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Her heart pounds at the sound of footsteps outside her small cabin in the woods. The snap of a twig tells her someone is close by. As she treads lightly towards the back door, she says a silent prayer—don’t let him find me… Everyone in Eagle Falls knows Jessie Lewis. Ever since she reported her boyfriend, fire chief and local hero, for beating her, she’s been an outcast fro Her heart pounds at the sound of footsteps outside her small cabin in the woods. The snap of a twig tells her someone is close by. As she treads lightly towards the back door, she says a silent prayer—don’t let him find me… Everyone in Eagle Falls knows Jessie Lewis. Ever since she reported her boyfriend, fire chief and local hero, for beating her, she’s been an outcast from the small town. But when someone sets fire to a house in the woods, killing the entire Troyer family in their beds, the locals turn on her once again. And when rumors circulate about her very public argument with Paul Troyer, they take it as proof that she killed them. Devastated that anyone could think her capable of such an atrocity, Jessie knows that if people don’t believe she’s innocent, more lives will be in danger. She turns to Ruth: new in town, and an ex-FBI agent, Ruth could be the exact person Jessie needs to smoke out the killer. But can she trust her with her life? Days later, another house linked to Jessie is set ablaze. Falling to her knees in the scorched remains, Jessie finds something buried in the ash which she immediately recognizes. The murders must be linked to the death of someone very close to her, and, terrified, she realizes the killer is coming for her… As local wildfires take hold of Eagle Falls and the town is evacuated, Jessie drives at high speed toward the fires, knowing she must put herself in unthinkable danger in order to catch the killer. When she finally faces the person who wants her dead, will she have the strength to take them down first?


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Her heart pounds at the sound of footsteps outside her small cabin in the woods. The snap of a twig tells her someone is close by. As she treads lightly towards the back door, she says a silent prayer—don’t let him find me… Everyone in Eagle Falls knows Jessie Lewis. Ever since she reported her boyfriend, fire chief and local hero, for beating her, she’s been an outcast fro Her heart pounds at the sound of footsteps outside her small cabin in the woods. The snap of a twig tells her someone is close by. As she treads lightly towards the back door, she says a silent prayer—don’t let him find me… Everyone in Eagle Falls knows Jessie Lewis. Ever since she reported her boyfriend, fire chief and local hero, for beating her, she’s been an outcast from the small town. But when someone sets fire to a house in the woods, killing the entire Troyer family in their beds, the locals turn on her once again. And when rumors circulate about her very public argument with Paul Troyer, they take it as proof that she killed them. Devastated that anyone could think her capable of such an atrocity, Jessie knows that if people don’t believe she’s innocent, more lives will be in danger. She turns to Ruth: new in town, and an ex-FBI agent, Ruth could be the exact person Jessie needs to smoke out the killer. But can she trust her with her life? Days later, another house linked to Jessie is set ablaze. Falling to her knees in the scorched remains, Jessie finds something buried in the ash which she immediately recognizes. The murders must be linked to the death of someone very close to her, and, terrified, she realizes the killer is coming for her… As local wildfires take hold of Eagle Falls and the town is evacuated, Jessie drives at high speed toward the fires, knowing she must put herself in unthinkable danger in order to catch the killer. When she finally faces the person who wants her dead, will she have the strength to take them down first?

30 review for The Safe Place

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Jessie Lewis is an outcast from her home town of Eagle Falls in Washington State. When she reported her boyfriend Marcus to the Sherriff after two years of escalating domestic abuse, he refused to believe that the town’s popular fire chief could have been violent towards her. After everyone in the town sided with Marcus, she was forced to withdraw her complaint and move to a small cabin in the woods where she felt safe and could hide from all the disdain hurled at her by the town. But now someon Jessie Lewis is an outcast from her home town of Eagle Falls in Washington State. When she reported her boyfriend Marcus to the Sherriff after two years of escalating domestic abuse, he refused to believe that the town’s popular fire chief could have been violent towards her. After everyone in the town sided with Marcus, she was forced to withdraw her complaint and move to a small cabin in the woods where she felt safe and could hide from all the disdain hurled at her by the town. But now someone is setting houses on fire and killing people Jessie knows and the Sherriff once again has her squarely in his sights. I mostly read this book in a state of high anxiety for Jessie. She was already so damaged and downtrodden, following her time with Marcus and the treatment she received after she reported him, and now she was getting further and further into dangerous situations. Apart from the house fires that someone is trying to frame her for, there are raging wildfires not far from her and her little wooden cabin is far from safe. With her parents dead and no friends in town, she has only one person she can turn to for help. Ex-FBI agent, Ruth has recently moved to town and while Jessie likes Ruth, she’s not yet sure if she can trust her, besides Ruth’s husband Victor appears to dislike having Jessie around. The sense of fear is visceral and those who have recently lived through recent severe bushfire seasons will recognise how real the smoke, the heat and the ever-present anxiety feel. This is a fast paced, intense thriller that had me holding my breath more than once! With thanks to Bookouture and Netagalley for a copy to read

