Review: The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth



4/5 stars

Read from Jan 26, 2016, to Jan 29, 2016


I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was one hell of an emotional read!

Written from the perspective of three people, it’s about Anna Forster, a thirty-eight years old woman who is at the early stage of Alzheimer. She moves to Rosalind House, assisted living facility. There she meets Luke, who is the only resident of her age and develops a romantic connection with him. As the disease steals more and more of her memories, she tries to hold on to whatever is left of her memories and her relationship with Luke.

The novel also focuses on the story of Eve Bennett, the newly employed Cook of the Rosalind House, as she is suddenly thrust into the role of single mother. She can’t ignore the connection between Luke and Anna who are separated from each other by their families because of some incident.


As I mentioned before, I never really read something about Alzheimer patients so this book was something different for me. It was a really powerful story and I couldn’t get it out of my mind. This book was a really heart-wrenching book. I shed many tears while reading this tragic story. The novel is written from the perspective of Anna, Eve, and Clementine, Eve’s seven years old daughter.

Eve was really a brave woman. Although blamed by the people for her husband’s deeds, she remained a firm posture and didn’t lose it til the end. Her story moved me. She was going through everything for her daughter’s sake and I don’t know if there’s anything more beautiful than a mother’s love for her child.

Truly inspiring yet heart-wrenching, the plot was heartbreaking and the writing was excellent. Reading the book from Anna POV was like being pushed into the mind of a patient of Alzheimer – I knew the troubles she was facing, the people she couldn’t remember and the frustration she felt when she didn’t know where to go.

All in all, this book was a great read and I’d strongly recommend you to read it.


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