When cattle baron Magnus Anderssen collapses mentally, psychologist Ed Northrup struggles to find the cause - a terrible event buried in Magnus's past leaving him veering between suicide and murder. Meanwhile, Deputies Andi Pelton and Brad Ordrew clash as they investigate Jared Hansen, a boy caught with rifles and a paranoid plan to kill his schoolmates. Their problem? Jared, a great kid, a school leader, has no previous problems. Ordrew’s convinced Jared’s a mass shooter-in-waiting, but Andi’s not. Ed joins their search for whatever caused his radical transformation from great kid to psychotic killer. It’s a race against time: Magnus grows more irrational and homicidal, Jared's insanity may not be controlled before it’s too late, and Ed’s risky plan to save the boy may destroy his relationship with Andi. Nobody’s Safe Here, a psychological thriller, tells the story of a community of ordinary, decent people facing terrifying mysteries.
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In a small town, people don't expect a lot of excitement or anything beyond normal troubles. Jared, a 17-year-old is found hoarding rifles and threatening to shoot his senior high school class. He rants about the government who want to kill him, he's paranoid in thinking that he's being invaded by a demon, and he waffles between murder and suicide to protect everyone from himself. The only problem with that scenario is that Jared is a really good kid... has loving parents, goes to church regularly, popular kid in school, kind, generous ... and has never been in trouble before. Cattle baron Magnus Anderssen basically has a mental breakdown. Something buried in his past has been triggered ... he can't sleep, he has started drinking, and he carries a gun that he really wants to use ... on someone. Dr. Ed Northrup is fighting for both man and boy. Ed lost a patient sometime ago ,, and he's always felt guilty that he hadn't been able to help. He's torn and praying that he will be able to help somehow. So what is causing Jared's paranoia that seems to come and go? And what has Magnus buried so deep in his self-conscience that he can't remember, but knows it will kill him if Ed can't help him. This is an excellent book, very well-written, with detailed character development. There is a clever premise that keeps the reader engaged from the first page. The author had me on the verge of tears telling Jared's story. Ed and Deputy Andi Pelton have a tenuous romantic relationship. Deputy Boyd Ordrew is from 'the big city' and gets irate when these crimes are immediately charged the way 'they' would. This is a community of ordinary people facing anything but ordinary circumstances. Highly recommended! I wish to thank the author /Black Rose Writing for the digital copy of this novel. The opinion expressed here is unbiased and entirely my own.