Anna leads a solitary and ordered existence. She lives alone in her childhood home following a programme of regimented OCD style checks before she can leave the house. Her job as a postman is satisfying and she enjoys helping out the people that she knows on her round. Her life is friendless and her only real human contact comes from Mrs Peat, the disabled old lady next door who knew her as a little girl.
When Anna witnesses a road accident her life is turned upside down. The driver who caused the crash is a face that she knows well, a face from a tragedy thirteen years ago. Carla was the person she blamed for her brother Danny’s death. This chance meeting sets off a plan for vengeance.
Safe With Me is a book that forces you to pay attention. The chapters vary from present day to thirteen years ago and they also vary from person to person. Most are Anna’s point of view but some are Mrs Peat or the driver of the car and some are an unknown voice. It is a genuinely claustrophobic read as the walls start closing in for both Anna and the person she is taking revenge against.
This debut novel from K L Slater is a beast of a thriller. It grabs you by the scruff of the neck and tosses you from side to side not knowing who to trust or which direction to go in. It is relentless and thoroughly gripping. Bookouture does seem to be home to some cracking authors at the moment and they are really making a name for themselves in this genre.
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UK Publication Date Nov 1 2016. 374 pages.
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