Book Review – My Soul To Keep – Rating: 8.25 out of 10

My Soul To Keep Book CoverMy Soul To Keep, by Melanie Wells

How I came to read this book:

I was offered this book to review by the publisher, Multnomah Books, a division of Random House.

Score Summary (Avg: 8.25)

  • Content: 9
  • Writing Style: 10
  • Re-readability: 8
  • Busy Mommy Scale: 6


This book is the third in the Dylan Foster series. It follows When the Day of Evil Comes, and Soul Hunter. I prefer to read all books in a series in order, but I wasn’t aware it was until I was a few chapters in.

My Soul To Keep is another novel that includes physical manifestations of the spiritual realm, both good and evil, from a Christian perspective.

I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this book at first because I can’t stand reading, hearing or seeing stories about crimes committed involving children, but unlike primetime television, it didn’t cross the line of good storytelling by horrifying me.

Writing Style

Straightforward. Easy to get into. Style didn’t get in the way of the content. Very nice.


It was an enjoyable book, and it’s rating a bit higher than it normally would on its own because I hope to acquire the first two of the series and would plan to re-read it to get the whole story.

Busy Mommy Scale

Unfortunately, like any good fiction book, unless its written in single page chapters, tends to rank low on this scale. I read this during a weekend when I could afford to sit and enjoy.

Book Summary

My Soul to Keep by Melanie Wells
Genre: Fiction/Suspense – Released 2/19/08 – ISBN 978-1-59052-428-2

As nasty as I knew Peter Terry to be, I never expected him to start kidnapping kids. Much less a sweet, funny little boy with nothing to protect him but a few knock-kneed women, two rabbits, and a staple gun…

It’s psychology professor Dylan Foster’s favorite day of the academic year–graduation day. A day of pomp, circumstance, and celebration. And after all the mortar boards are thrown, Dylan and some of her best friends will gather around a strawberry cake to celebrate Christine Zocci’s sixth birthday. But the joyful summer afternoon goes south when a little boy is snatched from a neighborhood park, setting off a chain of events that seem to lead exactly nowhere.

Police are baffled, but Christine’s eerie connection with the kidnapped child sends Dylan on a chilling investigation of her own. Is the pasty, elusive stranger Peter Terry to blame? Exploding light bulbs, the deadly buzz of a Texas rattlesnake, and the vivid, disturbing dreams of a little girl are just pieces in a long trail of tantalizing clues leading Dylan in her dogged search for the truth.


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    Hey Lundie. A six on the busy mommy scale seems pretty high to me. I don’t know how moms do anything but mom. So, hats off and a big fat thanks for the review and the link love.

    I’m glad you enjoyed My Soul to Keep, but- 8.5? Do I get any xtra points for degree of difficulty?? I had a lot of migraines when I was writing this one…

    I’m glad you appreciated the lack of gratuitous violence or … whatever writers do to hook you in and freak you out. I like suspense, not gore. Always, the suffering in my stories is told with respect and most often in hindsight or (in this case) with one degree of separation between you and the person in question (Nicholas). I have two friends whose mothers were murdered. They don’t find such things to be a source of entertainment. I’ve taken that to heart.

    Peace to you. Thanks again for taking the trouble to post a review. Bloggers rock the world. We writers need you!


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    Thanks so much for stopping by, Melanie! It’s an honor to have you here! I have to say, both your book and the next I am reviewing have me re-thinking my point scale. Just because a book isn’t great on the mommy scale, doesn’t mean it’s not a really great book. I do want to continue to rate on these areas, but the average point scores listed in the title are sometimes deceptive! 🙂

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