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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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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #268.998 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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“The Kept” written by James Scott is a story about wrong moves, repentance and redemption, at times dark, sad and even shocking, but ultimately wise and full of hope that speaks from its pages.

Elspeth Howell after being several months away from home is coming back to her husband and five children. But when she’ll get closer to home, Elspeth will see that something is wrong, no sounds of life, no lights, no anything except the ominous silence.
She will found out that almost her whole family has been brutally murdered and before she can even fully realize what happened, the only remaining son, Caleb, who was hiding in the pantry, mistakenly shoot her thinking that the killers have returned.
Once she will recover, the two of them will embark on a journey of revenge, seeking justice for their beloved ones. Both Caleb and Elspeth are driven by their will of retaliation, though Elspeth suspects that there may have been a reason for the brutal slaughter her family experienced.

During their journey mother and son will find something they didn’t expect – the answers to some questions that have for long time long troubled them and some hidden deep truths.
And most importantly, from this tragedy, Caleb and Elspeth, the only ones left of their sad family will manage to build their relationship, finally achieving closeness between themselves…

“The Kept” is a great book that is difficult to assume that it was written by debutant author – a heartless world that he presented, motives of guilt, repentance and redemption, already making this work one of the novels that will mark this year, and certainly foretell that before this author is bright future.
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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Will stay with you long after you've put it down! 25. Januar 2014
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As an amazon vine reviewer, we get the books before they are published. Sometimes they come with a letter from the publisher or the editor, or even an note from the author themselves. In this book, the editor enclosed a letter. Of course, I read it before I started reading the book. This letter was astonishingly well written and gave an excellent description and review of the book. In fact, it made me want to read this book all the more. I want to quote the first sentences of that letter to you, because I feel as though no review could possibly be better written than this:

"I envy you. The experience you are about to have with James Scott's debut novel, The Kept, almost a decade in the making, is impossible to replicate. I remember how ravenously I read the book for the first time, my mouth hanging open from the initial scene, my eyes foing dry as I refused to blink, then going wet as the story-of mother and son, of natural and nutured attachments, of violence and of comfort, burrowed into my bones. Like the best of book that one is compelled to read again and again, I have tried to trick myself into forgetting The Kept's manifold twists and turns so that I could chase that initial feeling all over again, like a drug, each time I returned to its pages." Written by Barry Harbaugh, Editor, Harper.

After reading such a letter, how could I resist the temptation to read this book? I took an afternoon and settled in by the fire, tearing through the pages and devouring the book in only a few short hours. To me, it felt like a lifetime had passed or that I had somehow traveled back in time and was living in the pages of the novel myself.

I will not describe the plot of the novel to you here, even if this is not the kind of book you might not usually read, this book is worth picking up. I found myself unable to think of anything else after finishing the very last page, slowing my reading until there was only a few words remaining, which I savored like a fine wine. I was unable to talk about anything else, except what I had read in these pages. This book would make a wonderful movie and I can almost see it playing in my head as I read about this young boy and his mother and their travels after the murder of the rest of their family.

Something about this novel stays with you. Perhaps it is how real the characters are, or how the places and people in the book are described. I tried to put my finger on what it was about this novel that made it so different from the usual books I read. This one was different. I tried to think of other books it was like, and the closest I could come to a similar reading experience was "Cold Mountain". I remember reading that book and seeing the movie and leaving both with a feeling of sadness, joyful sadness, if there is such a thing.

This novel is haunting and unexpected. It is like watching one of the all time greatest Oscar Winners of Best Picture for the first time. Nothing can prepare you for reading this novel. It is an extraordinary story and stands out as one of the best books I have ever read.
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