I’m delighted to be taking part in the launch celebrations of the fantastic new thriller ‘No Longer Safe‘ by AJ Waines. Published on 4th February in, ‘No Longer Safe’ is available to buy here in the UK and here in the US.
About ‘No Longer Safe’:
She was your best friend. Now she’s your deadliest enemy – and there’s nowhere to run…
When Alice receives an invitation from Karen, her charismatic University friend, to stay in a remote cottage in Scotland, she can’t wait to rekindle their lost friendship. But two more former students arrive – never friends of Alice’s – and as the atmosphere chills, Karen isn’t the warm-hearted soulmate Alice remembers. Barely is the reunion underway before someone is dead and the fragile gathering is pushed to breaking point.
As the snow cuts them off from civilisation and accusations fly, Alice finds herself a pawn, sinking deeper into a deadly game she can’t escape.
‘No Longer Safe‘ is a chilling Psychological Thriller that delivers a delicious sting in the tail.
My review of ‘No Longer Safe‘
When Alice is asked by an old university friend she hasn’t seen in six years to stay for a couple of weeks in a remote Scottish cottage she thinks Karen is reaching out to her for the sake of the past. But things are not as they seem and life for Alice is about to change dramatically.
I really enjoyed reading ‘No Longer Safe’. The plot romps along and with the italicised first person interjections from Karen there is an added urgency and pace that captivates the reader. A final twist at the end is brilliant – really shocking and I didn’t see it coming at all. I think ‘No Longer Safe’ would be an exciting film or television series.
The characterisation is very good. It’s easy to imagine each of the four friends and to appreciate their somewhat toxic relationships. I think we have all known similar people at some point. Alice is naive and often makes the wrong choices, but she is believable because of the way her history is subtly presented so that we understand why she behaves the way she does.
What I thought was particularly skilful was the presentation of the cold and snow. A J Waines really creates an atmosphere that enhances the action through her descriptions. There is a strong sense of underlying menace from the beginning. The writing is literary and engaging making ‘No Longer Safe‘ a book that can be enjoyed without effort on the part of the reader.
As well as being a great psychological thriller, ‘No Longer Safe‘ touches on themes that are important in today’s society. It isn’t possible to explore them all without spoiling the story, but identity, love, relationships, family and crime are part of them. The title has many meanings and I’ll leave it to future readers to decide who really is no longer safe – and why!
Readers who like strong settings, clear characters and a fast paced read will thoroughly enjoy ‘No Longer Safe’. I certainly did.
About AJ Waines
AJ Waines has sold over 100,000 books worldwide and topped the UK and Australian Kindle Charts in 2015 with her number one bestseller, Girl on a Train. Following fifteen years as a psychotherapist, she is now a full-time novelist with publishing deals in France, Germany (Penguin Random House) and USA (audiobooks).
In 2015, she was featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times and was ranked in the Top 20 UK authors on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). She lives in Southampton, UK, with her husband. Visit her website and blog, or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
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