Keepers by Janet LaPierre
A Port Silva Mystery
Perseverance Press - 2001
ISBN: 1880284448 - Trade Paperback
Reviewed by Barbara
Patience Mackellar reluctantly agrees to search for Lily Costello and
her 7 year old daughter, Sylvie. Lily's ex-husband, David Simonov, is
concerned that he hasn't heard from them since Lily left him to marry
With the assistance
of her daughter, Verity, who has returned home after an unhappy marriage,
she tries to trace Lily and Sylvie. Their search takes them through northern
California, its state parks and forests, and to the Lost Coast of California.
Verity traces Sylvie
to a reclusive religious commune in the Lost Coast where Sylvie has been
left by her mother who has vanished. It is a threatening situation in
which Verity is confronted by a dangerous Devlin.
The story is well-written,
with a difficult-to-solve mystery. It is full of atmosphere, giving the
reader the feel of northern California. The descriptions of the dense
woods and the coast transports the reader to the area.
Throughout the story
LaPierre develops the relationship between mother and daughter, both strong
women who must make concessions to their diverse ways of life. Even the
minor characters are well-drawn.
Keepers is a fast-moving,
very suspenseful story with an unexpected ending.