Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting on the Blog tour for To Keep You Safe by Kate Bradley
For fans of Now You See Her and Sleep comes a nail-biting suspense thriller that asks: how far would you go to save a child that isn’t yours?
You don’t know who they are. You don’t know why they’re hunting her. But you know she’s in danger. What do you do?
When teacher Jenni Wales sees 15-year-old Destiny’s black eye, she’s immediately worried. Destiny isn’t your average student: she’s smart, genius IQ smart, and she’s in care. But concern turns to fear when Jenni witnesses an attempt to abduct Jenni from school.
Who are these men and what can Destiny know to make them hunt her?
With those around her not taking the threat seriously, Jenni does the only thing she can think of to keep Destiny safe: she takes her.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Jenni Wales is relatively new to teaching but needed the ridged structure of a timetabled daily routine. Jenni had left the army after a young man she is mentoring is killed in action. She not only suffers from PTSD but also has a condition that means she is unable to read people. This causes her social complications in her life which leave her very isolated, at times confused and often the butt end of jokes.
Destiny a 15-year-old pupil in Jenni’s Math class, is on her last chance with social services. If Destiny messes up one more time she will have to live in a secure unit. Destiny isn’t the only troubled child in the school which stretches the teachers, resources, and headmaster to the limits. When a couple of men turn up to school, determined to take Destiny with them Jenni’s hardcore training kicks in and she makes it her mission that she will protect Destiny at any cost.
Oh boy, this is one kick-ass read that kept me glued to every page. The story is told mainly through Jenni and Destiny with chapters dipping back into both their pasts, with rarer appearances of the school headmaster and one scary Polish abductor. I always felt like my heart was in my mouth, with ‘look over my shoulder’ moments and brief encounters that the general public didn’t want to get involved in.
This is a real twisty read with at times uneasy violent themes that are brutally close to real life. It shows the cracks in an overstretched underfunded social services with care in the community, being more of ‘you are on your own mate’ rather than support for troubled people that need it. Brilliant storyline and a heart in my mouth ending. A very different story to the one I thought I was going to read. Awesome!
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR