Book Review – ‘Keep You Safe’ by Rona Halsall ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Thank you to Netgalley, Bookoture and Rona Halsall for the chance to read this book.

What if trying to protect your child only put them in danger?

Natalie Wilson has just been released on parole after spending 3 years in prison for a crime she says she didn’t commit.  But her husband Tom believed the police and not only didn’t let her see Harry in all that time, he’s taken him somewhere so she can’t see him upon her release either.  Now she’s out Natalie is determined to see Harry again and find out who set her up and destroyed her life. But she doesn’t know who she can trust and is being followed by someone out to harm her and her son.  Can she find out the truth and keep her son safe?

This was a fantastic book.  It is written mostly from the perspective of Natalie and goes back and forth from current to past events as we learn how she ended up in prison, her experiences while in there and what it is she did that lead to the threat on Harry’s life.  She’s jumpy and anxious from the start and you get a sense of her unease and suspicion of everyone she sees around her. She has one focus: Harry. All she cares about is seeing her son and getting them both to safety.

There is a second narrator in this book who’s identity we don’t know.  This person is hunting Natalie and is determined she won’t find her son or enjoy her freedom. No one is supposed to know she’s been released as it was done quickly and secretly due to the death threats but they know and are hot on her trail.  The chapters told by this mysterious stalker were short, full of malice and added a chilling element as we read their pure hatred and plans.

This novel was easy to read as I couldn’t put it down.  I needed to know what had happened to her in prison, if she was right to place her trust in certain characters and if she would finally find her son.  I enjoyed the change in Natalie that took place during her time in prison and found the way she used to deal with her separation from her son very touching.  I Another aspect I liked was that there were multiple candidates as to the identity of second narrator and that it wasn’t revealed until the climax, leaving you unsure about your suspicions and questioning the actions of multiple characters over and again.  

Keep You Safe is a gripping debut novel that thriller fans will love.  I can’t wait to read more from this author.

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