Having met lovely Tara Lyons, author of No Safe Home, on several occasions and had the privilege of a guest post from her on Linda’s Book Bag about the intricacies of the mind that you can read here, imagine my delight when I heard my name was going to have a cameo appearance in No Safe Home! Obviously I couldn’t wait to read it.
No Safe Home was published on 31st January 2017 by Bloodhound and is available for purchase in e-book and paperback here.
No Safe Home
Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is haunted when the suspicious death of a teenage girl triggers suppressed memories. With a stalker targeting vulnerable women in Central London, and his team rapidly diminishing, Hamilton must conquer his emotions before another family is destroyed.
In a sleepy town in Hertfordshire, Katy has worked hard to rebuild her life after leaving behind everything she knew. But when her past catches up with her, and her young son’s life is threatened, Katy must admit her true identity if she has any hope of surviving.
A home should be a safe place, shouldn’t it?
But sometimes it is hard to know who you can trust…
My Review of No Safe Home
Katy Royal is attempting to leave her past behind, but little does she realise just how much of it is about to catch up with her.
Now, here’s the thing. I know Tara and she’s lovely. Linda’s Book Bag is mentioned in the acknowledgements of No Safe Home and I was lucky enough to have my name included in a cameo role. So, I was terrified of reading No Safe Home in case I didn’t like it. I didn’t like it – I really liked it.
No Safe Home opens in dramatic style and doesn’t let up. I genuinely felt my pulse increase at times as I read and the short chapters add to that feeling of breathlessness generated. There are frequent mini cliff hangers that meant I couldn’t put aside No Safe Home until I’d just read a little bit more and before I knew it, I’d read it in one sitting. The plot is incredibly well developed so that it isn’t always possible to guess what will happen and again this adds to the enjoyment of the read.
I especially liked the perfect balance between developing the role of DI Denis Hamilton whilst creating the character of Katy Royal. I felt I knew them both well by the end of the book. Both their lives are gradually and skilfully revealed so that it doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the first of the DI Hamilton books, In The Shadows. No Safe Home works as a stand alone story in its own right.
The procedural and medical details are well researched and provide just the right level of detail to enhance the reader’s experience and I found Tara Lyons has a quality of description that enables the reader to envisage a scene vividly. She makes excellent use of the senses in her writing. I also really appreciated the smattering of literary references in the narrative too.
The premise that we are not safe in our own homes is a disturbing one and I found the exploration of this theme and the consequences of society’s use of the online virtual word all made for a riveting read. Indeed, it isn’t just the crime victims in this novel who have No Safe Home – others suffer too, adding layers of interest.
Tara Lyons has also skilfully constructed several possibilities for future DI Hamilton books. The investigating team has evolved and there are a couple of elements in No Safe Home that made me think ‘Oh! I wonder where that might go,’ in the future. Having read No Safe Home, I can’t wait to find out.
I thought No Safe Home was a thrilling read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Tara has always enjoyed writing and having studied English Literature at university went on to work as an Assistant Editor on an in-house magazine. She now concentrates on writing her own novels.