SAFE HOME By Kerry Watts

SYNOPSIS

She lays her baby in his cot – the sound of his quiet breath filling the nursery as she leaves the room. Soon Claire will be fast asleep herself. She won’t hear the back door opening or the footsteps on the stairs.

When Claire Lucas is woken by her husband asking where their baby son is, she is dazed and confused. When she follows Darren into their child’s bedroom, she hears nothing but silence. No baby cries, no cute gurgles. The only thing left in Finlay’s cot is his beloved teddy bear. Finlay has gone.

Detective Jessie Blake rushes to the family’s modern home in the rugged Scottish Highlands. She notices that Darren avoids eye contact, and Claire seems disconnected – unable to account for the last few hours of her afternoon. Jessie knows there’s no normal response to losing a child, but something doesn’t feel right.

Friends rally round the young family, as a search of the narrow lanes and green hills of Moncrieffe begins in earnest. And as the helpers battle the wild Scottish weather, Jessie is sure that someone in the search party must know more than they’re letting on. Someone must have seen something.

As a ghost from her own past comes back to haunt her, Jessie must put aside her own personal tragedy to save baby Finlay. Can she get the people of the small town to talk before it’s too late?

MY REVIEW

This is the second book with Detective Jessie Blake in, the first one being Heartlands. This book can be read as a stand alone novel. I hadn’t read the first one and didn’t feel that it really mattered on this occasion. I may go and buy it though because of the writing and wanting to get to know more about the characters.

When Claire puts her baby son Finlay in his cot for a nap she expects him to be safe and sound, giving her a chance for a break herself, she is suffering from Post Natal Depression, things have been getting on top of her, but when the husband Darren comes home he goes to check on Dylan and he isn’t there. How can a baby disappear from its cot? Could someone have taken him? Where is he? How would someone know he had been put down? Could Claire have hurt her son?

Detective Jessie Blake and Constable Dylan Logan are working the case, along with their team, they look into the family, friends, neighbours and extended family. As most crimes are committed by someone you know. There are lots of suspects, with lots of secrets and lies, as quick as one is ruled out another can be ruled in. No one is as they seem.

But when a local priest is murdered, the suspect list increases could there be a link between the two crimes. This book is at times heartbreaking but the subject is handle as well. There are characters that are there that you wonder why, but they are all tied in within the story leaving no loose ends.

You get to know a little about Jessie’s background and this is where I would like to know more from the first book, I find it interesting to see characters develop from book to book as it makes them more relatable.

This book is filled with plenty of emotion, action and suspense and when you think you have guessed who it was you find you are wrong. A well weaved story and I am certainly looking forward to reading more books in this series.

I give this book five stars out of five. Highly recommend.

Thank you to netgalley and bookouture for an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest unbiased review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kerry Watts was born and grew up in a small town in the East of Scotland where she still lives today. She is always writing and carries a little notebook and pen with her wherever she goes because at her age ideas need to be captured before they disappear. She began writing over twenty years ago after reading Isla Dewars book Giving up on Ordinary and decided she wanted to do that. Becoming a best selling author is a dream come true. Kerry specialises in Crime fiction because she enjoys pushing the boundaries of what it is to be human. The nature versus nurture debate fascinates her. She loves to put her characters in impossible situations just to see what happens. Her experience as a psychiatric nurse heavily influences her writing. She also wants to create characters that people can relate to who might be facing the same struggles as anyone else.

When she’s it writing she loves to spend time following her other passions – dogs, particularly rescue mutts and horse racing. The sight of a thoroughbred race horse at full stretch has been known to move her to tears, not just lump in the throat stuff but full on blobbing. And for that she is unashamed. One day she’s going to buy a racehorse filly and call her Into Darkness.

She also had a small role in a film called The Rocket Post but decided acting wasn’t for her. She would rather create a character than play one. All of her books are brought to you through the powers of super Tetley tea.


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