me Safe’ Alice Peterson