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Keep Me Safe by Daniela Sacerdoti

by Gary Reading, Feb 2019

My book of the year.’ ‘Heartache and lots of love.’ This book blew me away!’ ‘I’m smiling through tears.’ ‘Beautiful.’

Discover the million-copy-selling Daniela Sacerdoti. Lose your heart. Find your home…

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, falling silent for three days. When she does finally speak, Ava talks about a new place – a small island of beauty, salt and sea in the Western Scottish Isles. In search of a new start, Anna and Ava embark on a journey to the remote and gorgeous Island of Seal. Falling in love with the locals and the landscape, could Seal offer the second chance they both need?

I picked this book up this morning and I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. I forgot how much I like Daniela Sacerdoti and this has to be her best book yet. I fell in love with the characters and I now want to pack up my life and move to the island of Seal. ‘Keep me Safe’ is about a six year old girl that has bad dreams and wakes up asking for her other mother and talks about remembering things that happened with her other family on Seal. I absolutely loved this book.

Imagine your six year old daughter tells you that she remembers living on the island of Seal with her mum? Her other mum? She draws pictures of that island, the sea, the water….

Wouldn’t you want to go there to see what she is on about and how on earth she is suddenly talking about a place you’ve never taken her to with her ‘other mum’? Children have imaginary friends burt imaginary parents?

This chilled from the off and there was a creepy visit to the island to find out more. I was keen to unravel the mystery of Ava’s drawings and felt sorry for Anna who must have been terrified of what she might find and how her daughter knew all this! 

Not surprisingly there are themes of the supernatural and second sight but it’s done with skill that draws you in and the whole eerie, mist covered island in Scotland is the perfect setting for a story like this. These islands are well known for its myths and folklore and Selkie appearances……seals in disguise….