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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 younger brother welcome her back, the questions begin to mount. Wh 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 younger 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?


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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 younger brother welcome her back, the questions begin to mount. Wh 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 younger 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?

30 review for Safe

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dita

    WHOA! Six year old Jenny walked down the street to play with a friend and disappeared. Twelve years later she is back and happy to be safely home with her family. But is she safe? Are they? Who took Jenny? How did she escape? With each answer come three new questions and as many twists. So original, so compulsive! Thank you too S.K. Barnet, Penguin Publishing-Dutton and Edelweiss for giving me this DRC in exchange for an honest review!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    OMG!!!! What the hell was that? Now thankfully I can take long breaths because since I took this book into my hands: I forgot how to breath, blink, form a word: my eyes wide open, my nails, oh yes they‘re long gone, my hair looks like I stuck my finger in an electrical outlet: in the air, smoky, my eyes: popped out of the sockets, feet: tapping, fists clenching. My husband was scared of my appearance during my reading and locked himself in the bathroom, talking with his therapist on the phone ( OMG!!!! What the hell was that? Now thankfully I can take long breaths because since I took this book into my hands: I forgot how to breath, blink, form a word: my eyes wide open, my nails, oh yes they‘re long gone, my hair looks like I stuck my finger in an electrical outlet: in the air, smoky, my eyes: popped out of the sockets, feet: tapping, fists clenching. My husband was scared of my appearance during my reading and locked himself in the bathroom, talking with his therapist on the phone ( bastard also stole my last bottle of Chardonnay and two bags of my Doritos which I hid in the oven-we never use it so I thought he never finds out-) WTH I just read and right now I’m dying to know the identity of the author! But I’m so sure he or she (my guts tells me: he) will get another movie adaptation agreement sooner because this book has so many potential to become dazzling, mind-blowing, couch-breaking, soul-captivating thriller movie. I already thought Ella Fanning as the leading actress and Jaeden Martell as Ben. I’m giving five blazing, exciting, unputdownable, hurray this book is glued to my hands and my mind and I cannot stop thinking about it stars! I’m gonna summarize the plot without giving any vital spoilers so you don’t have to boo me, block me or curse me! Jenny Kristal, kidnapped when she 6 and she’s back after 12 years to her family’s home. Her mother Laurie and father Jake are happy for the reunion and they don’t question much what happened to her throughout those 12 freaking years or if she is telling the truth about her identity. But when her brother Ben arrived at home to meet with her, he just freezes and rejects to talk to her till he starts making sneaky comments and talking about the false memories about their childhood to confuse her mind. Ben thinks she is not her sister. Is he right? Is new Jenny who is traumatized, abused, sexually assaulted girl living in their house, acting like a part of the family is Frederic Bourdin ( I mean “imposter” and for the record: I highly recommend the documentary from 2012 with the same name) And of course Jenny starts getting emails from a facebook account warning her that she is not safe in the house. Could she put herself into danger by taking her steps into Kristal family’s house? Nothing seems crystal clear about them. Which one of them is telling the truth? If the girl who claims she’s Jenny is a doppelganger, where is the real Jenny? So many questions, so many twists and surprising, head spinning ending make your reading experiment so much better at each chapter. Try to relax yourself before reading the last high tension chapters ( do some yoga moves without hurting your muscles and repeating a mantra like “this book is not disturbing”, “we’re not in quarantine, this is Truman Show and there is hidden camera positioned behind your bathroom mirror’’) because pacing gets incredibly fast and your heart rate may hit the roof and soar through the chimney, vaporize into thin air. Overall: I loved it! One of the best thrillers of the year and I highly recommend it to genre lovers. Special thanks to NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP/Dutton for sharing this exhilarating ARC with me in exchange my honest review. blog instagram facebook twitter