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Jessie Lewis had been ostracized in the small town of Eagle Falls since she’d reported Marcus, boyfriend, fire chief and loved by all, to the local Sheriff, John Cuffy, for domestic violence. The Sheriff didn’t believe her, and neither did any of the townsfolk – Marcus wouldn’t hurt anyone; he was kind and caring – no one saw him behind closed doors except Jessie, and his latest girlfriend Jude. The wildfires were surrounding Eagle Falls with the danger of a wind change keeping everyone on edge. Jessie Lewis had been ostracized in the small town of Eagle Falls since she’d reported Marcus, boyfriend, fire chief and loved by all, to the local Sheriff, John Cuffy, for domestic violence. The Sheriff didn’t believe her, and neither did any of the townsfolk – Marcus wouldn’t hurt anyone; he was kind and caring – no one saw him behind closed doors except Jessie, and his latest girlfriend Jude. The wildfires were surrounding Eagle Falls with the danger of a wind change keeping everyone on edge. But it was the house fires, first which claimed a family of four, and second an elderly couple, which sent the Sheriff and everyone else toward Jessie – circumstantial evidence said she was a killer. Ruth, Victor and their sons David and Noah were new in town and while Ruth was ex-FBI, she was now a mother to her boys while Victor was trying to find a job. Ruth had been involved in a shocking attack and her injuries, as well as physical, were mental and her nightmares were constant. But Ruth, when she met Jessie, felt an affinity to the young woman. Although she didn’t know her well – yet – her gut told her she hadn’t done the things the Sheriff accused her of. But what could Ruth do to help? With more fires being attributed to Jessie, she was on the run – she had no choice until she could work out a way to draw the killer out. But would it work? She was in constant danger of losing her own life but she wouldn’t go down without a fight… The Safe Place by Aussie author L.A. Larkin was a phenomenal, twisty psychological thriller which I couldn’t put down. With full-on action from the very first page, the MC, Jessie, found herself continually in trouble. I couldn’t believe how much the poor woman had thrust at her! Bartie, Jessie’s dog, was a loyal and devoted companion and he was Jessie’s only support and friend. I have to say that this is the author’s best yet and it’ll be in my top reads for the year. Highly recommended. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    Jessie Lewis lives alone in a remote cabin outside the town of Eagle Falls. She was a fire fighter, a job that she adored, until her life turned to rubble. Ever since she accused her boyfriend, golden boy Marcus Halstead and fire chief for Eagle Falls, of beating her the town has turned against her. She now makes a living gardening. But suddenly she is afraid that someone is creeping around outside her house at night. It is also a very hot summer and there are wildfires around the area. Then a ho Jessie Lewis lives alone in a remote cabin outside the town of Eagle Falls. She was a fire fighter, a job that she adored, until her life turned to rubble. Ever since she accused her boyfriend, golden boy Marcus Halstead and fire chief for Eagle Falls, of beating her the town has turned against her. She now makes a living gardening. But suddenly she is afraid that someone is creeping around outside her house at night. It is also a very hot summer and there are wildfires around the area. Then a house fire in town kills the whole family who are trapped inside. This is a tragedy for the town. Inexplicably, soon after, another house is on fire. This time Jessie is drawn to the fire, she still her fire retardant uniform and the homeowners are friends of hers. Unfortunately all she achieves is piling more suspicion upon herself even though she is knocked out by a blow to the head, she cannot escape the fact that she was at the scene. The fire situation continues to escalate and somehow Jessie becomes the town pariah and is under suspicion of murder. The only friend she has is Ruth Sullivan, a former FBI agent who moved with her family to Eagle Falls after taking an invalidity payout due to injuries from a bomb attack. Her husband Victor is originally from Eagle Falls so it seemed like an obvious choice. My first impressions of this book was that it was very cliche driven - the snivelling, scared young woman; the nasty controlling boyfriend; the small town sheriff who covers for his cronies and his son and so on. It did get better as it progressed and this was largely due to the main character, Jessie Lewis, growing a spine. However, as the story progressed, and even though I donned my disbelief suspenders, I found it hard to find the plot plausible. Sometime implausibility is not an issue and other times it is, I can’t explain it. But in this case I think I found it hard to believe a whole town would turn on a young woman and believe she was a murderous monster without any evidence beyond the thinnest of circumstantial threads. The ending was suspenseful to be sure but my disbelief had fled the building by then. Look it was fast paced and had lots of action and I ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would at the start. Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the much appreciated arc which I reviewed voluntarily and honestly. 3.5 stars rounded down,

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    This book gave me serious anxiety! Living in Australia, bushfires are an all too common occurrence for us and we grow up knowing that summer means fires. In 2020, before the pandemic hit we had som of our worst one sitting in NSW in years and it was scary. So reading this book made me think of those times and ai was scared of these characters. Only in this case there was more to it than just fires... somebody is using them as a cover for murder. And Jessie is being set up for them. It feels like This book gave me serious anxiety! Living in Australia, bushfires are an all too common occurrence for us and we grow up knowing that summer means fires. In 2020, before the pandemic hit we had som of our worst one sitting in NSW in years and it was scary. So reading this book made me think of those times and ai was scared of these characters. Only in this case there was more to it than just fires... somebody is using them as a cover for murder. And Jessie is being set up for them. It feels like the whole town is against her, after she stood up for herself against on of their favourite sons. From the very first pages right until the last, The Safe Place will have you hooked. It is non stop action and I finished it in a day. An absolute page turner, you will not know who to trust, just like our main character Jessie. She is a tough woman and I really felt for her. Thanks to the author LA Larkin and Bookouture for my advanced copy to read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    The Safe Place is the eighth novel by Australian author, L.A.Larkin. Accusing the town’s favourite son, Marcus Harstad of domestic violence doesn’t win Jessie Lewis any friends. In fact, it makes her the target of ostracism for most in Eagle Falls, Washington. Jessie takes her dog, Bartie and moves to a cabin in the woods, avoiding unnecessary contact with the town, except for her gardening business. Marcus is the fire station captain, so she gives up volunteering as a firefighter too. When inve The Safe Place is the eighth novel by Australian author, L.A.Larkin. Accusing the town’s favourite son, Marcus Harstad of domestic violence doesn’t win Jessie Lewis any friends. In fact, it makes her the target of ostracism for most in Eagle Falls, Washington. Jessie takes her dog, Bartie and moves to a cabin in the woods, avoiding unnecessary contact with the town, except for her gardening business. Marcus is the fire station captain, so she gives up volunteering as a firefighter too. When investigations show that the cause of the fire that took the Troyer family in their home is arson, many are quick to blame Jessie, recalling a very public argument between her and Paul Troyer over a payment dispute. And when Jessie is found at the scene of another housefire the next day, claiming she was trying to save her clients and friends, everyone is sceptical, and Sheriff John Cuffy is ready to arrest her. Former FBI agent, Ruth Sullivan, is a recent arrival with her family in her husband Victor’s hometown. When she meets Jessie at the self-defence class she gives for women, her opinion is not coloured by preconceptions. As she gets to know her, she’s inclined to believe Jessie’s claims, both about Marcus and the fires. But those who believe they run the town don’t appreciate her behind-the-scenes enquiries… Larkin gives the reader a fast-paced action-packed thriller set against a background of the escalating threat of forest fires in Washington State. Her depiction of the panic and chaos of the evacuation of a town under threat will resonate with readers in certain Australian towns. Her main characters are believable, although many are nasty and the arsonist is particularly chilling. Even if the underground confrontation between the main protagonist and the murderer is a little clichéd, with some suspension of disbelief required, Larkin’s plot has enough red herrings to keep the reader guessing right up to nail-biting climax. Undeniably a page-turner. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Bookouture.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Veronica ⭐️

