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The Kept

The Kept [Kindle Edition]

James Scott

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"Winter and discontent... Scott is the master of mood... Haunting'" (New York Times Book Review)

"A classically written crime novel that is also an atmospheric evocation of a bygone era." (The Sunday Times)

"Reads with the stark clarity of a Johnny Cash song" (Washington Post)

"Feels like the shell of a Cormac McCarthy novel filled with the intricate yearning and familial strife of a Lorca play. A gripping combination I don't think we're likely to find anywhere else." (The Rumpus)

"Darkly beautiful... The Kept is a rare blend of brutality and empathy, emotion and close observation. I thought at times of Cormac McCarthy's work and of the novels of David Vann. At other times it brought to mind Stef Penney's The Tenderness Of Wolves and Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain. But there's something wonderfully distinctive about The Kept... A literary page-turner of the highest calibre by a writer of serious talent." (Jonathan Lee, author of JOY)


How far would you go for your family, for love, for survival, for revenge?

A debut novel of big skies, deep snow, and open wounds, the ambition and sheer brilliance of The Kept is astonishing.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 671 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 370 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0062236733
  • Verlag: Harper (7. Januar 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00DB36AJI
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Dark, Gripping Novel 7. November 2013
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The Kept by James Scott is a difficult novel to read. There isn't a positive moment, not a ray of light in the dismal existence of these sad and desperate characters. They are certainly well crafted, the plot well thought out, the story compelling, yet the dark tone was very hard to carry with you, and carry it with you, you shall.

It begins quite simply, with death, and from those deaths come thoughts of revenge, anger, desperation, confusion and doubt. There was one sad moment after the next, one disappointment after the other, everyday a struggle for survival and a grasping and clawing that you can actually feel. Is that a sign of a great novel? It most certainly is, however, I felt it necessary to warn the reader that this is a very dark novel, there is nothing truly happy happening here, just a collection of pain and heartache that feels as real as any you have experienced in this world yourself.

This is well crafted, and I'm not disregarding that fact. If you are looking for a novel written in the tradition of Cold Mountain, then I think this one is for you. If you are looking for something light, a story with a bit more balance, then perhaps this isn't for you. If you are highly sensitive, this one might weigh you down as you read.

The dark and gray world of The Kept will linger with you, carry you down its dreary paths and leave its mark. This is a fine piece of dramatic literature for the discerning reader.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Vengeance Is Mine ... 20. Dezember 2013
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Vengeance is the impetus that moves “The Kept” from beginning to end. The stark horror and brutality in the opening scenes are the result of past actions and the basis for future actions, all of which are founded in the desire of individual characters for revenge. Racial and sexual prejudices also provide a basis for violence and brutality throughout “The Kept.” Set in upstate New York during the late nineteenth century, this well-written novel captures the reader and holds one’s attention through its final pages.

Caleb Howell, the lone survivor of his family’s massacre, accidentally shoots his mother Elspeth when she rattles the door of the closet in which he is hiding. As Elspeth recovers and the two begin their search for the Howell family’s killers, Caleb begins to recognize disturbing past occurrences for what they really were and to uncover secrets his mother has kept hidden. Both demonstrate courage in the face of personal and unexpected challenges.

In “The Kept,” both psychological issues and moral dilemmas provide a basis for the characters’ actions. As the novel progresses, revelations about an individual’s past or about relationships allow the reader to begin to understand the motivation for a specific character’s need for revenge.

“The Kept” is extremely well-written, but it is not an easy book to read. It is violent and does not shy away from disturbing images or bloody scenarios and the suggestion that a character, in the interest of extracting revenge, take violent action. Readers, who are drawn to thought-provoking writing and narratives of depth, will find “The Kept” is a novel of the finest caliber.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen THE KEPT IS CHILLING TO THE CORE! 8. Januar 2014
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The Kept by debutant writer James Scott is no ordinary novel. It is uninvitingly grim: merciless, unnerving, and gruesome - littered bodies of children, cracked bodies landing in the snow, bullets zeroing on their target, and the thud of skulls crushing against giant blocks of ice. It is replete with violence of the savage kind. It is intense, vengeful, and wild. But it is also about truth, hope and redemption.

Set in rural New York state during the winter of 1897 near the turn of the twentieth century, The Kept unfolds with 12 years old Caleb hiding in the barn as three men murdered his father and his four siblings. As the only witness to the gruesome act, he knows it is up to him to find the murderers and get justice. When his mother Elspeth Howell , who is a midwife, return to their isolated farmhouse she is devastated.