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kaceey

    3.5* Deja vu…ever get that feeling while flipping through a book that maybe you’ve read it before?💁🏻♀️ That feeling lingered with me throughout this entire book. Even checked to verify it wasn’t an earlier release. No - release date is June 2020. The story-line is of a child gone missing when she was only six years old. Left the house to play with her friend only a few doors down. Only she never made it there and vanished! Poof! Twelve years later she resurfaces to take her place back with her fam 3.5* Deja vu…ever get that feeling while flipping through a book that maybe you’ve read it before?💁🏻♀️ That feeling lingered with me throughout this entire book. Even checked to verify it wasn’t an earlier release. No - release date is June 2020. The story-line is of a child gone missing when she was only six years old. Left the house to play with her friend only a few doors down. Only she never made it there and vanished! Poof! Twelve years later she resurfaces to take her place back with her family. All are over-the-moon and welcome her with open arms! That is, everyone but her dear brother. Like I said, from the start this book had a familiar ring to it. So much so that I predicted every twist. I’m good, but not that good! If this premise sounds new to you then you’ll enjoy this clever read! For me, it felt like a reread. Thank you to Edelweiss and Penguin Publishing group for an ARC to read and review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpress.com/ 3.5 Stars Eighteen-year-old, Jenny Kristal disappeared without a trace twelve years ago. Amazingly, she escaped her captors and made her way back home to her family. Her family is thrilled to have her back. Well, most of them are. While Jenny remembers a lot of what happened before she was taken, there are still many questions that need to be answered. Who took Jenny? Where has she been all of these years? Someone has My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpress.com/ 3.5 Stars Eighteen-year-old, Jenny Kristal disappeared without a trace twelve years ago. Amazingly, she escaped her captors and made her way back home to her family. Her family is thrilled to have her back. Well, most of them are. While Jenny remembers a lot of what happened before she was taken, there are still many questions that need to be answered. Who took Jenny? Where has she been all of these years? Someone has the answers to these questions and they are determined to bring the truth to light. I enjoyed this audiobook. The story was far-fetched at times and I definitely had to suspend my disbelief, but I was still very entertained. Some of the story felt a bit familiar and I thought I had it all figured out, but I was way off. An engrossing read with some great twists that kept me gripped from start to finish!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White

    When I first started to read Safe by SK Barnett I thought I knew exactly where it was going. I was so pleased to discover that I was wrong in so many ways. This is a very clever and original storyline. I read this quickly and got very much caught up and needed to know how it was going to end. 12 years ago 6 year old Jenny went missing walking from her house to her friends down the street. She had. It been seen since, despite efforts to find her from the police and a private investigator. Now Jenn When I first started to read Safe by SK Barnett I thought I knew exactly where it was going. I was so pleased to discover that I was wrong in so many ways. This is a very clever and original storyline. I read this quickly and got very much caught up and needed to know how it was going to end. 12 years ago 6 year old Jenny went missing walking from her house to her friends down the street. She had. It been seen since, despite efforts to find her from the police and a private investigator. Now Jenny has walked back into their lives. Not everybody is pleased and Jenny soon starts to wonder if she is safe in this house. Her reappearance brings u so many questions of where she has been all this time and how did she get away. It quickly becomes evident that all the members of the family have secrets and will do anything to keep them. A quick, twisty read with a shocking ending. Really enjoyed it. Thanks to NetGalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased

  7. 5 out of 5

    Isabel • The Crime Bookshelf

    4 STARS. ⁣ Thank you so much to Dutton Books for the gifted ARC of SAFE by S.K. Barnett! Wow this book was so dark and twisty 😱 I already know this thriller is going to be a HUGE hit this summer, so make sure to keep an eye out when it releases JUNE 9th! ⁣ ⁣ What I loved most about this book was how binge-worthy it was. There were constant twists and turns, which I absolutely loved 🙌🏼 I also really enjoyed how certain aspects of this book were very unique. There were interesting spins on a somewhat 4 STARS. ⁣ Thank you so much to Dutton Books for the gifted ARC of SAFE by S.K. Barnett! Wow this book was so dark and twisty 😱 I already know this thriller is going to be a HUGE hit this summer, so make sure to keep an eye out when it releases JUNE 9th! ⁣ ⁣ What I loved most about this book was how binge-worthy it was. There were constant twists and turns, which I absolutely loved 🙌🏼 I also really enjoyed how certain aspects of this book were very unique. There were interesting spins on a somewhat familiar plot and I was so fascinated by them. I always love when thrillers can bring something new to the table and that’s exactly what this book did 👌🏼 Easily my favorite part about this book has to be the ending. It was SO twisted and dark to where I didn’t see it coming whatsoever 😱 ⁣ ⁣ One of the issues I had with this book was that I found it a little slow in the middle section. I was still intrigued by the story, but it was just a bit slower in certain parts than I would have preferred. I also thought the first plot twist was a bit predictable (yes... page 87 😝) which was a little disappointing, but everything else was absolutely FANTASTIC! You guys definitely need this one ASAP 🙌🏼⁣ ⁣ TRIGGERS: Child Sexual Abuse, Rape, Suicidal Ideation⁣

