That didn't turn out to be the case. The behavior of the main character was off-the-wall questionable from the first chapter and became more questionable with each succeeding chapter.
More filler than thriller. And then there was the conclusion.
NetGalley/Thomas & Mercer
Feb. 1, 2020. Print length: 314 pages.
from description: 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.
Before her ten months in prison for supplying a false alibi for her boyfriend, Charlie was Steffie Finn. Now with a new name and hopefully a safe place to live without the burden of anyone knowing her past, Charlie is trying to come to terms with who she really is and fit into her new name and new life in a small village. While in prison, Steffi received twisted hate mail, blaming her for the deaths of the two women her boyfriend killed. It is difficult for her to feel safe physically and she fears exposure that would incite more threats.
Part of the suspense is not knowing who it is that has made such an effort to find her. Part of the suspense is waiting to see what the twist will be. Jakeman keeps the reader uneasy.
I liked speculating about this and that possibility. Until the author wants the reader to know, the guessing game is intact. Written in past and present and in various perspectives, Safe House was a satisfying psychological thriller, although the conclusion felt rushed.
Psychological Suspense. March 10, 2020. Print length: 336 pages.