Safe Keeping

Safe Keeping

by Barbara Taylor Sissel
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Safe Keeping 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
SAFE KEEPING BY Barbara Taylor Sissel is a gripping suspense novel, a captivating saga of one family’s emotional journey, when forced to confront the real possibility that one of their own may have committed a horrible crime. Set in Texas, two murders hang over this family’s 34-year old son, Tucker. They must all sort through their mistakes and misunderstandings to uncover the truth. Tucker’s girlfriend Miranda was discovered dead, now another woman, Jessica, a friend Miranda’s has been found in the same stretch of woods, and the suspicion has fallen on Tucker once more. Tucker’s family—father, Roy; mother, Emily; sister, Lissa; and brother-in-law, Evan—are deeply involved in the emotional chaos of the investigation, as well as questioning his innocence--could he capable of such inconceivable acts. As these relationships are tested, will be bonds be strong enough to survive--a family under pressure, as they learn the truth, while considering the worst? Is forgiveness possible? Lissa and Emily are uncertain where to lay the blame for Tucker’s issues and everyone has their own issues. Are they the result of the tremendous fear he experienced as a child when in the throes of an episode of post-traumatic stress? Or is Tucker’s troubled nature the result of faulty genes? Emily and Roy make tremendous sacrifices in order to keep Tucker safe. How far would you go to protect your child? The family slowly begins to crumble under the stress of the ongoing police investigation. Roy retreats from everyone, Emily tries to pretend everything is normal, and Lissa begins her own inquiries into the murders with sacrifices. Revelations about long held secrets expose the family’s dysfunction—a riveting and haunting read. Enjoyed the conversation with the author at the end, and the inspiration for this novel ---fascination with the I-45 serial killings that plagued Texas for a number of years. Look forward to reading more from this talented author!
MisfitGeek More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This was a very good book. It captured my attention from the very beginning and kept it all the way through. It was a very interesting and quick read. There were enough twists and turns during the story to throw me off and I was not expecting what happened in the end. The author did a great job on character development. I didn’t really like or connect with any of them but that did not detract from my enjoyment of the book. It is a rare thing for me to be so caught up in a story that does not have a single character that is relatable or even likable for me. The dynamics of a family under extreme stress was truly what captured and kept my interest. The author did an excellent job exploring the affects of PTSD on the family and the question of nature vs nurture. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy an expertly crafted mystery. This is the second book by this author and I really like her style of writing. I cannot wait to see what she will write next.
CMash More than 1 year ago
WOW!!!  I need to emphasize that WOW! Barbara Taylor Sissel went on my "authors to read list" after reading her novel THE NINTH STEP.  And she stayed that after I finished reading THE VOLUNTEER and EVIDENCE OF LIFE.  Now with this latest book, SAFE KEEPING, she has a permanent spot on that list. The LeBay family is once again dealing with a heart wrenching and "could it be" family crisis, son and brother, Tucker, is being accused of murder.  Not Tucker!  Yes he has had some difficulty in life, but murder?  Yes, the family has some secrets, but murder?   There are more likely suspects other than Tucker.  With unconditional love, the family will prove his innocence.  Or can they? I know when I start to read a Barbara Taylor Sissel book, the writing is going to be impeccable, the characters life like and relatable, the suspense incredible.  And she didn't disappoint with this novel.  She has an amazing talent of weaving a tale full of chapter cliff hangers, possible suspects, roller coaster action that is difficult to put down and comes to a climax with a "never saw coming" ending.  Heart pounding!!  An intense read!   I highly recommend!!!                                                                            ( I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me, from author/publisher, in exchange for my honest opinion)
JBronder More than 1 year ago
