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Safe: A Novel (Hardcover)
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A kidnapped girl survived twelve nightmarish years.
Now she's safely back home . . . or is she?
Jenny Kristal was six years old when she was snatched off the sidewalk from her quiet suburban neighborhood. Twelve years later, she's miraculously returned home after escaping her kidnappers—but as her parents and older brother welcome her back, the questions begin to mount. Where has she been all these years? Why is she back now? And is home really the safest place for her . . . or for any of them?
"Fantastically good—dark yet compellingly upbeat, and insanely suspenseful ... Even the twists have twists." —Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Dark, compulsive, full of OMG moments. If you think you know where it’s going … YOU DON’T. This is one you won’t forget in a hurry." —Lisa Jewell, New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone
About the Author
S. K. Barnett is a pseudonym for a New York Times bestselling author whose previous book was turned into a major motion picture.
Praise for Safe
“Fantastically good—dark yet compellingly upbeat, and insanely suspenseful . . . Even the twists have twists.”—Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Dark, compulsive, full of OMG moments. If you think you know where it’s going . . . YOU DON’T. This is one you won’t forget in a hurry.”—Lisa Jewell, New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone
“Safe is an absolutely first-rate psychological thriller, with a serpentine plot and complex, fully realized characters. I picked it up before bedtime—an amateur mistake, in retrospect—and kept whispering ‘just one more chapter’ to myself until I'd finished the whole damn thing.”—Cristina Alger, New York Times bestselling author of Girls Like Us
“Safe is everything you want out of a thriller and then some. Emotionally fraught storytelling with crisp prose and perfect pacing in service of one hell of a twisting journey home.”—Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Wish Me Dead and If She Wakes
“All I can say is WOW. This is the very definition of a page-turner. Compulsively readable from the beginning and then as you get past that first twist, absolutely riveting. The kind of ‘pull the carpet out from under you’ blockbuster that made The Girl on the Train and The Woman in the Window such huge hits. What a diabolical read! Should be a #1 bestseller!”—Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author of The Take and Numbered Account
“Safe is a fast-moving, perfectly paced book about what happens when a missing child returns home twelve years later. Intense, dark, and full of unpredictable twists. Don’t miss this one.”–Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife
“The pseudonymous Barnett takes an all-too-common premise and winds it into a twisty and tense exploration of family secrets, survival, and the often blurred lines between fantasy and reality and predator and prey. . . . Readers will likely think they know where this runaway train is headed, making the final twists that much more surprising. . . . A creepy and darkly addictive thriller.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A thought-provoking premise, excellently executed and featuring the incredibly believable voice of a cynical teenager who’s seen way too much.”—Booklist
“Beautifully crafted... it piles revelation upon revelation with devastating effect leaving the reader gasping. If you think you can predict what’s going to happen, think again. It’s that good.”—Daily Mail, UK