After her husband's death, a young widow with a faithful Great Dane must decide between two men -- but as new love blossoms, jealousy turns deadly in this suspenseful New York Times bestseller.
Julie Barenson's young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died - a Great Dane puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now four years have passed. Still living in the small town of Swansboro, North Carolina, twenty-nine-year-old Julie is emotionally ready to make a commitment to someone again. But who?
Should it be Richard Franklin, the handsome, sophisticated engineer who treats her like a queen? Or Mike Harris, the down-to-earth nice guy who was her husband's best friend? Choosing one of them should bring her more happiness than she's had in years. Instead, Julie is soon fighting for her life in a nightmare spawned by a chilling deception and jealousy so poisonous that it has become a murderous desire...
On Christmas Eve, Julie Barenson, 25 years old and newly widowed, finds an unexpected present a Great Dane pup that her late husband, Jim, had arranged for her to receive after he died from a brain tumor. On that melodramatic note, bestselling author Sparks (Nights in Rodanthe) begins his latest love story, one in which he combines elements of romance with those of a thriller. Julie's new dog, Singer, turns out to be a better judge of character than she, which is unfortunate because the dog nearly gives away the book's ending when he growls warily at Richard Franklin, the new man in Julie's life. On the other hand, the pooch loves to be around Mike Harris, Jim's best friend, who has grown to love Julie. Richard's increasingly bizarre behavior causes Julie to break up with him, and his subsequent stalker tactics make for compelling action, especially when he plots to destroy the budding romance between Julie and Mike. But the writing is lax at best, with multiple point-of-view shifts in the course of one page or even one paragraph. Secondary characters are two-dimensional, such as Pete, the dumb cop who is taken in by the scheming Richard, and Andrea, Julie's co-worker at the local hair salon, a low-class broad from the wrong side of the tracks who might as well have "next victim" tattooed on her forehead. Yet Sparks fans clamor for his brand of love story, and, with the added punch of suspense, this one will be another bestseller.
I’ve admittedly never read a Nicholas Sparks’ book before but I can’t say I’m disappointed. Romance has never been a particularly favored genre of mine, but I decided to give this Romance Thriller a try. Besides some of Sparks’ more outdated conversations in the book (though it must be acknowledged that THE GUARDIAN came out around 2003) that tended to be inherently misogynistic and at one time, heteronormative, I really did enjoy his writing. He’s wonderful at creating an engaging scene and appropriately ending it. His grasp of time within THE GUARDIAN will be forever commendable.
A classic NS book with a unique story line
One of my favorites. The love story was so genuine but the twists and turns throughout the book left you stunned and wanting more.
Enjoyable romance, terrifying thriller!
This isn’t the first book I’ve ever read by Nicholas Sparks, and it’s also not the first thriller I’ve ever read by him. Safe Haven gets the honor of being his first thriller I ever read. This is, however, the BEST thriller I’ve ever read by Nicholas Sparks, and I’ve read plenty of thrillers by Mary Higgins Clark, Nora Roberts, and many others! The stalker in this story is absolutely terrifying! And the love story between the two main characters is sweet and realistic! I recommend this book to all of Sparks’ fans, especially those who also enjoy a good suspense novel! This is a book to be treasured!