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT

    Audio 5 Stars Story....4.5 Stars Impressive debut novel by the author.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Garnett's "SAFE" is a fast-paced domestic thriller telling the story of an Elizabeth Smart kidnapped for twelve years suddenly returning to her family. It's told from the girl's point of view - now 18 years old - and it's amazing how she's returning home. She has a great narrator's voice. You really get a sense of her feelings, her unease, her reluctance to talk about what she went through. Although from early on, as the reader, you have a bit of unease at how no blood test is ever taken, at how Garnett's "SAFE" is a fast-paced domestic thriller telling the story of an Elizabeth Smart kidnapped for twelve years suddenly returning to her family. It's told from the girl's point of view - now 18 years old - and it's amazing how she's returning home. She has a great narrator's voice. You really get a sense of her feelings, her unease, her reluctance to talk about what she went through. Although from early on, as the reader, you have a bit of unease at how no blood test is ever taken, at how there's no explanation for how she got away, and so on. Something's just not right and be prepared for some shocking twists. Otherwise there wouldn't be much of a story. Or my normal reading fare, but boy from the start this was one that was hard to put down. The author skillfully weaves her web and draws you in.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    4.5/5 When you first start reading this book you may think it’s just another missing child story and that it’s been done before. Well, you would be wrong because the author managed to take a commonly used subject and flip it on it’s head and I am SO into an original and fresh thriller! This was compulsive, exciting and had me changing my theories multiple times, is there anything better than being on the edge of your seat AND being kept on your toes at the same time?!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katie Taylor

    Please note, I work at Penguin Random House, under which SAFE is being published. This book is one of the craziest thrillers I have read in some time. A young lady gets kidnapped and comes back many years later to her family and things are all out of sorts - but who are you to believe? Why is she back now? That's the question I couldn't stop asking and not once did I get it right. That's why I love thrillers like this - so twisty you want to think you've got it, but then the author takes one more Please note, I work at Penguin Random House, under which SAFE is being published. This book is one of the craziest thrillers I have read in some time. A young lady gets kidnapped and comes back many years later to her family and things are all out of sorts - but who are you to believe? Why is she back now? That's the question I couldn't stop asking and not once did I get it right. That's why I love thrillers like this - so twisty you want to think you've got it, but then the author takes one more turn and you're like nope - no way I could have guessed that"! Truly why SAFE is so good - and I can't wait to talk to fellow readers to hear what they thought were the craziest turns along the way!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura • lauralovestoread

    SO GOOD!! I’m just coming off this thriller high and it was amazing! Dark and twisty and one of the most original storylines I’ve read in awhile. I can see this being a favorite this summer. I started reading this one afternoon and as the synopsis on the back of the book suggested.. I just wanted to see what would happen at page 87, and at that point I HAD TO KNOW. It just gets darker and more twisted as the things you think you know will turn once again. It’s so much more than just a book about a SO GOOD!! I’m just coming off this thriller high and it was amazing! Dark and twisty and one of the most original storylines I’ve read in awhile. I can see this being a favorite this summer. I started reading this one afternoon and as the synopsis on the back of the book suggested.. I just wanted to see what would happen at page 87, and at that point I HAD TO KNOW. It just gets darker and more twisted as the things you think you know will turn once again. It’s so much more than just a book about a missing girl who comes back, and it was so compelling that I couldn’t put it down. I will warn that there is heavy subject matter involved: child sexual abuse and abandonment *Thank you to the publisher for this gifted copy. All opinions are my own

