- Hardcover: 303 pages
- Publisher: Harpercollins; First Edition edition (Jun. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061013005
- ISBN-13: 978-0061013003
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,130,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Souls to Keep Hardcover – 1 Jun 1998
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Despite a tragic past, Virgil thought he'd found contentment, but feels distant and removed from his marriage and his life. He is offered a second chance through the disembodied spirit of Bea, who, determined to have what she missed in life, sets her sights on Virgil by taking part-time possession of his wife's body, but Ellen fights back. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Souls to Keep Author: David Robbins
This book is something different. I had to keep reminding myself its a first novel. The level of craft is well beyond that. Robbin's prose is the calibre of fine literature. Yet Souls to Keep is a genuine page turner. As you read further you find this isn't a contradiction borne of some cheap compromise. What you uncover is something different. Robbins' character development is a good place to start. You learn about his characters through what they do, not what they think. It is an extraordinarily difficult method of character development. Which is probably why so few do it and/or succeed. As a psychotherapist I can say his insights are authentic and profound. His ability to present that level of insight through the character's behavior alone reveals a rare talent. Take notice, Robbins gives a clinic on character development. While the story line is about a ghost trying to find love in the world of the living, Souls to Keep is not another story of unrequited love. The notion of spirits and the introduction of contemporary mythic figures like past (make that dead) N.Y. Yankee stars allows the reader to safely identify with the characters painful struggle for redemption. Robbins' powerfull character development can put that pain, common to us all, right in your face. Perhaps he knows this. Perhaps by introducing a supernatural theme, SK invites us all to face whatever music we have to face from a more secure observation post. 'Fable' or 'morality play' comes to mind. On that note, I don't believe the similarity between SK's Virgil and Dante's is coincidental. Souls to Keep is a page turner. Resist the urge and you will find something very different or more accurately, something quite old. This is much more than a good book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is shallow with dialogue that is predictable and not well thought out. I bought this book near all the best sellers thinking, hmm, this looks interesting. Read morePublished on 19 Aug. 1999
David Robbins, You did a very good job of making one believe that there is a reason for everything! The lives of Virgil, Ellen and Beatrice was uneventful in itself, but showing... Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 1999