Safe with Me Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 31 minutes|
|Author||K. L. Slater|
|Audible.ca Release Date||February 16 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #16,817 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#191 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#437 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,167 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
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I'm not sure that I would classify this book as a thriller but it is a good story. The ending was more rushed than it
needed to be but a good read just the same. I remain puzzled by the title "Safe With Me" because I didn't feel
anybody was safe. The author keeps you guessing which made it fun.
I really enjoyed It, but the ending felt kind of rushed and left me a little confused.
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When you meet Anna she has witnessed a collision between a car and a motorbike. When the driver of the car gets out Anna is absolutely sure that the person is the one she holds responsible for turning her whole life upside down when she was a child. In her pursuit to bring this person to the justice she believes did not happen she befriends the bike rider and tries to make herself indispensable to both him and his elderly grandmother that he lives with. In doing this she starts to neglect her job which then puts her in the firing line of her employers who start investigating her.
I have to say this is where it all got a bit much for me as it just seemed to be very busy and full of characters that did nothing to enhance the book. The story goes between the events of 13 years ago and the present so that the reader understands what is driving Anna in her quest for revenge. In this quest however it does make her blind to those around her who may not have her best interests at heart.
It was not until the end of the book that the prologue made any sense to me as what I thought it referred to it didn’t.
With the exception of Carla, who I did feel sorry for especially at the end when you find out the truth, I could not really warm to any of the characters. At first I did feel sorry for Anna and what she had gone through in the past but to be honest by the end of the book I just thought she was slightly unhinged.
My other issue with the book was that in spending so much time setting the scene in both the past and present the end just seemed all a bit rushed with only one person being punished for what they had done.
I know that a lot of readers really loved this book, and while I didn’t hate it I can’t say that I absolutely loved it either. For me it was just ok. But that in itself is the joy of books…not everyone will like the same thing. Although it was not my most favourite read I will admit that the characters were well written and at no point did I think that I would not finish it as I did want to see what would happen to Anna, Carla and Liam.
I would like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for the copy of this book in return for my review
The protagonist, Anna, seems completely deranged and psychotic. You know that something terrible has happened to her thirteen years ago and then when she witnesses an accident, everything in her life starts to spiral out of control once more. She begins to become more and more unhinged as the story develops and you are unsure what to believe or whether she really is an innocent party. As some of the other previous reviewers have said she isn’t a very likeable character, but I don’t think she is supposed to be. I guess her erratic behaviour is supposed to make us question and be sceptical of her. Everything she did was just making her life worse, I just wanted to say calm down, take a deep breath and work through things methodically but she was skipping from one thing to the next, and my OCD was going crazy!
The author certainly keeps us on our toes with the characters as you think things are one way and then a few chapters later, something is revealed, which shatters all the preconceptions that you had. I liked that you were privy to many of the character’s voices, but I would have liked to have been in Ivy and Liam’s heads to have known what they thought of Anna’s pushiness and her involvement in everything.
Even though there is plenty of intrigue and suspicion throughout the book, it is quite a slow-moving plot. It did feel somewhat ploddy at times, and I didn’t move through it as quickly as I have with some of K.L. Slater’s other books. For this reason, it is only getting four instead of five stars.
Overall, though, I was glad I chose this to start my year off; hopefully, this is a sign of the great books I will be reading this year!
As the story progressed though, I found myself getting irritated with Anna. Her obsession for revenge became grating, her behaviour with Liam controlling, almost stalker like. She blames Carla (a woman she witnesses causing his road accident) for the ruin of her life, a tragedy involving her little brother. This part of the story I found upsetting, since the boy was obviously suffering and Carla (as school counsellor) appeared to be the only adult who tried reaching out to him - but due to one thoughtless action failed him terribly.
At 75% in, I was engrossed but then it got a bit silly with so much happening at once, too many twists and turns rising to a tense climax and then.... SPLAT. The end fell flat on its face, with little resolved, apart from Anna being slightly less unhinged and with a few more friends. Few books have left me feeling this flat.