    L.A. Larkin has delivered an adrenaline pumping small-town crime thriller fuelled by lies and secrets. After being ostracised by the local community Jessie Lewis moves to a small cabin in the woods outside her home town of Eagle Falls. When a family of four is killed in a fire lit by an arsonist the town turns on Jessie once again. Ex-FBI agent Ruth Sullivan has moved with her young family to her husband's home town of Eagle Falls. She is struggling with the damaging effects of a bomb blast plus P L.A. Larkin has delivered an adrenaline pumping small-town crime thriller fuelled by lies and secrets. After being ostracised by the local community Jessie Lewis moves to a small cabin in the woods outside her home town of Eagle Falls. When a family of four is killed in a fire lit by an arsonist the town turns on Jessie once again. Ex-FBI agent Ruth Sullivan has moved with her young family to her husband's home town of Eagle Falls. She is struggling with the damaging effects of a bomb blast plus PTSD induced nightmares. Ruth is finding it hard to fit into this tight knit community. Ruth and Jessie, almost a generation apart in age, were alike in many ways. Both were strong determined women trying to escape their past. The two women immediately clicked and when Jessie found herself in trouble she turned to Ruth for help. Jessie is determined to clear her name and uncover a corrupt sheriff, long held secrets, a murderer and an arsonist. Larkin has created a small-town community filled with domineering, manipulative and misogynistic men. The story includes themes of domestic abuse, victim blaming and gaslighting. The scenes of the house fires were horrifyingly real and as the story progresses the number of likely suspects mounts. The suspense was rife, I was on the edge of my seat, it took all of my reserve not to read ahead to see what happened next. The Safe Place is fast paced, action packed and suspense filled making it a novel not to be missed. I really enjoyed Larkin's previous novels Devour and Prey but she has outdone herself with The Safe Place! *I received my copy from the publisher via netgalley

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laur

    The Safe Place is a non-stop, fast-paced action thriller with breathe holding suspense nearly from the 1st to the last page.. Wow, multiple suspects … who can you trust? Adrenaline rush for sure when there is a serial arsonist, serial murderer on the loose, and time is of the essence to catch them now before they murder again and leave no witness behind. Thanks to #NetGalley and the publisher for ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. #TheSafePlace

  8. 5 out of 5

    STEPH

    Had a splitting headache afte reading this! This book made me so mad, upset, sad, filled with rage and screaming bloody murder! Holy sh*t, that was good! A serial arsonist is terrorising the town of Eagle Falls and the events sorrounding the crimes ignited a fire in me. The story was perfectly crafted that I found myself unsure who to trust. The author really did a great job in formulating the individuality of each character. Three characters drove me on edge and I wanted to hurt and break their Had a splitting headache afte reading this! This book made me so mad, upset, sad, filled with rage and screaming bloody murder! Holy sh*t, that was good! A serial arsonist is terrorising the town of Eagle Falls and the events sorrounding the crimes ignited a fire in me. The story was perfectly crafted that I found myself unsure who to trust. The author really did a great job in formulating the individuality of each character. Three characters drove me on edge and I wanted to hurt and break their bones so bad. Wow. I love this book. It shocked, agitated and angered every bit of my being. Make sure to drink lots of cold water while reading this. You’ll probably feel hot and sweaty just by reading about the fires. Grateful to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. Cheers!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

    A year after finally gathering the courage to report her boyfriend and boss, hero fire captain Marcus Harstead, for domestic violence, Jessie Lewis is a pariah in her home town of Eagle Falls. Branded an unstable, vindictive liar by her charismatic ex and his supporters, including Sheriff John Cuffy, when first a local family with whom Jessie had a public spat is killed in an arson attack on their home, and then Jessie is linked to the scene of a second fatal fire, she is quickly labeled the pri A year after finally gathering the courage to report her boyfriend and boss, hero fire captain Marcus Harstead, for domestic violence, Jessie Lewis is a pariah in her home town of Eagle Falls. Branded an unstable, vindictive liar by her charismatic ex and his supporters, including Sheriff John Cuffy, when first a local family with whom Jessie had a public spat is killed in an arson attack on their home, and then Jessie is linked to the scene of a second fatal fire, she is quickly labeled the prime suspect. With only a retired FBI agent willing to believe her innocent, Jessie realises she has no choice but to expose the arsonist before her life turns to ashes. The Safe Place by L.A. Larkin is a fast-paced, action packed thriller that involves domestic violence, PTSD, conspiracy, arson and murder. The author has crafted an intriguing and dramatic plot as Jessie, victimised, threatened and hunted, repeatedly finds herself in incredibly tense confrontations in a desperate effort to clear her name. Jessie is certain she knows who is framing her for the arson, and why, but her ex is not the only person in Eagle Falls with secrets they’d kill to keep, and there are some gripping twists as Larkin reveals hidden motives. However I found Jessie to be a frustrating character. She’s a bit of a mess, understandably so given her past and current situation. I wasn’t unsympathetic, and I was always rooting for her survival, but I really struggled with the way in which she consistently made the worst possible choice in almost every situation. Nevertheless The Safe Place is a page-turner, a tense and exciting story that had had me enthralled.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Bartok