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Wow, what a super twisted book this is! One of my favorite premises--someone missing without a trace. This one is a six-year-old girl who is headed out to walk two doors down to play with a friend and vanishes. Twelve years later, she returns--or does she? I appreciated the quick pace and the way things were revealed. There are quite a number of points of view, not sure all of them were completely necessary since some of them were for a couple of pages and then never again. It is difficult to kno Wow, what a super twisted book this is! One of my favorite premises--someone missing without a trace. This one is a six-year-old girl who is headed out to walk two doors down to play with a friend and vanishes. Twelve years later, she returns--or does she? I appreciated the quick pace and the way things were revealed. There are quite a number of points of view, not sure all of them were completely necessary since some of them were for a couple of pages and then never again. It is difficult to know who or what to believe because there are lies upon lies: one character to the others and characters to themselves as well. All of this serves to help the story unfold deliberately. This is an overall very solid and surprising psychological thriller. TW: Sexual and physical abuse of a child (some of the instances were very disturbing)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Jenny Kristal was just six years old when she was snatched from the streets of her quiet suburban neighbourhood. Twelve years later she is returned home after she escaped from her kidnappers. Now she's safely back home - or is she? This is one of those Books that you know where it's going ut you decide to read it anyway. But how wrong were you to surmise this. It only takes a few chapters for you to realise it's not what you thought after all. There's some trigger warnings: sexual and physical ab Jenny Kristal was just six years old when she was snatched from the streets of her quiet suburban neighbourhood. Twelve years later she is returned home after she escaped from her kidnappers. Now she's safely back home - or is she? This is one of those Books that you know where it's going ut you decide to read it anyway. But how wrong were you to surmise this. It only takes a few chapters for you to realise it's not what you thought after all. There's some trigger warnings: sexual and physical abuse being the prominent ones. I was hooked from the beginning. The tension builds gradually. I liked the twist at the end. Jenny is traumatised and damaged. It's mysterious, thrilling and well written. I would like to thank NetGalley, Random House UK, Cornerstone for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    Jenny Kristal, then aged six, is walking to her friends house, but she never made it and vanished from the street. Twelve years later she returns home, but where has she been, and why? And for what reason is her brother not particularly pleased about her reappearance? Why doesn’t he believe that this woman is the sister he lost years ago? Jenny starts receiving emails informing her that her family home is not safe, and it's not long before Jenny begins to wonder if her rediscovered family are hi Jenny Kristal, then aged six, is walking to her friends house, but she never made it and vanished from the street. Twelve years later she returns home, but where has she been, and why? And for what reason is her brother not particularly pleased about her reappearance? Why doesn’t he believe that this woman is the sister he lost years ago? Jenny starts receiving emails informing her that her family home is not safe, and it's not long before Jenny begins to wonder if her rediscovered family are hiding dark secrets. I was intrigued from the moment I first met the young woman who claimed to be the kidnapped girl. How had she managed to escape from her kidnappers? The author had such a gripping writing style, cleverly creating a real sense of continual apprehension and danger as I fretted over Jenny's level of safety. This gave the book its highly original take on a well-trodden theme, as once a missing child is found, you reasonably assume that the nightmare is over. S.K. Barnett created a tremendous feeling of claustrophobia as Jenny becomes reacquainted with the family who lost her. There were ominous undertones as she tried to settle into her new life. I was keen to know what was really happening and if everything was as it appeared. As the family dynamics are gradually uncovered the reader is able to see the cracks that slowly spread, but then suddenly everything shatters. I thought I had the ending sussed out, but S.K. Barnett lobbed in a final twist that I didn’t see coming. The concept of Safe was very original, and I thought it was incredibly well-told. This exciting, dark, shocking, and unputdownable drama-thriller is guaranteed to shock you in every conceivable way. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Random House UK, Cornerstone/ Century via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Randi (randi_reads)

    I enjoyed this read, it is definitely a page turner, as I read it in two sittings. Six year old Jenny was walking to her friends house, but she never made it. Now, twelve years later, she returns home. Where was she? And why did she take so long to come home? The more questions that are asked of her, the more she can't answer. (As a mother, I would never let my young children walk to a friend's house by themselves. I don't care that it was just two doors down. I would have made sure my child got I enjoyed this read, it is definitely a page turner, as I read it in two sittings. Six year old Jenny was walking to her friends house, but she never made it. Now, twelve years later, she returns home. Where was she? And why did she take so long to come home? The more questions that are asked of her, the more she can't answer. (As a mother, I would never let my young children walk to a friend's house by themselves. I don't care that it was just two doors down. I would have made sure my child got there, so that made me question things.) Jenny is a great narrator. I liked her. I wanted more background on Jenny of her life with Father and Mother, though. How did she get away? (I can't say more without giving up too much information on the plot.) I get it that this was more of her story with the Kristal family. I did guess one twist in the story. I was super proud of my thriller-reading self. Until I didn't. Thank you to NetGalley and Dutton for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joy E Perry

