A Flawlessly Written Captivating Tale of Secrets, Corruption, Loyalty, and Love

5 out of 5 stars

Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker was one of Audible’s “Top 9 Mysteries & Thrillers This Week” sometime back in January and the publisher’s summary really intrigued me. “Making a Murderer meets Scandal?” Oh, yes, please! Sign me up. If you’re a fan of Scandal, you’ll love this piece of romantic suspense as Tucker seamlessly blends “police, corruption, family secrets, and illicit affairs” into one heck of a story.

Noah Marshall’s mother Jackie is Austin’s highly decorated chief of police and after an evening of heavy drinking and seemingly incoherent rambling, she has just committed suicide. Noah, who led “a privileged and comfortable life” until the night of his mother’s death, feels obligated to fulfill her final request and seek answers to questions he didn’t know he had. Fourteen years ago, Jackie’s former partner Abe died in what appeared to be a drug deal gone wrong, but what really happened, why did it drive Jackie to end her own life, and why does she want Noah to personally deliver a bag of cash to Abe’s daughter Gracie? 

When Noah arrives at Gracie’s door in Tucson, her mom Dina is far from the woman he remembered from his childhood. As Dina struggles with addiction, Gracie works two jobs and does her best to blend in and survive in The Hollow, a trailer park where most don’t seem to know or care that Abe was a corrupt cop who died in a shroud of scandal. Gracie doesn’t seem to trust anyone but when Noah shows up on her doorstep, she has few options and they begin their search for answers together.

Unfortunately, I’m afraid I can’t give you too many more plot details without spoiling the twists and turns Keep Her Safe will take you on. I will tell you that it was a flawlessly written, captivating tale of secrets, corruption, loyalty, and love, the budding love between Gracie and Noah and the love they each have for their parents.

Keep Her Safe is narrated by a cast of extremely talented narrators: Robin Eller, Roger Casey, Wendy Tremont King, and Will Damon. Each had a distinctive, easy to listen to voice as they brought Noah, Jackie, Abe, and Gracie to life. I felt myself identifying with the characters and empathizing as they struggled with their demons–the emotions Tucker and her narrators were able to conjure were impressive and the complex story was filled with intellectual suspense.

While some portions of the story seem a bit predictable or cliche, I stayed interested, wondering how it would all turn out. Each time I started to think I had it figured out, another layer was revealed–I felt like I was peeling an onion–and the end was still full of surprises. I never felt like I was certain who I could trust and who I couldn’t. While some of my suspicions were accurate, there were twists I never saw coming.

If you’re more interested in the traditional crime fiction/suspense novels I have good news for you: you may be able to tolerate the romantic aspects of Keep Her Safe. Though the budding romance between Gracie and Noah was a significant feature of this book, wasn’t over the top, overly graphic, or steamy in a way that makes you a little nauseous and/or uncomfortable if read in public. Keep Her Safe felt predominately like a suspense story and the romance was just like the icing on top of the cake, complimenting the mystery quite well.

Book Description:

Making a Murderer meets Scandal in this story of police corruption, family secrets, and illicit affairs from best-selling author K.A. Tucker, celebrated for her “propulsive plot twists and searing seduction” (USA Today).

Noah Marshall has known a privileged and comfortable life thanks to his mother, the highly decorated chief of the Austin Police Department. But all that changes the night she reveals a skeleton that’s been rattling in her closet for years and succumbs to the guilt of destroying an innocent family’s life. Reeling with grief, Noah is forced to carry the burden of this shocking secret.

Gracie Richards wasn’t born in a trailer park, but after 14 years of learning how to survive in The Hollow, it’s all she knows anymore. At least here people don’t care that her dad was a corrupt Austin cop, murdered in a drug deal gone wrong. Here, she and her mother are just another family struggling to survive…until a man who clearly doesn’t belong shows up on her doorstep.

Despite their differences, Noah and Gracie are searching for answers to the same questions, and, together, they set out to uncover the truth about the Austin Police Department’s dark and messy past. But the scandal that emerges is bigger than they bargained for, and goes far higher up than they ever imagined.

Complex, gritty, sexy, and thrilling, Keep Her Safe solidifies K.A. Tucker’s reputation as one of today’s most talented new voices in romantic suspense.

Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker
Narrator: Robin Eller, Roger Casey, Wendy Tremont King, Will Damron
Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on January 23rd 2018
Genres: Suspense
Pages: 449
Format: Audiobook
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