Safe Keeping by Barbara Taylor Sissel

Posted September 22, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Safe Keeping by Barbara Taylor SisselSafe Keeping by Barbara Taylor Sissel
Format: eARC
Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery
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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.

This book opens up very powerful, with a mother realizing there is a real chance her son is a murderer. That’s got to be a really hard thing for a parent to consider, and you can tell that is something the whole family has a hard time considering. I was actually a little bit surprised at how much I enjoyed this book, it reminded me of one of those slow building crime/suspense movies, the book was just like that, a slow build the entire way through, and I really liked it.

So the whole book you are really wondering, is Emily right, did her son kill these women? But then again Emily isn’t even sure that Tucker, her son killed them, in fact she is steadfast in her conviction that it just isn’t possible that he baby could do something like that. His sister Lissa is just as sure that her brother couldn’t have done the things that the media and the police believe he did.

The story is told from two different POVs the women of the family, Emily and Lissa. And both of them are just so torn up over what is happening but they believe in their son. These women keep uncovering different possible suspects as to who could have been responsible for the murder, and I have to admit that even I was unsure of who did it while I was reading, it wasn’t until the very end when the book outlined everything that I was sure.

The family dynamics in this book are just so heart-wrenching. The father in the book, Roy, he’s a seriously damaged man. He is suffering from some serious PTSD from war, he’s dealing with constant pain from missing a leg, and he suffers from bad flashbacks. He doesn’t make anything easy for anyone in the family, but especially from Tucker. Emily I felt so bad for, nothing really turned out the way she thought they would when she was young. Her marriage is hard, her son is always seeming to need money or attention, and the family just can’t catch a break. I really felt for this family.

If you are looking for a mystery, especially one that is more based in family dynamics then the specifics of a crime, then this is a book you should check out. I enjoyed it.

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About Barbara Taylor Sissel

I am an author, a book reviewer, a freelance writer and an editor and the mother of two great sons. I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and grew up at various locations, mostly in the Midwest. I’ve always loved stories, the ones my big sister told to me and my younger brother, and the wild tales I invented for anyone who would listen that often left my mother perplexed. She knew they were too crazy to be from true experience the way I claimed and yet they were vivid enough that she couldn’t quite label them lies either. Sometimes even I wasn’t sure!

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