Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Safe With Me - K L Slater

Safe With Me
by K L Slater
About the book...
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? 

A compelling, gripping psychological thriller, perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and The Sister. 

About the Author...
KL Slater went back to university at the age of 40 where she studied for an English & Creative Writing degree and also an MA in Creative Writing.

She lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac, and has one grown-up daughter, Francesca.

Her first psychological thriller, Safe With Me, is published by Bookouture

My thoughts...
I was offered an ecopy of Safe With Me by K L Slater as part of a Blog Tour organised by Kim at Bookouture in exchange for an honest review, something which I'm more than happy to give.

I don't know how they do it but Bookouture keep producing debut authors like rabbits out of a magicians hat - each one more fantastic than the last!

This book was no exception we are introduced to the main character Anna who for reasons we're not sure of straight away has chosen to live a solitary existence, keeping everyone at arms length having no friends to talk of other than her elderly, next door neighbour.

As seems to be the normal at the minute the chapters are spit between the present day and  thirteen years previous - each telling a story of now and then until they collide in the middle in a way that made me want to read with my eyes shut - if that made sense.

Anna witnesses an accident that sets off a train of events that had me running down blind alley's and barking up the wrong tree time and again as she plans the perfect execution of REVENGE against the woman who she holds responsible for ruining her life thirteen years ago.  

This is a story where obsession and revenge are played out in such a way that you find yourself sucked into the moment with Anna as she befriends Liam and his family.  Liam being the victim of an RTA caused by Carla - the woman from Anna's past.  The way she ingratiated herself into his and his families lives was something else.  I kept having to shake my head and tell myself it was just a story.  She really was a smooth operator. How an apparently quiet loner can turn into an unbalanced psychotic nutter whilst appearing normal on the outside was most un-nerving. It was so subtle and gradual I think any of us would have be blinded by her.

A fantastic debut with so many twists it'll keep you guessing til the end - I just loved it- if that's a phrase you can use?  Perhaps hypnotised by the words would be better, thank you so much Kim for suggesting I might love this book, you know me so well I did and some! I shall be looking closely at any approaches from seemingly lovely, quiet people and firmly keeping my distance in the future.

This is a book that readers of psychological thrillers will love, watch this space K L Slater is heading to be one of those must read authors, the ones you just buy the book just because it's written by them - forgetting the cover or the blurb.  A definite debut author with a buzz.

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