Safe House by Jo Jakeman
Published: March 10, 2020 – Berkley
E-galley courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley
One day, a woman turns up in a remote coastal village. She’s bought a crumbling, long-vacant cottage and calls herself Charlie Miller. Charlie keeps to herself, reluctant to integrate with the locals. If they ever find out who she really is, and what she’s done, she’ll lose what little she has left.
Charlie served two years in prison for providing a false alibi for a murderer. It was the mistake of a woman in love, a woman who couldn’t believe her boyfriend was guilty–or lying to her. All she desperately wants now is a fresh start.
As Charlie slowly lets down her guard and becomes friendly with her neighbors, she can’t shake the feeling that someone is watching her, someone who knows what she did. When one of her new friends suddenly disappears, Charlie’s worst fears are confirmed. She must confront her past head-on, but as she knows all too well, everything is far more dangerous than how it appears. (publisher)
My take: Charlie (formerly Steffi) wanted to think the best of her perfect boyfriend but little by little their relationship had changed and she worried things wouldn’t work out. So, when detectives came to her workplace one day she provided a false alibi for him. After all, he couldn’t possibly be a murderer, could he? Charlie ended up serving a prison sentence for her part. When she was released she relocated to a little town on the Cornwall coast. She bought a fixer-upper and started to adjust to her new name and a fresh start. As she started to get her bearings she had a feeling that someone was watching her. Was it possible someone knew her true identity? And what did they want with her?
This book kept me on the edge of my seat and quickly turning the pages. I enjoyed the setting, the slow build in the drama, and the tense scenes near the end. It was a twisty, fast read that I enjoyed. I wonder what Jo Jakeman will dream up next.
10 thoughts on “Safe House”
While I am not a huge reader of a thriller this actually is one that would pull me in – I like the premise of it and i just know that Charlie will win the war.
I have had my eye on this one for a while…and finally downloaded it yesterday. Your review makes me want to read it now!
I love reading and watching movies with the Cornwall setting. Blissful!
Thanks for sharing.
Oh, that does sound intriguing. I wonder who knows her past.
I’ve never heard of this author before that I can remember. The book sounds really good.
I think this book sounds good too. Don’t think I’ve heard of her either, but it’s possible I don’t remember. In any case, I think I’ll watch for this one or maybe just go ahead and pick it up. Thanks, Mary.
Oh this sounds good and I love the premise of it! I haven’t come across this book or author so I’m adding it to my TBR.
Mary, I’m glad you enjoyed reading this thriller! I hope you and your family are staying safe at home now.
Very nice review. Thanks for sharing.
I enjoyed this book too.
Hope you and your family are safe and healthy.
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Oooh! Adding it to my list!
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