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Safe House | [Chris Ewan]

Safe House

When Rob Hale wakes up in hospital after a motorcycle crash, he is told that Lena - the gorgeous blonde woman who was on the back of his bike - doesn't exist. The woman he describes bears a striking resemblance to his recently deceased sister, Laura, but has he really only imagined her? 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 - to follow the clues. He learns that even a close-knit community like the Isle of Man can hide dangerous secrets that will not stay safe forever.
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Publisher's Summary

A brilliant thriller from the author of the acclaimed Good Thief's Guide series asks: How can a woman simply vanish?

When Rob Hale wakes up in hospital after a motorcycle crash, he is told that Lena - the gorgeous blonde woman who was on the back of his bike - doesn't exist. The woman he describes bears a striking resemblance to his recently deceased sister, Laura, but has he really only imagined her? 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 - to follow the clues. He learns that even a close-knit community like the Isle of Man can hide dangerous secrets that will not stay safe forever.

©2012 Chris Ewan (P)2012 AudioGO

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    Dave Stillwater Lake, NS, Canada 01-07-13
    Dave Stillwater Lake, NS, Canada 01-07-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Intriguing twists and turns"

    I enjoyed "Safe House" and especially liked Simon Vance. To help with the setting I downloaded a map of the Isle of Man and had it at my elbow as I listened to the story. Rob Hale is an unlikely hero, a plumber and a serious cyclist (Isle of Man is the home of TT motorcycle races). Like the TT races, the story is full of dramatic twists and turns; the book keeps you guessing. For this reason you have to be quite attentive listening to this audio book; scenes change and a few times I had to hit the rewind button. I should add that this does not mean it is a superficial tale; Ewan through Vance's voice paints a very detailed picture of the surroundings, the characters and the events.
    This is my first Chris Ewan and I will check out his offering offerings.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Avid Reader and Listener Michigan 12-13-12
    Avid Reader and Listener Michigan 12-13-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Great thrill ride - smart mystery!"
    Where does Safe House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top for sure - this mystery/thriller is up there with any great mystery writer, and maybe even a touch better, as it's smarter, more layered. Super story, perfect narrator for the work.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well obviously Rob, the main character. There are puzzles at every turn, and he manages to somehow figure them all out without going nuts. He's just a regular guy, suddenly in the midst of unusal circumstances with something personal at stake.

    Kind of cool that it's set on Isle of Man....which I had to look up on a map. It's a self-contained little island, which lends itself to being an important "character" in this book.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    I really enjoy Simon Vance's narrations. He did Chris Ewan's other books, Good Thief's Guides. This time it's a different character (of course) and he alters his presentation accordingly. I'm always amazed at how good narrators are at conveying different characters, moods, even places through their delivery. This is no exception!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Uh, no I didn't laugh or cry - I'm not sure that would've been appropriate - but I was intrigued and had to keep listening to find out the end!


    Any additional comments?

    LOVE IT. You'll become a Chris Ewan fan.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Carole Olds, Alberta, Canada 12-18-12
    Carole Olds, Alberta, Canada 12-18-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Nice change from "Good Thief's..." stories"

    Just discovered this author and, after listening to his stories of the writer/ thief, with their quirky twists, nice to try something with a different approach. Hope for more of both. And keep the narrator ... He does an excellent job.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer Middletown, DE, United States 12-22-12
    jennifer Middletown, DE, United States 12-22-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Phenomenal from start to finish"
    What did you love best about Safe House?

    The narrator, Simon Vance, gives a STELLAR performance as always.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely. This story is action packed, with plenty of attention paid to character development. I couldn't stop listening...I had to take my phone into the office with me to finish!


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Simon Vance is an audiobook rockstar. He could read the phonebook and I would listen. He is hands down my favorite narrator. Every performance he gives is as close to perfection as it gets...and this one is no different.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book...no tears, but definitely cringed a few times during some of the description of the more violent scenes ( which are limited and integral to the character development). Also smiled a little during the parts with Grampa and Rocky. Great great story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first Chris Ewan book, but it won't be my last. He's got the goods. And Simon Vance just nails it. He IS every character...male , female, young, old,.....and the accents!! Spot On!!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Collins, MS, United States 12-21-12
    Cindy Collins, MS, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great listen!"
    What did you love best about Safe House?

    It has a wonderful story line.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Oh yes. I never quite knew which character was the bad guy.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, all the Sieg Larrsen books. His narration is the best.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was very suspenseful


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Glenda Jeffers Indiana, USA 12-26-12
    Glenda Jeffers Indiana, USA 12-26-12

    There are few things in life better than losing yourself completely in a really exceptional story. I enjoy reading others' reviews.

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    "Thoroughly enjoyable!"

    Every new chapter was more engrossing than the last, and what a ride! Once I began reading, it was nearly impossible to put down. This is a clever, brilliantly-crafted thriller with great characters and more than a few twists. Two enthusiastic thumbs-up!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    HIII Grants Pass, OR, United States 07-20-13
    HIII Grants Pass, OR, United States 07-20-13
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    "Because of Simon Vance"

    My new credits have not arrived, I am tired of so-so narration, so I bought Safe House, it was cheap and I knew with Simon Vance narrating it would be 'listenable.' Good move on my part it is an enjoyable listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Julia berkeley, CA, United States 01-09-13
    Julia berkeley, CA, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "My kind of book, good intrigue and good characters"
    What made the experience of listening to Safe House the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is great! I love the setting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is the main character, because he seems like a normal person.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't know


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Intrigue on the Isle of Man.


    Any additional comments?

    I was left wanting to read more from this author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Charlene North pole, AK, United States 12-24-12
    Charlene North pole, AK, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Slow first half"
    Where does Safe House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle to high


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Once you get to 2nd half you can't stop listening


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The barn fight


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Female hero


    Any additional comments?

    Rebecca best part

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Modesto, California, United States 12-16-12
    Anne Modesto, California, United States 12-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    I wanted to like this story and as I listened it kept my attention and I liked the characters and desperately wanted to know who done it. Simon Vance's narration was flawless as usual. As we neared the end, however, I started to think that someone should have explained the theory of Occam's Razor to some of characters. I'll try to not have any real spoilers here, but come on, the plot to cover up this, fake that, kidnap her, implicate them, steal this, destroy that, involve this person and that person AND the other person, all with little tiny bits of information pertaining to a huge convoluted plot. Yikes. No wonder all of the three principle blonde's plots failed so spectacularly. Rocky was cool tho.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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