    I will keep this brief because you need to stop reading this and go and get yourself a copy of ‘The Safe Place’ by L.A. Larkin right this very minute. Jessie Lewis is an outcast from her community. She made a statement that her boyfriend, and town hero, Marcus domestically abused her and the community of Eagle Falls shunned her. Jessie is drawn back to her town when a series of arsons, set during a raging wildfire period, are targeting people that Jessie was involved with making her a suspect. T I will keep this brief because you need to stop reading this and go and get yourself a copy of ‘The Safe Place’ by L.A. Larkin right this very minute. Jessie Lewis is an outcast from her community. She made a statement that her boyfriend, and town hero, Marcus domestically abused her and the community of Eagle Falls shunned her. Jessie is drawn back to her town when a series of arsons, set during a raging wildfire period, are targeting people that Jessie was involved with making her a suspect. The sense of place in this novel is incredible. You can really feel the lingering smoke from the wildfire tickle your throat and the small town, insular community, and their behaviours towards outsiders are captured so perfectly. Larkin does a brilliant job putting you right there beside Jessie. The pacing is incredible. Every chapter ramps up the action and propels you into the next event, I really struggled to put this book down from about 39% in all the way to the thrilling finish. We also need to talk about the portrayal of Jessie as a domestic abuse survivor. Larkin goes hard on her description of the abuse that Jessie suffered not only at the hands of Marcus but the further indifference of her community when she was brave enough to speak out. It’s a scathing indictment on how many women are treated and Larkin handles it with grace. Jessie begins the book as a broken woman and to see her growth over the pages, as she literally fights for her life, into a confident person was equal parts brutal and heartwarming. Next time I see a L.A Larkin book you can be guaranteed that I’ll be getting it. Just like you should be going out and getting yourself a copy of ‘A Safe Place’. Thanks to NetGalley, Bookoture and LA Larkin for an ARC of this incredible book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Jessie Lewis lives in fear. Formerly a victim of domestic violence, she is also fairly well the town outcast. Jessie does not know who to trust. In fact, once she hears of a recent fire that took the lives of an entire family, she worries for the safety of others in her town. Jesse has very good reason for fear. In fact, painted a liar and as she is often gaslighted, she knows that the town does not have her back. With wildfires approaching at a rapid rate, the town evacuates while Jessie drives Jessie Lewis lives in fear. Formerly a victim of domestic violence, she is also fairly well the town outcast. Jessie does not know who to trust. In fact, once she hears of a recent fire that took the lives of an entire family, she worries for the safety of others in her town. Jesse has very good reason for fear. In fact, painted a liar and as she is often gaslighted, she knows that the town does not have her back. With wildfires approaching at a rapid rate, the town evacuates while Jessie drives closer to the source. She realizes that despite the danger, she must stop the arsonist. Meanwhile, Ruth, a former FBI agent traumatized by a previous bomb attack, might be Jessie’s only chance at finding answers. However, Ruth’s traumatic memories just might get in the way of helping Jessie.  It becomes quite clear that someone is setting Jessie up, and the worse things get regarding the fires, the more danger she faces. This thrilling read will no doubt take you on a wild ride. In fact, some of the scenes about the fires were filled with such intensity that I felt like I could feel the heat. Secrets and lies were coupled with suspense and danger. Then when you factor in characters who only meant harm, then you have a well-rounded, well-written book that I literally could not put down, no matter how hot it got. Pun intended.  Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  12. 5 out of 5

    LianaReads blog

    The safe place is another great thriller by a favourite author now for me. This story has the same great pace, interesting characters and so many twists that I couldn’t stop reading until I turned the last page of this book. We get two perspectives, one from Jessie and one from Ruth, with multiple time lines as some parts of Jessie’s past are catching up with her in here. It was interesting to see how the author has interwoven them and how we get to today’s events. What I really enjoyed was the The safe place is another great thriller by a favourite author now for me. This story has the same great pace, interesting characters and so many twists that I couldn’t stop reading until I turned the last page of this book. We get two perspectives, one from Jessie and one from Ruth, with multiple time lines as some parts of Jessie’s past are catching up with her in here. It was interesting to see how the author has interwoven them and how we get to today’s events. What I really enjoyed was the domestic abuse and how misconceptions are still high on people’s lives. The description says it all in here and I can’t wait to read more by the author in the future. Very grateful to the publisher for my review copy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Bartok

    I will keep this brief because you need to stop reading this and go and get yourself a copy of ‘The Safe Place’ by L.A. Larkin right this very minute. Jessie Lewis is an outcast from her community. She made a statement that her boyfriend, and town hero, Marcus domestically abused her and the community of Eagle Falls shunned her. Jessie is drawn back to her town when a series of arsons, set during a raging wildfire period, are targeting people that Jessie was involved with making her a suspect. T I will keep this brief because you need to stop reading this and go and get yourself a copy of ‘The Safe Place’ by L.A. Larkin right this very minute. Jessie Lewis is an outcast from her community. She made a statement that her boyfriend, and town hero, Marcus domestically abused her and the community of Eagle Falls shunned her. Jessie is drawn back to her town when a series of arsons, set during a raging wildfire period, are targeting people that Jessie was involved with making her a suspect. The sense of place in this novel is incredible. You can really feel the lingering smoke from the wildfire tickle your throat and the small town, insular community, and their behaviours towards outsiders are captured so perfectly. Larkin does a brilliant job putting you right there beside Jessie. The pacing is incredible. Every chapter ramps up the action and propels you into the next event, I really struggled to put this book down from about 39% in all the way to the thrilling finish. We also need to talk about the portrayal of Jessie as a domestic abuse survivor. Larkin goes hard on her description of the abuse that Jessie suffered not only at the hands of Marcus but the further indifference of her community when she was brave enough to speak out. It’s a scathing indictment on how many women are treated and Larkin handles it with grace. Jessie begins the book as a broken woman and to see her growth over the pages, as she literally fights for her life, into a confident person was equal parts brutal and heartwarming. Next time I see a L.A Larkin book you can be guaranteed that I’ll be getting it. Just like you should be going out and getting yourself a copy of ‘A Safe Place’. Thanks to NetGalley, Bookoture and LA Larkin for an ARC of this incredible book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Lunsford

