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This thriller is set mainly on the Isle of Man, which appealed to me as a welcome change in crime novel scene. I was disappointed though, that Chris Ewan did not really create a strong enough sense of place. The plot specifically refers to a tight local community but Ewan does not succeed in conveying that to the reader.
However, despite that caveat, Safe House is a well-plotted fast-paced story that will keep you turning pages with its many herrings of the red variety. The book begins with a motorbike crash on a quiet country road, after which Rob Hale’s pillion passenger Lena disappears without a trace. Even the local police deny that she ever existed and there was no trace of her at the hospital. Once he gets away from the clutches of the doctors and psychologists, Rob is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. Rob’s family is no stranger to recent drama, as Rob’s sister Laura committed suicide on the island a month previously. The Hales have hired London based PI Rebecca Lewis to look into the circumstances surrounding Laura’s death and she offers to help Rob. But why should she believe him when the police do not? And is there a connection between the two events?
Questions with very few answers bedevil the search, as do the tactics of some not very pleasant people who want the truth to stay hidden. I winced in a few places (the hero’s painful tribulations reminded me of those of some of Dick Francis’s investigative jockeys) as the blows flew. In the interests of not giving too much away, I will just say that Rob and Rebecca are both made of tough material. You will just have to read the book to find out not only whodunit but also why they did it.
Christine Mills (http://talesfromthelandingbookshelves.com)
Hughes and Hughes Dundrum
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