By Kristina Riggle

Kristina Riggle definitely has a gift for writing about serious issues. This novel deals with some difficult situations.
Trish is a single mother. She has built a secure world where she feels safe. She is surrounded by all of the things that make her feel comfortable. Trish is a hoarder.
This all comes to light, as a crisis when Trish’s son is injured. Children’s Services is called in to investigate, with every intention of removing him from the home.
Trish needs help. Her sister, Mary, is her extreme opposite. Mary suffers from compulsive cleaning issues. The sisters must come together, out of a mutual dysfunctional past, to save Trish’s children. In doing this, perhaps they can save each other and themselves.
Hoarding often begins as a child, sometimes as an inherited condition. As with many conditions, it comes down to control. Hoarders learn to live seemingly multiple lives, in order to hide things from the world. Sometimes shame is their reason to hide, knowing that they are somehow wrong. Others are truly unaware of the depth or magnitude of their dysfunction. Some hoarders don’t recognize that they have a problem.
The family situations that can create hoarders can create the extreme opposite situations, as well. This is illustrated in this novel. In order to control or feel control, some go to the opposite extreme of compulsively cleaning, ridding oneself of things, as a type of personal cleansing.
Extremes are never healthy, in any form. Ultimately, to achieve peace one must find balance in our environment and within ourselves.

5 thoughts on “Keepsake

  1. This sounds like a fascinating book. I have always been intrigued by hoarders. Back home a few blocks down from me was a hoarder. Her hoarding spilled over to the outdoors where she had dozens of artificial flowers in pots all around the house. I never was inside her house but others were and told about it. She had a station wagon and it was so full of stuff that there was hardly room for her to drive. I would see her often at garage sales and she would buy nothing but junk.

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  2. Hoarding, I understand how easily it could happen, and you are right, the compulsive cleaners are the other end of this spectrum. This sounds like a fascinating read, I want to believe the two sisters can find a common ground for healing. We all secrets we keep from the world, fearing no one would understand. Books like this help break down those walls and teach us all about compassion and understanding. Life isn't easy, we need each other to navigate its seas.


  3. 20 something years ago when I cleaned houses for extra $$$ I came across hoarders but they weren't public then it was just extreme clutter, they would expect me to clean around piles of treasures. Now there is lots of shows regarding this issue & I wonder where are my old clients going to show up on the show?? Thanks for the book review sounds intriguing :]


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