Safe From Harm by Leah Mercer

I’m so pleased to tell you about this totally gripping book today. Thanks so much to Bookouture for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

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About the Book: 

My darling child… all I’ve ever yearned for. But how do I keep you safe?

When Ali retreats to her seaside cottage, all she wants is to be alone. To reconnect with a place that has always felt like home until her baby is born.

But then her life collides with the people living in the house next door, Michael and Meg, and she is immediately welcomed into their perfect life with their beautiful baby Jem. As they help her prepare for her own arrival, Ali knows she has made the right choice for her baby in returning to Seashine Cottage.

When Michael leaves suddenly for a work trip, and Meg impulsively invites Ali to move in, it becomes clear things aren’t as perfect as they first seemed.

Meg is holding on to a dark secret. And as her behaviour becomes ever more erratic – leaning on Ali for increasing amounts of help – while Michael shows no signs of returning, Ali begins to worry.

Does she need to protect herself and her unborn child from the new friend she thought would help keep her safe? And what about her own devastating secret… the one she’s been running from?

From the bestselling author of Who We Were Before comes an unputdownable and heartbreaking read about how far we will go to protect those we love the most. Perfect for fans of The Silent Daughter, Diane Chamberlain and Kerry Lonsdale.

My Review:

Wow, what a totally gripping read this book is!

Right from the start I had a feeling of menace. The isolated location, the wild seascape and the strange goings-on all add up to a really tense atmosphere.

The story is told mostly from Ali’s perspective, but with occasional chapters from Violet, her grandmother. All the pieces begin to come together to give us a picture of what has happened in the past, and what might be brewing in the present day.

I must say though, nothing in this book was as I predicted. All of my theories about the characters and they secrets that they were hiding were completely wrong.

The pace is perfect, slow enough to build the tension, but fast enough to hold the reader’s attention. I absolutely could not put this book down.

A suspenseful and compelling read, it’s also a touching and thought-provoking story, and beautifully written. Very highly recommended.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author BioLeah Mercer was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada. Her first ambition was to be a journalist, but after completing a master’s in journalism, she soon realised she preferred anything other than reporting the news. After trying her hand at public relations, teaching and recruitment in various countries around the world, she finally settled in London and returned to writing… fiction, this time. Her first two novels, Who We Were Before and The Man I Thought You Were, were shortlisted at the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards. Leah loves books, running and visiting historic houses with her husband and their son.

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