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Read Full Excerpt. Jenna knows someone must have seen something, but no one's talking. A teacher goes missing under suspicious circumstances and a man is murdered at a local reservoir. For Detective Robyn Carter, there's no obvious link between the cases. But as she starts to delve into them, her investigations lead her to Abigail, perfect wife and mother to beautiful little Izzy.
What was Abigail's connection to the victims? And why is she receiving threatening messages from an anonymous number? A body is found on a quiet lane in Exmoor, victim of a hit and run. He has no ID, no wallet, no phone, and - after being dragged along the road - no recognisable face. Gillard is soon embroiled when the car in question is traced to his aunt. As he delves deeper, a dark mystery reveals itself, haunted by family secrets, with repercussions Gillard could never have imagined.
The past has never been deadlier. DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she's seen a girl die in her arms, and her daughter will never leave the hospital again. She's gotten tough on the criminals she believes did this to her.
Too tough. And now she's been given one final warning: make it work with her new sergeant, DS Joseph Easter, or she's out. For decades the Moore Asylum was home to the forgotten children of Brooklyn Bay. But ever since a scandal forced its closure, the abandoned building has cast an imposing shadow.
Until now - when an elderly man is found dead, his body strapped to an ancient gurney. Detective Lucy Harwin, still reeling from a previous case that ended in the devastating murder of a mother and her child, finds herself on the trail of a killer ruthlessly fixated on avenging the asylum's wrongs. When the body of Lola Evans is found in a local park on a cold winter's morning, Detective Alex King and her new recruit Chloe Lane are called in to lead the hunt for the killer.
When Matt Ballard was starting out his career, three boys were murdered in the same area, the remote and bleak Gibbet Fen. When the main suspect was killed in a hit-and-run, the killings stopped. But Matt was not satisfied that the real murderer had been caught. Over 25 years later, Matt gets a photo in an unmarked envelope. It's of the Gibbet Fen crime scene. And the picture was taken before the murder took place.
More photos arrive, relating to the historic murders, as well as intimate pictures of Matt's very secret private life. Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her as she sets out on her short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again.
Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results. The newborn belongs to Deborah. Women who gave a child up for adoption are being killed.
A knock at their front door begins a nightmare from which they will never wake up. For Detective Ruby Preston and her team, it is a race against time to connect the dots before the killer can strike again.
But when Ruby receives a sinister email, the case takes a terrifying personal twist. Everyone in the small town of Denton is searching for Isabelle Coleman, a missing year-old girl. All they've found so far is her phone and another girl they didn't even know was missing. Mute and completely unresponsive to the world around her, it's clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Detective Josie Quinn can get from her is a name: Ramona. Currently suspended from the force for misconduct, Josie takes matters into her own hands as the name leads her to evidence linking the two girls.
When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound, and dumped in water around London. Promising architect Peter Young is shot dead at his desk. DCI Craig Gillard is on the scene, looking at what appears to be a brutal and highly professional hit: two bullets, fired with ice-cold calm.
Gillard knows that the most crucial question in solving the crime is one word: why? Two weeks later, on the Lincolnshire coast, another body is found on a windswept beach. In this case there is no identity for the young man, just a curious brand burned into his neck Her bare feet stuck to the frost as she ran. As she stopped to listen for his heavy footsteps, she wondered if she would ever make it out alive As funeral mourners stand in silence at Ragmullin cemetery, a deafening cry cuts through the air.
Lying crumpled at the bottom of an open grave is the bloodied body of a young woman, and Detective Lottie Parker is called in to investigate. And with a new boss who seems to have it in for her, Lottie is under pressure to solve both cases quickly. As two more women go missing from Ragmullin, Lottie and her team fear there is a serial killer on the loose. And the disappearances are strikingly similar to a cold case from 10 years earlier. Could history be repeating itself? Lottie is in a race against time to find the missing women, but the killer is closer than she thinks.
