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Safe Harbor Paperback – April 1, 2012
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About the Author
Rosemary McCracken is a Canadian journalist. Born and raised in Montreal, she has worked on newspapers across Canada as a reporter, arts reviewer, editorial writer and editor. She is now a freelance journalist who specializes in personal finance and the financial services industry. She advocates greater investor protection, and improved financial services industry regulation and enforcement.
Rosemary's short fiction was published by Room of One's Own Press and Kaleidoscope Books.
Safe Harbor is her first published novel. It was shortlisted for Britain's Crime Writers' Association's Debut Dagger Award in 2010.
Rosemary lives in Toronto with her husband, and makes frequent retreats to her stone cottage in Ontario's Haliburton Highlands.
Visit Rosemary's website at http://www.rosemarymccracken.com
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What would you do? I asked myself this question as I read the novel. At first I wouldn't believe the woman, neither did Pat. Would I be polite? No. Could I learn to accept the truth and love a boy who looked exactly like my dead husband? That's the crux of the novel. Pat's heartbroken by her husband's betrayal but the boy needs a safe harbor. The next day the boy's mother turns up dead, and Pat realizes her own family might be in danger.
This is a complex story filled with the type of international intrigue that could be ripped from modern day headlines. It takes place in Canada but might happen anywhere. There is a place called Safe Harbor, meant to give refugees a place to stay while the government decides their cases. But Safe Harbor doesn't live up to its name or purpose.
The stories of all the characters are expertly intertwined by a talented author, who makes the reader care what happens to Pat Tierney and her small family. I held my breath when danger loomed and sighed with relief when...you'll need to find out for yourself. If you enjoy mystery, suspense, and a bit of romance this is a book that gives you everything in one place.
It's not as if she doesn't have enough problems. New people who just expect her to fall in with their plans. A new boyfriend that she's not sure she wants. Disappearing kids and at the heart of it all, a little boy she's growing to love.
If you like suspense and mystery, you should like this book. I started it yesterday and finished at 3 am in the morning! I definitely recommend at and can't wait to read the next one.
Safe Harbor, a first novel by Rosemary McCracken is a moving story of human relationships and the lengths to which a woman will go to protect her family. In addition, it is filled with suspense and action from page one. McCracken demonstrates a mastery of her craft that is seldom found in the first effort, with characters that you immediately love or hate, and action scenes that ratchet the tension to stratospheric levels.
We often think of good thrillers as books we can sink our teeth into, but this is one that will sink its teeth into you and hang on like an angry pit bull. If you think the life of a financial advisor is all about spread sheets and stock movements; think again. Pat Tierney is a protagonist to keep an eye out for.
I did not like Pat. That said I could not like the story. Pat was dull and a very stupid mother. At least she drank a lot.
The story was over the top. Ridiculous really.
Firstly, the characters were shallow and just not fleshed out. It's hard to care about people you don't know and the comings and goings of the cast in the 30-odd percent of the book that I did read were just akin to the movements of cardboard cut-outs sliding across a child's stage. The 'star' of the show (I assume) was an instantly forgettable child who appeared to have both the lead role and a 'bit part' at the same time.
The other thing was the sheer implausibility of it all. Someone comes into your office and just hands over a child and you accept? Really? Would you have taken on a kid in this way? The rest of the family make minor objections but 'hey-ho, it's all in the course of a day, isn't it?' And there's the simple matter of just barging in on an investigation which could well have you fingered as having a motive (if not the opportunity). It ain't going to happen.
Two stars because it's actually quite well written but I doubt Safe Harbor can be salvaged.
*Received for an honest review*