Author: Johannah Davies Spero
Genre: Commercial Fiction / Alternate History Fiction
What if Holden Caulfield was around when John Lennon was shot?
In 1980 John Lennon was killed by Mark David Chapman, who believed he was Holden Caulfield, narrator of the classic The Catcher in the Rye. After the shooting, Chapman remained on the scene calmly reading the book, which he later offered to police as “his statement.” Catcher’s Keeper asks the question, “What if Holden had met Chapman, learned of his plan, and tried to prevent the assassination?”
When I started reading, I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this book. The premise seemed intriguing, but the first chapter didn’t convince me. However, I kept on reading, and I found myself enjoying the book more and more as I got to know the characters, especially main character, Alden.
It’s no surprise that this book ended up being one of the finalists in a competition – the writing is solid, the characters are rounded, three-dimensional, flawed, intriguing, and the plot puts an original spin on a familiar story. Combining a real-life event and a fictional story ended up offering a unique perspective, and worked really well.
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