Friday, 10 October 2014

No Safe House - Linwood Barclay

Seven years ago, Terry Archer and his family experienced a horrific ordeal that nearly cost them their lives. Today, the echoes of that fateful night are still audible. Terry's wife, Cynthia, is living separate from her husband and daughter after her own personal demons threatened to ruin her relationship with them permanently. Their daughter, Grace, is rebelling against her parents' seemingly needless overprotection. Terry is just trying to keep his family together. And the entire town is reeling from the senseless murder of two elderly locals.

But when Grace foolishly follows her delinquent boyfriend into a strange house, the Archers must do more than stay together. They must stay alive. Because now they have all been unwillingly drawn into the shadowy depths of their seemingly idyllic hometown.

For there, they will be reconnected with the man who saved their lives seven years ago, but who still remains a ruthless, unrepentant criminal. They will encounter killers for hire working all sides. And they will learn that there are some things people value much more than money, and will do anything to get it.

Caught in a labyrinth between family loyalty and ultimate betrayal, Terry must find a way to extricate his family from a lethal situation he still doesn't fully comprehend. All he knows is that to live, he may have to do the unthinkable....

To say I am a huge Linwood Barclay fan is probably a bit of an understatement. I've introduced so many people to his books and recently tracked down his earlier works including "Bad Move" which I imported from the USA - just so I always have something to of his to read in those between book moments! 

No Safe House is a sequel to No Time for Goodbye - however the book stands alone, no need to have read the first book as it is referenced enough to be able to understand the back story.

Well - Linwood has done it again! How does he come up with these fabulous story lines? Apart from a few too realistic (for my taste) villain torture scenes, I really enjoyed reading the book. 

The whole book is really a sequence of events - like a pack of dominoes, that if the first one had not been knocked over, would any of the rest of it happened?

So many little loose ends, throw away lines you forget about, all throughout the book to keep you guessing. Those cliffhanger chapter endings making you want to gallop onto the next chapter. At the end of the book all the loose ends get tied up, all those throw away lines make sense- just pure genius.  Then when you thought it was all over - another surprise - which I won't spoil for you!

Please never stop writing books like this Linwood - can't wait for the next one.

My thanks to NetGalley and Orion publishing for sending me a copy of this book to review.

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