“How far would you go to protect your child?
Maggie’s daughter Penny is her whole world… and she’d do anything to protect her. So when Maggie wakes one night to find a strange woman in her home, she runs to lock herself in her bedroom with her child. But Maggie knows why she’s come…
Someone has been targeting mothers and offering them a choice: do as he says or their child disappears. This stranger in her home has until dawn to follow his orders… but Maggie too has the ‘choice’ to make. Can she put the pieces together to stop the cycle before her time is up?
An edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing until the last page. Perfect for fans of Adam Croft and Tess Gerritsen.”
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to damppebbles today as it’s my stop on the Keep Her Safe blog tour. Keep Her Safe is written by Richard Parker and is the third of Parker’s books published by the mighty Bookouture. I am a great fan of Richard Parker’s writing having previously read and reviewed his other two Bookouture releases, HIDE AND SEEK and FOLLOW YOU. I loved Follow You so much, it made it onto my Top Ten Books of 2017.
So, with this in mind, I was excited to make a start on Keep Her Safe. Really, REALLY flipping excited. And what a book! What an absolutely brilliant hook! Richard Parker has done it again, he’s created the stuff nightmares are made of.
Having sat here for 10 minutes staring at a fairly empty screen I have realised that this is going to be a hard review to write. Not because I didn’t enjoy the book (I loved the book!) but because I don’t want to be the one dishing out spoilers left, right and centre. There are things not mentioned in the blurb above which are key to the storyline. Now I could bring them into my review but that seems totally unfair to you, the reader. So I’m going to be as vague as possible and say that the impossible situation Parker’s characters get themselves into was the killer hook for me, it was everything and made me fall head over heels in love with this book! Where Parker’s ideas come from, I would LOVE to know. It really is the stuff of nightmares.
The beginning is shocking, dark and quite disturbing. It made me think, ‘what if…?’. The end took me to places I never expected it to. It comes like a bolt out of the blue and knocks you sideways. I promise you won’t see it coming. I have to be 100% honest at this point and confess that at times, during the middle section, I did find my attention drifting a little. There was lots of action but the initial hook had been blunted a little and the focus of the story had shifted elsewhere. Still a terrific piece of writing but after the intense, high drama of the opening chapters, I guess I wanted more of that and less of the ‘comrades joining together against a common enemy’ (all very cloak and dagger but I’m trying to be vague, hahaha). The spikiness of the story was suddenly less…spiky. I liked the spikiness, I would have liked a little more spike in the main body of the story. I’ll shut up now….
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! It’s brilliant and the slightly slower middle section doesn’t change my opinion of that. If you want a book that will, in parts, leave you breathless with shock then this is the one. Totally gripping, very unexpected and leaves you asking yourself, ‘what would I do?’. Another BRILLIANT thriller from the pen of Richard Parker. I can’t wait to see what this author comes up with next!
Five stars out of five.
I chose to read and review an eARC of Keep Her Safe. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
Keep Her Safe by Richard Parker was published in the UK by Bookouture on 11th January 2018 and is available in eBook format (the following amazon links are affiliate links) | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Goodreads |
Richard Parker was formerly a TV script writer, script editor and producer before turning his hand to penning twisted standalone thrillers.
KEEP HER SAFE is the latest book to be published by Bookouture on January 11th 2018.
HIDE AND SEEK was his fifth book published in August 2017.
FOLLOW YOU was his fourth psychological thriller. Reviewers are saying it’s Bookouture’s darkest crime novel to date.
STALK ME was his third and rode high in the UK and US charts.
SCARE ME was his second. Hollywood movie rights have been acquired by major US studio, Relativity Media. Star of PRISON BREAK and screenwriter of dark horror thriller STOKER, Wentworth Miller, has written the big screen adaptation.
STOP ME, Richard’s darkly fiendish debut, was shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award.