Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker
Published by Atria Books on January 23, 2018
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Suspense
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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.
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).
Keep Her Safe starts off with a bang (literally) and continues at full speed until the very last page. I was completely and totally riveted by Noah and Gracie, their parents, the coverups, the deceit, even Conan the one-eyed dog.
I adored Noah and Gracie. Noah has grown up seeing his world through rose colored glasses, while Gracie knows all too well how cruel the world really is. Both of them enter this story as one person and end it as something else.
The corruption is evident, it’s the players who aren’t. Noah keeps his secrets close to his chest. He’s protective of his mother and unsure of whom he can really trust. But deep down, he’s a good person conflicted with the knowledge that maybe his mom isn’t as innocent as he’s always thought her to be. While Gracie trusts no one except herself. She’s had a really hard life, growing up believing that her father was a corrupt cop. She’s one tough cookie for sure.
Together Noah and Gracie make a great team. They both teach each other invaluable lessons about being human. As they grow closer they realize that beneath all the lies and secrets together they can uncover the truth. And boy is the truth ugly. I couldn’t put the book down until I knew what really happened and everytime I thought I had a good grasp, I’d quickly find out I was wrong. At one point I didn’t trust any of except Gracie. Her character stayed true, never wavering on her convictions. Headstrong and super stubborn, she was so much fun to read.
I don’t want to give too much away, however this story is a must read for anyone who loves suspense, intrigue, whodunnit, scandal ridden books. I really didn’t want it to end.
* I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book *