REVIEW: SAFE HOUSE, BY JO JAKEMAN

One day, a woman turns up in a remote coastal village. She’s bought a crumbling, long-vacant cottage and calls herself Charlie Miller. Charlie keeps to herself, reluctant to integrate with the locals. If they ever find out who she really is, and what she’s done, she’ll lose what little she has left.

Charlie served two years in prison for providing a false alibi for a murderer. It was the mistake of a woman in love, a woman who couldn’t believe her boyfriend was guilty—or lying to her. All she desperately wants now is a fresh start.

As Charlie slowly lets down her guard and becomes friendly with her neighbors, she can’t shake the feeling that someone is watching her, someone who knows what she did. When one of her new friends suddenly disappears, Charlie’s worst fears are confirmed. She must confront her past head-on, but as she knows all too well, everything is far more dangerous than how it appears.

As I began the journey in Safe House, I was prepared for twists and turns and keeping an eye out for whoever is watching Charlie Miller try to turn her life around.

Many young women make the mistake of trusting the wrong man, and in Charlie’s case, her bad choices ended with a prison sentence. Starting over will not necessarily lead to a new beginning.

I loved how the author revealed the inner thoughts of our main character, Charlie, whose first-person voice tells the story. We flip back and forth in time, filling in the pieces of the story, and gradually coming to understand what happened.

Someone has his eye on Charlie and as we feel him literally breathing down her neck, the tension escalates. Will Charlie finally be able to start over, or will her past collide with her present?

The author also gave us a cozy feel as she showed Charlie fixing up her cottage and integrating with the villagers. A scenario that offers hope just as everything is about to crash down around her. 4.5 stars.

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