Safe House by Chris Ewan

Safe HouseSynopsis: When Rob Hale wakes up in hospital after a motorcycle crash he is told that Lena, the woman he claims was travelling with him, doesn’t exist. The woman he describes bears a striking resemblance to his recently deceased sister, Laura, but has he really only imagined her?

Rob sets out to find the answers to who Lena is and where she has gone. He is aided by Rebecca Lewis, a London-based PI, who has come to the Isle of Man at the behest of his parents to investigate his sister’s suicide. But who is Rebecca really and how did she know his sister?

Together Rob and Rebecca follow the clues to discover who took Lena. In doing so they discover that even on an island where most people know each other, everyone hides a secret, and that sometimes your best option isn’t to hide but to stay and fight.

REVIEW: To start with, I felt it was really odd that Rob kept banging on about the missing girl. He barely knew her, he was seriously injured and yet he went on about her like she was the love of his life. It was misplaced and unbelievable, in my opinion.

However, once you get over that, there is an intriguing story and parts of it are very engaging.

Other parts however are clumsy and so obviously inserted purely to tie in with something later on in the book – I won’t list them so as not to spoil any of the plot but I really felt they stood out like the proverbial sore thumb.

Overall an ok book with some good (some awful) characters in it and in places it was great but mainly it was just ok.

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