    #NetGalley #S.K.Barnett Wow!!! I was really impressed by this book and thoroughly engrossed in it! I read it really quickly because I could not put it down The story was about a girl, Jenny, who had been kidnapped at 6 years old. When she is 18 she finally makes it back to her family who welcomes her with open arms; only her brother Ben doesn't. He treats her with nothing but disapproval and dislike. What I realized early on was that something was not right in this family. "Jenny" realized it too. #NetGalley #S.K.Barnett Wow!!! I was really impressed by this book and thoroughly engrossed in it! I read it really quickly because I could not put it down The story was about a girl, Jenny, who had been kidnapped at 6 years old. When she is 18 she finally makes it back to her family who welcomes her with open arms; only her brother Ben doesn't. He treats her with nothing but disapproval and dislike. What I realized early on was that something was not right in this family. "Jenny" realized it too. This book was very interesting, to say the least. Jenny begins to suspect something is not right and thus begins investigating with a lil help from two Facebook friends. I thought I had it all figured out, but boy was I wrong. I did not see the ending coming! WARNING: I cannot see anyone NOT enjoying this book but for the following triggers: Drugs Child abuse Child neglect Child molestation and rape I personally really enjoyed this book and would recommend highly! I would like to really thank the publisher, PENGUIN GROUP Dutton, for the opportunity to read this really superb, mind bending book in exchange for my honest review. Interesting note 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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Laura Peden

    3.5 rounded up. This book is crazy 😜 I had some problems with it but I have to say it’s definitely a page turner. And Brittany Pressley is one of my favorite narrators ❤️

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Fenton

    Whoa!  What did I just read?  How on earth am I going to review this without giving anything away? This is one of the books that had me gasping out loud and saying "no way" loudly several times throughout.  There are twists, red herrings galore, unreliable narrators, a shocking storyline, a truly unique and clever plot and some very, very, very dark and disturbing topics.   This is NOT easy reading - there are topics which are definitely "triggers" for many readers including child abduction, groom Whoa!  What did I just read?  How on earth am I going to review this without giving anything away? This is one of the books that had me gasping out loud and saying "no way" loudly several times throughout.  There are twists, red herrings galore, unreliable narrators, a shocking storyline, a truly unique and clever plot and some very, very, very dark and disturbing topics.   This is NOT easy reading - there are topics which are definitely "triggers" for many readers including child abduction, grooming and child abuse and it takes a LOT to upset me and this did upset me.  The dark and disturbing scenes are NOT graphic, but that's what probably upset me more because the readers imagination is left to fill in the blanks and believe me when I say it's not a pleasant experience. Safe is the story about a sweet, adorable 6 year old girl, Jenny who goes missing one afternoon on the way to play at a neighbour's house.  The family are distraught and in pieces but miraculously twelve years later Jenny returns, having escaped her captors.  Her parents Jake and Laurie are over joyed at her "safe" return, however her older brother Ben is suspicious immediately. I can't say much without giving anything away now - except I absolutely raced through this book, I thought the storyline was clever, original and very, very twisty and one I highly recommend to fans of dark, psychological thrillers.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    Wow wow wow- this one moves at breakneck speed! I need a couple of days to think about it but I’m hovering around 4.5 stars. If you like first person storytelling and morally ambiguous protagonists, this might be for you! It’s dark though- fair warning! Back with more coherent thoughts- This is one of those books where you’ll want to have time to sit down and read, because once you start I can guarantee you won’t want to put it down. A 6 year old girl goes missing and 12 years later, she is reuni Wow wow wow- this one moves at breakneck speed! I need a couple of days to think about it but I’m hovering around 4.5 stars. If you like first person storytelling and morally ambiguous protagonists, this might be for you! It’s dark though- fair warning! Back with more coherent thoughts- This is one of those books where you’ll want to have time to sit down and read, because once you start I can guarantee you won’t want to put it down. A 6 year old girl goes missing and 12 years later, she is reunited with the family. The perspective bounces between the girl (now 18) and her family members. I loved this angle- I hadn’t considered what actually happens in the family after you get that happy reunion. If fast paced thrillers with unreliable narrators and creepy families are your thing- I’d recommend this. (TW for child abuse, reference to sexual assault).

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea | Thriller Book Babe 🔎

    The story was phenomenal. The plot was fantastic. The writing was entertaining and relatable. I loved everything about Safe and S. K. Barnett’s debut novel. And yes, page 87 blew my mind. Thank you so much to Dutton for my ARC! This story had a traditional thriller plot, a girl goes missing and shows up 12 years later. That’s about the only part of this book that was traditional. From there, the story shoots off in a whirlwind of unique plot points, characters, and story lines. I didn’t see 99% o The story was phenomenal. The plot was fantastic. The writing was entertaining and relatable. I loved everything about Safe and S. K. Barnett’s debut novel. And yes, page 87 blew my mind. Thank you so much to Dutton for my ARC! This story had a traditional thriller plot, a girl goes missing and shows up 12 years later. That’s about the only part of this book that was traditional. From there, the story shoots off in a whirlwind of unique plot points, characters, and story lines. I didn’t see 99% of this book coming in the best way possible. I loved the writing in this book. The main character is relatable and fun to read, and the chapters go by quickly. I couldn’t put this book down. Every time I thought there would be a slow point in the book, it just got more and more exciting. I wasn’t sure what to believe and I loved every minute of it. I immediately decided S. K. Barnett is an auto-buy author and can’t wait to see what else they come up with (and who they are)! I loved the beginning, middle, and especially the ending of this book. It was fast-paced and full of twists I didn’t see coming. Each character had their own twisted story, and you never knew who to trust. I am so happy I read this book and I give it 5-stars!

