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Als Lisa in haar achtertuin de was ophangt staat er ineens een ontsnapte tbs'er voor haar neus. Vluchten is geen optie omdat ze het leven van haar zesjarige dochter Anouk niet in gevaar wil brengen. Er volgt een angstaanjagende en zenuwslopende week waarin moeder en dochter gegijzeld worden in hun eigen huis. Lisa zint op een ontsnappingspoging maar heeft weinig bewegingsv Als Lisa in haar achtertuin de was ophangt staat er ineens een ontsnapte tbs'er voor haar neus. Vluchten is geen optie omdat ze het leven van haar zesjarige dochter Anouk niet in gevaar wil brengen. Er volgt een angstaanjagende en zenuwslopende week waarin moeder en dochter gegijzeld worden in hun eigen huis. Lisa zint op een ontsnappingspoging maar heeft weinig bewegingsvrijheid. Het enige waar ze op kan rekenen is haar inlevingsvermogen, fantasie en mensenkennis. Maar is dat genoeg om het er levend vanaf te brengen? Senta is journalist en is met haar auto verdwaald in de mist. Als ze besluit aan te bellen bij een dijkhuisje, wordt er niet opengedaan. Ze loopt om het huis heen en ziet tot haar schrik dat daarbinnen een vrouw met een mes wordt bedreigd. Ze vlucht, maar terwijl ze op zoek gaat naar hulp overkomt haar iets vreselijks...


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Als Lisa in haar achtertuin de was ophangt staat er ineens een ontsnapte tbs'er voor haar neus. Vluchten is geen optie omdat ze het leven van haar zesjarige dochter Anouk niet in gevaar wil brengen. Er volgt een angstaanjagende en zenuwslopende week waarin moeder en dochter gegijzeld worden in hun eigen huis. Lisa zint op een ontsnappingspoging maar heeft weinig bewegingsv Als Lisa in haar achtertuin de was ophangt staat er ineens een ontsnapte tbs'er voor haar neus. Vluchten is geen optie omdat ze het leven van haar zesjarige dochter Anouk niet in gevaar wil brengen. Er volgt een angstaanjagende en zenuwslopende week waarin moeder en dochter gegijzeld worden in hun eigen huis. Lisa zint op een ontsnappingspoging maar heeft weinig bewegingsvrijheid. Het enige waar ze op kan rekenen is haar inlevingsvermogen, fantasie en mensenkennis. Maar is dat genoeg om het er levend vanaf te brengen? Senta is journalist en is met haar auto verdwaald in de mist. Als ze besluit aan te bellen bij een dijkhuisje, wordt er niet opengedaan. Ze loopt om het huis heen en ziet tot haar schrik dat daarbinnen een vrouw met een mes wordt bedreigd. Ze vlucht, maar terwijl ze op zoek gaat naar hulp overkomt haar iets vreselijks...

30 review for Blauw water

  1. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Translated from the Dutch by Michele Hutchison. This is a well written and beautifully translated thriller into the English language. Simone van der Vlugt books are slowly coming to the attention of a wider audience as her novels become available in the UK. This a familiar psychological suspense story based around an escaped prisoner and a hostage situation, where your home and your loved one's security is violated and threatened to the point where you think you are going to die. What marks this ac Translated from the Dutch by Michele Hutchison. This is a well written and beautifully translated thriller into the English language. Simone van der Vlugt books are slowly coming to the attention of a wider audience as her novels become available in the UK. This a familiar psychological suspense story based around an escaped prisoner and a hostage situation, where your home and your loved one's security is violated and threatened to the point where you think you are going to die. What marks this account out is the ease of the writing and the clear identification with the female characters. As a result the fear and suspense is caught up in what a woman can think and do; where a male character might just win the day by some heroic action. That is not to say that the two main female leads are not strong people, but in their creation the author has presented believable women and provided excellent insight into their thinking. Two individual women's lives are brought together by the events of one foggy day; each has to be brave and smart to resolve their situation and their stories are a joy to read in the face of horrific situations. Other books are available to me in English and I will seek these out based on this first encounter will this writer. For those who haven't read Simone van der Vlugt I warmly recommend this book to you.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susy

