Blog Tour: Book Review - Safe With Me by K.L. Slater

Today on Becca's Books, I'm delighted to be sharing my book review of K.L. Slater's Safe With Me as part of the blog tour.

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Title - Safe With Me
Author - K.L. Slater
Publication Date - November 3rd 2016
Publisher - Bookouture
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided by publisher via NetGalley)
Pages - 324

Blurb
Thirteen years ago someone did something very bad to Anna. Now it's her turn to get even...

Anna lives a solitary existence, taking solace in order and routine. Her only friend is the lonely old lady next door. She doesn't like to let people get too close - she knows how much damage they can do.

Then one ordinary day Anna witnesses a devastating road accident and recognises the driver as Carla, the woman who ruined her life all those years ago. Now it's Anna's chance to set things straight but her revenge needs to be executed carefully...

First she needs to get to know Liam, the man injured in the accident. She needs to follow the police investigation. She needs to watch Carla from the shadows...

But as Anna's obsession with Carla escalates, her own secrets start to unravel. Is Carla really dangerous or does Anna need to worry about someone far closer to home?

Review
What a thrill ride of a psychological thriller Safe With Me by K.L. Slater turned out to be. Bookouture weren't lying when they said that this was a 'psychological thriller so tense it will take your breath away'. Sublimely dark and all-consuming, Slater has written a novel so gripping, so captivatingly exciting that I found myself shushing everyone and ignoring everything simply so I could carry on reading.

In Safe With Me by K.L. Slater, we're introduced to Anna. Slater takes her readers straight to the action, as Anna is witness to a terrible accident in which a man, Liam, is flung from his motorcycle from the impact of the crash, and rushed to hospital. It is only when Anna sets eyes on the other woman at the scene of the accident that she realises she knows her. In fact, this woman played a devastating role in Anna's past, the impact of which has remained with Anna throughout her life ever since. Now, face to face with her again after so much time has passed, she refuses to let the woman out of her sight again. Revenge is sweet, especially when it creeps up on you seemingly out of nowhere. Fate has a dark and dangerous hand to play in the reunion of these two women and things are about to take a menacing and nasty turn.

K.L. Slater writes with such sharp precision and edginess, it's impossible not to feel the effects of the circumstances which unravel as if they're a physical thing. From beginning to end, I found it near impossible to put this book down and read it in record time, with my heart racing and adrenaline pumping. It was dark and twisted, with an incredibly oppressive atmosphere and tone that clung to me right the way through the novel, refusing to let go and allow me to breathe easily. Slater's continuous references to Anna's past hooked me completely and I became desperate to know exactly what had happened all those years before between these two women. It was clear from Anna's reaction that she hadn't expected to see this woman, who we know as Amanda, to appear again in her life and it's a serious shock to the system. Immediately, one million questions arose in my mind and I couldn't wait for the answers to be delivered. It was mysterious in every way possible, but with such a menacing undertone that got right beneath my skin and encouraged me to keep those pages turning until I reached the very end.

Slater's characters were fantastically constructed and each of them a puzzle to be solved. I found Anna to be a bit curious, although that's not to say that I didn't like her. In fact, I'd say I was rather fascinated by the woman. She was determined to wriggle her way into Liam's life and intent on growing closer to him in order to get closer to Amanda. I knew that whatever had happened between them must have been something terrible, as there was no chance Anna was letting it go. She was clever, yet had demons of her own to slay, and it seemed those demons came in the form of Amanda.

Between the chapters following Anna's chasing of Amanda, Slater took us back in time and began to deliciously pepper the novel with flashes of the past, creating the foundations of this story and slowly but surely delivering the full picture of what happened all those years before. I adored this aspect and thoroughly enjoyed being taken back in time, as it allowed me to understand why Anna was so angry and intent on getting revenge. It was incredibly intriguing and again, Slater's style was addictive, leading me further into this dark and twisted maze of a story that had goose-bumps prickling my skin.

All in all, this is an absolutely thrilling debut from K.L. Slater that has left me eager for more from this author. Dark and twisted, edgy and sharp, it truly got beneath my skin and had me excited for whatever the author would throw at her characters next. Becca's Books is awarding Safe With Me by K.L. Slater with five of my bookish cupcakes. This was darkly executed, and written by an author who clearly knows how to tease and taunt her readers in the best possible way. Roll on the next novel by K.L. Slater!


About the author
For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents but never made it off the slush pile. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents and a book deal which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim writes psychological crime thrillers for Bookouture. Her first book, 'Safe with Me' is published on 3rd November 2016.

Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac. Between them they have three grown-up kids; Kim's daughter, Francesca, and Mac's sons, Nathan and Jake.

She also writes multi-award winning YA fiction under the name Kim Slater.

You can find K.L. Slater on Facebook | Twitter | klslaterauthor.com

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