No Safe House by Linwood Barclay
Terry Archer and his wife Cynthia are currently living apart due to tension and fights between her and their teenage daughter Grace. Cynthia was traumatized by something that happened to her as a teen and now is an overprotective parent with Grace fighting her every step of the way.
While Cynthia is taking a ‘break’, Terry receives a call from Grace who is supposed to be at the movies with a friend. He learns that Grace lied and what she was really out doing that night has put them all in so much danger that Terry fears for their lives. Terry must deal with the consequences of her actions and make decisions that he is unprepared to make. How far would you go to protect your children?
By the end of this book, I was left wondering about Cynthia’s backstory and if these were reoccurring characters from a previous novel. Throughout the book the couple alludes to something that happened to Cynthia’s parents and brother when she was young, but never reveals what that was. So I researched some of Barclay’s previous books and found these characters were from No Time for Goodbye which appears to have been published in 2008. Although this is a standalone and you don’t have to read the previous novel you may want to, as not knowing the backstory was kind of frustrating.
All in all this was a lengthy, but pretty good, suspense thriller. This author will continue to be on my must read list.
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