David Black

My Brother's Keeper

David Black's debut novel is filled with drama and suspense as we are introduced to the Brown family, farmers in the East Lothian countryside. Sadly, tragedy strikes during a post-war holiday leaving the family reeling with guilt, anguish and pain. It’s a story about how the family overcome such devastation, with some unexpected twists.

If you love Happy Valley and The Missing, you’ll love ‘My Brother’s Keeper’.

From the back cover...

William Brown had been brought up in the East Lothian countryside overlooking the Firth of Forth. Along with his wife, Florence, they’d reared three sons and a daughter. Having inherited fifteen hundred acres of farmland the Brown family were considered firmly upper middle class and lived accordingly.

Tragically, after a long awaited post-war European cruise, their youngest son Jack went missing without trace leaving the Brown family reeling with guilt, anguish and pain.

Once home, the Brown family found themselves in a new battle. As supermarkets began to emerge as the dominant force on the high streets, their battle to win customers using ever cheaper prices would bring many farmers to the brink of collapse.

Despite their best efforts, the price wars plunge the Browns into tragedy as they have to deal with sudden death, humiliation and deceit.

Simon Elliot of TayMarts uses his manipulative powers to try and break the resolve of James and Nick Brown leading to unexpected outcomes and revelations that leave the whole family shaken and stunned!


"Rollercoaster 🎢 of a read, with a dramatic twist, hard to put down! Highly recommend!" ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

- E.B.

"This is an excellent read. I was drawn into the story immediately. Hard work, compassion, and a gentle twist... This is a book you won't want to put down. The cover says it all!"

- J.H.

"This book is full of drama, a real page-turner. The Browns had me from Chapter 1. I just love the cover!"


- A.S

"Well done David. I hardly ever read a book and then I often lose interest halfway through! This was a page-turner with a neat ending which wrapped things up rather well.

I enjoyed it and I hope you have some more books in you."


- J.K.

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