The Kept

Editorial reviews

The Kept

“The Kept” is gothic in both structure and atmosphere. Violence comes swiftly, with no warning. The strong are without sentiment. The weak retain nothing but shards of their remembered affections.

This is a novel about faith and its attendant shadow, grief.

The Kept is a highly accomplished first novel and a pleasure to read.

The Kept often feels like the shell of a Cormac McCarthy novel filled with the intricate yearning and familial strife of a Lorca play.

There’s a harsh sense of destiny in Mr. Scott’s novel that recalls Mr. McCarthy’s work, too, the doomed progress of the father and son in “The Road,” and the deadly providence drawing together the kid and Judge Holden in “Blood Meridian.”

Extremely dark, The Kept is a story of innocence lost.