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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Safe Keeping by Barbara Taylor Sissel

Safe Keeping by Barbara Taylor Sissel
My Rating:  5 of 5 Butterflies

Title:  Safe Keeping
Author:  Barbara Taylor Sissel
Series:  Stand Alone
Length:  320 pages
Publisher:  Harlequin MIRA
Published:  March 25, 2014
Source:  Author via Sisterhood of the Traveling Book Group
Format:  Paperback
Genres:  Fiction; Suspense Fiction; Women's Fiction
Subjects:  Families; Murder Investigation
At the heart of every crime, there's a family… 

My son is a murderer…. So begins this chilling and emotionally charged mystery from highly acclaimed author Barbara Taylor Sissel.  

Emily Lebay had always thought of her family as ordinary. Sure, they've endured their share of problems, even a time of great trouble—what family hasn't? But when a woman's body turns up in the dense woods near their home, and Emily's grown son, Tucker, is accused of murder, Emily is forced to confront the unfathomable, and everything she believed about her life is called into question. 

This isn't the first time Tucker has been targeted by the police; a year ago he was a person of interest when another woman was found dead in the same stretch of woods. Still, neither Emily nor her daughter, Lissa, can reconcile their Tucker with these brutal crimes. Terrified, convinced there's been a tragic mistake, Emily and Lissa set out to learn the truth about Tucker, once and for all. And while his life hangs in the balance, what they discover proves far more shocking than their darkest fears…. 

"A gut-wrenching mystery…enjoyable and insightful." —RT Book Reviews on Evidence of Life
My Review:
I have really come to love the writing of Barbara Taylor Sissel, and must say that Evidence of Life was one of my favorite books that I've read, so when I saw that she had a new book coming out, I did everything I could to find out how I could get my hands on a copy of Safe Keeping.  I knew that Barbara Taylor Sissel was in with one of my Goodreads groups, Sisterhood of the Traveling Books, so I checked there, and sure enough, she had Safe Keeping circulating, so I added myself to the list, and boy was I ever excited!

Who wouldn't want to read this book after reading such an amazing Synopsis?  And after reading the book, I can't say that the Synopsis has let me down.  I have found that with many books, that the story just doesn't quite live up to the Synopsis, and that in fact, the Synopsis is the best part of the book, however, that is so not the case with Safe Keeping.  The story was expertly and emotionally written, making the reader feel what the other side of a murder investigation might feel like!  It dives into the emotions that the family of the accused feel!  How, as an accused murderer's mother or sister, might you feel?  Would you stand by your son's/brother's side?  Would you give everything that you had to prove his innocence?  Would you believe in his innocence with all of your being?  I felt a variety of emotions while reading this book.

I must say that Sissel really threw me off with this story!  I thought that I had figured out what was going to happen, just to find out that I was totally wrong.  There was quite a surprise ending and left me with my mouth hanging wide open!  I was pulled in from the very first few words, and Sissel never let go until the last word on the last page!  I found it to be a quick and easy read, however, very emotional throughout.  It certainly was a page turner, and I enjoyed each and every page this story contained!

The characters were all such fierce characters, that believed in what they believed in, and were all willing to sacrifice anything for that belief.  What this family goes through will leave you reeling for days and certainly will tug at all of your heart strings.

Overall, I had very high expectations for this book after reading Evidence of Life and I must say that I wasn't even in the slightest bit, let down after reading Safe Keeping.  I think that Barbara Taylor Sissel has an amazing talent, and feel so honored that I can be one of her followers and have the opportunity to read her works of art!  I enjoyed every minute of reading this book!  As with her previous book, I found Sissel leaving me thinking of what I would do in the same situation, which is something that I really love about a book!  I love the thought that goes along with these types of stories!  I am endlessly amazed by Sissel's writing and can't wait to see what else she comes up with!

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Disclaimer:  I was provided a copy of this book by the Author in return for an honest and unbiased review!

I also want to throw out a HUGE thank you to Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer for her help with some of the formatting of my post!  She has been an awesome help!

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