Noah Marshall’s mother, Jackie, is the police chief in Austin, Texas. Highly decorated and respected, it comes as a shock to Noah when he discovers the skeletons she has been hiding, skeletons that resulted in crushing an innocent family. When the guilt of her actions becomes too much for her to live with, Noah sets out to complete his mother’s last wish, to track down the daughter of the man she failed.
Gracie Richards has spent the past nineteen years living in a trailer park with her mother since her corrupt cop father was killed in a drug deal gone wrong. Struggling to take care of her heart broken and drug addicted mother, the last thing Gracie expects is to have a strange man with ties to her past show up on her doorstep.
Together Noah and Gracie begin to uncover the truth around her father’s death and the full extent of corruption within the Austin Police Department. ‘Keep Her Safe’ is written in first person point of view and alternates by chapter between Noah, and Gracie in the present, and Abe and Jackie in the past. This technique allows the reader to follow along with Noah and Gracie as they discover the truth about their parents as well as who is truly responsible for Abe Wilkes death, while also understanding Abe and Jackie’s motivations and how things ended up going so wrong.
K.A Tucker has written such authentic characters and I absolutely loved the dynamic between Noah and Gracie, as well as the fact that Noah was not just another tough guy romantic interest, but a genuine and well written character who is sometimes unsure of himself – something many male characters lack in romance novels and was a refreshing change to read.
‘Keep Her Safe’ also deals with themes of sexism and racism, with both Jackie and Abe having to contend with other people’s bigotry in order to do their jobs.
It has been a while since I have read a believable crime novel that has still maintained suspense without become far fetched with the use of Dues Ex Machina (a person or thing that appears suddenly and unexpectedly to provide a solution to a seemingly impossible to solve problem), bad writing, or simple plots that take away from otherwise enjoyable novels. ‘Keep Her Safe’ was such a refreshing change, and I loved not being able to pick what was coming while connecting with well-written characters.
K.A Tucker has written a marvellous novel, creating an intricate and riveting page turning plot with unexpected twists and shocking turns. ‘Keep Her Safe’ is a thrilling and complex slow burn romantic suspense novel by K.A Tucker that will keep you guessing right to the very end.
It's been quite some time since I read a K.A. Tucker book. I'd always been meaning to get to them, but for one reason or another it never actually happened. Well let me tell you, Keep Her Safe was an awesome way to jump back into her books.
Noah Marshall is the son of the chief of the Austin police department. Gracie Richards is the daughter of a drug addicted mother, and a father who was a corrupt police officer, killed in a drug deal gone wrong. Noah and Gracie haven't seen each other for fourteen years, but are reunited to try to uncover some truths from the past.
Keep Her Safe is full of mystery, lies, intrigue and suspense. And I was hooked from the first page. I loved the pacing of the story. It started off slowly and allowed me to get a feel for Noah and Gracie and what they'd been through. While their lives were very different there was also a whole lot of pain and suffering for both of them. I loved that this book wasn't romance based, which allowed the relationship between Noah and Gracie to develop naturally. And they’re both such amazing characters. In the second half of the book things really picked up. I was so suspicious of so many characters and their motives and how they fit into all the mystery and cover ups. I love when an author's able to keep me guessing!
I was so impressed with K.A. Tucker's writing and storytelling. I can guarantee that I won't be waiting years before I read another book by her. If your love a good mystery/thriller with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure, then I highly recommend you picking up a copy of Keep Her Safe.
Thank you so much to @atriabooks for supplying me with a copy for my honest review.