The Lebay family is one huge dysfunction after another. Roy, the father, has severe PTSD from Vietnam. This leads to him having issues with Tucker, his son. Tucker has problems of his own. His former girlfriend, Miranda, was found murdered last year in woods by his parents house. He was a person of interest but never convicted of the murder. Now Jessica has turned up dead in the same area and since she was Miranda’s friend and an acquaintance of Tucker, he is the suspect in this murder. Emily, Tucker’s mother, doesn’t believe that Tucker could have killed Jessica. Emily and her daughter Lissa decided to prove that Tucker is innocent even if Roy has washed his hands of Tucker. But there is a lot more to this story than they originally thought. There are many skeletons in this family’s closet and they are going to surprise you. I was pleasantly surprised with this book. There was a lot more to it than I thought there was going to be. It’s amazing how the different characters try to struggle through life and coping with the different situations in it. It always amazes me how things can happen in the family dynamics and not everyone knows what is happening. How can Emily be so blind to what is happening with her children? And Roy, what the heck? I can understand some of his behavior but that doesn’t excuse the crap he did/does at all. I was completely surprised by the ending but I think it did well wrapping up the book. This is one book that I think you will be pleasantly surprised by. It’s one that I recommend that you read. I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
acorley84 More than 1 year ago
Safe Keeping - Insightful, Intriguing, And 2014's MUST-READ For a more in depth review, please visit my blog, Chorley Chronicals! I have really come to love the writing of Barbara Taylor Sissel, and must say that Evidence of Life was one of my favorite books that I've read, so when I saw that she had a new book coming out, I did everything I could to find out how I could get my hands on a copy of Safe Keeping. I knew that Barbara Taylor Sissel was in with one of my Goodreads groups, Sisterhood of the Traveling Books, so I checked there, and sure enough, she had Safe Keeping circulating, so I added myself to the list, and boy was I ever excited! Who wouldn't want to read this book after reading such an amazing Synopsis? And after reading the book, I can't say that the Synopsis has let me down. I have found that with many books, that the story just doesn't quite live up to the Synopsis, and that in fact, the Synopsis is the best part of the book, however, that is so not the case with Safe Keeping. The story was expertly and emotionally written, making the reader feel what the other side of a murder investigation might feel like! It dives into the emotions that the family of the accused feel! How, as an accused murderer's mother or sister, might you feel? Would you stand by your son's/brother's side? Would you give everything that you had to prove his innocence? Would you believe in his innocence with all of your being? I felt a variety of emotions while reading this book. I must say that Sissel really threw me off with this story! I thought that I had figured out what was going to happen, just to find out that I was totally wrong. There was quite a surprise ending and left me with my mouth hanging wide open! I was pulled in from the very first few words, and Sissel never let go until the last word on the last page! I found it to be a quick and easy read, however, very emotional throughout. It certainly was a page turner, and I enjoyed each and every page this story contained! The characters were all such fierce characters, that believed in what they believed in, and were all willing to sacrifice anything for that belief. What this family goes through will leave you reeling for days and certainly will tug at all of your heart strings. Overall, I had very high expectations for this book after reading Evidence of Life and I must say that I wasn't even in the slightest bit, let down after reading Safe Keeping. I think that Barbara Taylor Sissel has an amazing talent, and feel so honored that I can be one of her followers and have the opportunity to read her works of art! I enjoyed every minute of reading this book! As with her previous book, I found Sissel leaving me thinking of what I would do in the same situation, which is something that I really love about a book! I love the thought that goes along with these types of stories! I am endlessly amazed by Sissel's writing and can't wait to see what else she comes up with!
NarnianSS More than 1 year ago
Safe Keeping is a roller coaster ride which takes you straight up while you hold your breath,  then plummets you down with the thrill of speed, makes hair pin curves and upside down loops, while thinking maybe you made a mistake getting on, but when it stops, you want to do it again! The journey Barbara Sissel takes you on while reading Safe Keeping will keep you breathless at times  with the fear we all have faced in our lives of wanting to believe the best about someone we love, but holding doubts about their character. Is it somehow our fault, did we contribute to their flaws in some way?  Do we try to save them? These questions and more will arise with each compelling turn of a page.  This is Barbara Sissel at her best!