Synopses & Reviews
A brilliant thriller from the author of the acclaimed Good Thief's Guide series asks, how can a beautiful woman simply vanish?
When Rob Hale wakes up in a hospital after a motorcycle crash, his first thought is for the gorgeous blonde, Lena, who was on the back of his bike. The doctors and police, however, insist that he was alone at the scene. The shock of the accident must have made him imagine Lena, especially since his description of her resembles his late sister, Laura.
Convinced that Lena is as real as he is, Rob teams up with Rebecca Lewis, a London-based PI who has a mysterious connection to Laura—and learns that even a close-knit community like the Isle of Man can hide dangerous secrets that will not stay safe forever.
Chris Ewan's Safe House "is an exciting, well crafted thriller, with flashes of real humour and insight." (SJ Bolton).
"Set on the Isle of Man, this beautifully plotted thriller from Ewan (The Good Thief's Guide to Venice and three other mysteries starring professional thief Charlie Howard) offers as many twists and turns as motorcycle enthusiast Rob Hale encounters during the British dependency's annual TT (Tourist Trophy) time-trial races. After a motorcycle accident catapults Rob into the hospital, he learns there's no evidence that Lena, the attractive blonde he'd just met who was riding on the back of his bike, ever existed. Determined to prove Lena wasn't a figment of his imagination, Rob teams with PI Rebecca Lewis in an investigation that becomes increasingly convoluted and dangerous as they uncover links to the suicide of Rob's sister, Laura, a few weeks earlier and unearth surprising secrets about the mysterious Lena. Meanwhile, a number of ruthless players work at cross purposes, and Rob and Rebecca take a lot of hard knocks at their hands. Ewan's carefully placed clues will elicit several 'aha' moments from readers as his heroes battle toward understanding and resolution. Agent: Valerie Borchardt, the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Beautifully plotted." —Publishers Weekly, Pick of the Week (starred review)
“Both an emotional story of a family dealing with a tragedy and an action-packed tale of a young man caught up in an elaborate kidnapping.” —Sun Sentinel
"Ewan has...elevated the everyman thriller into a compelling, contemporary read...Safe House is an exciting, well crafted thriller, with flashes of real humour and insight." —SJ Bolton on Safe House
"Taut plotting adds substance to . . . considerable style." —Publishers Weekly (starred) on The Good Thief's Guide to Venice
"Engaging characterizations, suspenseful stories, and sharp writing, makes The Good Thief novels feel fresh and exciting."—Booklist
About the Author
CHRIS EWAN, who lives on the Isle of Man, began his crime-writing career with the Good Thiefs Guide to Amsterdam, which was called one the "best books for grownups" by Publishers Weekly and AARP The Magazine, and one of the best thrillers of the year by the London Times. The Huffington Post also named Ewan one of Americas favorite British authors.