I am thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for Richard Parker’s latest novel, Keep Her Safe today, which also happens to be publication day. Happy publication day Richard. I am a massive fan of the author’s work so the opportunity to read this book early was one I couldn’t miss. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the book in a moment, as soon as we’ve seen what it’s all about.
The Official Book Blurb
How far would you go to protect your child?
Maggie’s daughter Penny is her whole world… and she’d do anything to protect her. So when Maggie wakes one night to find a strange woman in her home, she runs to lock herself in her bedroom with her child. But Maggie knows why she’s come…
Someone has been targeting mothers and offering them a choice: do as he says or their child disappears. This stranger in her home has until dawn to follow his orders… but Maggie too has the ‘choice’ to make. Can she put the pieces together to stop the cycle before her time is up?
An edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing until the last page. Perfect for fans of Adam Croft and Tess Gerritsen.
Oh lordy. This book. This writer. What I love most is that I know by opening up my kindle and tapping the screen to open up a new Richard Parker novel, I am committing myself to a few hours of complete and utter immersion in a story which is going to shock and thrill me and keep me on the edge of my seat. Keep Her Safe did all of the above and so much more.
You know from the start, without reading the blurb, that something is slightly off kilter in Maggie’s world. She is a very nervous mother. Very nervous. Her whole demeanour is of someone on the edge and it can’t all be down to being the older mother in her parenting classes. Can it? It doesn’t take long for the reader to find out and as the opening scenes play out, the magnitude of what Maggie is actually facing starts to become startlingly clear, as do the implications of what we are reading. Maggie’s life, and that of her daughter, are in grave danger but as to why and who would want to hurt them … well this is where the book takes its most interesting turn.
Faced with an impossible choice – your safety and freedom or that of your child – what would you do?
Well this is exactly the question which is addressed in this book, placing our protagonists, Maggie and her ‘stalker’, a woman called Holly, in a situation in which they feel they have only one choice. As it turns out, their choices are set to be expanded, placing them in far more danger than they could imagine, as the person who is really pulling the strings sets them on a path with one dark and thoroughly depraved destination.
There are so many twists and turns in this book, enough to keep you as a reader well and truly on your toes. Pacing is so fast, the tension so high, that if you are anything like me then you will blast through half of the book before you even realise, by which point you will be hooked and desperate to know what is really going on. Parts of it made me grimace, parts left me reeling. All of it had my nerves a jangling from start to finish.
Maggie and Holly are two very interesting characters and I am never quite sure if I admire their strength or deplore their stupidity in not contacting the police. Ultimately I want them to succeed, I know that much, even if I struggled to know who to warm to in the beginning. The more time I spent with them though, the more I began to admire their tenacity and resolve and had to applaud Richard Parker on creating two characters who I may not have always liked – there were compelling reasons not to littered throughout – but I always wanted to follow.
And then there are the scenes towards the conclusion of the book, where the killer’s ‘end game’ becomes clear. You have to hand it to Mr Parker. He’s not afraid of touching on the darker side of crime fiction. Not that murder isn’t dark enough, but there are hidden depths to this book and what we first see with Maggie and Holly is merely a game compared to the stark truth they are set to uncover. And all due to a killer who wishes to test the strength of a mother’s love.
A tense, twisted read that hurtles along at break-neck speed to a very dark and deadly destination. Loved it.
My thanks to publishers Bookouture for providing an advance copy of Keep Her Safe. It is released today and available from the following retailers:
About the Author
Richard Parker was formerly a TV script writer, script editor and producer before turning his hand to penning twisted standalone thrillers.
KEEP HER SAFE is his latest book published by Bookouture on January 11th 2018.
HIDE AND SEEK was his fifth book published in August 2017.
FOLLOW YOU was his fourth psychological thriller. Reviewers are saying it’s Bookouture’s darkest crime novel to date.
STALK ME was his third and rode high in the UK and US charts.
SCARE ME was his second. Hollywood movie rights have been acquired by major US studio, Relativity Media. Star of PRISON BREAK and screenwriter of dark horror thriller STOKER, Wentworth Miller, has written the big screen adaptation.
STOP ME, Richard’s darkly fiendish debut, was shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award.
Do take a look at some of the other blogs taking part in the blitz