Making a Murderer meets Scandal in this story of police corruption, family secrets, and illicit affairs from bestselling 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 fourteen 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.
Tucker's heart-pounding standalone romantic thriller opens with a peculiar suicide. Austin police chief Jackie Marshall mutters rambling self-recriminations to her son Noah, makes him promise to keep them secret, and then shoots herself. Noah can't figure out whether she was trying to atone for her own misdeeds or those of her former partner, Abraham Wilkes, or to protect someone in the Austin PD. Then he receives a confidential envelope from his mother's lawyer, and the note leads him to a hidden compartment holding $98,000. Between that and an unexpected visit from a pair of FBI agents, Noah becomes determined to get to the bottom of the story behind his mother's confession and death. He goes in search of Gracie, Abraham's daughter, one of the few people who might have answers. Tucker (Until It Fades) crafts a shrewd mystery that never falls flat, even as the steady, subtle romantic relationship between Noah and Gracie heats up the page.
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Suspense and Intrigue
This intense, emotional story is filled with suspense and intrigue and it held me spellbound from start to finish. It is a gut wrenching story about good versus evil; about doing what is right no matter what the cost. This is a wonderfully written dark story with unforgettable characters and intricate plot weaving. I’ll admit, I was hoping for more romance but the story is so engrossing, I didn’t care.
Noah and Grace are brought together through circumstances beyond their control. Noah’s mother makes a request for him to get in touch with Grace and it changes the course of both of their lives. Noah is trying to unravel the confusing mystery of Grace’s father's death and his mother's. Noah has had an insulated life and has been protected from all the bad things taking place. Once his mother dies, Noah has to make some tough decisions. He must decide to do what is right or what is easy. Noah is a good guy. He is charming, endearing, protective, tough and he also has a sweet and naive side.
Grace has had nothing but bad breaks in her life and she has learned she can’t trust anyone. Life hasn’t been fair or kind to Grace and she has learned not expect much. Yet through it all, Grace has become a tough and strong woman and she hasn’t let life bring her down.
There are a lot of secrets and lies and it is dangerous as Noah and Grace try to learn the truth. Although Grace is attracted to Noah she is afraid to let him in. I liked Noah and Grace. They are likable and realistic and have a lot of chemistry.
Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book vIa Cocktails and Books and Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
This book pulled me in from the beginning. I admit I rushed the beginning because I wanted to see what was going on and about half way I slowed down. I enjoyed how story rolled out and shocked me with new information. My whole family checked on me when I yelled out loud in exclamation at a shocking revelation. Very solid and intriguing mystery.
K.A. Tucker’s own brand of romantic suspense is SUPERB!
When I read K.A. Tucker’s He Will be My Ruin, I was impressed and over the moon that she gave us such an amazing romantic suspense to think about and ponder over for days. But when I dove into Keep Her Safe, I was left speechless and utterly blown away. I already love the way she writes and presents her stories, but this... this is her own brand of mystery and suspense. It’s written with a flair of her sweet, heart-melting side, with a touch of humor, impeccably blended with twists and turns and a whole lot of secrets and deception. It was quite an adrenaline rush—Noah and Gracie’s journey had me constantly on edge, my emotions in a jumbled mess and my head about to explode from everything going on.
If that wasn’t a gripping, overly intriguing and captivating first chapter, I don’t know what is. Right when I passed those pages, I knew I’d be wrapped up in this story, eating up every crumb that’s left to be able to connect the dots and conjure up my own theories. It’s definitely a breath of fresh air—one that has a different pace and feel compared to the other reads I’ve had lately. I think that’s another thing that truly captured my interest with this book—I knew it will be different. It made my heart race for so many reasons, but I’m definitely all for the mind-numbing ride this book dragged me into.
Keep Her Safe is one of those books that will take you on a mystery-filled journey that you won’t be able to get enough of until you reach that very last page. It will keep you intrigued and engrossed in what you’re reading the farther you get into the story, and the more things unravel. Brilliantly concocted and flawlessly written, K.A. Tucker will surely take you on a thrilling and nail-biting rollercoaster ride with her newest romantic suspense.