Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on October 4th 2016
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In the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder...
It's all come down to this...
Daisy Little has lived in agoraphobic terror for over eight years. Trapped within a prison of her own making, she watches time pass through her bedroom window. Daisy knows she'll never be a part of the world...until the day she becomes the sole witness of a terrible crime that may finally tear the Search and Rescue brotherhood apart for good.
¬¬Reviewed by Amy¬¬
As I read the blurb for this book, I immediately thought of that old Audrey Hepburn movie, Wait Until Dark, where the blind woman is increasingly isolated from the outside world by her assailants. The thought of your fears confining you to your home and then those fears taking real form and making your home no longer a safe haven intrigued me. And like with that old Hepburn movie, I was on the edge of my seat reading In Safe Hands.
Daisy Little has spent the last 8 years, since her mother’s murder, sequestered in her home and afraid to leave it. She spends her days watching her neighbors from her bedroom window seat, knowing she’ll never be a part of that world because the world beyond her door is just too terrifying. Her only human contact is the occasional visit from her father and the visits of her best friend, Chris Jennings, a Field County Sheriff’s Deputy and the man who killed her mother’s assailant. Chris had been her only friend since she was 16 and her feelings for him had grown. But she never pushed the relationship, afraid he’d stop visiting if she made him feel awkward. Her sheltered world changes though when she witnesses a crime during one of her late night neighborhood viewings. After sharing her discovery with Chris, he brings in other search and rescue friends and their significant others (from previous books in the series) and they begin to analyze the info they’ve accumulated noticing these events in Simpson (fires, murders, missing people) all seem to be related and finally leading them to who they suspect is behind them. And through her contact with and the support of these new friends and her evolving relationship with Chris, Daisy starts to consider the possibility that she might be able to leave her haven and have a normal life. Unfortunately though, the very people they should be able to trust are actually the ones they should fear and Daisy’s home is no longer a haven, but a trap.
I was a bit apprehensive starting this book as this is a new to me author and, of course, a new to me series. Would I be lost coming in on the final book in the series? Though at first, I did feel a little clueless, I quickly caught on to the gist of the situation through the dialogue of Daisy and her “super sleuth” friends. I do regret though that I didn’t get in on the series from the beginning. Even though I now know how it ends, I plan to go back and read the earlier books as well. I would recommend you start at the beginning of the series as you will not want to miss one second of this riveting suspense. This story is a near perfect ratio of nail biting suspense to lovely, slow building romance. The characters are complex and their conflicts are real and believable. I look forward to reading the rest in this series and learning the stories behind the other characters.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.