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Lazy Saturday Review: Do You Feel Safe?

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Title: Safe With Me
Author: K/L Slater
Publisher: Bookouture
Release date:
November, 3rd 2016
Format: eARC
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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?

the-review

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.

50 thoughts on “Lazy Saturday Review: Do You Feel Safe?

  1. This book sounds like I’d be complitely lost. I really like stories narrated by unreliable characters, but sometimes they’re really hard to follow (but that’s what makes them special, right?).
    I also like flawed characters, if they one dimensional ,it puts me off.
    Great review! I don’t know how come it’s lazy, because it sounds so right and gives all the informations needed.

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    1. Multiple POVs are tricky because if not handled carefully they end up only confusing the reader. Also, it’s the kind of reads that require a lot of attention to keep up with what’s happening. I read it in a couple of days to make sure I did not lose track of the events 🙂
      Haha, I admit I wrote a little more than expected. It still falls under the lazy review category because I wrote it in 30 minutes 😀 Thank you so much. I did not want to talk about the plot at all with this one because one wrong word would have become a hint.

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  2. Fantastic review!!! I read the blurb and was like- oh, uhm, Anna is so calculating.
    I could feel the tension this book gave you through the review and I love me a really good psy thriller. I need to check this one out sounds like the characters are dysfunctional enough for me to feel grabbed! 🙂

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    1. Thank you! ❤ You made my day with your comment! I was a bit nervous about this book because I had no idea how to review it (again, haha I feel I repeat myself!). Anything can become a hint with this book. Anna is a strong character with issues and struggles I found fascinating. I loved digging deeper into her mind with every chapter.

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      1. 😊 believe in yourself, you must… because your reviews are always quality! but I understand the feeling, I often struggle with same thoughts when trying to write a review… ☺
        Anna sounds great… an intriguing character. defo checking this book out ☺

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  3. Unreliable characters and well executed multiple POV’s? Plus it’s creepy and has lots of secrets? YES, PLEASE!! I’m so happy to read this review because I got this book from NetGalley but haven’t read it yet. I’m definitely looking forward to it now! Fantastic review!

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    1. It shows up! Thank you 💛 Another crazy story to review without involving the plot 😂
      I wanna send you the warm and quiet weather of Bordeaux 💛💛 We’ll 14 degrees is warm for me haha

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  4. Great review for this book Donna. It sounds like a complete thrill ride, and it’s great to hear the multiple POVs worked well as well. That’s always a worry I have with books sometimes because I feel this is something that is hard to get right without lacking in character development at times you know?
    Still this sounds like an interesting book. It may not be for me but I will be recommending it to a friend who loves this genre. I think it would be perfect for her! 😀

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    1. A book recommendation for a friend of a friend? Now I know I did my job well 😀 I totally understand what you mean. I find myself looking for strong characterization in books now because I need depth to find protagonists interesting. If you stay on the surface, most psychological thrillers don’t work because you can’t appreciate what’s going on the same way.

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      1. You definitely did, and she’s always recommending books to me and then lending them to me so I feel I can return the favour now! 😀
        Granted I haven’t read a lot of psychological thrillers but I can understand what you mean. There needs to be the in depth development of the characters to give the twists substance or give their motivations proper strength as well.

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    1. Awesome comment ❤ This is one of the creepiest thrillers I've read. The more I think about it, the less I understand, though. The writing did something to me, it crawled under my skin, but I heard some readers did not feel it at all! I hope you get all the creepy feels 😀

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  5. Sounds like the book lived up to its title and genre. The emphasis on the level of creepiness got me really intrigued (that’s..weird..) Definitely loved your enthusiasm throughout this fantastic review! 😀

    – Lashaan

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  6. Awesome review Donna! I love psychological thrillers but when they are written in multiple POV’s that’s a huge plus for me. I love being inside each of the characters heads & like you mentioned the change of setting with each one. I’m also a fan of unreliable characters/narrators, total sucker for being caught of guard *mouth hangs open* not knowing what just hit me LOL. Adding this one to my TBR 😉

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  7. Great review Donna. I read this book a while ago but I can still Anna. She was so creepy. At first I sympathized with her due to the workload because I was overwhelmed with the amount of filing that I had to do at work and some point I was like, I totally get her. Then it got worse and she started scaring lol

    PS: I like how you did your review starting with….why you wont be safe with this book and then listing the reasons.

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    1. I was exactly the same! I was pitying her because her life seemed lonely and her work so overwhelming, and then she got scary and I was torn between caring and rooting for her and wanting to keep my distance because she looked like a bomb ready to explode!
      Thank you 🙂 I like it when the review can match the story somehow so I make links.

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