Safe with Me by K L Slater #BlogTour @Bookouture @Kimslater01

So today I am thrilled to be on the blog tour for K L Slater and her brand new psychological thriller Safe With Me.

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About this book…

Thirteen years ago someone did something very bad to Anna. Now it’s her turn to get even …

Anna lives a solitary existence, taking solace in order and routine. Her only friend is the lonely old lady next door. She doesn’t like to let people to get too close – she knows how much damage they can do.

Then one ordinary day Anna witnesses a devastating road accident and recognises the driver as Carla, the woman who ruined her life all those years ago. Now it’s Anna’s chance to set things straight but her revenge needs to be executed carefully …

First she needs to get to know Liam, the man injured in the accident. She needs to follow the police investigation. She needs to watch Carla from the shadows…

But as Anna’s obsession with Carla escalates, her own secrets start to unravel. Is Carla really dangerous or does Anna need to worry about someone far closer to home?

My review…

I was really looking forward to this book! As everyone knows, psychological thrillers are my very favourite books to read and I love discovering new authors who are going to try to pull the wool over my eyes with their twisty, turny plots. And K L Slater is definitely one to watch with her first book for Bookouture, who are leading the way with their quality team of crime and thriller authors this year.

Something awful has happened to Anna and she has spent the last thirteen years looking for the person she blames. When one day she witnesses a car accident, she is amazed to recognise the driver as the object of her hatred and she befriends the motorcyclist who was knocked off his bike, in order to keep tabs on that person. Liam has no recollection of the accident and when his grandmother comes to take him home from the hospital, Anna makes attempts to become indispensable so she can plan her revenge on Amanda, the woman who caused the accident.

The story is told mainly  by Anna but is interspersed with accounts of her life growing up under the watchful eye of her neighbour Joan Peat, who has always had a fondness for Anna from a young age. We also hear from school counsellor Carla Bevin and a rather creepy and spine chilling unknown narrator and this helps to raise the tension as we try to work out what happened to Anna in the past. I thought Anna was such a wonderful character creation, a loner who really didn’t live in the real world and struggled to relate to both people and social situations. Her single mindedness and determination to seek revenge for what she believed happened thirteen years ago made her blinkered to everything else in her life. And it made her an unreliable narrator-my favourite type! Her job suited her personality and when she started to get dragged under by her circumstances, I was just willing for her to be the person that I hoped she was underneath her social awkwardness. The scene where she went for coffee with a colleague and had a caramel cappuccino really showed how even an every day occurrence like having coffee with a “friend” was a social difficulty for Anna. I wasn’t too sure about the character of Carla Bevin.  It was obvious that she had something to do with what happened to Anna thirteen years ago but what could it have been and why? The twists and turns in the plot mean you are never quite sure until the rather explosive finale! Some of the twists I was able to work out as I read and I very smugly thought I’d got them all but even I couldn’t have guessed the very clever way this compelling drama played out towards the end.

I absolutely loved K L Skaters writing style! She draws you in slowly until you start to question where she is taking you and why? She has created a group of people who all seem to be hiding something and developed a gripping thriller twisted around their secrets. If you like psychological thrillers then you will love this. This one will keep you up into the small hours turning those pages faster and faster and then, when you finish, that plot will go round and round in your head while you try to make sense of what you have just experienced. And when you have finished, go back and read that prologue again, I promise you that those first few spine tingling pages will leave you with goosebumps on your goosebumps!

Safe With Me: A psychological thriller so tense it will take your breath away was published by Bookouture on the 3rd November and is available to buy now at Amazon UK.

About the author…

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For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents but never made it off the slush pile. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents and a book deal which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim writes psychological crime thrillers for Bookouture. Her first book, ‘Safe with Me’ is published on 3rd November 2016.

Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac. Between them they have three grown-up kids; Kim’s daughter, Francesca, and Mac’s sons, Nathan and Jake.

She also writes multi-award winning YA fiction under the name Kim Slater.

Author website: http://www.KLSlaterAuthor.com
Twitter: @KimLSlater
Facebook: KL Slater

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jorobertson2015

I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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