This review is written with thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my copy of Safe With Me.
Anna is a postal worker in her thirties who lives a solitary existence. She keeps herself to herself, except for visiting her elderly neighbour, Mrs Peat. One day, Anna witnesses a road accident outside her house, and she realises that the driver is someone from her past. By getting close to the victim, Liam, Anna believes she can exact revenge on the driver who injured him. What is Anna avenging, and what will the consequences be if she succeeds?
Safe With Me is told from a range of narrative viewpoints: those of Anna and Mrs Peat in the present day, and Carla, thirteen years previously. Although this appears to give the reader some insight into the lives of the central characters, it becomes clear that not all the narrators, particularly Anna, are reliable. This increases the tension in the novel, and allows the reader to examine all the possible explanations for what happened.
Each character in Safe With Me is flawed, in some cases to the extent that I found it quite difficult to like them and relate to them. This is especially true of Anna, who comes across as unsociable and rude, and often appears to behave strangely. However, it is this that makes the characters compelling, and I remained intrigued throughout as to what happened in their pasts, and what the future would hold for them.
As the novel reaches its climax, Slater reveals a few twists, which made the final few chapters unputdownable! I did not predict the ending, which made me gasp several times, and I felt this was a fitting conclusion to a thoroughly enjoyable book.
Safe With Me is available from Amazon.