I’ll Keep You Close by Jeska Verstegen – Our Review


Our Review…

Every family has it’s share of secrets, of things hidden away and not to be spoken of, but some families have bigger secrets than others. Jeska knows there’s something dark at the heart of her mother’s silences and unintentional cruelties. The true nature of the secret behind why the curtains are always drawn and the world is shut out is partially revealed when Jeska’s Bomma (Grandmother) who is suffering from dementia mistakenly calls her ‘Hesje’ one day.

Based upon the authors own life, this novel packs a wallop. Set in the Netherlands and told from the perspective of 11 year-old Jeska, your heart gently bleeds for both Jeska and her damaged mother as the layers of secrets unravels and you learn of their families desperate struggle to survive during in the German occupation of Holland. Entirely unforgettable, this a beautiful gem of a novel is a perfect way to explain the effects of war and intergenerational trauma to a young audience.

Perfect for ages 10-14 years.

Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books