Review: Safe Harbour by Helene Young


Title: Safe Harbour

Author: Helene Young

Published: Michael Joseph: Penguin Au March 2014

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Status: Read from March 21 to 23, 2014 — I own a copy   {Courtesy the publisher}

My Thoughts:

From the first pages of her fifth novel, Safe Harbour, award-winning Australian author Helene Young draws the reader into an exciting tale of action, intrigue and romance.

When Darcy Fletcher and Noah Moreton are called upon to rescue a man from his stricken yacht in wild seas, they are not prepared for the tsunami of danger that swamps Banksia Cove in his wake. The stranger’s presence exposes long held secrets and lies, sparking betrayal and violence that threatens to destroy them, and everyone, they love.

Fast paced and gripping, the suspense plot of Safe Harbour delves into family secrets, financial conspiracy and organised crime. The stranger, eventually identified as accountant Conor Stein, proves to be an unexpected link between Darcy’s estranged father, ex-football star turned club manager, Stirling, and the Russian mafia. With evidence of their joint criminal practices, Conor is a target and in helping him, Darcy too is hunted by the ruthless men sent to quiet him at any cost.

Having saved Conor’s life, Darcy feels some responsibility towards him, especially as in the immediate aftermath of the accident he is suffering from amnesia. Darcy’s motivation for helping Conor is altruistic, though tangled with residual guilt involving a tragic event in her past, but quickly becomes personal when her friends are targeted and her father’s involvement in the situation is revealed. The author has created a capable and likeable protagonist in Darcy, whose vulnerabilities – Grant’s death, her father’s abandonment, her mother’s illness and the loss of her restaurant – are also a source of strength.

Darcy also draws strength from Noah, Banksia Cove’s community police officer and childhood friend. Young develops a romance between the two that has been simmering for a decade or more, but is complicated by both the secrets of the past and the present.

Safe Harbour is a first-rate, absorbing romantic suspense novel, balancing a dramatic story with strong characters and an engaging romance. I expect that Helene will adding another ARRA trophy to her case in 2015, I know I will be voting for Safe Harbour to win.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jenn J McLeod | Simmering Season
    Mar 26, 2014 @ 19:48:42

    You and me both, ShellyRae. Helene is my go-to gal for a gripping romance story every time.



  2. brendat59
    Mar 26, 2014 @ 20:04:03

    Excellent review Shelleyrae!



  3. Marg
    Mar 26, 2014 @ 20:25:33

    I am looking forward to reading this one! Then I need to go back and read the first 3 books!



  4. Teddyree
    Mar 31, 2014 @ 14:28:35

    totally agree Shelleyrae, I had trouble putting this one down and I have a Noah crush 🙂



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