    2.5 stars A more dramatic than thrilling "thriller". Writing style didn't grip me. Characters didn't interest me much. Abrupt ending. Just not my thing. (trigger warning: explicit sexual content, rape)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Driessen

    In 2 words, loved it! The first thriller I enjoyed from beginning till the end. The story had my heart racing as soon as I started reading. The pace of the book is extremely quick, I couldnt put it down; Every chapter left me in suspense. Finished it in 1/2 days. There were some scenes that were really hard to read tho, because I felt like I was in that house experiencing what Lisa had to experience, some of the most brutal things a woman can go through (a true nightmare!).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    While I've been doing fairly well on my challenges this year, readers, I have to admit that I wish I was getting more in the translation vein fitted into my reading week! I have some stacked up right now, waiting patiently, including the one I won from Ellie as part of the challenge: Andrea H. Japp's The Season of the Beast. This month my pick for the challenge is Simone van der Vlugt's Safe As Houses, due out from Canongate Books on July 4. This is the third of van der Vlugt's books to be trans While I've been doing fairly well on my challenges this year, readers, I have to admit that I wish I was getting more in the translation vein fitted into my reading week! I have some stacked up right now, waiting patiently, including the one I won from Ellie as part of the challenge: Andrea H. Japp's The Season of the Beast. This month my pick for the challenge is Simone van der Vlugt's Safe As Houses, due out from Canongate Books on July 4. This is the third of van der Vlugt's books to be translated into English, and the first from Canongate. It was originally released in 2012 as Blauw Water. Lisa's day started out just like any other. She made breakfast for her daughter, Anouk, - who is home sick with bronchitis - and was out hanging the laundry when a stranger appeared in her yard. With no where else to turn, Lisa ran for home intending to bar the door. Unfortunately she didn't quite make it and the man barged in behind her. Lisa would soon learn that the man is escaped convict and murderer Mick Kreuger. Now she and Anouk are being held hostage in their own home as Kreuger plans his getaway. A passerby is Lisa's only hope, but even that hope dwindles as time passes by. Now all she can do is try to keep herself and her daughter safe as long as possible. Safe As Houses is a tense read! Lisa lies to Kreuger, all the while trying to plan the perfect escape, knowing that she's potentially making things worse. Kreuger is unstable but even Lisa doesn't know quite how bad he is at first. She manages to catch snippets of news reports about his crimes but quickly realizes that as long as he's getting his way, she and her daughter are seemingly ok. There's a bit of a twist in the story in that someone does witness Kreuger in Lisa's home fairly early on. Senta gets lost on her way home and decides to stop and ask for directions - at Lisa's house. Her story is a secondary one that really ratchets up the intensity of the tale. As a whole, I found the book to be rather short. It's good for a one-sitting read but I kind of wanted more to sink my teeth into. The translation works really well and the plot, while not terribly unique, works for the story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stacia

    Lisa is home alone with her young daughter, who is ill, when there’s a knock on the door. A man forces his way inside—and decides to stay awhile with his new “family.” Senta is lost, and when she comes across a house, she stops to ask for directions. Nobody answers her knock, and when she walks around the house and looks in the window, she sees a woman, a child—and hiding in the corner, a man with a knife. Knowing she has to notify the authorities, Senta runs back to her car and drives away, only Lisa is home alone with her young daughter, who is ill, when there’s a knock on the door. A man forces his way inside—and decides to stay awhile with his new “family.” Senta is lost, and when she comes across a house, she stops to ask for directions. Nobody answers her knock, and when she walks around the house and looks in the window, she sees a woman, a child—and hiding in the corner, a man with a knife. Knowing she has to notify the authorities, Senta runs back to her car and drives away, only to crash her car into the nearby canal. The setup is fantastic: it’s an intriguing premise with sympathetic characters and a lot of suspense. Unfortunately the book didn’t live up to its potential. Rather than feeling closer and more connected to the characters as the story progressed, I felt more and more distant. The book is written in the present tense, which can bring a sense of immediacy, but for me it just didn’t work in this particular instance. While I knew exactly what was happening to each of the characters, particularly Senta—a good part of her story takes place inside her own thoughts—I didn’t feel like I really got to know the characters or get a sense of what they were thinking and feeling because of the focus on the events rather than on their impact. It’s a psychological thriller that doesn’t quite get far enough into the psychology. This book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Richelle

