Charlie just wants to be forgotten but everyone else wants to know her story…
The morning after a terrible storm, a woman turns up in a remote Cornish village. She has bought the crumbling cottage that has lain empty for over a decade, and she’s going to make it her home. She calls herself Charlie, but it’s a name she’s only had for a few days. She keeps herself to herself, reluctant to integrate with the locals. Because Charlie has a secret.
Charlie was in prison for providing a false alibi for a murderer. But Lee Fisher wasn’t a murderer to her; he was the man she loved. Convinced of his innocence, Charlie said she was with him the night a young woman was killed. That lie cost her everything. And now she has the chance to start again. But someone is watching her, waiting for her, wondering if she’s really payed the price for what she did.
My Review :
Thank you to Mia for my invitation to the tour and for my copy of the book in return for a fair and honest review.
The story begins with Charlie relocating to Cornwall in a near derelict house, we soon find out that Charlie is not her real name and that she has a past that she is trying to escape.
She moves to the small village of Penderrion and the residents are eager to find out all there is to know about their new neighbour.
They are not the only ones who want to find out about Charlie...
Ben Jarvis wants to find Steff Finn and make her pay for what she did, he will go to any lengths to discover where she is.
I liked the fast pace of the book and I enjoyed the different chapters reflecting the different points of view of the characters.
It is story with many layers and I enjoyed reading as it had an element of suspense and twists and turns as the real story of Steff/ Charlie becomes apparent.
A great psychological thriller with a dark side that leaves you compelled to read on.
About the author:
JO JAKEMAN was the winner of the Friday Night Live 2016 competition at the York Festival of Writing. Born in Cyprus, she worked for many years in the City of London before moving to Derbyshire with her husband and twin boys. Safe House is her second novel and Sticks and Stones was her debut thriller.