Minerva Day

Fiction - Womens
334 Pages
Reviewed on 01/03/2014
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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Minerva’s turbulent relationship with her daughter, Piper, becomes more intense when her adopted grandson, Fellow, is abducted and murdered. Piper accuses her mother of the heinous crime but is Minerva really to blame? The tragic event leads to questions regarding her husband's death four years earlier due to a mysterious illness. Minerva Day is an intriguing and enigmatic tale by Christie Keele that takes readers to explore an aging woman's intricate and at times dangerous mind.

Keele’s writing style is truly superb. It is the type that really takes you into the story; the vivid details of the characters’ emotions and the surroundings are captured perfectly as if you are watching a film instead of reading a book. This makes the pacing of the story smooth supported by a sharp, realistic dialogue. Minerva’s mind is just a fascinating, multifaceted place to unravel page by page. I was caught between sympathy and anger towards her and her daughter Piper. I found their relationship quite toxic and I was on edge until the end, where everything was finally revealed.

Keele deftly portrays the darker side of human’s psyche through the family’s tumultuous tragedies. That being said, the disturbing concept of the story is a double-edged sword. Personally, there are no lovable characters for me, although they are all believable as well as interestingly complex. Some readers would not mind the gloomy story line at all but others might find it as a challenging read. All things considered, Minerva Day is a page turner through and through.