Title: Safe With Me
Author: K/L Slater
Release date: November, 3rd 2016
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?
Why you won’t be safe with this book:
#1 The intense creepiness oozing off the pages will nag you for the entire book.
I have read my share of psychological thrillers so I’m familiar with the creepy side of it but the writing in Safe With Me throws you right into a frozen pool of creepiness. I can’t pinpoint where it comes from exactly, but be prepared for the cold feeling of uneasiness to stick with you all the way. There’s something in there that envelops the story and its characters with a thick layer of creepiness.
Yes, I used the word creepy a lot.
#2 The characters have multiple faces
The more I read, the pickier I become when it comes to characters. I expect them to be flawed, to be well-crafted and to make me feel things, a whole lot of things. Well, everyone in Safe with Me sparked something in me.
Anna is an unreliable character. It does not take long to notice things are a bit off with her. Every one of her reactions are extreme and she seems to be lacking the common knowledge about relationships we get as we grow up and learn about how to socialize. I loved discovering snippets of her past and explanations for her current situation throughout the story, as little drops are given you to try and make sense of everything that’s happening. Just don’t expect things to go smoothly and don’t assume you understand. It’ll be easier this way.
The same happens with the other characters. They won’t be named or discussed here because this psychological thriller is heavy on secrets and characters you can’t figure out. The book will introduce them better than I ever could. You meet them through Anna and then you get glimpses of their lives and thoughts and it is confusing, in the right way. Things don’t add up but you can’t put your fingers on exactly what is wrong. Remember our talk about creepiness? Well, those characters are complicated and their motives far from being clear. You’re walking a dangerous line with them! I never managed to figure out who to trust!
#3 Unconnected threads will make you question everything, even your own thoughts
This is what I like about a well-executed multiple POV chapters. You get a side of the story for a few pages, and then there’s a change of scenery and you discover another mind, another point of view, another take on something you were so sure to have interpreted correctly and you start wondering who is right. It’s often more complicated than just being right. There are several sides to every story. I felt from the start that Anna was far from reliable but the author takes it to the limits, pushing further on just how much can you trust your thoughts and believe your own words.
For a long part of the book, I was anxious to connect all those pieces of the puzzle to understand what had driven Anna on her quest for revenge and why she would act so strangely towards Liam and his grandmother.
#4 Every chapter ratchets up tension so well your brain will yell at you to turn the pages faster
Looking for a steady-paced story? Welcome! Page one will show you just how much things escalate quickly. You are thrown into a revenge quest with strangers that you need to grill to get answers from. Pages hold secrets and only reveal hints and bits destined to make you feel confused and worried. Nothing is what it seems and I held my breath more than once thinking everything was about to come crashing down.
Safe with Me won’t make you feel safe at all. It is your ticket to a wicked ride through what life makes of you when you’ve gone through the worst, what happens when you don’t have all the cards but you don’t know it, how appearances can manipulate you. Safe with me is a strong psychological thriller with fascinating characters and a strong plot served with many twists that will satisfy the die-hard lovers of the genre. Safe with Me wins the Creepy Story Award on Chocolate’n’waffles Blog!
I would like to thank Bookouture for providing me with a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.