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.Keep You Safe by Melissa Hill
Published by HQ on August 22nd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Family Life, Law & Crime, Realistic Fiction, Social Issues
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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.
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.
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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.