Safe House by Jo Jakeman #SafeHouse #blogtour @mia_qs @HarvillSecker @JoJakemanWrites

Today I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for Safe House by Jo Jakeman. Many thanks to Mia for my blog tour invite. And I am pleased to let you know that the ebook of Safe House is 99p for the month of November if you fancy a copy!

About this book…

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. 

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….

Perfect for fans of Clare Mackintosh, Fiona Barton, Lisa Jewell and Laura Marshall

My review…

Charlie has bought a new property in Cornwall. It’s a total wreck but she’s determined to do it up and live a quiet and peaceful life there. Unfortunately, Charlie’s new abode may not be the safe haven that she’s been hoping for as she’s convinced that someone is out there, watching her. The more we find out about “Charlie”, the more we realise that she’s hiding behind her new identity to keep her former name and past a secret. But even constantly looking over her shoulder isn’t going to keep her safe from whoever wants her to pay for whatever they think she’s done…

I do love a slow burner and Safe House certainly falls into that category. But its also a very dark and atmospheric read with a gripping storyline that bubbles with secrets and lies and builds to a twisty and dramatic denouement. The setting of the cottage plays a huge part in building up that tension, with its creepy overgrown ivy and broken windows, and I was able to visualise its rundown appearance perfectly from the intensely descriptive narrative. Charlie herself was actually very likeable, which surprised me, as Jo Jakeman gave her a vulnerability that sat at odds with her criminal record and therefore made me question what had happened in the lead up to her imprisonment. But by shutting herself away from society in the middle of nowhere, her imprisonment was really only swapped from one kind to another so I felt rather sorry for her. Whether that pity was displaced is up to you to find out!

I really enjoyed Safe House especially the beautifully written narrative and the descriptive characterisation. I had quite a soft spot for Aubrey (as well as Charlie) and loved how the relationship developed between them gradually, alongside a build up of trust that wasn’t easy to find for either of them.

I liked Safe House far more than I was expecting to. The final few chapters especially had me unable to concentrate on anything other than the outcome of Charlie’s torment. Definitely worth the special price of 99p throughout the month of November.

Meet the author…

Jo Jakeman was the winner of the Friday Night Live competition at the York Festival of Writing in 2016. Born in Cyprus, she worked for many years in London before moving to the countryside with her husband and twin boys. Sticks and Stones was her debut novel.

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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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