Review: The Safe Place by L.A. Larkin


Title: The Safe Place

Author: L.A. Larkin

Published: 9th November 2021, Bookouture

Status: Read November 2021 courtesy Bookoutre/Netgalley



My Thoughts:


A year after finally gathering the courage to report her boyfriend and boss, hero fire captain Marcus Harstead, for domestic violence, Jessie Lewis is a pariah in her home town of Eagle Falls. Branded an unstable, vindictive liar by her charismatic ex and his supporters, including Sheriff John Cuffy, when first a local family with whom Jessie had a public spat is killed in an arson attack on their home, and then Jessie is linked to the scene of a second fatal fire, she is quickly labeled the prime suspect. With only a retired FBI agent willing to believe her innocent, Jessie realises she has no choice but to expose the arsonist before her life turns to ashes.

The Safe Place by L.A. Larkin is a fast-paced, action packed thriller that involves domestic violence, PTSD, conspiracy, arson and murder. The author has crafted an intriguing and dramatic plot as Jessie, victimised, threatened and hunted, repeatedly finds herself in incredibly tense confrontations in a desperate effort to clear her name. Jessie is certain she knows who is framing her for the arson, and why, but her ex is not the only person in Eagle Falls with secrets they’d kill to keep, and there are some gripping twists as Larkin reveals hidden motives.

However I found Jessie to be a frustrating character. She’s a bit of a mess, understandably so given her past and current situation. I wasn’t unsympathetic, and I was always rooting for her survival, but I really struggled with the way in which she consistently made the worst possible choice in almost every situation.

Nevertheless The Safe Place is a page-turner, a tense and exciting story that had had me enthralled.


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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. WendyW
    Nov 28, 2021 @ 08:42:28

    Sounds so exciting and sadly realistic too. I can’t imagine being in such a predictament.

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    • Louisa Larkin
      Jan 11, 2022 @ 08:49:33

      Thanks for your comment. As the author, I always find feedback helpful. The Safe Place is inspired by the Australian bushfires of 2019/20 and is the story of how a serial killer uses fire to cover up his crimes. I think your would enjoy it.

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  3. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Nov 30, 2021 @ 21:24:13

    I totally agree, characters who keep making frustrating decisions can be more frustrating than engaging, but it’s good that the rest of this book had enough to balance that out

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