Blog Tour Review: The Librarian, Valerie Keogh

Title: The Librarian
Author: Valerie Keogh
Publishes: April 21, 2023
Publisher: Boldwood Books

About the Book

Since that fateful night I have always kept myself to myself. Reserved. Private. Alone.

Some people think I am too quiet. That life is passing me by. But I know there is safety in my own company. That no one can hurt me if I don’t let them get too close.

Until the day I meet him. A handsome, charming stranger. A chance for me to take a risk…finally?

Or a man who threatens everything I’ve worked so hard for?

You’ll be sorry…

And that’s when my whole life begins to fall apart….

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About the Author

Valerie Keogh is the internationally bestselling author of several psychological thrillers and crime series, most recently published by Bloodhound. She originally comes from Dublin but now livesin Wiltshire and worked as a nurse for many years. Her first thriller for Boldwood will be published in August 2022.

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My Thoughts

This is a tough book for me to review, so I will skip my normal format and jump right into it.

What I liked: Things started happening in the second half of the book, and it was tense, and I love feeling on edge while I’m reading. I also enjoyed the resolution, and though I had to suspend belief for certain things, I didn’t want to put the book down once we got into the thick of things.

What didn’t work for me: I didn’t care for Ava. She ruminates a lot, which feels like filler and makes the story crawl. Some things were at odds, like Ava claiming she doesn’t drink yet drinks a ton of wine, just not in public. She’s made herself a doormat, and her eyes always fill with tears. Also, a few hits of pot wouldn’t make you forget an entire night, which feels biased.

Back to what I liked: I give this 3 stars for a reason. The book redeemed itself in the second half and became a fun read. The tension was great, and when things started happening, everything went wrong. I’m particular about what characters I like, and after reading some reviews, some people really liked Ava, so definitely give this book a try if it sounds like it would be up your alley because it might just be your next favorite read.


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