  22. 5 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Marla Warren As emotional as it is suspenseful, Safe tells a story that grabs hold of the heart as well as the brain. Moments of unspeakably dark material are handled expertly by Barnett as the story weaves the past into the present and questions whether someone can feel safe outside, or inside, of a family. Read the FULL REVIEW on The Nerd Daily Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Marla Warren As emotional as it is suspenseful, Safe tells a story that grabs hold of the heart as well as the brain. Moments of unspeakably dark material are handled expertly by Barnett as the story weaves the past into the present and questions whether someone can feel safe outside, or inside, of a family. Read the FULL REVIEW on The Nerd Daily

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. In this psychological thriller we follow a family who lost their daughter when she was six as she tragically went missing walking from her house to a neighbours house for a playdate. The book opens with the daughter finding her way back to where she used to live and feeling lost and overwhelmed. From here after a brief stint at the police station to inform them of where she has been and what happened over the years she I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. In this psychological thriller we follow a family who lost their daughter when she was six as she tragically went missing walking from her house to a neighbours house for a playdate. The book opens with the daughter finding her way back to where she used to live and feeling lost and overwhelmed. From here after a brief stint at the police station to inform them of where she has been and what happened over the years she was missing, we then follow her story as she goes back to the family home and settles in. It is whilst she settles in that this story really picks up pace, as everything here is not as it seems. This is an incredibly clever thriller, that takes many twists and turns. I thought I knew what direction things were going in, and only part of my guess was even close to being correct. I was, for the most part at least, miles off and this left me blown away. I can't remember the last time I read something that was so unpredictable. The plot and the characters take so many twists and turns and make so many shocking discoveries and the revelations from everything just left me in awe. For most of the book we follow the daughter through her time back at home, though we do get the occasional chapter perspective from other members of the household, which lead to some explosive plot devices. This book is not for the faint-hearted, and not one I'd easily recommend to parents. This book is filled with various different kinds of child abuse, sexual abuse, and many other difficult topics. You should not read this book if this is a problem for you, because various abuse is prevalent throughout the story. I'd also be wary due to drug abuse, suicide, bullying, rape, neglect, I could go on, so please keep this in mind before picking this up. I sadly was unable to rate this amazing mind blowing thriller five stars though, and this was for a very simple reason. The entire time I felt some sort of disconnect. I don't believe it was a character issue, as I found the characters well crafted, they felt real, and I don't need to identify with thriller characters. I think it was something about this authors writing style, I can't quite put my finger on it, but there was something off. This author is writing under a pseudonym and wishes to remain anonymous. I have a sneaking suspicion, and that's all I can put this down to, though I have a feeling the author is male, and lacks the necessary skills to write a female character in a way that feels completely authentic. The main character herself did feel fleshed out, everyone felt true to life, just there is that something missing, and I've made the completely wild assumption this is what my problem was. That said, whatever my disconnection was, I had a great time reading this thriller overall, and would still highly recommend it if you can handle the trigger warnings I previously mentioned.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Atul_reads

    3.5 / 5 This book is crazy on a multitude of levels. It's dark, dark, like the one that gave you the chill in the spine. I must say that it's one of the psychological thrillers that really hit the spot. It's truly twisted and makes me intrigued. Can you imagine a secret within a secret within a secret, that's what this book is and even further. It's more than what I can think of. I am so devastated. There's a lot of things jumps up into the story, which at times make me lost focus, as the languag 3.5 / 5 This book is crazy on a multitude of levels. It's dark, dark, like the one that gave you the chill in the spine. I must say that it's one of the psychological thrillers that really hit the spot. It's truly twisted and makes me intrigued. Can you imagine a secret within a secret within a secret, that's what this book is and even further. It's more than what I can think of. I am so devastated. There's a lot of things jumps up into the story, which at times make me lost focus, as the language a little bit tangle so I need to reread certain lines but once the problem solves I'm back to fully follow the story. Even though there's a bunch of trigger warnings, I don't regret reading this book as it is such a page-turner.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Renee (itsbooktalk)

    𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘣𝘰 𝘢𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘰 & 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘵 🎧 📖. * This was perfection on audio- @britpressley is one of my fav narrators! ⁣ ⁣ To my fellow mystery & thriller lovers who say they can’t find a page turning read that feels unique, I say you MUST give this clever suspense read a try!⁣ ⁣ The less you know about plot details the better but what I’ve been telling friends when I recommend this one is- a 6 year old girl (Jenny) goes missing, 12 years later she returns and yes there are many questions to be answered...her family, m 𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘣𝘰 𝘢𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘰 & 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘵 🎧 📖. * This was perfection on audio- @britpressley is one of my fav narrators! ⁣ ⁣ To my fellow mystery & thriller lovers who say they can’t find a page turning read that feels unique, I say you MUST give this clever suspense read a try!⁣ ⁣ The less you know about plot details the better but what I’ve been telling friends when I recommend this one is- a 6 year old girl (Jenny) goes missing, 12 years later she returns and yes there are many questions to be answered...her family, mom, dad and older brother Ben are happy (hmmm are they all though?) and pepper her with questions & memories of the past in an effort to reconnect and see how much she remembers of them. All is fine until brother Ben corners her and whispers...”interesting you remembered that particular time with so and so because I made it up” 😳 Seriously if that doesn’t grab you and make you want to read this ASAP I don’t know what would!⁣ ⁣ Couple that with excellent writing, dialogue, and pacing and friends this is a summer MUST READ... full disclosure, I smugly thought I had the whole thing figured out and told myself I still loved it but oh no I. DID.NOT ⁣(the ending👏🏻). If you’re in the mood for an addicting read and don’t mind the occasional suspension of disbelief give this a try! I was leaning toward 4:5⭐️s but after thinking about it more I’m going with ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️:) ⁣

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    I’m going to apologize in advance y’all . This review is going to be all over the place. Here are my thoughts. I liked this book. But- I’ve read something similar. The book I’m referring to is Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra. I’m not staying these books are identical. It’s just that I feel like the basics of the plot have been covered before. You read enough thrillers and it’s bound to happen. On a more positive note- I found this book to be very readable. It took me a few days to finish it but if I’m going to apologize in advance y’all . This review is going to be all over the place. Here are my thoughts. I liked this book. But- I’ve read something similar. The book I’m referring to is Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra. I’m not staying these books are identical. It’s just that I feel like the basics of the plot have been covered before. You read enough thrillers and it’s bound to happen. On a more positive note- I found this book to be very readable. It took me a few days to finish it but if I would have had the time off of work I could have easily binged the entire thing in a day. This book was intriguing . The author kept me reading because I wanted answers. Did I get all my answers? I want to say no. Some of the twists the author threw in especially toward the end were unique and disturbing. I found myself uncomfortable. I enjoyed the surprises but at the same time I was disgusted- my feelings are everywhere much like this review 😂. Overall- I do encourage others to give this one a read. If this author decides to publish under this pen name again I’d be interested in picking up another book by them. A huge thank you to Dutton and SK Barnett for my advanced copy of this book. It has been a privilege to read and review this book prior to its release.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jay Dwight

    An outstanding read. Can't say too much without revealing critical aspects of the story. A 6 year old girl goes missing. 12 years later, she returns..... You think you know where the story is heading, and then it takes a massive turn in a direction that throws you. And then another !! Towards the end, just when you think you have the story nailed, it smacks you in the face another couple of times with more surprises. Loved this awesomely clever plot.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Toya

    DNF @110 pages. I’ve seen so many glowing reviews of this one, so I expected it to be stellar. I’m just gonna say it, y’all lied. Jenny Kristal has finally returned to her family over a decade later after her abduction. Or so we think. I’m actuality, it’s not Jenny. It’s a 20 something imposter who assumes the identity of missing kids. I was really uncomfortable with this story line especially because the MC is just arrogant and lazy. I couldn’t stand her. One moment she was an apathetic 20 somethi DNF @110 pages. I’ve seen so many glowing reviews of this one, so I expected it to be stellar. I’m just gonna say it, y’all lied. Jenny Kristal has finally returned to her family over a decade later after her abduction. Or so we think. I’m actuality, it’s not Jenny. It’s a 20 something imposter who assumes the identity of missing kids. I was really uncomfortable with this story line especially because the MC is just arrogant and lazy. I couldn’t stand her. One moment she was an apathetic 20 something and the next she was pretending to be an innocent six year old. It just felt so cheap. Our other MC Ben (the brother of Jenny) isn’t much better. He’s usually high as a kite and resorts to snarky comments over any real substance. The writing of this one is choppy and not cohesive. This books reads more like a (very) rough draft with fleeting thoughts rather than a polished piece of work. I’ve had the ending spoiled for me to see if I should’ve kept reading, and I’m glad to say that I put this one down in favor of something better (which is saying a lot since this book is barely 300 pages). Thank you to Dutton Books for providing a review copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ethan

