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Safe Haven Mass Market Paperback – June 26, 2012
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SeenThe Notebook? Did you cry? By the same author, this tale will have you sobbing again, only this time with suspense, not heartbreak Look (An) endearing yet heart-breaking love story. Beautifully moving, each page leaves you guessing until the very last twist Easy Living 'Spark's speciality is gripping stories that deal with human frailties and the power of emotions. An ideal summer romance' Lancashire Evening Post 'Any one wondering if Sparks is worth purchasing, my answer is yes. He's a brilliant author and I'm a convert now!' www.chicklitreviews.co.uk Compellingly written and with an unexpected twist at the end, Safe Haven will keep readers engrossed until its full, terrifying climax. Keep a sofa cushion handy Take a Break --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include fourteen #1 New York Times bestsellers, and all of his books, including Three Weeks with My Brother, the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah, have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than fifty languages. Eleven of Nicholas Sparks's novels--The Choice, The Longest Ride, The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle--have been adapted into major motion pictures.
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Alex and Katie were good, if not a tad bit boring, characters. I liked them both, even if Alex was a little TOO perfect, and rooted for them. Kevin was a bad guy. I disagree with other reviewers who found him stereotypical and repetitive. As a mental health professional, I read his portions with a sense of mania that rang true for me. One reviewer disliked the repetitive "He was a good detective" line. For me, it spoke with Kevin's desperation and lack of a grip on reality... he clung to his belief that he was a good detective, despite evidence to the contrary and an obvious descent into madness.
I enjoyed Katie's learning to trust and enjoy simple pleasures again. The end was suspenseful to me (if not a bit long), and I could picture the scenes in my mind's eye. Overall, I liked the story. I did think "love" happened too quickly, and parts of the story were too wordy for me.
In my opinion, the characters aren't very unique, but they are likeable with the exception of the antagonist. Although, he was mildly interesting with his strange, yet psycho, behavior and reasoning for said behavior. I mostly liked Katie, because she is resourceful, clever, and admirable in the way she deals with her frightening predicament.
I recommend this novel to anyone looking for an easy, romantic summer read with some dark, suspense thrown in, and a strong female character.
Note: If anyone's wondering about the movie, I've seen it, and it's very similar to the book. I think the book is better though.
I made the mistake of watching the movie before the book (I know, my bad.) But I actually liked the movie a lot, and liked the book even more. I regret not reading it first because the surprises were "ruined" for me, but it was interesting reading the book knowing some facts.
Anyways the book was great because it explored the mindset of Kevin (Katie's husband). Kevin is in a confused unstable state. Obviously he is a villain in the book, but the book provided readers to explain in unstable mental state. He says he love Katie but yet he abused her. He also thinks that he treated Katie so well with a nice house, clothes, etc. but he had no idea how miserable she was and the act she had to do so he wouldn't continue getting mad. It's really sad thinking how abused women blame themselves for relationships. But the book was great to show Katie overcoming and finally taking a stand, yet being scared out of her mind. I also appreciated that it showed that it's nice to have another guy help make her feel safe, but yet Katie showed a toughness to her (though she was still fragile).
I really enjoyed this book, and glad they made a good movie of it. Obviously, I liked the book way better but the movie did a good job of depicting the overall tone for the story.