What attracted me first to this book was the blurb. Described as “Making a Murderer meets Scandal” (and I really love Scandal) and as the story about two people from completely different backgrounds with hints of suspense and romance, I couldn’t wait to put my hands on it.
The protagonists of the novel are Noah Marshall and Gracie Richards. I loved his Southern politeness (calling everyone ‘sir’ or ‘ma’am’) and her stubbornness and independence. Noah and Gracie grew up together in Austin. His mother and her father were police officers, partners, and best friends. But when Noah was 11 years old and Gracie was 6, her father died during what seemed a drug deal gone wrong and he was accused of being corrupted. So her mother packed their things and moved them to live in Arizona in a trailer park, while Noah’s mother climbed up her way through the Austin Police Department to become Chief.
Fourteen years later, after tragedy strikes, Noah and Gracie meet again to find answers to the mystery surrounding their parents and to find out the truth about what really happened to Gracie’s father.
I loved the main characters, the evolving relationship between Noah and Gracie and their witty exchanges. I liked that Noah was good and honest and that Gracie was determined and strong and how they hit it off right away.
I liked how the author confronts themes of racial injustice, corruption, and different backgrounds. You are aware of the presence of these themes in the story but they don’t weigh too much on the plot. KEEP HER SAFE is a romantic suspense novel with the right amount of romance and the right amount of police story. The mystery seems easy to solve but I found a few twists that took me by surprise.
Alternating between the past and the present and between characters, KEEP HER SAFE is carefully plotted and beautifully written. It is one of these books that I couldn’t put down and I couldn’t wait to go back to read and it is out now.