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Keeper of the Keys by [O'Shaughnessy, Perri]
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This stand-alone novel of suspense from bestseller O'Shaughnessy (Case of Lies and 10 other legal thrillers starring Nina Reilly) has a glamorous setting, Los Angeles's Topanga Canyon, where a once promising architect, Ray Jackson, lives in a house he designed with his furniture-maker wife, Leigh. Unfortunately, despite some good plot twists and pinkish herrings, none of the characters is particularly interesting—not Ray, a tightly wound man who spends his time making models of every house he lived in during his tangled childhood; not Leigh, who may have a buried sex life; and especially not Kat and Jackie, two sisters in the real estate trade who used to be close to Leigh growing up. When Leigh disappears without a trace one night, Ray only with the greatest of reluctance (and nudges from Kat and the cops) sifts through secrets old and new for a truth that's as hard to swallow as it is to care about. Perri O'Shaughnessy is the pseudonym of sisters Pamela and Mary O'Shaughnessy. (Nov.)
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The best-selling author of the Nina Reilly series (in actuality two sisters writing under a pseudonym) veers off in a new direction with this stand-alone thriller. When Leigh Jackson disappears, her architect husband, Ray, doesn't seem all that worked up about it. But when his wife's old friend, Kat, shows up, hurling accusations, Ray realizes he has some explaining to do. Using a set of keys to every home he's ever lived in, Ray revisits his past, trying to find out if he is capable of the thing Kat suspects he might have done. And he uncovers truths about himself so deep and so dark that he begins to question his own identity. The book is a welcome breath of fresh air, especially for readers who've lost interest in the stodgily formulaic Reilly series. This is a well-paced, smartly written thriller with an ambiguous protagonist and a genuinely mysterious mystery to be solved. The dialogue could use a bit more polishing, but, given the novel's virtues, that's a small quibble. David Pitt
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 813 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0440241839
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; 1st edition (Oct. 31 2006)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000MAH7U4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #276,008 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Who's got a secret? According to author Perri O`Shaughnessy we all have secrets. And, at times, these are not just ordinary secrets such as, a black sheep in the family, credit card debt, or something like that. These secrets can be so dark and hidden so deeply that we are not even aware of them. Such is the case with architect Ray Jackson, protagonist in O'Shaughnessy's latest thriller Keeper of the Keys.

Ray's wife, Leigh, has disappeared. He doesn't know where and he doesn't know why. Perhaps most importantly, he doesn't even know whether she is alive or dead. It's strange that he doesn't seem too upset about his missing spouse. Yet, Ray is an odd duck who obsesses about an unhappy childhood and the fact that he and his mother had to move frequently. As an adult and an architect he is now building houses like the ones he lived in as a child.

He stays close to his mother, Esme, but she offers very little information about his father or his childhood. She will only say that his father was a difficult man and he deserted them when Ray was two . A dutiful son, Ray goes to her home to have dinner with her once a week, and she frets that he is so persistent about digging into his past.

This issue is forced when Leigh disappears and he is confronted by her friend Kathleen, called Kat, who accuses Ray of having something to do with Leigh's disappearance. When the police enter the picture with probing questions he takes a set of keys that he has had since boyhood and revisits the houses he once lived in. What Ray eventually discovers is not at all what he hoped to find.

Dick Hill, dubbed a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and

actress Laural Merlington partner on this narration, which is a twofold treat for listeners. Both are gifted voice performers who did double duty as directors of this audio edition.


- Gail Cooke
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aa4bcc0) out of 5 stars Not their best work Dec 25 2006
By Speedy Reader - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've read all the books in the Nina Reilly series and they were really enjoyable but this stand alone attempt is pretty bad. The writing is long winded and convoluted, the story does not play out well and by the end you realize it doesn't make a bit of sense. I truly hope they go back to the style of writing they are used to and get off this path quickly. This book was a real disappointment.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aa4bd14) out of 5 stars How Can People Like This Book? Jan. 24 2007
By A. A. Tranmer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I won't even go bore you with the storyline of this novel, because that might make it sound interesting and the absolute last thing I want to accomplish in this review it to give you any inclination to read this book. To put it eloquently, it sucked--though not hard enough or long enough to be worth even a good laugh. Don't waste your precious time on it. The whole thing is gratingly cliché. Plow as you will through the miry cast of annoyingly trite characters and mediocre prose in order to ultimately discover the big twist you are so obviously set up for, the big surprise will leave you so thoroughly unsatisfied you just might have to take a cold shower.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aa5c168) out of 5 stars Very Disappointing Read Nov. 25 2006
By A Greer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am a Perri O'Shaughnessy fan and eagerly look forward to each new book. However, I must say this book was a complete and total disappointment. The storyline is confusing and completely uninteresting. There is nothing about this story that keeps the reader's attention. I am trying to finish this book but at page 230, it's so boring and dry, I don't think I can keep going.

I highly recommend the Nina Reilly series but unfortunately, this book is no where the calibur of writing exhibited in that series.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aa5c528) out of 5 stars KEEP away from this book March 23 2007
By Jennifer Groh - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I really like all of Perri O'Shaughnessy's books. The Nina Reilly character is a really well fleshed-out character. Unfortunately, none of the characters in this book are ; whether it be Ray Jackson, his wife Leigh, or her childhood friend Kat. I started this book twice and finally muddled through it. It's a horrible story, with a confusing plot and no real crime. I'm thankful at least that I didn't spend any money on it and borrowed it instead from the Library. Skip this book and pick up any of the Nina Reilly series.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aa5c60c) out of 5 stars Not the Best of the O'Shaughnessy' Nov. 8 2006
By Loves to Read - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have every book that Perri O'Shaughnessy has written and have enjoyed them all--until this one. Sorry ladies.

I found this story too slow moving and weird. A man's wife leaves him after an argument and is missing for several days. Instead of looking for her or enlisting the aid of the police, friends, and family, (he has strange priorites) he uses old keys (please people, if you buy a new house, get the locks changed)to break into houses where he use to live--he is looking for clues to his past as his mother won't tell him anything about his deceased father and why they so often moved.