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The Last Safe Place Paperback – March 1, 2013
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Even though this story was graphic at times, the most I was bothered was by a part of the story that involved Yesheb and animals when he was young--that part made me sick.
That being said, I loved all the main characters in the story. Especially Theo, the grandfather. Theo was very loyal and stuck with his family, no matter how scared he might have been. Several times he could have gone off by himself but he would not agree to anything but going wherever his family went. Theo had a secret that he did not tell his family until the end. He loved his grandson and wanted to spend as much time with him as he could because of the secrete that he kept. He also wanted to make sure his grandson was protected from harm because if it had been left up to Yesheb the villain, his grandson would not have lived to manhood. Speaking of secretes, it seemed everyone in the story had a secrete, including Ty, the grandson and Gabrielle the main character. Most of the secretes comes out toward the end of the story.
The suspense kept me turning page after page--I sat up until 3 in the morning trying to devour the whole book, fell asleep with my Kindle in my lap as I sat up in bed. I did not want to stop reading until I finished the book. I loved the ending, Yesheb got it exactly as I thought he was going to get it--a fitting end. I have no idea why some people thought this had a cliffhanging ending because I thought it had a satisfying conclusion myself. This was the second book I read by Ninie Hammon and I plan on reading more of her books. I just recently bought her non-fiction book, "God Said Yes", and I can't wait to read it.
I really liked the beginning. Ms. Hammon does a great job of "setting the hook" in the first chapter. She also does a great job of describing the scenes and helping the reader to visualize the settings she puts the characters in. The characters are, for the most part, interesting and the story had some real potential to be a powerful, psychological thriller.
Here's what I didn't like - the story dragged for hundreds of pages in the middle while the author spent way too much time building the backstory for each character in painful detail. It was too wordy, too much information. Sometimes we, the readers, do better using our own imaginations to fill in some gaps and create some intrigue. The storyline really wallows through each character's backstory while she paints it out through internal monologue. In other words, we spend way too much time inside the heads of the characters instead of watching the action unfold. And, because she changes points of view often, there is quite a bit of overlap and redundancy. I got frustrated with the slow pacing and the constant pauses while we trudged through each character's past. The storyline and plot got lost to some extent in all of the rehashing of memories. I also felt like there were some elements that could have been better developed had it not been for the volume of words and pages used to give so many life stories.
All in all, it was an OK read and certainly worth the price I paid (free).