Safe With Me by K. L. Slater
Safe With Me by K. L. Slater is a psychological thriller that has secured its place on my 2017 Top Books list. The number one spot so far, in fact. And 2017 is almost over, so chances are, it will stay there! And to believe this is her debut psychological thriller, to boot! Ms. Slater has jumped to the top of my favorite author’s list, along with Carol Wyer, Mark Edwards, and Patricia Gibney.
Safe With Me is a story about Anna, Carla, and Liam. Anna witnesses a vehicle versus motorbike accident, where she rushes to the biker’s side to hold his hand while they await the medics.
And then she sees the driver of the vehicle. Memories from 13 years ago come flooding back, and Anna’s plan to see this woman punished is born. Carla nearly killed a biker, and she shall pay!
Liam, the biker, lands in the hospital snoozing in a coma. Anna visits him and meets his grandmother, Ivy. She becomes a regular visitor, both at the hospital, then at home upon his release from the hospital. She is even letting her duties go as a letter carrier for the sake of tending to Liam. It appears as though messing with mail delivery is taken just as seriously in the UK as it is in the US.
If you like unreliable characters…
Safe With Me is the ultimate book for unreliable characters, with some mental instability to boot.
Anna is an interesting character. I was fascinated with her thought processes and actions. Her character unfolded slowly throughout the book, and the more she unraveled, the more engrossing she became! For me, she made the book what it was. Amazing.
The story tosses back and forth between current day and thirteen years ago. The past storyline consists of Carla and Daniel, Anna’s then 8-year-old brother. Daniel is troubled, and Carla desperately wishes to help him. But, according to present day Anna, Carla deserves to be punished for what happened to Daniel. Hmmm…
I know some people gave Safe With Me a mediocre review, to each their own. No mediocracy found here. I thought that Ms. Slater’s book had rich characters, a twisty, fascinating storyline, and held my attention entirely until the end.
I’d like to give Safe With Me 6-stars. However, I must round it down to 5, as that is all Goodreads and Amazon allow.
P.S. Kudos to the narrator of the audible version of this book, Lucy Price-Lewis. She was amazing. She brought the characters to life even more! Audible.com has 54 books credited to her voice – I may peruse them for others to “read” by her narration.