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Review: Keep You Safe by Rona Halsall

keep you safeWhat if trying to protect your child only put them in danger?

Natalie is desperate to find her little boy. It has been more than three years since she saw Harry. Three long years in prison for a crime she knows she didn’t commit.

But her husband believed the police, and took their son.

Who has gone to such great lengths to destroy Natalie’s life? Everyone she once trusted – friends, family, everyone close to her – what secrets do they hide?

If Natalie finds the truth, will she get Harry back, or lose him forever?

Review

In Keep You Safe by Rona Halsall, Natalie is trying to find her son, Harry. She has been in prison for years and lastly saw her son when he was just a few months old.  Keeping him away is her estranged husband, Tom, and some bad people chasing her.

This story is narrated through alternating timelines. My favorite timeline was the one following Natalie’s arrest and imprisonment. I was curious about her crimes. I am always intrigued by stories set in prison so her incarceration also interested me. This prison was quite different though.  It kinda sounded like an okay place, well apart from being locked down and the not so nice inmates. The present timeline follows Natalie as she searches for her son. There were quite a number of tense moments especially involving Natalie being stalked.

This was a good read and I enjoyed Rona’s writing. Having read many thrillers before, I quickly guessed the identity of the baddie hence the reveal wasn’t surprising. However, I didn’t predict their motives or a number of the other twists in the story. There were also a few chilling chapters that were narrated by a mysterious character. These were intense and I found myself looking forward to them.

Through this story, I also discovered the Isle of Man. I had never heard of this place before. Not even in passing or in a movie.  It provided an interesting setting for this thriller. The Coastal location also added more tension to some of the scenes. This was an interesting, well-written thriller with a unique setting.

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33 comments on “Review: Keep You Safe by Rona Halsall

  1. Booksarge
    September 6, 2018

    I agree with you on the prison narrative, its quiet intriguing and the suspense makes it even better. Great review.

    • Diana
      September 7, 2018

      Thanks Shaz 🙂 The prison narrative always add some really good tension to thrillers.

  2. Fantastic review Diana! This sounds like just the kind of thriller I like.

    • Diana
      September 7, 2018

      I think you’d enjoy it too. Thanks Kim 🙂

  3. Holly B / Dressedtoread
    September 7, 2018

    I enjoyed this one too Diana! Also thought the prison chapters were interesting. The ending quite shocked me. Great review!

    • Diana
      September 7, 2018

      That ending was quite something, it surprised me too. Glad you enjoyed this one too Holly. Thank you 🙂

  4. Fantastic review and I also find the setting to be very interesting!

    • Diana
      September 7, 2018

      It really is. I don’t know how I have never even heard of it before this book. Most thrillers set in the UK talk of Cornwall when using island locations. Isle of Man was unique. Thank you, Nikola 🙂

  5. deesradreadsandreviews
    September 7, 2018

    Great review! I’m adding this one for sure 🙂

    • Diana
      September 7, 2018

      Glad to hear that, thank you Dee 🙂

  6. jennifertarheelreader
    September 7, 2018

    Oh, I love learning about a new setting like that, Diana! I am also not familiar with that place, and I love that it added to the tension. Beautifully-written review!

    • Diana
      September 7, 2018

      I Googled Isle of Man after reading the book. Its between England and Ireland, small kingdom with about 80,000 citizens, the people are called Manx. I think its a really interesting place and it definitely was a great location for this thriller. Thanks Jennifer 🙂

  7. Blessedly Bookish
    September 7, 2018

    This sounds ABSOLUTELY terrifying.

  8. Fabulous review! I enjoyed this one as well liked Natalie‘s character!

    • Diana
      September 7, 2018

      Thanks Berit. Glad you enjoyed this one too. Natalie was easy to root for. She is a great character 🙂

  9. B Lostinacoulee
    September 7, 2018

    Great review, Diane! I think I need to add this one to my list!

    • Diana
      September 7, 2018

      I hope that you will enjoy it if you get the chance to read it. Thank you 🙂

  10. Annie
    September 7, 2018

    Great eview, I think Ive heard of that place in a book, because it sounds familiar! I had never heard of this one though :O

    • Diana
      September 7, 2018

      Thanks Annie. Isle of Man was totally new to me but having read about it a bit now, I think I’d want to go there. It was an interesting setting.

  11. Norrie
    September 7, 2018

    Ha! A pleasant prison! I think i remember reading somewhere about prisons in the Nordic countries and how they are not totally awful places and they actually try to make the inmates feel good etc…
    This story sounds pretty cool. I think it’s interesting to see what happens after someone is released from prison and how their life might have fallen apart while they were in.
    I’m also planning to the Isle of Man since forever, but so far have not managed to get there. At least i could take a fictional trip there 😀
    Great review!

    • Diana
      September 11, 2018

      Isle of Man sounds like such a lovely place with wonderful scenery. Just found out that the annual motorcycle rally is held there. Still, I had heard nothing of the place before then lol. I hope that you will get to visit soon 🙂

      I have just looked up Nordic prisons and its crazy. They do look like college dorms. Prisons in Africa are part of the reason why I haven’t ventured into a life of crime yet lol. Seriously though, prisons here ain’t no joke.

      I hope that you will enjoy this book if you get a chance to read it.

      • Norrie
        September 11, 2018

        Ha! That sounds like fun! And a good excuse to visit 😀

        Love how you put that… the only reason, hehe 😀 We should move to Sweden and become mobsters so we can live in those lovely prisons 😀 /joke

  12. Yvo
    September 8, 2018

    Wonderful review! A shame you were able to guess the identity early on, but it’s good to hear you still enjoyed it.

    • Diana
      September 10, 2018

      Thanks Yvo. I think the other twists and the prison narrative saved this one for me so guessing the villain’s identity so early ended up not affecting my experience with the story too much.

  13. Raney Simmon
    September 9, 2018

    Interesting thriller read.

  14. Meggy | Chocolate'n'Waffles
    September 9, 2018

    The blurb is good but your review really sells the book! I love different timelines and I am tremendously curious about what happened to Natalie and if she can be reunited with her son!!!

    • Diana
      September 10, 2018

      That is one of the reasons why I kept turning pages until the end. I couldn’t wait to find out whether Natalie and her son got reunited. Thanks so much Meggy 🙂

  15. anovelglimpse
    September 17, 2018

    Ooo! This thriller sounds good. I probably wouldn’t be able to guess, or maybe I would. Doesn’t matter — this one is going on my book club list. We like to read thrillers together. Great review!

    • Diana
      September 21, 2018

      I hope that your book club will enjoy this one. Let me know if you guys read it. Thanks 🙂

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