West Berlin, 1979. Helen Abell oversees the CIA’s network of safe houses, rare havens for field agents and case officers amidst the dangerous milieu of a city in the grips of the Cold War. Helen’s world is upended when, during her routine inspection of an agency property, she overhears a meeting between two people unfamiliar to her speaking a coded language that hints at shadowy realities far beyond her comprehension. Before the day is out, she witnesses a second unauthorized encounter, one that will place her in the sight lines of the most ruthless and powerful man at the agency. Her attempts to expose the dark truths about what she has witnessed will bring about repercussions that reach across decades and continents into the present day, when, in a farm town in Maryland, a young man is arrested for the double murder of his parents, and his sister takes it upon herself to find out why he did it.
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Safe Houses is a real slow burner, it lulls you into a false sense of security and then BANG! The last paragraph of the fourth chapter really packed a punch. So much so it stopped me in my tracks, I can’t remember reading such a powerful clever twist in a story that actually stayed in the forefront of my mind for days.
The story switches between 1979 and 2014 but not so much so that it leaves you confused as to which era you’re reading about and who’s who.
Safe Houses intrigued me and made me want to keep turning those pages to find out what happens to Helen. How can a hungry go getter turn into a very guarded, uptight house wife.
For me, the story spanning between the two era’s definitely added to the intensity. Eventually the two decades collide!
This is an amazing read, a 5* review from me.
All About Dan
DAN FESPERMAN’s travels as a journalist and novelist have taken him to thirty countries and three war zones. Lie in the Dark won the Crime Writers’ Association of Britain’s John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award for best first crime novel, The Small Boat of Great Sorrows won their Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for best thriller, and The Prisoner of Guantánamo won the Dashiell Hammett Award from the International Association of Crime Writers. He lives in Baltimore.
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