Safe With Me - K.L. Slater
Reading Challenge Category: An author’s debut novel
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?
Well, this was a good choice for the first book of 2020! It was gripping, intriguing, and I had no idea which way it was going to go. The protagonist, Anna, seems completely deranged and psychotic. You know that something terrible has happened to her thirteen years ago and then when she witnesses an accident, everything in her life starts to spiral out of control once more. She begins to become more and more unhinged as the story develops and you are unsure what to believe or whether she really is an innocent party. As some of the other previous reviewers have said she isn’t a very likeable character, but I don’t think she is supposed to be. I guess her erratic behaviour is supposed to make us question and be sceptical of her. Everything she did was just making her life worse, I just wanted to say calm down, take a deep breath and work through things methodically but she was skipping from one thing to the next, and my OCD was going crazy! The author certainly keeps us on our toes with the characters as you think things are one way and then a few chapters later, something is revealed, which shatters all the preconceptions that you had. I liked that you were privy to many of the character’s voices, but I would have liked to have been in Ivy and Liam’s heads to have known what they thought of Anna’s pushiness and her involvement in everything. Even though there is plenty of intrigue and suspicion throughout the book, it is quite a slow-moving plot. It did feel somewhat ploddy at times, and I didn’t move through it as quickly as I have with some of K.L. Slater’s other books. For this reason, it is only getting four instead of five stars. Overall, though, I was glad I chose this to start my year off; hopefully, this is a sign of the great books I will be reading this year!