    Amazing book! Nice big font! Very quick read ! Kept me on the edge of my seat ! Everyone woman's worst nightmare is to have an intruder hold you hostage in your own home ! So it's very relatable ! Beautifully written ! Loved the book .. Hated the ending ! Such an amazing book .. I felt it should have had a better ending.. Too blunt for me .. I like to know what happens.. It was left in a way that it could have a sequel if she wanted .. It was translated to English .. So some of the words and sentences Amazing book! Nice big font! Very quick read ! Kept me on the edge of my seat ! Everyone woman's worst nightmare is to have an intruder hold you hostage in your own home ! So it's very relatable ! Beautifully written ! Loved the book .. Hated the ending ! Such an amazing book .. I felt it should have had a better ending.. Too blunt for me .. I like to know what happens.. It was left in a way that it could have a sequel if she wanted .. It was translated to English .. So some of the words and sentences don't make sense .. But i Easily filled in the blanks .. Loved it ! Only complaint is the end.. Definably recommend it ! Lots of suspense !

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    Truly suspenseful, a mixture of crime/suspense/thriller/horror genres. Very pacy, it keeps you on the edge of your seat! Set in Gelderland in the Netherlands, this is an excellent translation in English from Dutch.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Lisa is innocently putting out her washing when a man appears between the sheets hanging outside. She runs to her house, but it is the last thing she should do; the man grabbing her before she can close the door. She and her five-year old daughter Anouk then become trapped in their own house at the mercy of this man. There is one witness and Lisa hopes this will save her, by as the days go by, Lisa wonders why the witness has not come to her rescue. This had my heart racing as soon as I started Lisa is innocently putting out her washing when a man appears between the sheets hanging outside. She runs to her house, but it is the last thing she should do; the man grabbing her before she can close the door. She and her five-year old daughter Anouk then become trapped in their own house at the mercy of this man. There is one witness and Lisa hopes this will save her, by as the days go by, Lisa wonders why the witness has not come to her rescue. This had my heart racing as soon as I started reading. The pace of the book is extremely quick and at the end of each chapter you just can't put it down; racing onto the next chapter to find out what will happen to Lisa and her daughter Anouk. It was a quick read, which had me speeding through it and it really helped to build the suspense, but at the same time I think I would have liked to maybe learn more about the characters. Also I wasn't sure I was completely satisfied with the ending, it felt like I had just been running at break neck speed and then suddenly coming to a standstill. That said the atmosphere in the novel at times was terrifying and I really felt like I was in that house with Lisa experiencing what she was experiencing. It's literally every woman's worst nightmare with some quite hard-to-read scenes. This is only a short review, but as it is quite a short read I do not want to give anything away! Full of tension and suspense, you will literally race through this novel. It is literally non-stop and I don't think I once paused for breath.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Liesbeth

    I really really wanted to like this. The author is Dutch and I was born in Holland. Could not find the Dutch version in the Kindle store. It starts off well enough. Escaped prisoner takes mother and child hostage in their own home. Get spotted by lady who's lost, who then crashes her car and loses her memory. At this point it all gets a bit too drawn out for my liking. The two women's relationship issues are explored,not 100% sure why, and the hostage versus accident time line is played out. Ver I really really wanted to like this. The author is Dutch and I was born in Holland. Could not find the Dutch version in the Kindle store. It starts off well enough. Escaped prisoner takes mother and child hostage in their own home. Get spotted by lady who's lost, who then crashes her car and loses her memory. At this point it all gets a bit too drawn out for my liking. The two women's relationship issues are explored,not 100% sure why, and the hostage versus accident time line is played out. Very slowly. The whole thing speeds up again in the end though. I've read some of this author other books which I preferred to this one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    This was an amazingly gripping read - but make sure you are somewhere secure first! An escaped prisoner takes Lisa and her daughter prisoner in her isolated home. A possible saviour has a freak accident which may prevent her from alerting the authorities. This is nail-biting stuff, with an unexpected but satisfying ending.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Journey

    this should have been a short story. the writing if very quick and straightforward... some of that is probably a result of translation, but i don't think that accounts for all the "this happened. then this happened." there is very little suspense, though i was surprised about what's revealed about Lisa near the end.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bookread2day

