Summer Read (2) – Safe House by Chris Ewan

ImageLots to like here – and more than worth the 99p special price Kindle offer!

An absorbing start with a motorcycle crash and unexplained missing passenger. An interesting and unusual location on the Isle of Man that added to the narrative and characters. And a gritty, sometimes intense, story of espionage, money and blackmail. The end was well thought out and kept me on the edge of my seat.

So, why only three stars? My main issue was pace. At times the narrative was over-loaded with detail, when all we really wanted as readers was to get on with the story. One example, two people, badly injured (another point of contention in terms of believability for me and the amount of action they are involved with) are trapped in a garage, plotting an attack on their kidnapper. High drama, tight with tension, we then have almost three pages of explanation of cupboards, door positions, and details we had no need of knowing. I must admit this was one of a few areas I skimmed over. We just wanted them to get on and wallop the man when he opened the door! 

But, overall, an enjoyable read by a competent writer. I shall look out for Chris Ewan in the future as I enjoy discovering new authors in crime fiction.

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