Book Review: Keep Her Safe by Richard Parker

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Title: Keep Her Safe

Author: Richard Parker
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Published: 11/1/18
Star Rating: ⭐ 1/2


Maggie’s daughter Penny is her whole world… and she’d do anything to protect her. So when Maggie wakes one night to find a strange woman in her home, she runs to lock herself in her bedroom with her child. But Maggie knows why she’s come… 

Someone has been targeting mothers and offering them a choice: do as he says or their child disappears. This stranger in her home has until dawn to follow his orders… but Maggie too has the ‘choice’ to make. Can she put the pieces together to stop the cycle before her time is up?

Spoiler-Free Review:

The opening pages of this book were immediately gripping, Parker's talent was evident very quickly with the introduction of two mothers, Maggie and Holly, who are both in desperate situations, and would do absolutely anything for their children. The page-turning aspect of this book began very quickly, focusing on the stand off between these mothers. 

However, this is the plot that should have been the SOLE focus of the novel, hell, it could have made an entire series on it's own. It's a unique concept which would have been so intriguing as the mystery of the book, and could have been developed so much further than it was. 

This story tells the events of the two woman, with differing perspectives, over a period of 12 hours and is action-packed to it's core. However, I feel as though this book had most of it's thrill at the beginning of the book and almost let you down at the end. This is another uniqueness of the book, since most thrillers are set up to build up from the beginning to a more thrilling end, although it didn't work too well for me, I don't think it necessarily was a bad move, and I think it definitely works to suck you in from the very beginning.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, I think the author shows a real talent for coming up with an amazing plot idea and writing a gripping thriller and I will definitely be reading more of their thrillers in the future. However, I think this book would have benefitted from having one or two focuses of the plot, rather than having so many different things going on that, although this book was full of action, it was almost confusing. I would recommend this one anyway, especially for the amazing plot idea, and I hope it works more for others than it did for me!


*This book is released on January, 11th 2018 in the UK*

I received this E-Arc in exchange for an honest review and would like to say thank-you to Bookouture for providing me with an advanced-readers-copy of this book. 

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