    Thank you to Bookouture and Net Galley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Wow! I literally read this book in a few hours! I could not put it down! A purported serial arsonist is on the loose in the small town of Eagle Falls while forest fires are ravaging the landscape around the town. Jessie Lewis' reputation has been destroyed, and she has lost almost everything because she dared to accuse her ex-boyfriend (a local "idol" of the town) of abuse. There is a creepy stalker with a came Thank you to Bookouture and Net Galley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Wow! I literally read this book in a few hours! I could not put it down! A purported serial arsonist is on the loose in the small town of Eagle Falls while forest fires are ravaging the landscape around the town. Jessie Lewis' reputation has been destroyed, and she has lost almost everything because she dared to accuse her ex-boyfriend (a local "idol" of the town) of abuse. There is a creepy stalker with a camera filming things he should not, and a seemingly dishonest sheriff in charge of law enforcement in Eagle Falls when a retired FBI agent moves to town. All of these characters make up a great story and compose an awesome psychological thriller with non-stop action from the first page to the last page! This one will be a hit! You will not be disappointed!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Julie Lacey

    Another brilliant book from L.A. Larkin. Jessie is a bit of an outcast due to her statement that her ex boyfriend physically abused her. The town all took his side, even the Sheriff, who persuaded her to drop the charges. The town now sees her as a trouble maker so she tries to keep herself to herself. Ruth and Victor move to the town and ex FBI agent Ruth, becomes friends with Jessie. Wildfires are destroying the surrounding countryside and a killer sees this as their opportunity for murder - s Another brilliant book from L.A. Larkin. Jessie is a bit of an outcast due to her statement that her ex boyfriend physically abused her. The town all took his side, even the Sheriff, who persuaded her to drop the charges. The town now sees her as a trouble maker so she tries to keep herself to herself. Ruth and Victor move to the town and ex FBI agent Ruth, becomes friends with Jessie. Wildfires are destroying the surrounding countryside and a killer sees this as their opportunity for murder - setting fire to people’s homes while they’re sleeping. The sheriff suspects Jessie and it’s soon clear someone is trying to make her their scapegoat. This is a fast paced thriller that is packed full of action, especially towards the end of the book. I’d love to know what’s next for Jessie. Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Is there anything more terrifying than an out of control fire? To be honest, I felt this simmered a little at the beginning, but once I got into it, the flames enveloped me and boy did the plot move along at pace. As well as countless fires, there was murder, lies and domestic violence, nobody comes out of this untouched in some way and there are bodies everywhere. But it is a gripping story, the tale of how you can know everybody in a small town and yet be so lonely. You could feel Jessie’s desp Is there anything more terrifying than an out of control fire? To be honest, I felt this simmered a little at the beginning, but once I got into it, the flames enveloped me and boy did the plot move along at pace. As well as countless fires, there was murder, lies and domestic violence, nobody comes out of this untouched in some way and there are bodies everywhere. But it is a gripping story, the tale of how you can know everybody in a small town and yet be so lonely. You could feel Jessie’s desperation. Stick with this book, there are a series on countless plot twists and surprises right until the very end. I cannot want for L.A.Larkin’s next work. Thanks to NetGalley and Bookoutre for providing me with an Advance Reader's Copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    What a great book! The characters are complex and the town is overflowing with secrets and creepy vibes. It was fun to read from the beginning but once the action started, it was so exciting and surprising. There's one scene with an axe that was a WHAAAT??? moment like I've never experienced in a book. A must-read for fans of thrillers and/or small town dysfunction. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book. What a great book! The characters are complex and the town is overflowing with secrets and creepy vibes. It was fun to read from the beginning but once the action started, it was so exciting and surprising. There's one scene with an axe that was a WHAAAT??? moment like I've never experienced in a book. A must-read for fans of thrillers and/or small town dysfunction. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brid

    Thanks to Netgalley, Bookouture and L.A. Larkin for allowing me to read this Arc. It is absolutely brilliant. There was no waiting for the storyline to take off. From the first page I was propelled to the edge of my seat. From arson, murders and wild fires it was so fast paced and utterly breath taking. I was up all night because I just wanted to keep turning the pages. Best of all was that totally unexpected twist at the end. Totally Wow!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pile By the Bed

    LA Larkin has moved away from her espionage thrillers recently to deliver a couple of page turning thrillers centred around imperilled but resilient women. In Widow’s Island, her main character was a high flyer brought low by tragedy and a national and very public cyberbullying campaign. The Safe Place has a woman in a similar situation but one that is more intimate and insidious. At the same time, Larkin explores the very real dangers of the growing threat of mega forest fires seen in both the LA Larkin has moved away from her espionage thrillers recently to deliver a couple of page turning thrillers centred around imperilled but resilient women. In Widow’s Island, her main character was a high flyer brought low by tragedy and a national and very public cyberbullying campaign. The Safe Place has a woman in a similar situation but one that is more intimate and insidious. At the same time, Larkin explores the very real dangers of the growing threat of mega forest fires seen in both the US and Australia in recent years. Eagle Falls is a small town on the edge of a lake and bordering on a National Park. When the book opens there is a mega fire burning in the park, close enough to see but with the direction of the winds no threat to the township. That threat, though, and the constant pall of smoke hangs over all of the action in this book. Jessie lives outside of town in a small cabin, hiding from the populace. She had been in a relationship with Marcus, the fire chief, but after accusing him of series domestic violence (resulting in a broken arm) and not being believed by either the Sherriff or the town at large she has become a pariah. Two suspicious house fires lead police to believe that there may be a serial arsonist at work and Jessie’s coincidental appearance at the second fire, trying to help and getting knocked out, together with her outsider status puts her in the frame and for Sherriff Cuffy that is good enough. Due to the abuse she suffered, Jessie finds it hard to trust anyone, although forms a tentative relationship with Ruth, wife of a local and former FBI agent, who’s family have just moved back into town after living in Seattle for many years. Despite her non-active status, Ruth becomes invested in Jessie’s plight. Larkin has the pressure on Jessie from almost the first page and it does not let up. Each decision she makes is a good one from her damaged perspective but often just makes her look more suspicious. And as the pressure mounts on Jessie, the threat to the town increases until all of the danger comes to a head in a frenetic, revelatory and explosive action set piece. The wildfire and its growing threat are brought to visceral life, reflecting no doubt Larkin’s experience of the 2019/20 Australian East coast bushfires. Much as she did in Widow’s Island, Larkin has done her research on both forest fires and serial arsonists. There is a little piece of exposition about arsonists, but it is delivered organically and serves readers as a guide to considering the many suspects that Larkin throws their way. That said, Larkin plays fair even while dropping plenty of red herrings along the way, so some keen eyed readers may pick the solution early, but this makes the revelations more believable when they come. And Larkin manages to tie this plot line in well with her other concerns which are around domestic violence, gaslighting of abused women and control and it gives her the ability to deliver a couple of satisfying final twists. There is plenty going on here, including an additional subplot involving mortgage fraud, but Larkin manages to tie all of these and other subplots together, having those secrets layer on each other to drive the actions of a range of characters. All up, The Safe Place shows Larkin growing in her ability to deliver thought provoking but page turning thrillers.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emma’s Book Nook

