Keep Her Safe
By: KA Tucker
Expected Publication: January 23rd 2018 by Atria Books
Genre: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)
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Goodreads description--Making a Murderer meets Scandal in this story of police corruption, family secrets, and illicit affairs from bestselling author K.A. Tucker, celebrated for her “propulsive plot twists and searing seduction” (USA TODAY).
Noah Marshall has known a privileged and comfortable life thanks to his mother, the highly decorated chief of the Austin Police Department. But all that changes the night she reveals a skeleton that's been rattling in her closet for years, and succumbs to the guilt of destroying an innocent family's life. Reeling with grief, Noah is forced to carry the burden of this shocking secret.
Gracie Richards wasn't born in a trailer park, but after fourteen years of learning how to survive in The Hollow, it's all she knows anymore. At least here people don't care that her dad was a corrupt Austin cop, murdered in a drug deal gone wrong. Here, she and her mother are just another family struggling to survive...until a man who clearly doesn't belong shows up on her doorstep.
Despite their differences, Noah and Gracie are searching for answers to the same questions, and together, they set out to uncover the truth about the Austin Police Department's dark and messy past. But the scandal that emerges is bigger than they bargained for, and goes far higher up than they ever imagined.
Complex, gritty, sexy, and thrilling, Keep Her Safe solidifies K.A. Tucker's reputation as one of today's most talented new voices in romantic suspense.
Keep Her Safe is told from altering points of view mostly between Noah and Gracie in the present but also between Noah's mother, Jackie, and Gracie's father, Abraham. These points of view also jump around in time. This is usually something that I dislike in books. Despite most authors having a legit reason to write this way, I still struggle. I don't enjoy jumping around and any time the story moved to the past I found myself putting Keep Her Safe down because the past wasn't as interesting to me as the present. Of course, KA Tucker does have a legit reason for presenting her story in this way, so it all made sense in the end. But I still needed to mention that this is something that I struggled with and don't usually enjoy.
I thought I would dislike Gracie more than I did. She started the book with some serious attitude. It's understandable given everything that she's been through and the circumstances that she's currently living in. I can even see myself responding to life and others in a very similar way as Gracie does due to her experiences. Noah was easy for me to like. I felt so bad for him given where he begins the book and the things he learns about his family throughout the story. He was a genuine, stand-up guy and I couldn't find anything that I really disliked about him. I appreciated the slow build between Gracie and Noah considering her trust issues. And I really enjoyed that KA Tucker kept the physical scenes pretty non-descriptive and to a minimum in frequency.
While I didn't predict all of the ins and outs of the story and mystery behind everything that went on between Jackie and Abraham in the past or how Betsy fit into the picture, I did easily pick out the main villain of Keep Her Safe pretty early on in the story. Now I will say that KA Tucker kept throwing things in there that made me doubt what I thought to be true, but I was never fully swayed from my thoughts. Turns out I was right.
Keep Her Safe was an easy and fast read that I kept wanting to come back to, except the sections written in the past that I found easy to put down. While I didn't predict everything, I did nail two pretty big details that should have been surprises. Ultimately, I enjoyed this read, but I can't imagine that Keep Her Safe will be one that I remember much about in say a year or two. Keep Her Safe gets 3.5 Stars. Have you read Keep Her Safe? What did you think? Let me know!