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Sunday, September 17, 2017

2017 Book 315: KEEP HER SAFE by Sophie Hannah

Keep Her Safe by Sophie Hannah
ISBN: 9780062388322 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9780062388346 (ebook)
ASIN: B01N5J5ALM (Kindle edition)
Publication date: September 19, 2017 
Publisher: William Morrow



She's the most famous murder victim in America. What if she's not dead?
Pushed to the breaking point, Cara Burrows flees her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can't afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room and is shocked to find it already occupied — by a man and a teenage girl.
A simple mistake at the front desk... but soon Cara realizes that the girl she saw alive and well in the hotel room is someone she can't possibly have seen: the most famous murder victim in the country, Melody Chapa, whose parents are serving natural life sentences for her murder.
Cara doesn't know what to trust — everything she's read and heard about the case, or the evidence of her own eyes. Did she really see Melody? And is she prepared to ask herself that question and answer it honestly if it means risking her own life? 

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Cara Burrows just needs some time away from her family, so she leaves England, flies to America, and hopes to wile away the time at a five-star resort in the US Southwest. Little does she know that a simple mistake in a room assignment will put her in the midst of a danger and intrigue in Sophie Hannah's latest, Keep Her Safe.

Cara Burrows is happily married and the mother of two children. She and her husband thought their family was complete, but now she's pregnant with baby number three and it appears she's the only one that wants this child. Unable to stay at home and deal with all of the emotions raised by this dilemma, Cara unilaterally decides to take time away from her family. She leaves a brief note for her husband and children, books a flight to the US and a stay at the posh Swallowtail resort. Flight delays cause Cara to arrive at her destination very late at night. She checks in, receives her room key, only to realize her "room" is already occupied by a man and his daughter. When she returns to the front desk and explains the situation, she is given a new room assignment and whisked off to her new upgraded room, a casita. The next morning, Cara witnesses an older woman complaining that she's seen "Melody Chapa" and wants the police to investigate. Curious, Cara does a search online and delves into the mysterious case of the presumed murdered Melody Chapa. As Cara investigates this case, a case she'd never heard of until recently, she realizes that she may have seen this child (now a teenager) as well. Another guest, Tarin Fry, befriends Cara and believes her account of seeing "Melody" on the night she arrived and entered the already occupied room. Soon, Cara disappears and Tarin is the only one that insists this is all tied to the appearance and subsequent disappearance of Melody Chapa. Was Melody Chapa really murdered by her parents? If not, who took her and where has she been all this time? Did Cara runaway after her husband arrived at the resort or has she been abducted? If she was abducted, who has her and why?

Most of you know by now, that I absolutely love reading mystery, suspense, thrillers and I loved Keep Her Safe. I found this to be a fast-paced and wholly engaging read that kept me on the edge of my seat with the constant twists and turns. Just when I thought I knew what was going on and where the story was going, a major twist occurred (I like it when that happens). Cara might initially come across as a little wimpy, but I liked her quite a bit. I absolutely adored the outspoken Tarin Fry and her daughter Zellie (Giselia). Ms. Hannah has crafted characters and a story that kept me wondering even after the last page. No, I won't tell you what happens, but there are some major surprises that take place. For those of you that enjoy mysteries, I strongly suggest you grab a copy of Keep Her Safe to read. If you simply enjoy reading unpredictable stories, then again I encourage you to grab a copy of Keep Her Safe to read. There's not much else I can say about Keep Her Safe other than it is an incredibly well-written story, with believable characters (even the unlikeable characters), contains a realistic plot and features a shrewd and inventive mystery. I've read and enjoyed previous books by Ms. Hannah and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

Disclaimer: I received a free digital advance reader copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes via Edelweiss+. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


Read an excerpt from Keep Her Safe here.


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