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In the small town of Eagle Falls, Washington State, nearby wildfires run rampant during one of the hottest summers ever recorded. An unknown arsonist / killer takes advantage of the situation, using it as a cover for his sadistic murders and starts his own well planned house fires, standing back to watch his work afterwards. After the second house fire doesn’t go exactly to plan, the arsonist has to take measures to ensure his victims succumb to his will, leaving local outcast, Jessie Lewis who In the small town of Eagle Falls, Washington State, nearby wildfires run rampant during one of the hottest summers ever recorded. An unknown arsonist / killer takes advantage of the situation, using it as a cover for his sadistic murders and starts his own well planned house fires, standing back to watch his work afterwards. After the second house fire doesn’t go exactly to plan, the arsonist has to take measures to ensure his victims succumb to his will, leaving local outcast, Jessie Lewis who attempts to help the homeowners under suspicion from local Sheriff, Big John Cuffy and local Fire Chief / Fire Scene Investigator, ex-boyfriend Marcus Halstead. Both of whom seem hell bent on pinning the crimes on Jessie. With the tight-knit community eagerly believing the worst and turning against Jessie yet again, she seems to have only one friend in town willing to stand by her - newcomer and ex-FBI agent Ruth Sullivan, who finds herself drawn to Jessie after meeting her at a local self-defence class that she runs in a bid to get to know the locals but instead finds them less welcoming towards her as they are to her husband who was born and raised in Eagle Falls. The story is told from three POV’s. The arsonists / serial killers, Ruth Sullivan’s and Jessie Lewis’s. The story is fast paced and full of action with lots of twists in a whodunnit thriller. The three points of view keep the story line fresh and interesting with a feeling of not knowing who to trust and who is out to get you. With the whole town hot on her heels as well as the arsonist turning his attentions toward Jessie she has to decide wether she should run or stay and fight!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Els

    A safe place… is that not something we all want for ourselves and our loved ones? Sometimes though it very hard to find when you are being chased and each time you start to trust someone it seems like they did not deserve your trust at all. You are constantly lied to, cheated on and when you think you have found that safe place, you have to run again. The author created a great bunch of characters. I loved Jessie. She is such a great person and my heart went out to her. And then there are the bad A safe place… is that not something we all want for ourselves and our loved ones? Sometimes though it very hard to find when you are being chased and each time you start to trust someone it seems like they did not deserve your trust at all. You are constantly lied to, cheated on and when you think you have found that safe place, you have to run again. The author created a great bunch of characters. I loved Jessie. She is such a great person and my heart went out to her. And then there are the bad ones… OMG some of them, I would have loved to give them a piece of mind. 😊 Little by little the author reveals the story and it was devastating to see who the baddie was and how bad he was. It’s shows again how little you know a person if they don’t want you to know them. You might be living next door to a serial killer and to you he seems like the most likeable person in the world. Kudos for the author for writing such an entertaining story that kept me up until the early hours. I just had to finish the book and find out who the culprit was. I was a bit groggy this morning due to lack of sleep, but I happily forgo on some sleep when I am reading a book this amazing. Thank you for this great story. I am looking forward to your next work of art. Thank you, L.A. Larkin and Bookouture

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachel N

    *4.5 stars!! Jessie Lewis is known as the liar and the outcast of Eagle falls. But is she a KILLER? When Jessie reports the towns beloved fire chief and hero for beating her no one believes her. Now known as a liar she’s forced to move into an isolated cabin in the woods, where there’s more than just the trees watching her. When someone starts setting fires and disguising them as wild fires, the town soon turns to Jessie as the culprit. When Jessies faces personal tragedy during this time she dec *4.5 stars!! Jessie Lewis is known as the liar and the outcast of Eagle falls. But is she a KILLER? When Jessie reports the towns beloved fire chief and hero for beating her no one believes her. Now known as a liar she’s forced to move into an isolated cabin in the woods, where there’s more than just the trees watching her. When someone starts setting fires and disguising them as wild fires, the town soon turns to Jessie as the culprit. When Jessies faces personal tragedy during this time she decides it’s time she clears her name as no-one else is going too. She turns to the newcomer in town Ruth the former FBI agent to help her find the person responsible before the killer strikes again, unaware that she’s on the killer list. This was a really fast paced book and kept me on my toes with the suspense at every turn. Its definitely a book you can really sink your teeth into and read in one sitting. I liked how the author wrote how a persons past actions can effect their future and that of their families and that no matter what they do they can’t run from there past and that unfortunately others also get hurt in the quest for revenge, justice and fate. I didn’t work out who the killer was and it was a really big shock when it was revealed as I didn’t see it coming at all. I also liked how the author connected the past crimes to the present they fit perfectly in my opinion. I’m glad that Jessie got the justice she deserved and managed to get closure. I really liked the ending. TRIGGER WARNINGS INCLUDE: Violence, Murder, Mentions of rape and miscarriage. *I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for my honest review.*

