I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour today for Safe by S.K. Barnett. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite and for my review copy of the book.
YOUR CHILD IS MISSING.
She was only six years old when she disappeared. Posters went up, the police investigated.
But no one could find her.
Now, twelve years later, she’s home.
And knocking at your door.
You’re so happy to see her. But soon you start to wonder why she can’t answer your questions.
Where has she been? How did she find her way home?
And who is she?
Oh I did love this one! It’s dark and gritty and often disturbing in its content but it grabbed me from the very first line and didn’t let me untangle myself from its clutches until the final shocking few pages. Be warned it’s not an easy read at times due to the background of abuse suffered by this girl when she was very young but you can’t help but want to ask questions. Why has she returned now? Where has she been? And what exactly happened the day she was abducted in broad daylight as she walked to her friends house for a play date. These questions lead to some very shocking answers and I was in awe of the twists and turns that wound their way throughout this utterly gripping thriller.
It can be hard to imagine what must be going through the heads of the family that Jenny Kristal returns to but having seen interviews with parents of real life missing children I have seen for myself the hope that never dies in them. It’s been well documented that some children have been returned to their parents many years after going missing but these cases are sadly in the minority. So when she is welcomed back by her parents and older brother it is a miracle for them all and Jenny quickly settles back into her family home. But then the messages start to come and Jenny wonders if home really is the safe haven she thought it would be…
I went into this book without any preconceived ideas and only a vague awareness of the storyline and I would advise you to do the same. It’s a difficult book to review as I would hate to spoil what is a twisty, turny shockfest and one that demands to be devoured in one sitting. It gave me goosebumps as I read it, the darkly suspenseful storyline taking directions I wasn’t expecting and those directions blew my mind on more than one occasion. It is certainly one of the best books I’ve read this year and one that’s given me a thumping great book hangover which is going to be tough to beat! I love it when a book surprises you and is far better than you were ever expecting-a little golden nugget of a book that I’m so glad I uncovered. Highly recommended by me!
S. K. Barnett is a pseudonym for a New York Times bestselling author whose previous thriller novelDerailed was turned into a major motion picture featuring Jennifer Anniston and Clive Owen. He lives in New York State with his family.