The debut novel, Catcher’s Keeper, by the uber-talented JD Spero has created quite a stir. Recipient of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Quarter Finalist and 2014 National Indie Excellence Finalist Award is no small feat for an up-and-coming writer.
But there is a reason Catcher’s Keeper has garnered such accolades. It is a magnificently written book with a premise that is captivating and genuinely creative.
What if Holden Caulfield was around when John Lennon was shot? What if Holden could have met Chapman, learned of his plan, and tried to prevent the assassination? Catcher’s Keeper answers that question, taking a chapter from history and re-inventing it.
Written from the points of view of Alden, his brother Jerry and their sister Fiona, their story is a study in family dysfunction, of betrayal between siblings and ultimately, finding resolution and fixing what was broken between them. It is through this conflict the groundwork for the culmination of the story is laid.
A secondary antagonist, Mark David (MD) counters the internal-conflict of familial dissension between the three with his lunacy, creating an outer conflict best answered when the siblings merge their intentions to stop MD and serves as a means to resolving the turbulence between them.
JD is a gifted writer. She uses language ripe for the time and paints images that brought me back to my own childhood. My preferred genre is paranormal and urban fantasy. However, I picked this book up for a myriad of reasons, most importantly because of premise. This novel is all literary and wickedly brilliant.
JD’s ingenious weaving of character points of view was nimble, giving a three dimensional look into the experiences that broke then bridged Alden, Jerry and Fiona’s relationship together.
The author’s voice is fresh – unique in its deliberateness and profound in its choice use of words specifically is describing Alden’s perspective of the world, molded by the loss of Allie, the years in solitary, his betrayal by Jerry and the unconditional love of his sister Fiona.
It took me less than two days to finish the book, eager to see how JD would change history. The end to Catcher’s Keeper was both endearing and heart breaking, an apt conclusion to a book that took me by surprise and held my attention until the very last word.
My rating – a must read. Throw caution to the wind and give in to the hype - it is so worth the read.
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About JD Spero
Johannah Davies Spero was born near a pristine lake in the Adirondacks and has lived in various cities such as St. Petersburg (Russia), Indianapolis, Dallas, and Boston. She has pursued her love of narrative through degrees in English, Russian, and teaching—and has worked as an actress, a yoga instructor, web design entrepreneur, freelance writer, and high school English teacher. She lives in the Northeast with her husband and three young sons.