Could Lottie be his next target? No Safe Place will keep you guessing until the very last second. Every book in this series depicted Lottie Parker as a meek little lady that everyone treated like crap. Seriously, why do writers insist on have strong female characters whose male bosses humiliate, degrade, and constantly threatens suspension, demotion, are being fired and every case is solved successfully by that same lowlife chief detective.
I mean seriously, the main storylines are great and suspenseful but you disrespect your female audience when, in every novel you allow the heroine to be slammed and cursed for absolutely no reason.
Refresh and try again. I found that annoying since it was just dropped in there. Better words would be "exciting, violent, thought-provoking. The place shown in the video is the exact same migrant camp that Abdul stayed in. The plot follows their flight and unlikely friendship.
I really enjoyed this book. A new kind of story that doesn't involve Lottie's family. Loved all the characters! Great twists!
Always anticipate the ending, but hate when it does end. Can't wait for the next one! I previously listened to the other books in this series and while the stories were good I found the wreck of Lottie too hard to stomach. So I passed this one by for awhile. Thankfully, I decided to give Lottie one more chance He left his wife after the affair but couldn't stop the abortion. This whole thing got on my nerves. It was pounded down the reader's throat how perfect Kerry is. The sub-plot was a 20 year old pro-lifer who sets out to kill Kerry before he becomes nominated.
The assassination attempt led to the reunion of Kerry and Lara and the nomination. The book had some very cheesy dialogue between Lara and Kerry that I found distracting. I cannot recommend this book, I do have several other RNP books on my bookshelf, hopefully they are better than this. PS I know unsaintly isn't a word. First of all, I think the book was much too drawn out Although I found the politics behind the politics interesting enough, the rather liberal bent of the main character and perhaps the author?
And, I found it difficult to "get b First of all, I think the book was much too drawn out And, I found it difficult to "get behind" the protagonist as he had an extramarital affair then stooped to the level of his opponents by making the political race a personal one. I'm sure this was written to make him seem more "human", but it left a bitter taste in this readers mouth.
I will say, tho, that I enjoy Pattersons writing style; he drew me into the story, and kept the pace brisk, albeit repetitive. For that, I will attempt to read another novel, and give him the benefit of the doubt Oct 17, Carl Alves rated it it was ok. No Safe Place is a political thriller that has no interest in realism or believability. In this convoluted story line, Kerry Kilcannon is a senator whose brother is killed while running for the White House. He decides on his own run, even though he has an affair with a reporter that can bring him down. Also, in his past, he saved a boy from his father who wanted to kill him.
Now the same boy wants to kill Kilcannon for his position on abortion. Yes, the plot is as ridiculous as that sounds. This No Safe Place is a political thriller that has no interest in realism or believability. This novel is weak and barely readable. There was very little about this novel that I liked. Kilcannon is a weak character and the plot went from bad to worse.
This is a novel that you will want to skip. Carl Alves — author of Blood Street May 11, Brian rated it it was amazing. He chooses the name of the would be commander in chief of the United States to be similar to the name of real president Kennedy. Some members of the right wing are upset with this left wing politics.
The plot is quite similar to what goes on in Washington D. Feb 01, Tim rated it it was ok. This novel lacks true excitement. Sure the stories behind Kilcannon are well flushed, however, an important relationship lacks enough fire to draw much of this reader's empathy. Aug 04, Jan rated it it was ok. I actually love to read Richard North Patterson books, but this one I was not thrilled with. This does not mean this book was not well written, it was. Why was I not thrilled with it? Maybe because I have worked as a volunteer since the 's on different political campaigns. Also a National Convention and maybe because he is too close to the truth, of how sleazy our journalists get, and when one puts down the book, one ends up with a bad taste in ones mouth.
However, Mr. Patterson is too close I actually love to read Richard North Patterson books, but this one I was not thrilled with. Patterson is too close to the truth as we watch on our T. He has delved into the political scene very well. This story is about a good man, who runs for President. Unfortunately, like so many of our "illustrious leaders" he makes the mistake of having an affair.
