Top positive review
Very clever psychological thriller...
5 November 2016
‘Safe With Me’ is a very clever psychological thriller that plays with your mind and will make you feel like you have just stepped off those crazy rides which leave you disoriented after you step off them. The whole story seems to build itself into a frenzy so I didn’t know whether to actually believe anything. As soon as I thought I had figured something out something would happen and I would be left doubting everything that I had previously believed.
The story begins with the hook of a prologue, an arson attack by an unknown person and then switches to the present day scene of a road traffic accident. A biker (Liam) is knocked from his motorcycle by a seemingly careless driver, and our main protagonist Anna is witness to the event. When the driver gets out of the car Anna recognises her straight away, it is the woman Anna holds personally responsible for ruining her life 13 years ago. Anna is a troubled young woman, an isolated loner who harbours fear and finally sees this as the perfect opportunity to exact revenge and set things back on an even keel. Anna pushes herself into the midst of Liam’s life in order to stay closer to Carla, or “Amanda” as she is calling herself now.
The story continues to switch from present day and 13 years ago, and is told from other characters’ points of view as well as Anna’s. The further the story goes on the more Anna’s life spirals out of control, and the more irrational her behaviour becomes, as exposing Carla for who she really is becomes an obsession. As the reader learns more about Anna, the clearer it becomes that she has some serious mental health problems. Watching Anna’s decline is as sad as it is mesmerising - you know it’s coming, you know it’s going to be bad, but you just can’t take your eyes off it. I felt deeply sorry for Anna, it was impossible not too.
This author certainly knows how to play with the readers mind and not only did I think that Anna was slowly losing her mind, I thought I might be as well. With plenty of twists and turns this is a definite must read for fans of this genre.