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    Jessie Lewis is ostracised by the community of her home town of Eagle Falls in Washington State when she accuses her boyfriend, Marcus, the fire chief and a local hero, of domestic violence. The town turns on Jessie once more when the Troyer family, headed by Paul all die in a fire at their home in the woods. Former FBI agent Ruth Sullivan is a recent arrival with her family in her husband Victor’s hometown. Sheriff John Cuffy and Marcus are looking to blame Jessie for the Troyers deaths. L.A. La Jessie Lewis is ostracised by the community of her home town of Eagle Falls in Washington State when she accuses her boyfriend, Marcus, the fire chief and a local hero, of domestic violence. The town turns on Jessie once more when the Troyer family, headed by Paul all die in a fire at their home in the woods. Former FBI agent Ruth Sullivan is a recent arrival with her family in her husband Victor’s hometown. Sheriff John Cuffy and Marcus are looking to blame Jessie for the Troyers deaths. L.A. Larkin has treated the reader to a fast-paced action-packed, haunting thriller. Amidst a whirl of panic and chaos, there is the escalating threat of forest fires. The main characters are believable, although many are decidedly unpleasant. Rife with suspense I was wholly engrossed right until the unexpected conclusion. Well worth a read. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Bookouture via NetGalley at my request and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    The Safe Place by LA Larkin was a little slow to lure me in but before I knew it I was hooked. Larkins offers two strong female leads - both likeable and complex but very different women in very different places in their lives. I thought this book was going focus on a he-said / she-said scenario and was pleasantly surprised by the turn it takes, bumping this to a 4-star read. It's set amidst a backdrop of bush or forest fires (one of several similarly-themed books I've read in a row) though Larkin The Safe Place by LA Larkin was a little slow to lure me in but before I knew it I was hooked. Larkins offers two strong female leads - both likeable and complex but very different women in very different places in their lives. I thought this book was going focus on a he-said / she-said scenario and was pleasantly surprised by the turn it takes, bumping this to a 4-star read. It's set amidst a backdrop of bush or forest fires (one of several similarly-themed books I've read in a row) though Larkin draws on something deeper... the symbolism of fire being used to punish and cleanse. Ultimately this was a satisfying read with a lot of surprises thrown in - many of which I did not see coming. Read my review here: https://www.debbish.com/books-literat...

  25. 5 out of 5

    BrummieGirl

    This book is explosive in every way possible! Every page has to be turned at speed as it’s jam packed with action. I loved reading from Ruth and Jessie’s perspectives. We have the former FBI agent and the accused. The twists and turns had me aghast. At no point did I guess the outcome. I found the descriptions of the forest fire as it slowly encroached on the town, haunting. I can only imagine how terrifying it must be to live in a house that is in such danger. If you love huge doses of action a This book is explosive in every way possible! Every page has to be turned at speed as it’s jam packed with action. I loved reading from Ruth and Jessie’s perspectives. We have the former FBI agent and the accused. The twists and turns had me aghast. At no point did I guess the outcome. I found the descriptions of the forest fire as it slowly encroached on the town, haunting. I can only imagine how terrifying it must be to live in a house that is in such danger. If you love huge doses of action and the fight to unravel fist clenching levels of injustice, then The Safe Place has to be your next read!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This is a Winter read. Full of fire scenes. I picture this as a movie. This was a very pacey and exciting plot. It was far fetched in parts but this did not ruin the overall theme. Jesse was the fantastic heroine and I loved her character. Fabulous all round.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sue Plant

    would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this amazing book they cant get out, he has made the windows jam with a small piece of wood that will burn up and leave no trace, he has set the fire and now he stands back to watch, if by chance they do manage he has his gun ready.... oh my word what a book.....could not put it down...with a serial pyromaniac around, nobody is safe and with the whole town point a finger at jessie, she doesnt stand a chance ruth an ex fbi agent who would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this amazing book they cant get out, he has made the windows jam with a small piece of wood that will burn up and leave no trace, he has set the fire and now he stands back to watch, if by chance they do manage he has his gun ready.... oh my word what a book.....could not put it down...with a serial pyromaniac around, nobody is safe and with the whole town point a finger at jessie, she doesnt stand a chance ruth an ex fbi agent who is trying to rebuild her shattered life with her family in a new town..struggles to understand they towns apathy towards jessie... but the out of control fire is getting closer and her lungs cant take the smoke... right up to the last page this book has you guessing...well written and characters are believable cant wait for the next book from this author

