5 reasons to read Keep You Safe by Melissa Hill

August 24, 2017 Book review 9 ★★★★½

Well if ever a book reminds you that there are two sides to every story, it’s Keep You Safe by Melissa Hill. I would have said I had little or no interest in the topic of vaccines, but this book transformed it into an absorbing subject. I engaged with all the characters and thoroughly enjoyed every single page of this courtroom saga.

5 reasons to read Keep You Safe by Melissa HillKeep You Safe by Melissa Hill
Published by HQ on August 22nd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Family Life, Law & Crime, Realistic Fiction, Social Issues
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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For readers who love issue-driven fiction, Melissa Hill has written a breakout novel exploring the "to vaccinate or not" debate and the tragic consequences of one mother's decision on another.
Single mom Kate O'Donnell is living her worst nightmare. Her young daughter, Clara, who has a medical condition that doesn't allow her to be vaccinated, becomes critically ill when one of her classmates, Lauren-whose family chose not to vaccinate-contracts and spreads the virus. While Lauren has no trouble recovering from the disease, Clara's condition worsens. With time spent by her daughter's bedside, Kate loses her job and slides deeper into medical debt. But when another school parent points the blame at Lauren's mother, Lucy, and the media begins an attack, we see two very different views on parenting and how badly things can spin out of control when all either of these two women wanted was to keep their daughters safe.

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First Line of Keep You Safe by Melissa Hill

“The bell rang out and on cue they started to approach all at once, like a stampeding herd.”

5 Reasons to Read Keep You Safe by Melissa Hill

  • Mothering Theme:

Two very different mothers practising different parenting styles, and making opposing decisions made for an intriguing theme.  Each mum soul searched for the best choices for their children based on their unique situations (which I won’t spoil).  However one mother’s choice not to immunise her child resulted in unbearable suffering for the other mother.

  • Thought-provoking Plot

While reading, I pondered the subject of vaccines and the pros and cons like never before.  Which might sound a bit dull, but when you add in the personal stories covered in this book, then it became a very conflicting and engaging topic.

  • Forum Commentary

I loved the forum comments scattered throughout the book.  In today’s world, people spout heated opinions on social media, and the various rants, vicious comments and character attacks rang scarily true to life.

  • Relatable Characters

Whenever I pick up an issue driven plot, I’m hyper aware that this may overshadow the character development in the book.  This is assuredly not the case here.  At the end of the day, even though the plot is rock solid, it’s the characters who made me care.  And as a bonus (for me anyway), one of the main characters runs a blog.

  • Courtroom Drama

I always welcome a good courtroom battle, especially on such a controversial and emotional issue.  Waiting on the verdict, knowing that there were really no winners, added a tense and unpredictable element to the story

The Bottom Line

I devoured this book, just like I have all Melissa Hill’s books.  This feels different to her previous novels, but it still features that jaw-dropping twist that she is famous for.  So both thumbs up from me, and I’m already eagerly awaiting her next book.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-half-stars


Who should read Keep You Safe by Melissa Hill?

I can’t recommend this enough if you like courtroom dramas, poignant but controversial themes, and a lively cast of characters.  Fans of authors such as Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain should also enjoy.

Thanks to NetGalley and HQ for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration.  As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.


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9 Responses to “5 reasons to read Keep You Safe by Melissa Hill”

  1. Kathryn Trask

    I haven’t read Melissa Hill but this sounds a good book to try her out for me. I have one niece very opposed to vaccinations for her two children. For that reason alone I’d read this book, although only to be in the heads and hearts of the characters. Thanks for the introduction.
    Kathryn Trask recently posted…The Art of Hiding. Amanda Prowse

    • trish

      I’d recommend any of Melissa’s books to you Kathryn, they all have fab characters and unexpected twists. But as you already have a personal interest in this book, I think you’d really enjoy this one. It introduced me to ideas about vaccines that I had never considered, and that really made me stop and think.

  2. Emma

    I am always wary of books where I may get beaten over the head with an issue but sounds like it’s not the case here. Vaccines are one of those issues that I get can be tricky. I have a friend convinced by vaccinating her daughter she made her ill and now says to her daughter not to have her children vaccinated.
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  3. Lola

    This sounds interesting, I like the idea of the two mothers with different views on parenting, but then what happens when one of those choices affect another. That’s great how it transformed the subject of vaccines into an absorbing read. And I like how you say it addresses this topic, but how it doesn’t overshadow the character development. Great review!
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