Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker | ARC Review
Publication: Atria Books
Release date: January 23, 2018
How I got the copy: Simon & Schuster Canada
This is the first K.A. Tucker novel I’ve read. I knew of Tucker for her romance novels and I kept hearing Keep Her Safe was a nice mix of suspense and romance about corruption, relationships, and family ties. I love to read romance and I love to read suspense thrillers so this book seemed like a perfect match. I went into the novel without any expectations and have never read any of Tucker’s other novels to compare. What ultimately sold me to pick up this novel was the blurb from USA Today.
I was addicted to Making a Murderer and if Keep Her Safe was anything like it I knew I’d enjoy it and I did. The ultimate comparison to Making a Murderer and Keep Her Safe is the corruption. Going into the novel I didn’t expect it to get as dark as it did but regardless it was a great suspense story.
Keep Her Safe follows Noah Marshall and Gracie Richards, in this multiple perspective novel, searching for answers from the Austin Police Department’s dark and messy past. Noah and Garcie end up discovering more than they could think possible and discover new evidence that uncovers many secrets and a scandal that will change their lives forever.
Gracie is a strong, smart, optimistic, fighter with a sense of humour. She’s half black with curly hair and everything that makes her different from the typical main character is praised, which I loved reading. Noah is also a strong, smart, and respectful character. He has an endearing southern charm (coming from a person who’s never personally encountered southern charm) and both characters have a connection that’s easy to read and develops nicely throughout the novel.
The only thing that I think is a bit too much is how Noah and Gracie are a little bit too perceptive with each other. I don't have any issues with how perceptive they are with the investigation but when it came to each other they too quickly grew to know what the other is thinking and holding back. Both say along the same lines of, “My gut says there’s something he’s not telling me” but at different times.
I'd say there's a nice balance of suspense and romance in this novel. I don't think there's too much romance but as someone who loves to read romance novels, there was enough to satisfy me in the romance department knowing there was romance in it. I think Keep Her Safe would be a good read for people who don't really care for romance novels because this focuses mostly on the investigation rather than the romance.
I enjoyed the writing style and the structure of this novel, it keeps a nice pace and as much as I wanted to know what we’d discover next I also wanted to read the book slowly to properly digest everything and didn’t want it to end. I also appreciated that the book ended neatly, tying up any loose ends.
*A copy of this book was provided by Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review*