The Safe Word; Karen Long

the safe word

I was recommended this book just after posting my very first review, and after reading about it online I decided to check it out.  I’m so glad I took a chance and picked this us, I read it in about 2 days and the book just flew by.

[The Plot]:There are rules that every player of every game must abide by, no matter how dangerous the sport.  Toronto has become the backdrop to a macabre set of artistic installations: women kidnapped, tortured and horrifically displayed by a killer with a vision.
Only someone capable of understanding the killer’s creative desire will be able to stop the murders and D I Eleanor Raven is uniquely qualified. Driven by a complex personality she pursues only the facts, only the things she can see, but never casts a judgement.
But she also has a dark and dangerous secret – one that will threaten her very survival.

I am so glad that I read this book after the recommendation I received on twitter.  I was in a huge crime/thriller reading phase when I bought it and it was exactly what I was looking for.

This book had me intrigued from the very first chapter.  There was no period of perseverance to fully get into it, I just had to keep reading from the word go.  I don’t want to give away any spoilers for this book as I feel everyone with an interest in crime and thriller books should give it a read, and be taken on the twisting, turning ride for themselves.  You learn Eleanor Raven’s secret in the very first chapter, and straight away we are thrown into a murder investigation.

Karen Long has done an amazing job of describing the murders and includes all of the gory details throughout the book.  Personally, this is something I love to see in this genre.  There is nothing worse for than a crime or thriller book that shy’s away from blood and gore to keep the reader at ease.  As a reader, I want to read exactly what has happened and why, it’s this detail that keeps me on the edge of my seat, unable to put the book down.

Aside from the murder investigation, we learn a lot about the characters throughout this book.  The relationship between Eleanor and Laurence is  awkward at first.  Eleanor is bitter that her previous partner has been replaced after his heart attack, as she thinks he will still be fit for work once fully recovered.  However, the more they learn about each other and work together, the closer they become.  Eleanor really started to trust Laurence and it’s not until something drastic happens that she questions that trust.  I feel as if there has been a lot of character building and setting up with the relationships, ready for the next book.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel, The Vault, in the near future. … maybe after payday ;P

I rate this book four out of five stars.

four star

Those were just my bookish thoughts, but I would love to hear yours in the comments below.

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