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by K.A. Tucker
Released: January 23, 2018
Published by Atria Books
“…will keep you on the edge of your seat…”
~ Under the Covers
This was probably one of my most anticipated reads this month, and even this year. I was ready to dive into another suspense novel by K.A. Tucker! I didn’t really read the synopsis because I didn’t want to know anything about it and just let it take me on the ride without knowing what to expect. And it was soooo good!
KEEP HER SAFE is a story about corruption in the police department, at its core. But it’s so much more than that. The hero, Noah, is left with a big burden. After his mother’s suicide, and the pieces of secrets she confessed to him, he goes in search of the truth about the demons that tormented her. And that leads him straight to Gracie’s door. Together they embark on the journey of uncovering the truth about something that happened fifteen years ago. Something that changed Gracie’s life completely, and the one thing that ruined Noah’s mother’s life.
First of all, the mystery was so juicy. It was so well fleshed out and complex that you couldn’t help but feel it was real and wanting to dive in deeper. I loved everything about this because every time I thought I had something figured out, there was always another question in the back of my mind. Who, what, why? And just when I was feeling so proud of myself in the end for having caught on to the “big bad” right away and being right, there’s a plot twist I didn’t see coming. This delivered everything I love about reading a good mystery. Kept me on my toes, looking for clues, anxious to know more.
Then there’s the characters. Noah and Gracie are so lovable, and so different from each other. While this is also a romance, that’s definitely on the back burner here and I was very happy for that. If the romance had taken over any more page count I feel both the mystery and the romance would’ve suffered. It was done in the only way it made sense for who these characters are and the situation they find themselves in. So I loved the bit of romance and how we got it. I wouldn’t even call it a slow burn, but I guess you could say that. I just genuinely liked both characters. Gracie for her strength, her fighting spirit and her resilience. And Noah for his genuinely good heart. They have both suffered so much and only the truth can start that healing process for them. I was rooting for that, just as much as I was rooting for them to be together.
K.A. Tucker has a talent at narrating dark, twisted stories in a way that feels so effortless. This may be one of the darker subjects she’s tackled (because it’s really more than one thing) and it’s probably my favorite book I’ve read by her. I couldn’t put it down, I wanted to solve all the different layers of this story, find out the truth. And I love how it wasn’t all an easy resolution. There were many things to figure out and while I had figured out the main thing from the very beginning (quite literally) there were still threads that I didn’t see coming. And the ending was just so perfect.
If you are looking for a suspense-filled read that will keep you on the edge of your seat, then pick this up. You won’t regret it.
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