"Loke has done an admirable job of turning Holmes inside out . . ." —Dr. Michael Sweeney, author of National Geographic's Brainworks and God Grew Tired of Us.

THE HOUSEKEEPER'S SON

by
Christopher Loke

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SYNOPSIS

72-year-old housekeeper, Eleanor Rose, is witty, gentle, and a remarkable cook. To the people of Amalga, Utah, she's a petite old lady who wouldn't hurt a fly. And to her employer, she is the perfect housekeeper—at least until she is found with a bloody knife in her hand beside the dead body of Katherine Cunningham, her employer's 12-year-old daughter.

Eleanor quickly admits to the crime and surrenders herself, pleading guilty before her trial even begins. But to Victor Lee, a young and ambitious journalist who is assigned to cover the story, there is more to Eleanor's confession.

Through his interviews with Eleanor within the confines of the penitentiary's visiting hall, Victor pushes for the truth and finds himself drawn into her world where the line between right and wrong is blur—nothing is what it seems. What he discovers is a secret that, if revealed, will not only explain Katherine's death, it will also challenge the moral obligation of every mother to her child. It is a secret that started forty-two years ago on the night Eleanor took the life of her only son.

The Housekeeper's Son incorporates the literary prowess of The Memory Keeper's Daughter and the haunting qualities of The Thirteenth Tale in exploring the power and vulnerability of a mother's love for her child. It is a novel that measures the immeasurable: love.

ISBN: 0984880100
ISBN-13: 978-0-9848801-0-2
Format: Hardcover, Paperback
Pages: 282
Publication Date: May 19, 2012
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press

The Housekeeper's Son

Sometimes murder is the only way to save a child.

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REVIEWS

"THE HOUSEKEEPER'S SON by Christopher Loke is a compelling and, at times, complicated tale."
—Patricia Day, Readers Favorite

"Loke has an incredible gift for words. His writing is replete with stunning descriptions, intricate emotional turmoil and surprising turns of events. This novel is, honestly, unlike anything I have ever read. Not only does the story dare to go deep, but the reader is swept along in a riveting journey that is impossible to turn away from."
—Teri Harman, Book Matters

"Loke is a gifted storyteller, and readers will be thoroughly engaged through all 277 pages. In her prison meetings with Victor, Eleanor is determined to tell her story her own way, and it keeps readers interested, ready to read the next page and excited about new revelations to come in the next chapter . . . After many meetings and hours together, Eleanor finds a way of telling Victor the truth, and what actually happened that horrible night is a fascinating twist and well worth the journey."
—Alicia Cunningham, Deseret News.

"Loke has a flair for description and, like Holmes, an eye for the small but significant elements of human behavior. The Housekeeper's Son takes the reader down a dark and curious road, one in which the travel is surprisingly every bit as satisfying as the destination."
—Dr. Michael Sweeney, author of National Geographic's Brainworks and God Grew Tired of Us.

"Loke's characterization is vivid, his culinary descriptions are tantalizing, and his style and imagery are elegant . . . The Housekeeper's Son is a compelling and deeply introspective novel. Through both Eleanor and Victor it addresses the many complexities of the mother-son relationship. Ultimately, Victor must face his conflicted feelings toward his own mother; his hours interviewing Eleanor lead him to a surprising resolution. In the unfolding of this redemptive tale, it would appear that Eleanor has saved more than one mother's son."
—Janet Jensen, author of Don't You Marry the Mormon Boys and The Book Lover's Cookbook.

"There's no O. Henryish gimmick in the twist; the whole apple is there from the beginning. The reveal is a matter of what's not said as much as what is—but to tell more would only spoil it. If you like mysteries and thrillers, you're sure to find it entertaining."
—Lehua Parker, author of One Boy, No Water.

"The Housekeeper's Son, a murder mystery by Christopher Loke, grips the reader's interest from the first page, before the story is methodically unfolded, keeping the audience wondering about the full truth until the bitter end."
—Elsie Park, author of Shadows of Valor.

"Ultimately, The Housekeeper's Son teaches us that none of us are all good or all bad, but as human beings, we are all capable of selfishness as well as love and sacrifice for one another."
—Stephanie Coleman, Amazon reviewer.

"The Housekeeper's Son is somewhat dark in the content it covers, while still maintaining a clean read . . . If I had to compare it to another novel, the only thing I can think of is To Kill a Mockingbird . . . I wouldn't be surprised if this book becomes a literary classic. I appreciate that the author doesn't try to gloss over the pernicious happenings that the characters do and experience. This makes the book feel more alive to me."
—Adrienne Monson, author of Dissension.

EVENTS

MAY 19, 2012. 6:00 p.m.
Book launch party at Weller Book Works. 665 E 600 S, Trolley Square, Salt Lake City, UT 84102

JUNE 16, 2012. 2:00 p.m.
Book signing at Layton Barnes & Noble. Layton Market Center, 1780 North Woodland Park Drive, Layton, UT 84041.

JULY 25, 2012. 7:00 p.m.
Book signing at King's English Bookstore. 1511 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84105.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2012.
10:00 am. Utah State University Bookstore. 650 N 800 E 200, Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2012.
Orem Barnes & Noble. 330 East 1300 South, Orem, UT 84058.

VIRTUAL TOUR

JUNE 6, 2012.
Jennifer Daiker's Blog.

JULY 5, 2012.
Jennifer Griffith's Blog.

JULY 9, 2012.
Amie Borst's Blog.

JULY 15, 2012.
Lehua Parker's Blog.

JULY 20, 2012.
Adrienne's Monson's Blog.

JULY 27,2012.
Jenniffer Wardell's Blog.

AUGUST 3, 2012.
Terron James's Blog.

AUGUST 10, 2012.
Liesel Hill's Blog.

AUGUST 17, 2012.
Elsie Park's Blog.

AUGUST 24, 2012.
Teri Harman's Book Matters.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christopher received his MA in communications and journalism from Utah State University. Right after graduation, he took the position of assistant editor for a major publishing house. He was also chapter president for The League of Utah Writers and a journalist for a local newspaper.

Raised in a traditional Chinese family, Christopher spent most of his childhood evenings listening to his relatives tell stories to each other. In time, he has acquired an ardor for well-told stories, particularly those that tend to touch the human heart, which sparked the beginning of his writing career.

As a writer, Christopher is passionate about good storytelling. He is actively involved in local writing groups and projects. His journalistic works have been featured and discussed in college classrooms across the country. When he is not writing, he dissects social issues and plays with his 6-year-old son.

Christopher currently resides in a quiet neighborhood near a lake in Provo, Utah, with his beloved wife and son. Follow him on his Facebook Page at facebook.com/AuthorChristopherLoke.

Christopher Loke
CONTACT

For bookings, author events, book signing, interviews, or just a chat about the weather—anything at all—please first contact Mr. Kirk Cunningham, at kirk@jollyfishpress.com.

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