Entertainment Books The Keep By Nicholas Fonseca Nicholas Fonseca Nicholas Fonseca watches ''Days of Our Lives'' religiously and thinks washing dishes by hand is the cheapest form of therapy on earth. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 28, 2006 04:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email For her third novel, Jennifer Egan employs the same grim, drowsy authority that made her 2001 meditation on self-identity, Look at Me, such a stunning read. But that, sadly, is where the similarities end. The Keep is ostensibly the story of two cousins irrevocably affected by a near drowning in their youth who reunite 20 years later at an Eastern European castle. While this ghost story wants to spook, instead it frustrates with a dual narrative arc that’s unnecessary and pointless. Nothing about the cousins entices, the supposed mystery at its heart is folderol, and when Egan belatedly attempts to fuse this mess into a cohesive coda, she fails miserably.