    What are the things that make you feel safe? 2020 has been a year of fear and uncertainty for many, and the idea of safety seems to be one worth exploring. COVID-19 has become an all-encompassing subject, one that promotes much debate, unpredictability, and even fear. I'll admit that my own anxiety levels have increased this week as the number of cases has rapidly risen in my own state. Safety has become a paramount priority for me and my family. The ability to transition to working from home ag What are the things that make you feel safe? 2020 has been a year of fear and uncertainty for many, and the idea of safety seems to be one worth exploring. COVID-19 has become an all-encompassing subject, one that promotes much debate, unpredictability, and even fear. I'll admit that my own anxiety levels have increased this week as the number of cases has rapidly risen in my own state. Safety has become a paramount priority for me and my family. The ability to transition to working from home again after a month of being back at work certainly plays into my sense of security. However small it may seem, wearing my mask when I venture out into public also makes me feel safe. Beyond COVID-19, I find safety in the routine things like cooking dinner, playing with my dog, and falling into the story of a really good book. It seems no coincidence that this week's read is appropriately titled Safe by S.K Barnett. I was gifted a copy of the book from the publisher and was eager to dig into this intriguing thriller. It has been nearly twelve years since little Jenny Kristal disappeared. The six-year-old was walking from her family home to a sleepover at a friend's house when she was snatched from the streets, never to be seen again. Her parents immediately began the search for their daughter while struggling to hold things together for the sake of their son, Jenny's younger brother Ben. But twelve years is a long time. Even the most optimistic person would have a hard time believing Jenny would ever return home. Parents Laurie and Jake are starting to run out of hope. At a certain point, it may be best to simply move on. Things change when a woman claiming to be Jenny is found by the police. She seems to fit the description of the missing child. She has the same blonde hair, same age, same dimples when she smiles, and she can even recall details from her life before the abduction. The woman tells a story of escaping from her abusive captors and making her way back home to safety. Laurie and Jake are quick to accept that their daughter has returned. Ben is a bit more skeptical. Years of being apart have been hard, but the return of Jenny means the family is finally all back together. Jenny is finally safe. Or is she? In Safe author S.K. Barnett brings a different take on a classic missing person mystery. Rather than focusing on the time of looking for the kidnapped child, Barnett picks up the story when the family is reunited. The novel digs deep into what comes after the happily ever after, revealing that the resolution of the years-long case is hardly the end of the story. The joyful reunion between parent and child soon gives way to drama, paranoia, and fear. Barnett deftly writes compelling character development while still filling the book with the twists and turns that make it a truly page-turning thriller. The revelations about each character intertwine with the driving plot, propelling the novel forward at a rapid pace. Flashbacks are interspersed with the present-day story, providing ample context about the events that lead up to the story without giving away any of the shocks that follow. As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on the world, I'm happy to fall into the comfort of a good book like Safe by S.K. Barnett.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    This is the story of Jenny Kristal a six-year-old child who disappeared on her way to her friend’s house just a few doors away from her home. Twelve years later she is found walking the streets close to where she once lived. Now back in the folds of the family who love her, things should be better for Jenny…but are they? Jenny is a likeable character with a heartbreaking story that is slowly revealed. At first, she is reluctant to talk about her kidnapping, later she reveals details which don’t s This is the story of Jenny Kristal a six-year-old child who disappeared on her way to her friend’s house just a few doors away from her home. Twelve years later she is found walking the streets close to where she once lived. Now back in the folds of the family who love her, things should be better for Jenny…but are they? Jenny is a likeable character with a heartbreaking story that is slowly revealed. At first, she is reluctant to talk about her kidnapping, later she reveals details which don’t seem to add up. This book differs from other missing children storylines because in this case, you feel from the start that Jenny’s ordeal is far from over. Safe is an uncomfortable read due to the child abuse content, however, the story is gripping with plenty of twists and turns. This is a powerful thriller that is tense, thought-provoking but also heartwrenching and raw.

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