Unfortunately, again, it is with a journalist. Although the young lady has tried hard to keep their affair quiet, years later, she finds out she has not been so discreet, she has also blabbed to a health professional who had betrayed her trust. The Presidential candidate has already had a brother shot, and yet he continues to run, his opponent is out to get him, the news people are out to destroy him, and a man is out to kill him.
Can her survive? Will he live?
Just have to plug through it yourself. I did not like the candidate, neither of them, however, was it because the writer gave them a platform that I politically did not agree with, or did the writer just make me feel like everything about the book was dirty? I look forward to reading my next Patterson book, hopefully it will not be about bad journalists and politicians.
Jul 09, Julia rated it it was amazing. I rarely read political novels, but I enjoyed this one. I read this from a Reader's Digest SelectEditions, so they may have cleaned it up a bit. It shows the complexities and stresses of a presidential candidate's life, and no matter how clean he tries to keep his life or how likable he tries to be, there is always something going to come up like a friendship with a journalist that turned into an affair and someone trying to kill him because of a personal promise he was unable to keep.
Aug 27, Ke Yu rated it really liked it.
So if there is this politician, perfect in almost every way smart, straightforward, grounded, caring, daring, energetic Would we more than accepting if he is just a normal person? Or politicians are essentially a different spices: having to be flawless and potentially boring? Good Story Seemed somewhat predictable at the end, but only because it had to have an ending. Fairly good characterization. Good plot flow. Apr 05, Edward Cook rated it really liked it. Read this first in , now seems slightly dated given how warped the world is.
A good read but not quite as brilliant as I first remember it.
Oct 05, Martha A. Very Relevant in This book feels as though it could have been written today as opposed to 20 years ago. Richard North Patterson writes a very strong story. Aug 07, Helio rated it liked it. Apr 07, Joy rated it it was ok. Kerry Kilcannon, a candidate in the presidential primaries whose brother was assassinated right after winning the California primary 12 years before. Then he adds the fact that Kilcannon seems unable to run clear of a two-year-old affair. Sound familiar so far? Add to the mix the fact that Kilcannon is himself being hunted by a right-to-life activist who has already killed three people in a women's clinic, and you have a real thriller.
Patterson has the reputation for being a writer of courtroom Kerry Kilcannon, a candidate in the presidential primaries whose brother was assassinated right after winning the California primary 12 years before. Patterson has the reputation for being a writer of courtroom dramas, but what he really writes are taut thrillers scripted like great movies--the books jump cut from the past to the present, in the process developing parallel plot lines that are masterfully and satisfyingly resolved. And he does this in the context of authentic situations, using characterization to make you care; he steers you through complex plots, though often away from the path the story will eventually take.
Silent Witness and The Final Judgement, Patterson's two best novels until No Safe Place, are indeed courtroom dramas, but they involve people with serious aspirations. The jump to people with political aspirations is easily and deftly executed. It's a small pleasure, but still fun, to find a few of Patterson's recurring characters Tony Lord and his wife with walk-on parts.
Jan 11, Kathleen Hagen added it Shelves: general-fiction , audio-books. Whoever wins the California presidential primary is likely to win the Democratic nomination. And for all the votes his passions and magnetism have gained him, Kerry's problems are formidable. Kerry is haunted by the tragedy of his older brother, a presidential candidate who was assassinated in California twelve years earlier. Kerry has stumbled on his advocacy of abortion rights, and a right-to-life fanatic has pushed this explosive issue to the forefront by murdering three people at a women's clinic. In addition, a journalist is striving to verify the story that while still married, Kerry had an affair with a reporter.
And now, ever more threatening, Kerry is being stalked by the abortion-clinic murderer himself. With rare authenticity, Richard North Patterson depicts the world of high-stakes presidential politics that will hold the listener enthralled from the first to the last sentence.
Dec 20, Carol rated it really liked it Shelves: thrillers-mysteries , Knowing that Kerry Kilcannon, Presidential candidate had an abusive father and a brother so handsome that he was jealous makes you understand his actions. Knowing about his loveless marriage and feeling of isolation helps you know why he started an affair with Lara Costello.