Leaving their homestead, Caleb and his mother Elspeth set out on the trail of the trio of killers. But along the journey little Caleb learns the truth about his family, his mother Elspeth and the world of deceit wherein they live. Together they find answers to questions that have long haunted them. James Scott delivers a heart-pounding read which is both dark and redemptive. It is an awesome novel that lovers of bone-chilling actions and terrifying scenes will enjoy.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Bleak and Cold- SLIGHT SPOILERS 28. September 2013
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And that isn't just the landscape in this sad novel by first time novelist James Scott.

Keep in mind when I say sad, I'm not using it as slang. Sad doesn't mean weak here, Scott weaves some bleak, but powerful images here. No, I'm using sad traditionally-this novel is simply a sad story.

Elspeth Howell is a midwife-living a life of lies. She returns home from a job, to find her house and those she loves dead. Four of her children and her husband Jorah, have been slaughtered. Caleb, her 12 year old, is the sole survivor, but before Elspeth can get to the bottom of what happened, she is shot.

Caleb is wise beyond his years. He stands tall in the face of a brutal tragedy and does what needs to be done. Tends to his injured mother, the dead. And when his mother can stand, the two set out, seeking revenge on those that destroyed the family's quiet life.

Caleb is a compelling young man. His strength reminded me very much (and in fact that synopsis at the beginning the book agrees)of Mattie Ross in True Grit. When the world is closing in on him, he finds a well of strength, most adults wouldn't have, and yet when the author had him breaking down and showing his fear, I found myself drawn in.

And that right there is the issue for me, I wanted more of that. I wanted to see less steel spine in a young boy and more innocence. I wanted to see the loss of that, because that's what is going to really make this book sing. Scott didn't want to focus on the actual act-what drives Caleb and then Elspeth to seek vengeance, instead he seemed more content to focus on the how, rather than the why. And all of that is well and good, he paints an unforgiving world that Caleb and Elspeth must travel-a cold, desolate life that not only do they live in, but they are a part of. Elspeth because of her secrets, and Caleb because of simply who he is.

This could have been a powerful story of revenge and redemption, but Scott gave us no end game. I felt as if Elspeth was seeking out the men that killed her family just 'because' it was what she should do, rather than doing so because something was taken from her. I understand why Scott wrote Elspeth the way he did, but I think there needed to be more humanity to her, for lack of a better word, than we were given.

This book brought me to tears, and yet I found myself wanting more. I wanted to feel a connection with Elspeth, and instead I found myself praying Caleb would find something to live for. Perhaps that was the author's intention, but after reading over 350 pages, I'm still unsure what drove this mother and son-revenge, redemption, justice, boredom? For me to truly feel as if the characters are justified, I wanted more answers than I got.

That being said this, by no means, makes this a bad book, it just wasn't quite my cup of tea.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Kept 12. Januar 2014
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The Kept is a striking melding of mystery, suspense, drama and faith set to the backdrop of 1897 rural New York state and heralds a debut voice that spins a tale just as unpredictable as the January weather outside the reader's window. With a multifaceted mystery in the heart of The Kept that probes the corners of the human conscience and gallops alongside a riveting story of repercussions all stemming from the wicked need of "want", the potential reader may find themselves reflecting on this novel days after finishing. Main and minor characters are equally fleshed out and aim to capture the reader's complete attention and sympathy while the stunning writing perfectly balances the stark setting, conflicting psychological suffering and tragedy with moments of endearing relationships. Historical details are shared with the reader so that an easy distinction can be made to the time period with well researched descriptions and the author may fascinate the curious reader with some new knowledge regarding unfamiliar labor occupations surrounding the use of Lake Erie during this era.

That all being said, this novel is not a light read The Kept is an emotional story with details and descriptions of the most heinous acts and the worst of human suffering. If the potential reader is looking for a read that conveys brutal realism-you found it. The only real negatives this reviewer found with The Kept were at times these oddly arranged rushed action scenes that caused distraction to stop and reread chapters to figure out what just happened to a character and the ending was somewhat disappointing. I understand that essentially the allure of The Kept is the bleakness of the setting and the terrible events that propel the beginning and this may not be a read for everyone but still the potential reader should not shy away from this striking debut novel.

Reviewed in January 2014, review written January 2014/ copy of THE KEPT borrowed from local library
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