I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
I was on the blog tour for Safe House, but international mail screwed me over by not delivering the book in time for me to read and review it. It arrived only recently and the cold weather here made me crave a thriller all the more. So much so that I finished this book in a day and a half!
The morning after a terrible storm, a woman turns up in a remote Cornish village. She calls herself Charlie, but it’s a name she’s only had for a few days. She keeps herself to herself, reluctant to integrate with the locals. Because Charlie has a secret.
Charlie was in prison for providing a false alibi for a murderer. But Lee Fisher wasn’t a murderer to her; he was the man she loved. Convinced of his innocence, Charlie said she was with him the night a young woman was killed. This sacrifice cost her everything.
And now she has a chance to start again. But someone is watching her, waiting for her, wondering if she’s really paid the price for what she did.
Steffi Finn serves time for providing a false alibi for her then boyfriend convicted for having murdered two women. In a bid to leave both her past and the public anger she created behind her, she changes her name to Charlie on release and moves to a remote village named Penderrion in Cornwall. However, someone else isn’t as ready to let her move on. Someone is watching her and waiting for the right moment to pounce. Whether Charlie can forget her past life and be happy now without coming under harm’s way forms the rest of the story.
Safe House is a chilling tale with a lot of twists which are all the more amplified with the help of Jakeman’s dynamite writing voice. There are some thrillers that are so delectably good that they demand a comfy chair, a cozy setting, and warm cup of tea. Safe House is one of those books.
The story flashes back and forth between the past and present, with the occasional POVs of an unnamed narrator and someone named Ben Jarvis, both of whom wish harm on Charlie. I pride myself on being able to guess most of the twists in psychological thrillers (I just read too many of them!), but this story was edge-of-the-seat going for even me.
For all the cozy reading atmosphere this book demands, the story itself is chilling and inspires a sense of unease. Charlie has been written so powerfully, her paranoia has the capability of extending to the reader too. The drab, rainy setting of Penderrion boosts this tense narrative even more.
In all, Safe House is a gripping tale of lies, deception, and twists. It’s tense, unputdownable, and easily one of the best thrillers I’ve read this year. And I read a lot of them. Go grab a copy today!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5