Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker
Atria Books / January 23, 2018
Mystery, Suspense, Romance
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Noah Marshall has known a privileged and comfortable life thanks to his mother, the highly decorated chief of the Austin Police Department. But all that changes the night she reveals a skeleton that’s been rattling in her closet for years, and succumbs to the guilt of destroying an innocent family’s life. Reeling with grief, Noah is forced to carry the burden of this shocking secret.
Gracie Richards wasn’t born in a trailer park, but after fourteen years of learning how to survive in The Hollow, it’s all she knows anymore. At least here people don’t care that her dad was a corrupt Austin cop, murdered in a drug deal gone wrong. Here, she and her mother are just another family struggling to survive…until a man who clearly doesn’t belong shows up on her doorstep.
Despite their differences, Noah and Gracie are searching for answers to the same questions, and together, they set out to uncover the truth about the Austin Police Department’s dark and messy past. But the scandal that emerges is bigger than they bargained for, and goes far higher up than they ever imagined.
Complex, gritty, sexy, and thrilling, Keep Her Safe solidifies K.A. Tucker’s reputation as one of today’s most talented new voices in romantic suspense.
I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book. I had read two of Tucker’s contemporary romance books, but none of her mystery/suspense novels. This is not a typical read for me mostly because I’m easily scared. Anything that could remotely be anxiety or fear inducing, I don’t go near it. This wasn’t too terrible on the fear-inducing side, and I’m really glad I read it.
It was definitely a book that I had difficulty putting down. I had to know what happened next. It is told in multiple POVs: two in the past and two in the present. Because of this, the reader learns a few things before the characters do. However, this didn’t hinder the reading experience in any way. I like how Tucker spaced these flashbacks out because I was still asking all the same questions the characters were, right along with them.
For me, this was much more of a suspenseful story than a mystery. It is made fairly clear early on who the culprit is. It’s more about will Noah and Gracie be able to prove it with unwavering evidence? There was also a kind of subplot that snuck up on me. I’ll give a little confession here: I think I’m better at finding out the whodunit than I actually am. 99% of the time I’m wrong, but I still believe I know what’s going to happen…? I know, I’m crazy. Or delusional. In this case, I used up my 1% of being correct about midway through the story. I had guesses on a few things but the story honestly kept me second-guessing who I thought did what.
I’m a sucker for a good love story and I really enjoyed the one in this book. Yes, it moved quickly, but I think the situation and who they were, made it a bit more believable. Gracie and Noah have a deep rooted connection which only grew as they worked toward their one common goal of getting justice for Gracie’s father. While this book was very much a suspenseful story, the interspersing of Gracie and Noah’s romance helped to lighten it a bit and broke up the heaviness of it all. Noah and Gracie are each what you want in your hero and heroine. Noah is a genuinely good guy. He’s able to put aside his own feelings and wants to do what is best for those he cares about. Yes, it may take him a bit of time, but no one is perfect. We should all be so lucky to have someone like him in our lives. Gracie is both headstrong and caring. For someone whose childhood and adolescence ended up being the opposite of great, she is remarkably stable. She doesn’t take crap from anyone, shows confidence even when she may not feel it, and knows what she deserves. She’s someone you have no trouble rooting for and standing by.
Highly recommend picking this one up.
Read my review of K.A. Tucker’s The Simple Wild and Until it Fades
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MEET THE AUTHOR: K.A. Tucker
K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.
She is the USA Today bestselling author of 17 books, including the Casual Enchantment, Ten Tiny Breaths, and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, and her latest contemporary fiction, The Simple Wild. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly.
K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her family.