Book Review: No Safe House by Linwood Barclay

No Safe HouseWhat’s it about?

Seven years ago, Terry Archer and his family experienced a horrific ordeal which nearly cost them their lives. Today, the echoes of that fateful night are still audible. Terry’s wife, Cynthia, is living separate from her husband and daughter after her own personal demons threatened to ruin her relationship with them permanently. Their daughter, Grace, is rebelling against her parents’ seemingly needless overprotection. Terry is just trying to keep his family together. And the entire town is reeling from the senseless murder of two elderly locals.

But when Grace foolishly follows her delinquent boyfriend into a strange house, the Archers must do more than stay together. They must stay alive. Because now they have all been unwillingly drawn into the shadowy depths of their seemingly idyllic hometown.

For there, they will be reconnected with the man who saved their lives seven years ago, but who still remains a ruthless, unrepentant criminal. They will encounter killers for hire working all sides. And they will learn that there are some things people value much more than money, and will do anything to get it.

My thoughts

We pick up with the Archers seven years on from when we last met them in No Time for Goodbye and with what starts out as teenage antics ends up in another rollercoaster ride; seriously…the Archers have to be one of the unluckiest families in literary history!

In No Safe House we are reacquainted with familiar characters with some of the minor characters from No Time for Goodbye playing more of a major role here. Vince and Jane are back in more of a lead with Vince displaying more of his gangster characteristics in this novel though.

Terry is again called upon to assist in acts not entirely within his comfort zone and certainly not legal activities, but of course he goes against his better judgement in order to protect his daughter and family. Some of this seems a little far fetched but as the Archers come across as such a normal family this kind of works. As you would expect it’s tense, and it’s such a cliche but it is a page turner.

Having only read 2 other of Linwood Barclay’s novels I believe this one is also following previous formats in that there are interspersed chapters written from the perpertrator’s point of view. I do like this but sometimes when the previous chapter is left on a cliffhangar you just desperately want to carry on with what you’re reading and not be interrupted by another perspective. However, this does make you race on and read just one more chapter…

This can be read as a standalone as it does reference and briefly explain what happened to the family previously but I would suggest you read No Time for Goodbye first otherwise you’ll be missing out.

Thanks to the publishers for approving me for an ARC via Netgalley.

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