Safe at Home by Lauren North

4 Stars from me

This is a belter of a psychological thriller that will leave you reeling as struggle to grasp just who you can trust.

Everything, from the hideously poisonous WhatsApp groups to not always being able to make contact with loved ones, to the stigma of debt and a general feeling of loneliness absolutely sang from these pages. Anna’s fears and worries were palpable.

Lots of great characters – my favourites were probably the twins.

Anyone planning a move to a small, safe, quaint, sleepy little village probably shouldn’t read this book…

 

Blurb: What if you left your child alone, and something terrible happened?

Anna James is an anxious mother. So when she has to leave eleven-year-old Harrie home alone one evening, she can’t stop worrying about her daughter. But nothing bad ever happens in the sleepy village of Barton St Martin.

Except something goes wrong that night, and Anna returns to find Harrie with bruises she won’t explain. The next morning a local businessman is reported missing and the village is sparking with gossip.

Anna is convinced there’s a connection and that Harrie is in trouble. But how can she protect her daughter if she doesn’t know where the danger is coming from?

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