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Saturday, February 08, 2020

Thief River Falls by Brian Freeman and Safe House by Jo Jakeman

I had looked forward to this one, and at first, I thought I might like it.  

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.  




I really liked Jo Jakeman's previous book (under two titles at the time I read it--Exes' Revenge and Sticks and Stones), and I was excited about Jakeman's Safe House.

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.  

NetGalley/Berkely Publ.
Psychological Suspense.  March 10, 2020.  Print length:  336 pages.


13 comments:

  1. Hmmm...I have Thief River Falls, but I'm not sure when I'll get to it. I'll try to remember what you said here about it. I'm trying to think if I've read anything else by that author. Don't think so.

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    1. I'd like to know what you think of Thief River Falls. :)

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  2. At least Safe House turned about to be a satisfying read.

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    1. I did enjoy Safe House; not as much as I liked her first novel though! :)

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  3. Safe House sounds like an intriguing read. I haven't read any Jakeman's books so I'll have to check them out.

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    1. I will continue to watch for Jakeman's books. She has another one scheduled for October release.

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  4. "More filler than thriller" is a perfect, concise review! Safe House sounds good, however. I love it when the protagonist has secrets to hide!

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    1. We all love secrets, don't we? And trying to figure out what they are!

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  5. More filler than thriller -- I need to remember that for future reviews.Safe House is definitely interesting -- you have me curious about the twist!

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    1. It is part of the intrigue--knowing there will be a twist and wondering what it will be. :)

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  6. Safe House sounds nice and twisty. I think I might enjoy that one. That's too bad about the other one though. I'm sorry it wasn't better.

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  8. I've read another book by Brian Freeman and it wasn't for me. Not sure if it was part of a series. Looking forward to the Jo Jakeman book.

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