Today I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for Safe With Me by K.L. Slater, if you are a fan of psychological thrillers then you are going to love this one, it has all the ingredients you could wish for in a book of this genre, it certainly one that kept me on the edge of my seat.
Thirteen years ago someone did something very bad to Anna. Now it’s her turn to get even …
Anna lives a solitary existence, taking solace in order and routine. Her only friend is the lonely old lady next door. She doesn’t like to let people to get too close – she knows how much damage they can do.
Then one ordinary day Anna witnesses a devastating road accident and recognises the driver as Carla, the woman who ruined her life all those years ago. Now it’s Anna’s chance to set things straight but her revenge needs to be executed carefully …
First she needs to get to know Liam, the man injured in the accident. She needs to follow the police investigation. She needs to watch Carla from the shadows…
But as Anna’s obsession with Carla escalates, her own secrets start to unravel. Is Carla really dangerous or does Anna need to worry about someone far closer to home?
The latest author to join one of my favourite publishers Bookouture is K. L. Slater, when I saw Safe With Me came with the tag line “A psychological thriller so tense it will take your breath away” I knew this was one I had to read come hell or high water! Don’t get me wrong the cynic in me comes out when I see such high praise for a book and I’m often left feeling deflated and wondering what all the fuss was about, but I’m pleased to say it’s a thriller alright, and a very twisted one at that!
Safe With Me opens with a spine chilling prologue which for me set the tone of the book, I found it to be a very suspenseful read and it certainly had a large dose of malevolence running through its pages. Anna witnesses a road accident where a young man Liam is badly injured, Carla the woman who caused the accident just happens to be a woman who ruined Anna’s life, and so begins a campaign to seek revenge on Carla. Anna’s hatred for Carla runs deep, and you can’t help feeling a sense of unease as the author reveals the background for Anna’s unhealthy obsession with Carla.
Oh dear what a character Anna is I found her to be an unreliable narrator, and there is something rather creepy about her, if I’m honest I really couldn’t warm to her, as some of her thoughts and actions literally sent chills down my spine. I had mixed emotions regarding Anna, one minute I really disliked her and at other times I couldn’t help feeling some empathy for all that happened to her. She’s a difficult character to read, impulsive with no thoughts of the consequences of her actions and she also appears to have a tenuous grip on reality. The author has certainly created one very complex character, and an intriguing one to boot. Usually when I don’t warm to a character I find it difficult to really enjoy the book, fortunately this wasn’t the case with Safe With Me, I still found it to be a throughly gripping read.
The plot was told from various POV Anna, Carla and Mrs Peat (a neighbour) and you also read snippets from unknown voice which if I’m honest confused me at times as there were so many, but as the book progresses you see why the author has chosen to write it this way. I spent much of the book wondering about the characters as they all seemed unreliable narrators at some point in the book, which added to the anticipation of what would happen next. K.L. Slater has written a book where the plot is unpredictable, so you are never quite sure where the plot is heading, I liked the fact the author keeps the reader on their toes by not giving away to much and most definitely gave me a few “heart in the mouth” moments. Considering this is the authors debut I think she has done a fantastic job, it’s a superb psychological thriller compelling and thoroughly gripping and I’m sure fans of psychological thrillers are going to love Safe With Me.
4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️out of 5
Print Length: 324 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (3 Nov. 2016)
For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents but never made it off the slush pile. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.
Before graduating, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents and a book deal which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’
Kim writes psychological crime thrillers for Bookouture. Her first book, ‘Safe with Me’ is published on 3rd November 2016.
Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac. Between them they have three grown-up kids; Kim’s daughter, Francesca, and Mac’s sons, Nathan and Jake.
She also writes multi-award winning YA fiction under the name Kim Slater.