LIANE MORIARTY says that “No one writes twisted, suspenseful novels quite like Sophie Hannah.” Packed with twists and clues, simmering with tension, this electrifying new thriller shows why.
She's the most famous murder victim in America. What if she's not dead?
Pushed to the breaking point, Cara Burrows flees her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can't afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room and is shocked to find it already occupied — by a man and a teenage girl.
A simple mistake at the front desk... but soon Cara realizes that the girl she saw alive and well in the hotel room is someone she can't possibly have seen: the most famous murder victim in the country, Melody Chapa, whose parents are serving natural life sentences for her murder.
Cara doesn't know what to trust — everything she's read and heard about the case, or the evidence of her own eyes. Did she really see Melody? And is she prepared to ask herself that question and answer it honestly if it means risking her own life?
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About the Author
Sophie Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous psychological thrillers, including Woman with a Secret, as well as The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket, the first novels to be authorized by the estate of Agatha Christie. Her books have received numerous awards, including a UK National Book Award, and are published in twenty-seven countries. She lives in Cambridge, England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I’m only a third of the way through this book, and I’m so bored I have to stop reading it. It’s rare for me to not finish a book, but I just can’t do it with this one. I feel like I threw away $12.99!
Keep Her Safe from Sophie Hannah is an unusual book that may well leave most readers stuck in the middle about their feelings. There is a lot to like but also that just seems, well, off. You have the basic premise from the blurb so I won't repeat that again. The telling of the story is one of the strongest features of this novel. It is a combination of the regular narration of what is "currently" happening with transcripts from videos and interviews from the recent past as well as a written "book" that shows up well before we learn what it is. This all makes for a story that jumps a bit but not hard to follow. In many ways, we learn right along with Cara. The characters are quirky for the most part, but not the kind of quirky you'd necessarily want in your life. Some scenes are a bit over the top yet the ones that seem the most over the top, the TV scenes with Juno, are actually pretty accurate for the way these pseudo-legal shows are, with bloated egos and ratings over substance, kinda like all of Fox "News." We get closure, or so we think, but we are left with some lingering questions. Again, the ending may well irritate some readers but I don't mind some things being left in the air for me to consider. It might mean there isn't 100% closure but then life tends to be that way, until the end anyway. I don't think this is one of Hannah's best. In all honesty I can't say what makes me feel this way. With the exception of a short period of time I was not very invested in any of the characters and that will almost always kill a book for me. Yet I liked the ideas behind the story and the way the story was told. Hannah's writing itself is good, as expected. Reviewed from a copy made available through Goodreads First Reads.
Amazing as always. Brings the characters to life and doesn't allow me to put the book down.
Keep Her Safe by Sophie Hannah is a recommended thriller. Cara Burrows runs away from her home and family in England for an expensive resort and spa in Arizona. When the clerk mistakenly gives her a key to a room that is already occupied by a man and a teenage girl, Clara is upgraded to a bungalow. The next day Cara overhears another guest claiming to have seen the mysterious Melody, a girl whose parents were convicted of her murder seven years earlier. Then detectives come to halfheartedly investigate the sighting. Cara decides to get online with the spa-provided tablet and research the story of Melody Chapa. While reading about the case of infamous American murder victim, Cara suspects that the teenage girl she saw and heard the first night, in the room she mistakenly was given the key to, was Melody. She discusses her suspicions with Tarin Fry and her daughter, Zellie, along with the staff. She asks to see the detectives, but disappears before she can tell them what she saw and heard. Keep Her Safe is entertaining when the backstory of the Melody Chapa case is discussed. The theories and investigation of the case combined with the occasional excerpts from the writing by some unnamed girl hook you into the mystery. However, you also have to suspend a whole lot of disbelief to keep reading and believing in the plot. It helps that Hannah is a good writer so there aren't technical flaws. There are other flaws. The reason given for why Cara ran away from her family to a place she couldn't afford was unbelievable. Really. You're going to think there must have been more to it, but there isn't. And, honestly, it made me respect her less as a character. The whole paying a stranger to hold her cell phone for her was ridiculous/stupid. The plot is kind of silly. Bonnie Juno is a joke. Allowing only local cops, resort management, Juno, and guests to meet and talk about the sightings of Melody and the disappearance of Cara and another person was implausible. And, yet again, the character of Tarin Fry is a florist from Lawrence, Kansas. Really? (Novelists, please stop pointing at a map and deciding that Lawrence, KS looks like a good place to have an unlikable character live. I'm starting to get a complex about this. Please consider some other places in fly-over territory.) I'm recommending Keep Her Safe because I read it to the end and was entertainer by it, even when there was a wee-bit of eye rolling over some of the details. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.