    Frighteningly good. Kreeager who was convicted of several accounts of murder disappears while on day release from a psychiatric prison. He hides in a garden and follows Lisa into her house. I really recommend this frightening thriller.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maggie James

    A tightly plotted thriller that hooks the reader in from the first page and doesn't let go. It's unusual in that there really isn't very much of a plot - and yet the author packs in plenty of twists as she reveals more about her characters and their motivations. An excellent read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Great novel by an author new to me. A very scary and potentially real story that would scare many people reading it! It is well related, graphic yet doesn't have too much detail if not needed. Good book

  15. 5 out of 5

    Curly

    Dutch thriller. Violent. Very good book!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elodie

    oof. glad I could put that away. not my genre.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Maisie

    Had to read this book for school and I did like it though! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    A book translated to English

  19. 4 out of 5

    Izabela Karbowiak

    A proper thriller ;) easy to read and keep you turn the pages with the excitement.

  20. 4 out of 5

    ElenaSquareEyes

    Trigger warnings for rape. Translated by Michele Hutchison. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Julia Binns and due to both the narration and the story itself, I flew through this book. Safe as Houses is such a compelling story, there’s no slow set-up, instead within the opening chapters Lisa’s home is invaded by a dangerous criminal. It’s fascinating to see how Lisa tries to relate to Kruger, the escaped criminal who has a twisted mind, in order to try and keep herself and her daughter safe. Trigger warnings for rape. Translated by Michele Hutchison. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Julia Binns and due to both the narration and the story itself, I flew through this book. Safe as Houses is such a compelling story, there’s no slow set-up, instead within the opening chapters Lisa’s home is invaded by a dangerous criminal. It’s fascinating to see how Lisa tries to relate to Kruger, the escaped criminal who has a twisted mind, in order to try and keep herself and her daughter safe. Numours times Lisa ponders how she would react if she didn’t have Anouk with her and this book truly shows the strength of a mother’s determination. Kruger is a violent man and he sexually assaults and rapes Lisa, believing she’s interested in him and wants it. She shuts down and can’t say no as she’s terrified of what he might do if she puts up a fight. Those scenes are tough to read (or in my case listen to) and they really made my skin crawl. The emotions of the different characters are fully realised, and they all act in believable ways. Even five-year-old Anouk is neither too mature for her age nor an inconvenience to the plot. She’s a child that on some level knows that things aren’t good as her mother is hit in front of her and they are forced to sleep in the basement, but she also still wants to do finger paints and play with her dolls. When there’s the more everyday moments between Lisa, Kruger and Anouk, having breakfast together, or watching the TV together, it makes everything feel even more unsettling and on a knifes edge. Safe as Houses is an incredibly fast-paced story so it’s unfortunate that while the conclusion is thrilling, it also comes to an abrupt stop. It’s the sort of ending where I wish there was an epilogue so you could see how the characters are coping because they went through such horrendous things in order to survive. I just wanted a little more from the conclusion after enjoying the rest of the novel. Safe as Houses is a gripping thriller that’s often tense and scary. It’s a proper page-turner though not necessarily a thriller that will stick in my mind for a long time. Still, it was a strangely enjoyable read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Zuzu Burford

    A great read. I am at a loss to see so many one stars. Tight, dramatic, suspenseful, good character back story, and best of all an ending that takes you by surprise.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Fiona R

    Did not finish

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nany

    One word to describe this masterpiece of book AMAZING!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marcia

    I loved it! When I started to read, I couldn't stop and read it in one day. Spannend boek. In een dag uitgelezen. Ik kon me heel goed inleven in de hoofdpersonen.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Niki.kleverlaan

    A shorter version of this book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Charissa

    Not my usual genre but I rather enjoyed this. Don't think I'll actively seek out more from this author, but it's not impossible I might change my mind in the future.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Any Length

    This books gripped me and did not let me go till the end. I couldn't wait for the next chapter on each of the characters. Satisfying end.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nienke de Boer

    wow didn't expect to love this so much

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mireille Ribbers

    Super spannend

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Southall

    Another quick book read. very well written and easy to read although a tough storyline.

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