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Safe House: A Thriller Hardcover – December 11, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
Questions begin to stack up, keeping pace with the bodily injuries. What became of that blonde, whom no one else saw? Why are the local police so vehemently opposed to investigate not just this accident, but also the recent death of Rob's sister Laura? If his parents were satisfied that Laura's death was actually a suicide, then why do they hire private investigator Rebecca to look into the matter? Why does Rebecca think Rob's bike accident was not just a blow-out? As Rob and Rebecca find perilous answers that lead to more dire questions, the most worrying question will prove the most deadly: could Rob's accident and the missing girl both be related to Laura's death?
Frankly, although I was drawn to this mystery because of its venue, I debated tossing the book a few times. I was hampered by two aspects of Chris Ewan's writing. After an intriguing into, the pace flags considerably until the latter third of the book. Also, and most irksome to me, is Ewan's frequent switching from first person to third person. Usually, when a book uses the first person, a tacit agreement exists whereby the reader comes to know things solely via the narrator, and such a book tends to remain in first person for the duration. But having finished the book, and enjoying it overall, I think I better understand why Ewan uses both first and third person to make the story work the way it does.Read more ›
First, let me say I love novels (and films) where the hero meets the woman of his dreams. Suddenly, she disappears and everyone around him insists she never existed. This is a creepy, Twilight-Zone beginning for any novel (or film). It is fertile ground for some imaginative plotting. I've read and seen all the explanations; the hero is being manipulated and controlled by everything from drugs to criminals to aliens. In Chris Ewan's excellent cloak-and-dagger thriller, "Safe House," the explanation for Lena's disappearance is very plausible; though the plot may not have supernatural elements, it does have an incredible amount of twists and turns. Several of the characters are leading deceptive lives. Betrayal abounds. There are some truly righteous characters, such as our resident hero, Rob Hale, and some truly evil characters, such as a no-neck, muscular bodyguard who likes to swing a baseball bat at the face of a helpless woman.
One of the major ingredients for a highly successful novel is the setting. "Safe House" has a unique one: the Isle of Man.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written and with a good edge to it that kept me wanting to read to see what happened next.Published 10 months ago by Sue Scott
A murder mystery that twists and turns as deftly as the sweeping curves of Marine Drive down near Douglas. Read morePublished 18 months ago by TripFiction
More engaging than most crime novels, but not the very best I read. A solid 4 rating. The writing is decent, the setting is atmospheric, and the characters each bring an unique... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Majanka
Really good plot, occasionally spells it put a little too much, but a good read. The ending is a little short, a bit unsatisfying - but thoroughly in the English tradition of not... Read morePublished on April 17, 2014 by platypus6
Enjoyed this book but was a wee bit predictable. Better than average though. Not about motorcycles in case you're wondering.Published on April 15, 2014 by jack van Hal
This is the first book by Chris Ewan that I have read and I really enjoyed it. His characters were realistic and the hero was very likeable. Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by Morag Thomas-Wright
Not very challenging and a bit long winded dialogue, interesting to read about the TT. Will try another Chis Ewan book and see how that goes.Published on February 9, 2014 by timothymonger
I loved this book and have recommended it to my daughters and my friends. It was fast paced and very easy to read.Published on January 28, 2014 by Elizabeth Ward