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty Bookworm86

    BLOG TOUR REVIEW Review for 'The Safe Place' by L.A Larkin. Read and reviewed via NetGalley for L.A Larkin, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous Publication date 9th November 2021. This is the second book I have read by this author. I have previously read 'Widow's Island' which I highly recommend. I was originally drawn to this book by its beautiful eye catching cover and its intriguing synopsis and title. The synopsis stated that 'Fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan and Kendra Elliot. wil BLOG TOUR REVIEW Review for 'The Safe Place' by L.A Larkin. Read and reviewed via NetGalley for L.A Larkin, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous Publication date 9th November 2021. This is the second book I have read by this author. I have previously read 'Widow's Island' which I highly recommend. I was originally drawn to this book by its beautiful eye catching cover and its intriguing synopsis and title. The synopsis stated that 'Fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan and Kendra Elliot. will not be able to put it down!.' I am a huge fan of all of these authors so am looking forward to seeing if this lives up to this statement. I am also a huge fan of L.A Larkin and if this is half as good as 'Widow's Island' it is sure to be a page turning read. I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Bookouture. I have yet to read a book published by Bookouture that I haven't enjoyed. Hopefully this won't be the first... Watch this space! (Written before I started reading the book). This novel consists of 68 chapters. The chapters are short to medium in length so possible to read 'just one more chapter' before bed...OK, I know yeah right, but still just in case! This book is set in Washington, USA 🇺🇸. This book is written in third perspective and the main protagonist is Jessie Lewis and Ruth Sullivan. The benefits of third person perspective with multiple protagonists are that it let's you see the bigger picture of what's going on and you get to know more characters more, what they are thinking and what they are doing. It feels like you get to see the whole picture and not miss out in anything. 'The Safe Place' discusses some topics that may trigger some readers or may not be suitable for others. I like to point this out ahead of time in my reviews so you can judge if this book is for you or not. In this book L.A Larkin discusses/includes Domestic abuse and miscarriage. Wow!!! What a fast paced heart racer!!! This book is extremely well written with extremely vivid descriptions that leaves you feeling the heat and leaves you with sweat dripping down your face. The cover, title and synopsis suit the storyline perfectly. The storyline is action packed and very fast paced. Although I enjoyed 'Widow's Island' also by LA Larkin I must say I preferred this one and the improvement in LA Larkin's writing technique is evident throughout. The storyline is filled with tension, family, loneliness, fear, stress, fire, suspense, murder and everything that will keep your heart pounding. I am please that this book highlights domestic abuse and danger of fires. Both of these are sadly regular occasions and the devastation that both events leaves have tragic consequences. I was absolutely blown away when the arsonist was revealed so a HUGE congratulations to LA Larkin as it is getting harder and harder to shock me but you managed to blow my mind. I like the fact that everything was wrapped up at the end as I hate loose endings. I would seriously love to see this turned into a series, it definitely has the potential to be a huge success. It is a massive success even as a standalone but I would love to see what happens next. This would also make a great movie!!! It is set over multiple time lines. When books show what has happened in the past and what is happening in the present I find it really helps the reader (if it is well done) understand why things are happening and what has lead to the present activities and decisions. It also shows the bigger picture. There was a wide range of strong, realistic and unique characters. I loved how many strong female leads there are, being female myself I always seem to connect more to female leads and in this book there are 3 huge personalities who all kick @%%!!! Jessie and Ruth both came from bad backgrounds but wouldn't lay down and go anywhere without a fight. Sharnice Manning also had a huge larger than life personality with a brilliant attitude!! I would love to meet all these ladies again!!! Marcus Harstad and Sheriff Cuffy are chauvinistic pigs and absolute @#$€¿©[€$!!! There was also another 2 like that but u won't say more as I don't want to ruin anything for future readers. My heart went out to Bill who I genuinely thought was misunderstood and did right in the end although too little too late. An absolutely fantastic read LA Larkin!!! Congratulations on a huge success and here's to your next one 🥂 Overall a heart racing, fast paced, non stop action packed psychological thriller that will keep you up late turning the pages Genres covered in this novel include Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Noir Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Crime Fiction, Police Procedural and Psychological Fiction amongst others. I would recommend this book to the fans of the above as well as fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan and Kendra Elliot. 394 pages. This book is just 99p to purchase on kindle via Amazon which I think is an absolute bargain for this book!!! Rated 5 /5 (I LOVED it ) on Goodreads, Instagram, Amazon UK and Amazon US and on over 30 Facebook pages plus my blog on Facebook. 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  29. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for an advance copy of The Safe Place, a thriller set in the fictional Washington town of Eagle Falls. Jessie Lewis has been unwelcome in town since she accused her popular boyfriend of domestic abuse and when an arsonist starts burning the houses and families of people associated with her she becomes the prime suspect. With nowhere to turn former FBI agent, Ruth Sullivan, who has recently moved to the town becomes her only friend. I thoroughly enjoye I would like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for an advance copy of The Safe Place, a thriller set in the fictional Washington town of Eagle Falls. Jessie Lewis has been unwelcome in town since she accused her popular boyfriend of domestic abuse and when an arsonist starts burning the houses and families of people associated with her she becomes the prime suspect. With nowhere to turn former FBI agent, Ruth Sullivan, who has recently moved to the town becomes her only friend. I thoroughly enjoyed The Safe Place, which is an exciting and engrossing thriller, full of incident and tension. The novel opens with the unnamed arsonist watching a fire burn, well, two fires, a home and the wild fire ravaging the local area, but quickly turns to a split narrative between Jessie and Ruth as they navigate murder, arson, distrust and outright distrust. It’s a heady brew, as neither they nor the reader know who to trust or how to separate fact from fiction. It becomes clear early on that the sheriff and his buddies are a good ole boys club and feel threatened by Jessie’s unwillingness to submit to them. The plot requires a certain suspension of disbelief given the high body count and level of violence and, I would like to say, the way the sheriff runs the town, but that, unfortunately, is all too believable. I just accepted events as they were presented and got involved in a high octane, tense and exciting read. There is something about fire, be it arson or natural that raises the anxiety level and the author uses it well, both as psychological intimidation and as a tension raiser when the characters fight against the clock. It’s hard to outrun fire. I like Jessie and Ruth, who are strong characters. As a victim of domestic abuse Jessie is cowed in the face of authority and blindsided by the accusations against her. She is initially helpless, but soon finds the courage to fight to clear her name. Ruth is physically damaged by a work related incident and has taken very early retirement. She is loyal and smart, but manipulated by what she wants to believe. The Safe Place is a good read that I have no hesitation in recommending.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    Before I start, I want to address something that I think all books should have a warning on but don’t. I believe they should always warn the reader of certain abuse that may feature in a book. Especially if to a child or an animal. If I was to know this about any book, I Would not read it. When I started this book I was very concerned how much Jessie’s beloved dog Bertie was featured and I nearly stopped reading as I was scared of continuing incase something awful was to happen. WARNING next lin Before I start, I want to address something that I think all books should have a warning on but don’t. I believe they should always warn the reader of certain abuse that may feature in a book. Especially if to a child or an animal. If I was to know this about any book, I Would not read it. When I started this book I was very concerned how much Jessie’s beloved dog Bertie was featured and I nearly stopped reading as I was scared of continuing incase something awful was to happen. WARNING next line is a very mild spoiler and the review then follows in the next paragraph……………………………………………………………….there is 1 case of animal abuse in this book that is not fatal so I could just about deal with that. BUT I, along with others may have missed out on a great story for fear of what would happen. In the other hand, that one part of the story could be just too much for some readers to deal with. If we had some kind of warning system I believe it would help readers know what would be safe for us to read. I must stress this is no fault of the author whatsoever! - - - - Back to the story, Wow, this is an amazing fast paced full of action thriller that won’t disappoint. The main character Jessie is very likeable yet on occasions you may find yourself screaming at some of her decisions yet still desperately routing for her to not only clear her name for all of the recent house fires but prove her fathers death wasn’t an accident. She is doing this whilst having the entire town, including the Sheriff and her corrupt ex boyfriend the Chief FireMarshall and a killer against her. Despite guessing the culprit early on it didn’t ruin the storyline for me as I still needed to know the reason for his actions. This is certainly an author I will be looking out for in the future. #NetGalley #TheSafePlace

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